Program areas at Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Education, culture and youth services: the Greater Miami Jewish Federation is working to secure a strong Jewish future. The Federation annual campaign funds over 160 agencies, programs and services in Miami, nationally, in israel and in more than 70 other countries around the world. Federation supports organizations and programs that educate and build Jewish identity by providing funding for formal and informal educational programs ensuring that new generations of jews will be here to care for our community in the future. In fiscal year 2019-2020, $7 million+ was directed from the annual federation/uja campaign toward multiple formal and informal Jewish education and identity initiatives serving adults and children in the community. $2 million+ in grants and scholarships were allocated to 10 Jewish day schools and 11 congregational schools in miami-dade county, impacting nearly 4,000 students, enhancing their understanding and appreciation of our rich Jewish heritage. $2.2 million was provided in direct grants to 3 Jewish community centers in Miami serving 15,000+ people of all ages and abilities taking part in quality early childhood education and after school programs, summer camp, cultural arts and sports and recreation programming. Nearly 200 children received scholarship support to attend Jewish overnight camps across the u.s., strengthening their Jewish identity. Over 1,100 teens and young adults from Miami participated in israel experience programs forever connecting them to our spiritual homeland and deepening their understanding of israel's centrality to the Jewish people. These included: alexander muss high school in israel, taglit-birthright israel, diller teen fellows, the leo martin march of the living, masa and onward israel. Funding was also provided for need-based israel program scholarships. Having a strong, welcoming Jewish presence on the college campus is critical today for students. Federation funding supports 7 hillel programs on multiple university campuses throughout Florida, providing programming for the more than 10,000 thousand Jewish students. Nearly 100,000 people including students from schools, colleges and universities visited the holocaust memorial Miami beach, a program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Through Federation's Jewish volunteer center's young lion of judah program, pre-bar/bat mitzvah students were paired with Miami area holocaust survivors to share experiences. The pj library of Miami and its implementing partners hosted numerous family programs weekly on Jewish values and celebrations. This is in addition to the books and music sent to over 4,200 children through local funding. Additionally, by grants from the foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation through donor advised funds and other designated funds, the foundation is able to fulfill its charitable objectives, provide funds for emergencies, and develop resources necessary to address future opportunities and needs for the community.
Human services programs, general/other: the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, through its network of beneficiary agencies and services, provides for the humanitarian needs of people of all ages. In 2019-2020, $3.1 million was allocated locally from the annual federation/uja campaign to care for the most vulnerable people in our community. In the first 4 months of the covid-19 pandemic, the Federation committed an additional $3 million in emergency funding to address new needs created by the coronavirus crisis. We are helping the most vulnerable among us including many hundreds of individuals and families who are newly and suddenly in need of significant critical assistance. At the same time, we are securing the financial well-being of our largest partner agencies. More than 1 in 8 Jewish people in Miami continue to depend on Federation for some form of financial assistance including nutritious kosher food, emergency financial aid, crises and employment counseling, educational and camp scholarships, and much more. The Jewish community's 24-hour access and information hotline operated by Jewish community services of south Florida received close to a thousand calls a month with requests for assistance, many of which resulted in direct aid, referrals, counseling and emergency grants from Federation and our partner agencies. Over $360,000 in emergency assistance grants were provided for people experiencing hardship, many due to covid-19. $277,800 was lent by the hebrew free loan association of Miami, a Federation program, to assist with medical bills, tuition costs, ivf treatment, housing assistance, auto expenses and other emergency needs due to the pandemic. Jworks Miami, the Federation's community employment program, helped nearly 100 people find employment. There were over 4,100 visits to the Jewish community services (jcs) kosher food bank. Through jcs home delivered and congregate meal programs, more than hundreds of thousands of kosher meals were provided to homebound seniors. These meals provided important nutrition and a community connection for seniors able to live independently in their homes. 600+ holocaust survivors in miami-dade county received personalized and comprehensive case management services through jcs to assist with coordinating care, obtaining benefits and general support. There were over 564,000 hours of in-home care provided to this population last year, in order to ensure that our survivor community is able to live safely and independently. With Federation support, jcs provided at-risk and abused women and their children with case management, housing, food and legal and financial assistance, as well as day care for the children, through the shalom bayit domestic violence prevention program. Through the Jewish chaplaincy program's refuat ha'nefesh Jewish spiritual care visiting program, chaplains and volunteers provided comfort, solace and joy to thousands of people experiencing a variety of personal difficulties. With the support of Federation, 126 Jewish children - victims of abuse or neglect - received child welfare services from Jewish adoption and family care options (jafco). The purposes of these programs and similar type programs are to provide a mechanism to ensure the future viability of Miami's organized Jewish community. As part of this community outreach, the federations Jewish volunteer center (jvc) promotes Greater volunteer participation in the delivery of direct services; to expand the services agencies could provide at a lower cost; and to promote volunteerism as a way of enhancing Jewish identification and involvement. Also, there are programs which enhance volunteer involvement by: assessing organizational needs; understanding current trends and issues; creating