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May 15, 2023

From Client to Volunteer: Meet Tatiana of Odesa

“I’m incredibly grateful JDC came into my life,” said Tatiana of Federation partner agency the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), which she credits for reconnecting her to her Jewish roots. Tatiana is one of 3,000 JDC volunteers who support 36,000 people in need across Ukraine through various JDC projects. For years, Tatiana and her two daughters, who live in Odesa, were JDC clients and received support for at-risk families. When Russia invaded Ukraine, everything changed. “An entire huge piece of our lives was ripped away,” relayed Tatiana. “I was stewing in my own fear and then I began to think about others.” She found volunteering for seniors through JDC had a positive effect on her and her daughters. In addition, Tatiana shared, “I used to be embarrassed that I had Jewish blood. JDC helped me to reconnect with the Jewish community.” She still receives JDC assistance, which includes free therapy sessions for her special-needs daughter. “I’m very grateful to the [JDC] donors,” said Tatiana, who, like many, struggles to survive in war-torn Ukraine. “I only want everyone to come home alive, something we used to take for granted,” she noted. Click here to hear Tatiana’s story.

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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