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Calendar Of Events

Friday, January 27th, 2012

WHAT: Young Israel of Bal Harbour invites the community to attend a review and signing of Rabbi Simeon Schreiber’s newly published book A Caring Presence. The book provides guidelines for visiting hospital patients, the homebound elderly and families at the time of shiva. Light refreshments will be served.

WHERE: 10155 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour 101 social hall

WHEN: Sunday, Jan 29 at 8 p.m.


WHAT: OU South Florida Job Fair. Job seekers and employers can register to participate at www.oujobs.org. Registration is mandatory for applicants – no walk-ins will be accepted

WHERE: Young Israel of Hollywood, 3291 Sterling Road

WHEN: Tuesday, Feb 7,11 a.m.-3 p.m.

COST: No Fee

CONTACT: Michael Rosner at jobsco@ou.org or call 212-563-4000


WHAT: Emunah Miami Beach Gala Dinner, honoring Janet Shiff and Dr. and Mrs. Norman Turoff

WHERE: The Alexander Hotel, 5225 Collins Ave., Miami Beach

WHEN: Monday, February 13, cocktail reception 6 p.m., dinner at 7

COST: $150 per person

CONTACT: Call 305-538-1222 or visit www.emunah.org


WHAT: Scholar-In-Residence Weekend featuring Rabbi Zechariah Wallerstein

WHERE: Young Israel of Bal Harbour, 9592 Harding Ave., Surfside

WHEN: Feb 3-4

CONTACT: 305-866-0203

Rochelle Malek Honored As Eshet Chayil

Friday, January 27th, 2012

The Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy held its 64thAnnual Event on Sunday evening, January 8. The lavish evening was hosted by local television personality Rosh Lowe and honorary event chair Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. More than $750,000 was raised for the Hebrew Academy Scholarship Fund.

Robyn Malek (right), Hebrew Academy director of development, and Rochelle Malek, Eshet Chayil Woman of Valor Award recipient.

Rochelle Malek received the Eshet Chayil Woman of Valor Award for her phenomenal dedication to the school and the Miami Beach community. Rochelle uses her talents to contribute in many ways. She is an active and involved member of many important organizations and groups.

Ms. Malek, who was married to former Miami Beach mayor Joe Malek, a”h, is a devoted mother, grandmother and sister, as well as a community powerhouse, respected and loved by all.

Other awards were presented throughout the evening. Senator Marco Rubio received the Community Service Award for his resolute support of the community. The Alumni Spotlight Award went to Tamra Fox-Meyerson for her vision and endeavors on behalf of the school. Morah Gail Davis received the Excellence in Education Award for her years of service to the school and students.

Norma Reiz and Diana Kurtzer were awarded with the Commitment to Excellence Award. These two dedicated women in the west-campus office have always been there for students, teachers and parents.

The Hebrew Academy is an Orthodox day school serving children from birth through Grade 12. RASG equips students to reach their fullest potential both academically and spiritually and instills eternal Torah values in a changing world.

MK Hatovely Addresses Miami Beach Audience

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

MK Tzipi Hatovely addressed a Chabad “Lunch and Learn” event on December 14 in Miami Beach.

Hatovely, who sits on the Knesset’s Security and Defense Committee, referenced her recent trip to Belgium where she had attended a meeting of NATO members. “I couldn’t sleep from fear, realizing that Israel and the U.S. are the only countries in the world that recognize the existential threat of a nuclear Iran,” she said.

On the subject of right of the Jewish people to the land of Israel, she declared, “We must make it abundantly clear to the world that Israel is ours because of the biblical mandate we received. Our land belongs to us because it was promised by G-d to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”

Carol Flato, Florida chairperson of Americans For a Safe Israel (AFSI), sponsor of the event, introduced Hatovely and expressed thanks to the Israel Independence Fund for sponsoring Hatovely’s speaking tour of the U.S.

Taking questions from the audience, Hatovely addressed concerns over the continued incarceration of Jonathan Pollard and said she had attempted to visit Pollard at the federal prison in North Carolina but was denied visitation on the grounds he “cannot have visitors due to his poor health.”

Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy Launches Project

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The RASG Hebrew Academy in Miami Beach recently launched Project Hemshech. The new project places young rabbis who primarily study in kollel to study with 12th grade students from local Jewish Day Schools. The students gain from the individualized learning in a small group with a young dynamic rabbi, and the rabbis have the opportunity to start off their careers in Jewish education.

Rabbi Josh Musicant works with Eliezer Barman and Shmuel Zidel (pointing) during a Project Hemshech study period.

The group at the Hebrew Academy began recently with three rabbis from the Miami Choshen Mishpat Kollel, headed by Rabbi Schoen and affiliated with Rabbi Yochanan Zweig and Talmudic University, and seven Hebrew Academy seniors. The students study the sections of Talmud in Hebrew Academy’s new beit midrash.

Rabbi David Wechsler, Hebrew Academy’s mashgiach ruchani, oversees Project Hemshech. Rabbi Wechsler said he hopes to “expand the program further with more senior student participation in the near future.”

