The South Florida office of the American Jewish Committee recently held its fourth annual Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast. Its goal was to bring together people of different religions and ethnic groups. AJC's Greater Miami director spoke. He stated that, " America's diversity is what makes us stronger."
Usually, the building and use of a sukkah in a school during the Sukkot holiday is a project undertaken by a Jewish day school, yeshiva or Jewish organization on a college campus. This year, a dedicated group of high school students changed the status quo in their nonsectarian private school in Miami Shores, Florida.
The Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, located at 2031 Harrison Street in Hollywood, is looking for volunteers to begin immediately. The center needs transcribers, audit/editors, proofreaders, and abstractors. The work is of vital importance. As the pool of aging survivors diminishes, it becomes increasingly urgent that their stories be documented and recorded.
Achim Academy’s Center for Education in South Florida is celebrating not only the beginning of another great new school year but also the start of a much anticipated gifted program. Students and administrators are excited to begin this new phase in the institution’s growth.
WHAT: Annual Mother-in-Israel Luncheon – This campaign, by providing extra tutorial hours, counseling sessions, textbooks, hot lunches, eyeglasses, shoes, dental work and so much...
A recent anti-Israeli demonstration at a local grocery store has taken on an ironic twist. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions group led a rally in front of a Publix supermarket located in North Miami. Organizer Len Kaminsky insisted the protest was not anti-Jewish, but rather anti-Zionist. Kaminsky said he is a Jew who's very upset with "the way that Palestinians are being treated by Israel." He is heading a boycott of Israeli products to make his point.
I'm always in a state of total shock when I view newborns. I'm in awe of the teeny size of their hands and fingers and those incredibly minuscule nails. It's totally astonishing that they are real and complete human beings - and still they can be carried with one hand.
Life can be tough. Sometimes we can connect our problems to things we put in place. Sometimes hard times appear to fall inexplicably from the sky. Human nature shapes the desire to have power over our destinies. We want to feel we can avert tragedy by taking yearly medical screenings or crossing at the corner or investing wisely. Unfortunately, it's not quite that simple.
All across South Florida, the Jewish community is in festive Chanukah mode. There are parties and events scheduled throughout the entire eight days. There are gala concerts, menorah lightings and Chanukah programs and fairs. There are dreidels to spin and latkes to eat and presents to wrap.
America will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 25. Tremendous effort has always been focused on portraying this time in a lovely, romanticized light in which pilgrims and Native Americans worked together in harmony. The reality, however, is quite grim.
The 31st Annual South Florida Chassidic Chanukah Festival is getting bigger and better. Over 10,000 people have participated each year since the event was moved to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach in 2007. The upcoming festival planned for Wednesday, December 8, has a star-studded program that will likely see the largest attendance ever.
Zenon Fernandez recently went to trial in Miami. A jury found him guilty of manslaughter with a deadly weapon. Fernandez had been shooting off a round of bullets to celebrate the New Year. His revelry was short-lived.
The rabbi of Hollywood, Florida's original Reform temple, along with a high school teacher and a group of students, recently visited Chabad of South Broward. They were intrigued and inspired by their hour-long visit.
The alarm of a South Beach bank recently went off in the early morning hours. Police arriving at the scene were greeted by an unusual sight. The alleged lookout man was in the parking lot of the bank building. He had fallen asleep at the wheel of his car.
One of my dearest friends recently flew to New York to be with her ailing father who had suffered a severe heart attack. Sadly, he did not survive.
A minister in Gainesville, Florida, recently caused a major uproar with his plan to burn a Koran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Reverend Terry Jones' idea was met with wide-reaching condemnation.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, can be a time of optimism. The observances of the holiday are actually quite therapeutic. Engaging in prayer, charity and repentance clears one's head, and sets us in a position to anticipate a clean slate. We hope for Hashem's blessings for a good year.
As the month of Elul approaches, Jews all over the world anticipate the New Year. Rosh Hashanah is an intriguing time. The notion of teshuvah (repentance) is pivotal to the holiday.
A boat was intercepted in the Florida Straits on July 13. A surveillance plane spotted the vessel and directed the U.S. Coast Guard to intervene. The boat held a passenger who had fled the island of Cuba.He was parched and exhaustedand was said to have been adrift for weeks. Rescuers were shocked to see that the seven-foot craft was made of Styrofoam.
I have written on this topic for several years. Regrettably, the problem is still here and the message worth repeating.