August 2020


Welcome to the August 2020 edition of The Foundation e-newsletter. We hope each of you and your extended friends and family remain safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. We realize many of us may still be struggling and feeling uncertain. Now, more than ever, we are reminded that This Is Exactly Why Federation Exists. Thanks to the generosity of so many of our donors, you have been there to partner with Federation to continue to support a wide safety net of essential programs for our community needs.

People have lost jobs and wages and are experiencing food insecurity, social isolation, psychological stress and so much more. Federation is working diligently through our Coronavirus Crisis Response Task Force and our network of vital agencies to provide much certainty in this uncertain world.

Thanks to you, Federation has furnished nearly $4 million in emergency funding for COVID-19 relief right here in Miami, but our job is not done yet as the needs continue to increase.

If you have not done so already, we encourage you to visit our COVID-19 Resource Page to learn about important resources throughout the community, as well as opportunities to GET HELP, or if you are in a position to do so, GIVE HELP.

We have been able to respond to this crisis thanks to the commitment and vision of those who have come before us to build a solid infrastructure of agencies and programs as well as a strong endowment to lean on in times of need. Today, we are writing with new and inspiring stories from our donors and our community about their lasting Jewish legacies, as well as an update on our investment portfolio. We hope you enjoy these articles and we encourage you to reach out to us with your story of what motivates you and how you want to make a difference in our community to ensure a vibrant future.

Thank you for your continued trust and partnership with us. We were here in the past, we are here in the present and we will be here in the future as we look forward to a stronger tomorrow — today!

We wish you and your family a happy, HEALTHY and sweet New Year ahead!


During her lifetime, Rhalda Bressler Prystowsky z”l had an indelible impact everywhere she lived ... from Gainesville, FL to Hershey, PA and from Harrisburg, PA to Miami, FL. She held a number of community leadership positions over the years and cared passionately for her family and Jewish tradition. Though she passed away in May, her enduring legacy to the Jewish people will be felt for generations to come because of the Lion of Judah Endowment fund she created during her lifetime.

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LIFE & LEGACY, the national Jewish collaborative endowment initiative, sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, reached a significant milestone earlier this year, topping the $1 billion mark in legacy commitments. This total includes over $50 million in legacy commitments in Miami that will ensure a strong and vibrant Jewish future.

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For over 50 years, The Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation has been a trusted partner in the Miami Jewish community for our donors, professional advisors and our agencies and synagogues. The Foundation is focused on both the preservation and growth of the long-term community assets for generations to come. Proper oversight and investment of these funds — with complete transparency — is and has been a key piece to earning and maintaining this trust.

Since our Investment Committee is tasked with the important responsibility of managing community dollars, the blended strategy is invested for total return in a balanced portfolio of stocks, bonds and alternative investments. Click here to read more about The Foundation’s investments.

Stay Connected with Your Jewish Community

Stay connected to your Jewish community by visiting our Coronavirus Community Resource Page.

Your Donor-Advised Philanthropic Fund at The Foundation

As the current crisis has changed the way we do business, we want you to know The Foundation continues to be fully operational and is making grants on a weekly basis in support of charitable organizations in our local community and around the world. If you already have a Donor-Advised Fund with The Foundation, we encourage you to access your fund through our secure donor portal site. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 and we are here to show you how to securely login with your unique username and password to access your fund, check balances, make grant recommendations, see your giving history and more. Read more.

About The Foundation

Whether you want to make a difference in the world, reduce your taxes or benefit from an increased income stream, The Foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation is ready to work with you, your family and your professional advisors to help you meet your philanthropic goals and find ways to give smarter.

Your Foundation gift can feed the hungry, care for vulnerable elderly Jews, educate children or fulfill the vision you have for a better tomorrow for the Jewish people. If you want to strengthen Jewish identity, safeguard Jews in Israel and around the world or encourage the next generations to embrace their rich Jewish heritage in meaningful and innovative ways — or all of the above — The Foundation can turn your philanthropic aspirations into reality.

Steve Foldes, Chair of The Foundation
Scott Kaplan, The Foundation Director
Shelly Brodie, Forever Lion Chair
Steve A. Wagner, Investment Committee Chair
Jill Hagler, Director of Foundation Development
Gabriel Simkin, Investment Analyst

Professional Advisors Council (PAC)
Susan Morrison, Chair
Adam Kaplan, Director

Golden Care Foundation
Paul Kruss and Dr. Joseph Singer, Co-Chairs
Mindy Tucker, Golden Care Director
Miriam Masia, Golden Care Assistant Director

Isaac K. “Ike” Fisher, Chair of the Board
Jacob Solomon, President & CEO
Ariel Bentata, General Campaign Chair
Jeffrey Y. Levin, Chief Development Officer
Abbey Feinberg, Annual Campaign Director