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Four Community Events You Won’t Want to Miss!

What do Israeli President Shimon Peres and entertainer Paula Abdul have in common? Both will be featured speakers at events presented by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation in the weeks and months ahead. Mark your calendar now and plan to join friends from across Miami at these upcoming community programs!


The Women’s Event Luncheon with Special Lion of Judah Breakfast
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Luncheon at 11:30 a.m.
Breakfast at 9:30 a.m.
Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

Women’s Philanthropy of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation will host an exceptional program, recognizing Jewish women who, through their commitment of time and support of the Annual Federation/UJA Campaign, are helping to care for those in need, fund vital programs and strengthen Jewish life in Miami, in Israel and in more than 70 other countries around the world.

This year’s Women’s Event luncheon, beginning at 11:30 a.m., will celebrate the power of extraordinary women and feature a “straight up” conversation with award-winning singer, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality Paula Abdul. Click here to read more about Paula.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Federation will host a special morning program for those women who participate in the Annual Federation/UJA Campaign at the Lion of Judah level.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in a special mitzvah project that will help provide breakfast to needy families. Please bring certified kosher breakfast items (such as cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, sliced bread and jelly or a grocery store gift card of any amount) to be donated to the JCS Kosher Food Bank. Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS) is a local partner agency of Federation.

This year, Amy Berger Chafetz is Chair of The Women’s Event and Lezlie Poyastro is Chair of the Lion of Judah program.
Click here to RSVP for The Women’s Event.
Click here to RSVP for The Women’s Event and the Lion of Judah Breakfast.

Couvert for The Women’s Event is $90 per person (not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution). A $365 suggested minimum gift per attendee to the 2015 Federation/UJA Campaign is requested. A $5,000 minimum gift to the Annual Campaign is requested per attendee to the Lion of Judah Breakfast. Valet and self-parking will be available.

Women’s Philanthropy of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation understands and promotes the opportunity for women to express themselves philanthropically and live their passion. It encourages women to perpetuate Jewish ideals and values and to act as guardians of the Jewish future by accepting the responsibility of tikkun olam and by maintaining the tradition of tzedakah. The Women’s Campaign of the Federation represents almost one third of the Annual Campaign in terms of dollars raised.

For more information, email Women@JewishMiami.org or call 786.866.8442.

The Main Event
Monday, February 16, 2015
Cocktail reception at 5 p.m.
Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

Attracting more than 1,200 guests each year, The Main Event is the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s largest yearly community gathering, raising funds for the Annual Federation/UJA Campaign to help Jewish people in need in Miami, in Israel and in more than 70 other countries around the world.

This year’s guest speaker will be President Shimon Peres, an Israeli statesman, Jewish leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. President Peres is one of Israel’s longest serving and most distinguished politicians, whose public service career has spanned 70 years. He is also the first Israeli leader to have served as both Prime Minister and President of the Jewish State. Be part of the Miami Jewish community’s tribute to this extraordinary man.

The Main Event is being chaired this year by Tammy and Jorge Woldenberg.
Click here to RSVP for The Main Event.
Under 30, click here to RSVP.

Couvert for The Main Event is $125 per person; $72 per person for those age 30 and under (not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution). Valet and self-parking will be available.

This event is intended for donors of $1,000 or more to the 2015 Federation/UJA Campaign. Members of the community age 30 and under are invited to attend with a required minimum gift of $500 to the 2015 Federation/UJA Campaign.

For more information, email mwilensky@gmjf.org or call 786.866.8438.

Super Sunday
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Beginning at 9 a.m.
Greater Miami Jewish Federation
4200 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami

Super Sunday, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s largest annual community-wide fundraising phonathon, has traditionally been a day of giving, as volunteer callers reach out to members of Miami’s Jewish community to ask for support of the Annual Federation/UJA Campaign. For the second year in a row, Super Sunday, again chaired by the Halberstein Family on Sunday, March 15, will provide additional meaning for participants through hands-on volunteer activities coordinated by Federation’s Jewish Volunteer Center as part of Good Deeds Day.

Created by philanthropist Shari Arison, Good Deeds Day is an annual global celebration, where hundreds of thousands of people worldwide join together to do good deeds for the benefit of others and the planet.

More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to converge on Federation headquarters to make phone calls and to embark on hands-on volunteer activities that include delivering food packages, visiting the elderly, helping the homeless, sprucing up local neighborhoods and much more. The purpose of all of this: to expand the circles of good in the world.

Super Sunday is not just a day-long phonathon; it is also a marathon of good deeds that build Jewish community, help those in need and strengthen Jewish life in Miami, in Israel and worldwide 365 days a year through Federation programs and services.

For more information about Super Sunday, contact Stephanie Goodman at sgoodman@gmjf.org or 305.705.0800.

31st Annual Judicial Reception
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m.
Jungle Island
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami

Hundreds of members of the Miami-Dade County legal community will gather to celebrate the achievements of three dedicated professionals at the 31st Annual Judicial Reception, hosted by the Attorneys’ Division of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

The event will feature the presentation of three prestigious awards that recognize accomplished jurists: the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Community Service Award and the Honorable Theodore “Ted” Klein Special Recognition Award. The Judicial Reception is a major networking event in the legal community, attracting hundreds of South Florida’s most prominent attorneys and judges each year.

The event is being chaired this year by Hilarie Bass and Harley Tropin. Click here to RSVP for the Judicial Reception.

For more information, contact Emily Stone, Esq. at estone@gmjf.org or 786.866.8414.

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