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Federation Welcomes Israeli Ambassador Michael Herzog to The Main Event

Federation Welcomes Israeli Ambassador Michael Herzog to The Main Event

As we stand in solidarity with Israel at this critical time, Federation is delighted to welcome Guest of Honor Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Herzog to The Main Event on Sunday, February 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Loews Miami Beach.
Overnight Summer Camp Scholarships

Overnight Summer Camp Scholarships

Federation is committed to making the Jewish overnight summer camp experience accessible to all children. Shabbatot by the campfire, havdalah under the stars, competitive color wars and rikkud (dance) sessions are a few of the fun and creative ways campers can explore the many facets of their Jewish identity.
Two Highly Esteemed Israeli Leaders to Speak at The Main Event

Two Highly Esteemed Israeli Leaders to Speak at The Main Event

Don’t miss your chance to hear from former Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at The Main Event of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation on Sunday, February 18 at the Loews Miami Beach. Plus, join your Jewish community as we honor Federation President and CEO Jacob Solomon with the Friend of Israel Humanitarian Award on the occasion of his retirement after more than 42 years of service.
Miami Women Gather for Lion of Judah Event

Miami Women Gather for Lion of Judah Event

“We are here today because we are hurting … because we need each other… because we are Jews … because we want to do something … because, together, we CAN do something.” These powerful words from Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair Amanda Adler were the reason more than 500 of Miami’s most generous Jewish women gathered this past Tuesday for the Lion of Judah Event.Chaired by Jill Schwartz, the event marked 109 days since Hamas’ brutal attack and focused on Federation’s vital ongoing response.
I Am Here: Federation Brings 23 Miamians to Israel on a Solidarity Mission

I Am Here: Federation Brings 23 Miamians to Israel on a Solidarity Mission

“Being in Israel right now is like attending a national shiva,” said Federation General Campaign Chair Lily Serviansky in reference to attending the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s most recent, and fourth, Solidarity Mission since October 7. “For a few days, we were able to join them in their pain and sorrow. You hear that everything changed
Israel Emergency Fund Recipient Brothers for Life Visits Miami

Israel Emergency Fund Recipient Brothers for Life Visits Miami

“This has been an incredible week of healing and connecting with our Miami Jewish community,” said Brothers for Life (BFL) Co-Founder Rabbi Chaim Levine, affirming that the 12 Israel Defense Forces (IDF) veterans who arrived here Monday benefited from their visit. “It takes a whole community to help an injured soldier.”
Two Communities, Two Generous Jewish Hearts

Two Communities, Two Generous Jewish Hearts

A lifelong resident of Western Massachusetts, Ruth Weiss later owned a second home in Key Biscayne, and demonstrated her love and commitment to Israel and the Jewish people through annual donations to the Jewish Federations in both communities.
Women’s Amutot Initiative Grants Focus on Helping Women After October 7

Women’s Amutot Initiative Grants Focus on Helping Women After October 7

“This year, we definitely looked at the grant allotments through a different lens,” said Ilene Kossman, Chair of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s Women’s Amutot Initiative Committee, regarding the 2024 funding awarded to organizations in Israel that help women thrive and succeed.
The Main Event – An Extraordinary Night of Jewish Community

The Main Event – An Extraordinary Night of Jewish Community

Join the Greater Miami Jewish Federation in a momentous celebration of Jewish community and solidarity with Israel at The Main Event on Sunday, February 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Loews Miami Beach.
The Fund for the Victims of Terror Supports Families of Fallen October 7 Heroes

The Fund for the Victims of Terror Supports Families of Fallen October 7 Heroes

When Hamas terrorists surrounded his home in Kibbutz Nahal Oz on October 7, Shlomo Ron, z”l, gave his own life so that his family could live. In baiting the terrorists so they would not search for his wife, their two daughters and a grandson who hid in their safe room, 85-year-old Ron sacrificed himself and enabled his family to survive.
Women’s Impact Initiative Grants Helps Launch Innovative Programming

Women’s Impact Initiative Grants Helps Launch Innovative Programming

Federation continues to prioritize the needs of women and girls through the ninth cycle of the Women’s Impact Initiative grants.
Increase in Aliyah Since October 7 Is a “Beautiful Expression of Solidarity”

Increase in Aliyah Since October 7 Is a “Beautiful Expression of Solidarity”

