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New Immigrants Adjust to Life in Israel

New immigrants to Israel are making a difference in the country’s high-tech industry through Tech & The City, an initiative spearheaded by Federation’s overseas partner The Jewish Agency for Israel. The five-month program, geared toward 22- to 35-year olds, helps participants find their place in the country’s booming technology sector. Tech & The City includes an entrepreneurship course at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, intensive Hebrew instruction, housing and community-building extracurricular activities. Every year, several dozen olim (immigrants) participate in the program.

Penny Falko, 29, left her senior position in a global banking corporation in Hungary to make aliyah and was drawn to Tech & The City. “I sent an urgent email to The Jewish Agency for Israel to start working on my paperwork,” she recalled. "I did not care if I had a wonderful career and family and friends in Hungary — I was determined to make aliyah.”

Upon immigrating, Penny’s first challenge was to find a job that suited her skills and experience. She initially lived in The Jewish Agency’s Tech & The City’s Ulpan Etzion, a residential study program that offers new immigrants from around the world intensive education in Hebrew. Eventually, she managed to find what she calls “the perfect job” in Jerusalem.

The Jewish Agency’s data shows that many of today’s new immigrants to Israel come from careers in business, technology, engineering and related fields — professions that considerably strengthen the Israeli economy.

This year, Penny came full circle. Tasked with recruiting a new employee for her company, she asked The Jewish Agency if there were any suitable candidates from Tech & The City. “I recruited a new immigrant — someone just like me,” she said proudly.

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Five Jewish community leaders will be recognized at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation on Friday, May 31 at the Hilton Miami Downtown at 11:30 a.m.

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Welcoming New Women

Welcoming New Women

Women’s Philanthropy of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation held its Annual Meeting and Installation Brunch this past Tuesday, a meaningful and inspiring event.

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A Good Death?

A Good Death?

Join the 24th Annual Ministering to the Elderly Conference, sponsored by Federation’s Mishkan Miami, Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS) and Miami Jewish Health, to discover if there is such a thing as a good death and how can we help those in our care achieve this goal?

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ZUAK: Israeli Art

ZUAK: Israeli Art

Yerucham artist-in-residence, Hadasa Yitshak, recently spent a week in Miami sharing her original art form of Zuak with Miami’s Jewish community at the three Federation-supported Jewish community centers in Miami.

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