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MARCH OF THE LIVING

The March of the Living is an international education program that brings Jewish teens and adults from all over the world to Poland on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) to march from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the largest concentration camp complex built during World War II, and then to Israel to observe Yom HaZikaron (Israel's Memorial Day), and Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel's Independence Day). Among the goals of the March of the Living is for participants to learn the lessons of the Holocaust and to lead the Jewish people into the future vowing Never Again. The experience leads to a better understanding of the Holocaust and strengthens Jewish identity.

For more information on the 2022 March of the Living, click here: March of The Living

Questions regarding March of the Living, contact:

Rochelle Baltuch | Jewish Federation of Broward County

Rochelle Baltuch Vice President, Jewish Engagement; Director, March of the Living

(954) 660-2077 | rbaltuch@jewishbroward.org

Rochelle joined Orloff CAJE in 1991 as Assistant Director in South Broward, after serving as Education Director at Adath Yeshurun in North Miami Beach for 13 years.   Her participation in the first March of the Living in 1988, and seeing the impact it makes on all participants, led to her being named Regional Director upon joining CAJE, a position she still currently holds.. The March is her passion and she looks forward to reconnecting with our alumni and continuing to increase numbers, both teens and adults, along with helping the Jewish Federation of Broward County grow  support for this incredible program. In addition, Rochelle administers and facilitates the committees which award scholarships for Israel Programs for High School students and Jewish Sleep Away Summer Camps together with the One Happy Camper program.

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All About PJ Library

PJ Library sends free Jewish children’s books to families across the world every month. We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you.

PJ is more than just books. Throughout the year our families gather in person or virtually for story times, holiday programs, volunteer opportunities and other special events where families can meet new friends, have fun and make memories.

PJ Library, is a program of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, is a gift to Jewish families funded in our community thanks to the generous support of the Sam Berman Charitable Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and other giving donors and families like yours.

PJ Library welcomes all Jewish families, whatever your background, knowledge, family make-up, or observance may be.

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If you love cuddling with your kids and reading together, PJ is perfect for you. Each of your eligible children (birth – 8yr) will get a FREE Jewish book in your mailbox every month! That’s right, FREE. No gimmicks, no catch. The books are about Jewish holidays and values and folk tales. They’re kid-tested, age-appropriate and beautifully illustrated. They empower parents to create meaningful and resonant Jewish family practices. You’ll love them as much as your kids do!

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People often ask what comes after PJ Library. PJ Our Way is for kids ages 9-12. It is kid-driven--they choose their own books, creating a totally tailored experience based on their own interests and reading levels. To make the choice easier, the website includes summaries and author bios, along with ratings, reviews, and video trailers created by members themselves. Kids can also take polls and quizzes, participate in monthly interviews and challenges, post their own reviews, and comment on blog posts. 

The PJ Our Way site is a completely safe and moderated space, perfect for acclimating older kids to using the web independently. It even has a blog for parents, where you can read about the books on offer for your child, and find family discussion questions for each book. You can also find out what values or topics are covered, as well as any content advisories you or your child should know before choosing a book.

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Forever friends of PJ Library in Broward is our Endowment Fund to support PJ Library subscriptions in perpetuity. 2,500 monthly subscriptions are endowed forever.  There are currently 3,700 children receiving PJ books every month.  Your gift will ensure that the legacy of Jewish tradition, life and family will continue through PJ Library books.  

"It is a dream that every Jewish child in Broward County can enjoy PJ Library in the future. The endowment was created to ensure this dream comes to fruition." | Sheryl Greenwald, President of the Sam Berman Charitable Foundation.

Looking to honor someone you love, give a meaningful birthday or anniversary gift? Or just say thank you for the gift of PJ Library?

Looking to honor someone you love, give a meaningful birthday or anniversary gift? Or just say thank you for the gift of PJ Library?  Please make a donation to Forever Friends of PJ Library®. 

What are you waiting for? Sign up today and tell your friends!