meaningful opportunities for volunteers; exploring volunteerism by infusing Jewish values; examining high quality models for volunteer recruitment, retention, and enhancement. Offering one -time family friendly programs and ongoing individual activities, the jvc enabled almost 4,000 people to engage in acts of kindness and provided more than 10,000 hours of help to the community organizations in 2019-20, saving them more than $250,000 in paid time. Advocating on behalf of miami-dade county's most vulnerable Jewish populations, the jcrc worked tirelessly with governmental leaders to ensure that direct government funding of social services was provided to Federation partner agencies. The jcrc and women's philanthropy created the task force to combat human trafficking in 2015 to increase public awareness and concern about the dangers of this modern form of slavery and its prevalence in miami-dade county and Florida. The Federation has programs to increase community development and leadership by reaching out to all constituencies. The purpose of the programs is to build community involvement in the Federation; educate future lay leaders; build a core of future leaders to lead Federation and agencies. Educating the next generation of leaders has always been a focal point of Federation, as well as the oversight of program delivery systems. Since march 2011, the Federation has sent weekly emails to more than 50,000 people, highlighting select resources and news events in the Jewish community. Years ago, the Federation embarked on a bold initiative through the creation of the foundation for Jewish renewal and a variety of programs were developed, including the high holiday welcome project, which provides worship opportunities at no cost to thousands of people annually. Through the elevate leadership department, the Federation offers skills-based, multi-session leadership programs. In general, the programs consist of about six, three-hour sessions and include interactive learning covering general leadership, Jewish values and specifics about our organizational structure, philosophy and methodology, our partner agencies, and local demographics. In 2019-20, we awarded $70,000 in incubator grants to help Jewish nonprofits build capacity, spur innovation and serve unmet local needs in the areas of arts and culture, education, food insecurity, leadership development, inclusiveness and more. Additionally, by grants from the foundation of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation through donor advised funds and other designated funds, the foundation is able to fulfill its charitable objectives, provide funds for emergencies, and develop resources necessary to address future opportunities and needs for the community.
Overseas programs and services: for nearly eight decades the Federation has been committed to the welfare and aid of the Jewish people worldwide, connecting people to Jewish life, and creating strong connections to israel providing $7,146,770 to organizations that focus on these issues. In israel, the former soviet union (fsu), throughout latin america and europe and in more than 70 countries around the world, the Federation has supported programs and services that both care for the vulnerable, foster Jewish renewal among younger generations, and create strong connections to israel. The Federation works with the Jewish federations of north america and its overseas partners, the american Jewish joint distribution committee (jdc), the Jewish agency for israel (jafi), and world ort. Fsu: nearly 60,000 people are participating in jdc-sponsored renewal activities across the former soviet union particularly in Jewish community centers which have become a cornerstone of this effort. Federation funding supports welfare relief which reaches 60,000 elderly Jewish clients in the fsu in more than 2,000 locations, providing food, medicine and medical care, home care, winter heating and social services from a network of hesed social welfare centers, operated by the jdc. In the former soviet union, jdc furnished critical nutritional and medical assistance to more than 30,000 Jewish children and their families. Jafi operated summer camps in the fsu as well as sunday schools; and provide young adults with leadership activities argentina: jafi operates a supplementary Jewish education program for 12-to 17- year old children in argentina jdc works in close cooperation with Jewish communal leaders to identify the individuals and families at highest risk, and ensure that vulnerable children, adults and elderly receive food, medicine, clothing and other essential aid. Europe: jdc provided food and essential welfare services for elderly jews. Jdc also helped economically vulnerable Jewish children, connecting them and their families to Jewish life. Jewish communities in morocco, tunisia, turkey and india receive support to care for elderly in facilities that provide residential care, full medical services, recreational and therapeutic services, excursions, and holiday events for residents. Israel: to foster strong connections with the people of israel, the Federation maintains a successful partnership with the city of yerucham in the negev in addition to programming connecting Miami and yerucham, we are helping youth at risk achieve Greater academic success and maturity through the youth futures in yerucham program. In 36 locations across israel's socioeconomic and geographic periphery, youth futures provides interventions and empowerment enabling them to take their place as independent, productive members of society. We are also working on projects for the negev- southern israel in collaboration with other communities in the area of healthy placemaking and creative placemaking. The Federation assists the ethiopian-israeli community by providing students with scholastic assistance with after school tutoring, workshops, mentoring and enrichment through the ethiopian national project, as well as helping organizations that provide free legal assistance to ethiopian-israelis and assisting ethiopian-israeli educators in finding jobs as teachers in the school system. The Federation's women's amutot initiative funds non-profit agencies focusing exclusively on the welfare of marginalized, voiceless and at-risk women and girls in israel. These organizations focus on economic empowerment, social empowerment, protection against violence, prevention of violence, and leadership development. The Federation also supports projects in alleviating food insecurity, programs that serve special needs populations and programs that promote religious diversity and pluralism. In addition, the Federation support programs that enable Jewish young adults from around the world to participate in long-term israel experiences that strengthen their Jewish identity and connection to israel.