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Apr 8, 2019

Sobriety Success in the Jewish Community

Recovering addicts and their families are finding comfort within Miami’s Jewish community. Recovery Through a Jewish Lens, a program supported by a Federation Jewish Incubator Grant and organized by Temple Beth Am, is working to end the stigma around addiction. Comprised of educational, religious and enrichment activities, the initiative also includes a Clean and Sober Seder on Sunday, April 14 at Temple Beth Am, which will support recovery through the Passover story of redemption. The Annual Federation/UJA Campaign provides funding for the Jewish Incubator Grants.

Recovery Through a Jewish Lens offers a multi-faceted approach to achieveing sobriety and includes an ongoing, monthly, serenity support and educational group for both recovering addicts and their families. The gatherings provide a Jewish spiritual context for the healing process.

As part of the program, Temple Beth Am recently hosted an innovative and powerful musical performance. Written and performed by recovering addicts from Beit T’Shuvah Synagogue and Recovery Center in Los Angeles, the first Jewish faith-based residential recovery facility, Freedom Song is the story of Passover combined with personal journeys of addiction. Using song, dance, laughter and tears, Freedom Song poses the question: What are you a slave to?

Jewish Incubator Grants support impactful programs that make a difference in Miami’s Jewish community. For more information about Jewish incubator grants, contact Flora Akselrad at fakselrad@gmjf.org or 786.866.8498.

Masa Israel Journey Offers Gap Year Options

Masa Israel Journey Offers Gap Year Options

Many American universities are planning to offer remote learning in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic and some students are feeling reticent about the transition to online learning. For those looking for an alternative, this year provides an opportunity to explore gap year options with Masa Israel Journey.

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A Summer of Service for Jewish Young Adults

A Summer of Service for Jewish Young Adults

For Jewish young adults and college students, ages 18-29, the coronavirus pandemic is a moment to make a difference for those affected by COVID-19. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation Jewish Volunteer Center is launching Serve the Moment, a four-week summer fellowship of service from July 8-August 7.

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Be a Part of the Florida Jewish COVID-19 Plasma Initiative

Be a Part of the Florida Jewish COVID-19 Plasma Initiative

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise throughout Florida, doctors are hoping the convalescent blood plasma of recovered patients can help fight the virus. If you are a COVID-19 survivor, you can join this effort by participating in the Florida Jewish COVID-19 Plasma Initiative to ensure the state has enough plasma on hand to treat those who may need it.

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Jewish Community Update

Jewish Community Update

With the beginning of a new fiscal year, our newly-elected Greater Miami Jewish Federation leadership officially took office earlier this week on July 1st. We are grateful for the desire of so many individuals to serve our community during this time of great uncertainty, and we especially want to express our deepest gratitude to Jeffrey Scheck, who has completed his two-year term as Chair of the Board.

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