PJ Library® is a gift from the Jewish Federation of Broward County thanks to the generous support of The Sam Berman Charitable Foundation, additional donors and our Collaborative Partners.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Marney Tokar

Marney Tokar PJ Library® Director

(954) 252-6948 | pjlibrary@JewishBroward.org

Israel Experience Scholarships for High School Students

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: February 15th

The Jewish Federation of Broward County is currently accepting applications from high school students seeking to participate in recognized Israel programs before high school graduation.

To qualify, participants must be:

  • High School students, entering 10th to 12th grade in September. Note the program must be completed prior to high school graduation.
  • Members of Broward County Jewish households (including interfaith families).
  • Seeking to participate in a recognized teen program, designed to strengthen ties to Israel that lasts between 3 and 8 weeks.
  • Students may receive assistance once during their high school years.

You will need the following information to complete the application. Some of the items will need to be uploaded.

  • The full name of the program you will be attending and the address to which the award is to be sent. 

  • A copy of the acceptance letter from the program the applicant will attend. 

  • A short essay, written by the applicant telling us why they want to participate and what they expect to gain from their participation.

  • Submit a full, signed copy of the family's most current income tax return. 

  • Agree to perform ten (10) hours of volunteer (community) service in the Jewish community prior to the trip - at the Jewish organization of choice. 

  • Agree to write a note after the experience thanking donors and detailing the impact the program had or create a 5 – 10 minute video presentation of the experience.

We anticipate receiving a large number of applications. Therefore, note that not every applicant may receive a scholarship nor receive the full amount requested.

Families are expected to contribute towards the cost of the trip and are expected to pursue every possible avenue for financial assistance.

Families will be informed of decisions within 2 weeks after the deadlines above.

Questions regarding submissions contact israel@jewishbroward.org

Rochelle Baltuch | Jewish Federation of Broward County

Rochelle Baltuch Vice President, Jewish Engagement; Director, March of the Living

(954) 660-2077 | rbaltuch@jewishbroward.org

JEWISH SUMMER CAMP

Jewish summer sleep away camp is about so much more than campfires, color war and emails from home. It weaves together Jewish values, culture and traditions into the fabric of camp, helping campers to connect to their own identity and the larger Jewish community – while having all the great summer camp experiences they will remember forever.

The Jewish Federation of Broward County offers 2 opportunities for assistance for individuals to attend a qualified Jewish summer camp.

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ONE HAPPY CAMPER

In partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp, the Jewish Federation of Broward County is proud to offer the One Happy Camper program to our Broward County residents. One Happy Camper provides grants of up to $1,000 to first time campers attending Jewish sleep away summer camps listed on the Foundation for Jewish Camp website at www.onehappycamper.org.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Campers must be enrolled in an approved Jewish overnight camp

  • First time campers must be entering grades 1-12 (after camp)

  • Residents of Broward County 

The program is an outreach initiative for children who are not currently receiving an immersive daily Jewish experience.  As such, children who attend a Jewish day school or yeshiva are not eligible for this incentive program through the Jewish Federation of Broward County.   However, Jewish day school or yeshiva students who are enrolled in PJ Library or has a sibling enrolled in PJ Library prior to September 1, 2021 are eligible for a PJ Goes to Camp – One Happy Camper grant.  Eligible families will be emailed access codes to use in applying.  These grants will be available on a first come, first serve basis.  More information on PJ Goes to Camp can be found here.

Jewish day school or yeshiva students are eligible for need based financial assistance - see information below.

$1000 grants will be awarded to first time campers attending a Jewish sleep away camp for 19 or more consecutive days. $700 grants will be awarded to first time campers attending a Jewish sleep away camp for 12-18 consecutive days.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The Jewish Federation of Broward County provides need-based financial assistance for eligible Jewish overnight camps to families residing in Broward County. 

Complete the application and submit it! It is suggested that you also upload a letter explaining any circumstances affecting your finances which may not be evident from the tax return, prior to March 1.

Campers who receive a One Happy Camper grant or attend a Jewish Day School may also apply for need-based financial assistance.

Questions regarding submission of Jewish Summer Camp Applications & Financial Assistance contact camp@jewishbroward.org

Rochelle Baltuch | Jewish Federation of Broward County

Rochelle Baltuch Vice President, Jewish Engagement; Director, March of the Living

(954) 660-2077 | rbaltuch@jewishbroward.org