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South Florida Hosts Amit Alumni

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Southeast Region Amit members and friends gathered together on November 15 at the home of Adrianne and Leon Brum. Adrianne, famous for her hostessing skills, provided guests with an array of hot and cold beverages, delicious dips and chips, pastries, confections, and fruits. The main course, however, were two amazing graduates of Amit schools in Israel who had come to share their remarkable stories – Halel Bareli and Miri Uriel.

Debbie Moed, Amit national president, and Robin Isaacson, national director of planning and giving and regional director of Southeast Region, spoke of the Amit educational network that operates 110 schools, youth villages and programs, serving more than 33,000 children in 29 cities throughout Israel and introduced Halel and Miri.

Amit meeting in Florida.

Amit meeting in Florida.

Halel, a 12th grade student at Ulpanat Amit in Sderot, is one of 11 children. Her father is a rabbi. Her mother is a social worker. Halel was delighted for two reasons with the Amit school. One was that she would not have to go out of town to attend a religious girls’ high school as had been the case for frum girls in Sderot before AMIT. The second was that Halel was attracted to AMIT’s emphasis on giving back to the community and country.

Under this influence, Halel worked with and helped the youth and home-bound of Sderot during the Gaza War and was instrumental in aiding the families of fallen and wounded soldiers. Halel was asked to light the torch at the national Yom Ha’atzmaut ceremony at Har Herzl in recognition of her tremendous contributions. After high school, she will go on to do national service and continue her social activism.

Miri has been in the Amit system from a very early age. She and her brother, Moshe, spent seven years at Amit Frisch Beit Hailed and Amit Kfar Blatt. The children had come from a severely dysfunctional environment and the Amit facility gave them a loving home, stability, and encouraged them in every way. Today Miri is a drama teacher at Amit Kfar Blatt and works with special needs students. She has a strong ability to connect to the children and understand their challenges. Both Miri and her brother have successful and fulfilling lives.

To learn more about Amit, contact Robin Isaacson at 954-922-5100 or visit www.AMITChildren.org/Southeast.

Shelley Benveniste

Chabad Of South Broward Hosts Kinus Convention

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

No hurricane winds were felt in South Florida on Sunday and Monday, Rosh Chodesh and 2 Elul (September 4-5). Rather, the winds of Elul were felt – especially with the power and energy generated by the annual two-day southern regional Kinus Hashluchim convention, held this year at the newly renovated Chabad of South Broward headquarters. Over 120 shluchim participated.

The program began with registration and lunch followed by an hour of intense study of the meaning of Elul and it significance as articulated by the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Then a general session was called to order and all were welcomed by Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, head shliach of South Broward.

First to be called to the podium was Rabbi Abraham Korf, head shliach to the state of Florida, who delivered emotional greetings and warm words of encouragement.

Rabbi Chay Amar gave a heartfelt talk about the importance of Hakhel and all its expressions in Elul.

Rabbi Yossi Lebovics, principal of the Chaya Aydel Seminary, encouraged the shluchim to tap in to the many programs the seminary offers that can benefit their shlichus.

Rabbi Mendy Katz of the Aleph Institute spoke next and reminded the shluchim of the important work with prisoners and soldiers. Rabbi Leibel Miller spoke about chevrah kadisha.

Participants at the southern regional Kinus Hashluchim convention.

Participants at the southern regional Kinus Hashluchim convention.

After an in depth workshop on Chabad House security, the shluchim participated in a number of round-table discussions.

After Minchah and a group photo, the shluchim were directed to the Max and Eve Rubenstein Main Sanctuary that had been transformed for the occasion into a beautiful banquet ballroom. Yossi Gopin and Kosher Central caterers made the evening and the kinus the success it was.

Highlights of the banquet included an eloquent dvar malchus by Rabbi Leibel Schapiro, a touching and inspiring talk by lay leader Paul (Pesach Sholom) Sussman, who spoke about his journey to Yiddishkeit from Tibet and his encounters with the Rebbe.

Monday morning began with chassidus study and davening followed by breakfast.

A general session covering the two topics of hiskashrus and working together with neighboring shluchim was helpful to many. Rabbis Korf, Lipskar, Biston, and Tennenhaus shared many invaluable ideas and experiences.

With a feeling of renewed energy and much optimism, the shluchim expressed their appreciation to the organizers of the kinus, Rabbi Tennenhaus, Rabbi Moshe Schwartz, Rabbi Leizer Barash, and especially the main organizer, Rabbi Mordy Feiner.

Chaim Lehrer

Rabbi Weberman Hosts Law Enforcement Luncheon

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Rabbi Pinchas Weberman recently hosted a luncheon honoring law enforcement in South Florida. The delicious buffet was held in Miami on Thursday, June 23. Rabbi Weberman is the spiritual leader of Ohev Shalom Synagogue in Miami Beach, president of the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of South Florida and chaplain to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as well as the Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County police departments. The rabbi is known as the liaison between the Jewish community and law enforcement.


Rabbi Pinchas Weberman (far right) with members of South Florida law enforcement.

Rabbi Pinchas Weberman (far right) with members of South Florida law enforcement.


Members of local police departments, ATF, drug enforcement, U.S. Secret Service, State Attorney’s office, and the Coast Guard were among the attendees at the event.

Warm friendship, lively conversation, good food – and a few very short speeches – made for a really special afternoon.

Shelley Benveniste

Young Israel Of Bal Harbour Hosts ‘Above And Beyond’

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Giddy Lichtman, 92, the last surviving airman, speaking to the audience.

Giddy Lichtman, 92, the last surviving airman, speaking to the audience.

Young Israel of Bal Harbour, located at 9580 Abbott Avenue in Surfside, hosted the film “Above and Beyond” on Thursday, May 12, Yom Ha’Atzmaut. The movie, produced by Nancy Spielberg, documents the story of Jewish-American pilots who fought in Israel’s 1948 war of independence.

