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Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Israel & Overseas

Our Partnerships in Israel

Our Miami Jewish community works directly with three Israeli communities: Yerucham, Pardes Channa-Karkur and Or Akiva. Each of these cities has its own strengths and challenges, and each represents a different aspect of Federation’s involvement in Israel and our commitment to the people of our spiritual homeland.


For the past 10 years, the Miami Jewish community and the town city of Yerucham have had a special Partnership under the Jewish Agency’s Partnership 2Gether platform. Located in the Negev Desert, and boasting the second largest lake in Israel, Yerucham is a 13-square-mile city founded in 1951 as a transit camp for new immigrants. Today, it is home to a diverse population of approximately 10,000 residents representing a microcosm of Israel’s many cultural and ethnic communities.

The mission of the Miami-Yerucham Partnership is to leverage social, human, and financial capital, to inspire community engagement and development. By investing in relationships, education, culture, and community-building initiatives, we will foster a deeper commitment to Israel and the Jewish people, while enriching the quality of life in our community.

Read more about the Miami-Yerucham Partnership.

Read about The New Faces of Yerucham.

Learn about The Jewish Federations of North America’s commitment to helping the State of Israel in development of the Negev Region.

Yerucham in the News

Yerucham as a Tourist Destination
Yerucham – An Awakening City

Ethiopian-Israeli Initiative

There are currently 120,000 Ethiopians now living in Israel. Many are facing unique challenges due to the difficulties of moving from a relatively primitive society to a highly technological world. Acculturation difficulties have resulted in a higher incidence of unemployment, poverty, substance abuse and family violence among Ethiopian Israelis.

Since 2005, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation has been engaged in a partnership with the 1,600 Ethiopian-Israeli residents of Pardes Channa-Karkur, a community of 30,000 located between Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Federation has been supporting many wonderful programs that have helped the Ethiopian-Israeli community of Pardes Channa/Karkur and is now focusing on integration of the community into general Israeli society. Some of the efforts supported include:

  • A Scholastic Assistance Program (SPACE) at the Elisheva Girls High School in Pardes Channa/Karkur. SPACE provides afterschool tutoring, workshops and mentoring in small group settings. Nearly half of the students enrolled in SPACE pass their high school completion exams, compared with just 38 percent for similar students who are not enrolled.
  • A Community Garden which gives the elderly a social framework which is familiar and welcoming. The elder Ethiopian-Israelis come from an agrarian society so they are familiar with gardening, they take home familiar vegetables and herbs, and it gives them purpose and an opportunity to help their family and therefore gain self-respect.
  • An Art Installation in the center of Pardes Channa/Karkur representing various groups in the community.
  • An Educational Placement Center for Educators from the Ethiopian Community. This is a new project in collaboration with the Ministry of Education to assist with teacher placement for Ethiopian-Israeli educators.

Aventura Pilates Teachers Dance Into Lives of Ethiopian-Israeli Children in Pardes Channa-Karkur

Or Akiva

For nearly three decades, Miami’s Jewish community has partnered with residents of Or Akiva, located near Caesarea and the Mediterranean Sea. Today, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation helps to provide loan funds to local entrepreneurs hoping to start new small businesses. Federation also supports the Or Akiva Volunteer Center, which provides social, community and educational services for all ages.

As a cornerstone of the Jewish Agency’s Partnership 2000, the Miami-Or Akiva relationship focused on education, immigrant absorption, youth activities, economic development and more. Miami’s Jewish community continues to have a close connection with Or Akiva, as is evident by the 2006 opening of the Futernick Family Child Development Center.

For more information about Miami’s partnership cities, contact us at or 786.866.8495.

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