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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.

INFORMATION ON THE 2021 MARCH OF THE LIVING PROGRAM

CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

The International March of the Living has come to the realization that travel will not be possible for the North American 2021 program, although we trust that it comes as no surprise to anyone monitoring and assessing the continuing crisis facing the entire world.  We are very disappointed that this year’s trip is not able to take place. 

JOIN US IN A UNIQUE MARCH OF THE LIVING OPPORTUNITY

We have a new look for 2021, remaining deeply committed to our purpose and pledge to Holocaust education. Join us for a virtual March of the Living Educational Symposium on April 6-8, 2021. (Public and many private schools have already committed to having students join us instead of their regular classes). This will be a unique and engaging educational experience and is open to Broward County high school seniors. Conference attendees, along with those from 2020, will be eligible to participate in a planned Poland experience in December 2021 (pending travel is permissible).

QUESTIONS? 
Director, March of The Living
Rochelle Baltuch | rbaltuch@jewishbroward.org

MARCH OF THE LIVING - ADULTS ONLY

2022 DATES: APRIL 24 - MAY 8, 2022

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Adult March of the Living. Join us as we visit the sites of Jewish interest in Warsaw, Krakow and Lublin. Participate with over 10,000 others on the March of the Living from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance day). Stay with us as we travel onto Israel and create many memories. Together, we will commemorate Yom HaZikaron (Day of Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror), and celebrate Israel's birthday on Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day. 

Experience how history and modern times come together in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem. This and much more awaits you as you embark on this amazing journey. 

Below you will find the information on the program and instructions on how to register.

Questions regarding March of the Living, contact:

Rochelle

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

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

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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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Israel Experience Scholarships for High School Students

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: February 1st and March 1st

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.

The application must be completed in one sitting.  Be sure you have the required information and documents ready to fill in or upload to the application.  You will need:

  • 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 form 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

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 Jewish day school or yeshiva are not eligible for this incentive program. Children who are enrolled in PJ Library and attend a Jewish day school or yeshiva are eligible for a PJ Goes to Camp grant. Information can be obtained here. This is a lottery and closes in November.

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

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

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