Aliyah [immigration to Israel] in these times is another expression of the partnership of world Jewry in building, and now in rebuilding, the State of Israel,” said Maj. Gen. (res.) Doron Almog, Chairman of Federation overseas partner The Jewish Agency for Israel.
Miami’s Jewish Community Helping Hard-Hit Israelis Through Interest-Free Loans

Miami’s Jewish Community Helping Hard-Hit Israelis Through Interest-Free Loans

Since Hamas’ horrific terrorist attack in Israel on October 7, thousands of Israeli lives have been upended and the country’s economy has been in turmoil. More than 360,000 reservists were called to active duty during the ongoing conflict, away from their jobs and families.
Serving Israeli Evacuees With Special Needs

Serving Israeli Evacuees With Special Needs

“We have accessible bathrooms, showers, bedrooms. What we didn’t have is all the equipment for the people who came from their houses with nothing,” said Rachel Cohen, Project Manager at Beit Hagalgalim, a center for learning in Herzliya that is offering housing for people with disabilities who had to flee Israel’s south after October 7.
Training Ethiopian-Israelis to Provide Trauma Support

Training Ethiopian-Israelis to Provide Trauma Support

In answer to the unprecedented need for extensive and specialized trauma counseling in Israel due to the war, Federation is funding an initiative of partner agency Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC) to train Ethiopian-Israeli therapists in psychosocial care.
Join Your Jewish Community for Shabbat of Love

Join Your Jewish Community for Shabbat of Love

At a time when Jews everywhere are troubled by the war in Israel and rampant worldwide antisemitism, the Shabbat of Love — the largest Shabbat dinner celebration in North American history — provides the opportunity to celebrate Jewish light and love on Friday, January 19.
Youth Futures Supporting Mentors During the Israel-Hamas War

Youth Futures Supporting Mentors During the Israel-Hamas War

In the immediate aftermath of the Hamas attacks in Israel, as her husband was called to defend their country and her children remained terrified, Nurit Nissim’s thoughts turned to the welfare of mentors who work year-round with at-risk children through Youth Futures, and how she could support them.
Beit Issie Shapiro Supports People With Disabilities Who Are Impacted by the War

Beit Issie Shapiro Supports People With Disabilities Who Are Impacted by the War

“Physically, my family is okay. Mentally, it’s a completely different story,” said Ashira Greszes, whose toddler, Yedidya, attends gan (kindergarten) at Federation beneficiary agency Beit Issie Shapiro, an innovator in services for adults and children with disabilities that now provides free emotional therapy and respite visits to hundreds of people impacted by the war in Israel.
Just Days to Go for Tax-Smart Giving in 2023

Just Days to Go for Tax-Smart Giving in 2023

Only two more days remain for tax-smart giving in 2023, making this your last chance this year to demonstrate your support of Israel and help confront the rising tide of antisemitism here at home.
Florida Hillel Students Journey to Poland to Bear Witness

Florida Hillel Students Journey to Poland to Bear Witness

At a time when antisemitism rages across universities, 40 students from Hillels in Florida participated last week in a trip to Poland to learn firsthand the lessons of the Holocaust — and came away with a deep sense of self, a strengthened connection to Judaism and the courage to stand up for Jewish students on campus.
Don’t Miss Miami’s Jewish Community Study

Don’t Miss Miami’s Jewish Community Study

Don’t miss your last chance to participate in the Miami Jewish Community Study! The Miami-Dade Jewish Community Study is a once-a-decade study sponsored by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and conducted by the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University in partnership with NORC at the University of Chicago. The study will provide vital information on the number and makeup of Jewish households in Miami-Dade County, as well as their attitudes and needs.

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Women Lead Federation

Women Lead Federation

For the first time in the history of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, two women assume the organization’s top leadership positions. Lily Serviansky will become Chair of the Board and Mojdeh Khaghan Danial will serve as General Campaign Chair, following their installation at Federation’s 86th Annual Meeting, on Thursday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Jungle Island Ballroom.

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Federation Participates in Collaborative Grant-Making

Federation Participates in Collaborative Grant-Making

Federation continues to prioritize the support of women and girls in the aftermath of the October 7 terrorist attacks, this time, in partnership with 10 other nonprofit organizations through the Jewish Women’s Collective Response Fund.

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Volunteer to Chat With Ukrainians

Volunteer to Chat With Ukrainians

Make a difference in the lives of Ukrainians impacted by the ongoing conflict by volunteering to help improve their English through Connect for Good: Chat With Ukraine.

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