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May 31, 2020

COVID-19 Doesn’t Stop Olim From Immigrating to Israel

It was a special day for 119 Ethiopian olim (immigrants) who recently arrived at Ben-Gurion International Airport to begin their new life in Israel. Due to strict travel restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, Greater Miami Jewish Federation overseas partner The Jewish Agency for Israel helped charter a special aircraft to bring them to their Jewish homeland. They will stay in a government-provided youth hostel for their quarantine period. In what can only be described as beshert (destiny), their arrival coincided with the annual day of remembrance for Ethiopian Jews who perished on their journey to Israel and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), which marks the unification of Israel’s capital. This is the second group of Ethiopians who arrived in Israel during the pandemic, fulfilling the dream of aliyah with 72 others who arrived in March and settled in absorption centers in the country’s North and South. To read more about Federation’s work overseas, click here.

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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