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Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein is an actress, writer, director and producer best known for her work in such critically acclaimed series as “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” “House,” and most recently, Golden Globe-winner “The Kominsky Method.” She’s enjoyed portraying indelible characters over the years, ranging from George’s risotto-loving girlfriend on “Seinfeld” to Ben Stiller’s nightmare date in the film “Keeping the Faith.” She’s also played memorable roles in such hit shows as “The Good Wife,” “The West Wing” and “Ally McBeal.”

Edelstein’s speech, "To Be A Jew," covers a wide range of topics, from anti-Semitism to Ethel Merman, in a rollicking and sometimes emotional telling of her experiences of living life while simultaneously being Jewish. She credits being raised in a Conservative Jewish home as being the seed to her passion, not just for empathy, but for activism. She put that activism to work after studying at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, when Edelstein wrote, composed and performed in the musical “Positive Me,” which was one of the first productions to address the devastating AIDS health crisis.

Edelstein now resides in California with her husband, two step-sons and a trio of dogs. As a family, they have found a way to practice Judaism that centers around ritual with an emphasis on social justice.

An Important Message to the Community

An Important Message to the Community

As we have watched events unfold around the world over the last several weeks and now with the increasing concern regarding the COVID-19 in the United States and within our own communities, we are feeling the uncertainty and anxiety of the moment. Thankfully, we belong to a greater community that cares for one another.

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Emergency Hotline Offers Guidance and Support

Emergency Hotline Offers Guidance and Support

Miami’s Jewish community is here to help. If you or someone you know is in need of emergency counseling, financial assistance, food, bereavement support, domestic abuse assistance or help facing other challenges, call 305.576.6550 for guidance and support.

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POSTPONED: Join Us for Super Sunday and Good Deeds Day

POSTPONED: Join Us for Super Sunday and Good Deeds Day

Super Sunday, on March 15, is being postponed for the good of the community and the welfare of our volunteers and staff. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation is following CDC guidelines for coronavirus regarding gatherings and social distancing.
Life-changing Israel Experiences

Life-changing Israel Experiences

Masa Israel provides young adults with immersive, life-changing experiences in Israel.

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