The RASG Hebrew Academy is an Orthodox Jewish day school serving students from birth through grade 12. Its goal is to inspire and equip students to reach their fullest potential both academically and spiritually and instill eternal Torah values in a changing world.

For more information about Project Hemshech, contact Rabbi David Wechsler at dwechsler@rasg.org or call 305-532-6421.

The Ins And Outs Of Visiting The Sick: An Interview With Hospital Chaplain Rabbi Simeon Schreiber

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Some people are naturals at visiting people in the hospital. Others feel awkward: What should I say? How long should I stay? Does the person even want me to come?

Rabbi Simeon Schreiber, senior staff chaplain at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, has just written a book, A Caring Presence: Bringing the Gift of Hope, Comfort and Courage, addressing some of these common concerns based on his 10 years of chaplaincy experience.

Although obviously a regular visitor to hospitals, Rabbi Schreiber found himself in a hospital last month in an unusual position – as a patient undergoing open-heart surgery. “Thank God,” he told The Jewish Press two weeks after the operation, “the surgery was successful and everything is good.” In addition to making a complete recovery, Rabbi Schreiber said he hopes his recent experience as a patient will make him even more sensitive to the needs of the hospital-bound.

The Jewish Press: When and why did you enter the chaplaincy?

I’ve been a chaplain for about 10 years. I first started thinking about becoming a chaplain when my son, who is now in his 40s, developed Hodgkin’s disease. It was very sudden. He was actually in Israel and expected to go into the army. Then he got this notice from the army that something was wrong and they subsequently told him he has lymphoma.

I brought him back to the States about two or three days after that for a full year of tests, operations and chemo. Thank God he managed to pull through and is flourishing right now with a wife and three children in Kansas City. But I think that got me started on the concept of trying to take care of people.

In the book you state that most of the advice you offer is common sense. If so, why is the book necessary?

People are not so familiar with common sense sometimes. For example, if you would ask me what my pet peeve is, it’s people not calling before they come to visit someone. People forget that bikur cholim is not about the visitor but the person you’re visiting. And that person sometimes just doesn’t want to be visited.

To wit, when I was in the hospital recently I just did not want visitors – and people have to respect that. I had someone show up at 11 o’clock at night; he just walked into my room. I had a central line in my neck with three tubes showing out, and this person just showed up, “Hi, I’m here,” and I wasn’t very happy.

You write in the book that one shouldn’t joke around with patients or talk about matters irrelevant to their condition. But don’t jokes sometimes cheer a person up, distracting him from his sickness?

I think what you say is true. You have to assess the patient. What I write in the book is not hewn in stone. They are flexible ideas.

Many people, though, assume bikur cholim is about telling jokes. But that’s not what the patient really wants. It’s not a comedy session. The key to proper hospital visitation is really listening to the patient. It’s not necessarily doing all the talking. It’s about allowing the patients to talk about what’s bothering them. Talking about what went on and maybe the fears or concerns they had – there’s a cathartic kind of response to that that makes them feel better.

That’s not to say that visitors can never crack a joke or talk about something that’s off the subject. Of course they can. It’s dialogue between people. But I don’t think that should be the main focus.

You also argue in the book that people should never promise a patient that things will get better. Do you find that many people do that?

People want to fix the situation. They come there with the idea that when they leave, the person is going to be 100 percent better. What I’ve come to learn, however – and I think it’s probably the most frustrating part of being a chaplain – is that I cannot change what is. I can’t make a 90-year-old man 50, and I can’t get rid of terminal cancer.

The best we can do in situations like that is just allow the person to talk about their situation in the hope that things will be okay in terms of living with what they have. That’s a role visitors have to understand as well. Their job is not to change things. It’s about being – the title of the book says it all – it’s about being a caring presence. It’s just to be there with them in their time of need, and to hold their hand. For them to know that someone cares is really the most critical thing you can do in chaplaincy.

Miami Emunah Chapter Presents: Our Law And Order

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Miami Chapter of Emunah of America will be holding a delightful thought-provoking evening on Saturday evening, December 10. The presentation will be:  “Our Law and Order,” a lively inside’s view of working in the criminal justice system.

Participants in the program will be attorneys Leah Klein, a prosecutor, and Sarah Shulevitz, defense counsel.  The evening will help support Emunah’s children at risk in Israel.  Sponsorships are available.

Requested minimum donation is $18 per person. A light buffet will be served. Both men and women are welcome.

The event will take place in Miami Beach. For location and information call (305) 538-1222.

Calendar Of Events

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

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 more, helps AMIT children to succeed in school.

WHERE: Tower 41, 4101 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach

WHEN: Sunday, Nov 14

CONTACT: (305) 532-0362


WHAT: Friends of the IDF will hold its inaugural FIDF Fun Run. This family-friendly event is a chance to support the dedicated men and women who fight for Israel

WHERE: Hillel Day School in Boca Raton

WHEN: Nov. 6 at 10 a.m.

COST: Raffle tickets: $20 each/3 for $50

CONTACT: (561) 483-2771

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