Just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a small group answered a call for help. In secret, and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia, and flew for Israel to join in its War of Independence. “Above and Beyond” is the tale of these little-known heroes.

The first major feature-length film about these airmen, “Above and Beyond” brings together new interviews as well as stunning aerial footage to present a fascinating story filled with heart, heroism, and high-flying chutzpah. The ragtag group was a band of brothers who not only turned the tide of the war but also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride.

Shelley Benveniste

Chabad Chayil Hosts Post-Pesach Challah Bake

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Women participating in Chabad Chayil’s challah bake.

Women participating in Chabad Chayil’s challah bake.

More than 75 women and girls from the North Miami Dade community of Highland Lakes gathered to bake challah at Chabad Chayil for the Shabbos after Pesach. They learned the art of baking with master challah bakers Perla Attia and Nili Segal and the heart of challah baking from master teacher Morah Layah Kievman.

Chabad Chayil – Highland Lakes Jewish Center, located at 2601 NE 211 Terrace in North Miami Beach, offers challah baking classes several times each year. To join the next class or learn about the many projects and programs call 305-770-1919 or visit www.ChabadChayil.org.

Shelley Benveniste

Pres. Rivlin Congratulates Delegation on Israel Bonds’ 65th Anniversary

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin welcomed a delegation of 140 Israel Bonds representatives from around the world, on Sunday, led by the organization’s president Izzy Tapuchi.

The president congratulated the delegation on the 65th anniversary of Israel Bonds.

“I have witnessed the miracle of seeing the ‘desert bloom’, and the ‘hi-tech boom,’ Rivlin said, noting “we could not have achieved all this without your support.

“Israel Bonds is not just a way to show support for Israel, it is a way to show faith in Israel; faith in our growth, faith in our development, and faith in our future.”

Rivlin spoke about the socio-economic challenges Israel faces against the background of changes in Israeli society and gaps between the different communities.

“The President’s Office is proud to be involved in a number of projects bridging the gaps,” he said, “in schools and on the sports field, in the classroom and in the workplace.”

Hana Levi Julian

Exacting Vengeance on the Gentiles?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Once again we are treated to the sight of very religious looking Jews acting like a street gang. A statue of a cross with a figure of Jesus on it was defaced by a group of Breslover Chasidim in Uman. The cross was recently erected opposite the grave of the founder of this Chasidus, Rav Nachman of Breslov – located in the Ukrainian city of Uman. From JTA:

“To exact vengeance on the gentiles,” reads the message, which was scrawled across the torso of a figure of Jesus. A further inscription on Jesus’ leg reads, “Stop desecrating the name of God.”

This kind of thing would not surprise me if it were being done by extremists from a community that embraces an isolationist lifestyle. But although they are hardcore Chasidim who dress and look much the same as Satmar Chasidim – Breslovers do a lot of outreach. I would expect them to know how to behave in a more civilized manner. They must have had a socialization process that taught them that or they could not do outreach. And yet here they have acted in a completely uncivilized way.

So it comes as a bit of a surprise that a Christian symbol near their venerated Rebbe’s grave site was desecrated with graffiti. I guess their socialization process goes just so far. A statue of Jesus so close to their Rebbe’s grave site was too much to handle.

I don’t know why the Ukrainian Government chose that site for its statue. I don’t think it was a wise decision. But at the same time, I don’t think it was necessarily meant to ‘stick it’ to the Breslovers either. It was probably just not a well thought out plan.

I can understand why these Chasidim felt outrage. They consider the Breslover Rebbe’s gravesite to be so holy that make annual pilgrimages to it. Tens of thousands of Jews (mostly Breslover Chasidim) from all over the world visit it during Rosh Hashanah – one of the holiest times of the year. It is almost as though they were making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem’s Holy Temple. Seeing the sight of Jesus on a cross must have made them feel like they were seeing Avodah Zara in the Beis HaMikdash.

The outrage is understandable. But their expression of it is inexcusable. It is the kind of behavior that can bring tragedy upon the Jewish people. Uman is not Jerusalem. R. Nachman’s gravesite is not the Beis HaMikdash. The citizens of Uman are their hosts. Breslovers are guests. And the guests have just defaced the image of the god their hosts worship.

The more responsible Breslover leadership has apologized. Sort of. From JTA:

“We respect other religions, and don’t wish to damage symbols of other religions. But, unfortunately, not all of our coreligionists understand this. They could break or destroy the cross. That would lead to a genuine war between hasidim and Christians. We cannot allow that, so we request that the cross be moved to a different location,” said Shimon Busquila, a representative of the Rabbi Nachman International Fund…

It may have been a legitimate request. But it was made too late. If made at all it should have been made politely before the statue was vandalized. Nonetheless the deputy mayor of Uman agreed with it.

On the other hand the citizens of Uman were so outraged by the vandalism – that they will have no part of moving the statue. They promised retaliation against Rav Nachman’s grave if it is moved. I can’t say that I blame them.

I think the point to be made here is contained in the response made by Shimon Busquila: ‘…not all of our coreligionists understand this’.

That is exactly the problem. Why don’t they understand this? It is not enough for a leader to simply say that some of their co-religionists do not understand the consequences of being uncivilized – thereby damaging the property of their hosts.  Especially their religious symbols. No matter how upsetting it is to them.

The Chasidim who did this are taught to hate non Jewish religious symbols much more than they are taught to behave in civilized ways when encountering them. So when they get upset at the sight of one of those hated symbols, they react in ways that bring ill repute upon – and ill will against – our people. They do so without thinking or perhaps even caring about the consequences.

Harry Maryles

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