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 2022 MARCH OF THE LIVING PROGRAM
CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS AND SENIORS
The International March of the Living 2022 will take place (pending regulations set forth by Poland, Israel, and the US).
The dates will be April 24/25-May 6/8, 2022.
To apply for the 2022 March of the Living, click here.
Need based financial assistance is available.
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30th
For additional information, please contact:
Rochelle Baltuch, Director of the March of the Living | email@example.com
MARCH OF THE LIVING - ADULTS ONLY 2022 DATES: APRIL 24 - MAY 8, 2022
(Dates and plans subject to modification due to protocols or policies of the US/Poland/Israel)
Thank you for your interest in participating in the Adult March of the Living Program.
Join us as we visit the sites of Jewish interest in Warsaw, Krakow and Lublin. Participate with others from around the world 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.
For more information on the Adult Program, please contact:
Rochelle Baltuch, Director of the March of the Living
As per the guidelines set forth by the International March of the Living, all participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with either Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson and Johnson, and will be required to submit a copy of their vaccination card. If boosters become available, you will be required to submit a new vaccination card.
MARCH OF THE LIVING - STAFF
We welcome your interest in participating on the Teen March of the Living in one of the categories described below.
We expect more information on applications, fees, and requirements will be forthcoming shortly.
If you are interested in participating in the 2022 program, please contact:
Rochelle Baltuch, Director of the March of the Living | firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff and adults who participate with the teens will be expected to attend orientation and training sessions specific to staff/adults, in addition to the regular Sunday study sessions with the teens. A calendar is available on the Staff/Adults. All staff/adults "work" 24/7 for the 14 days.
MADRICH(A) – STAFF MEMBER – You have a background in education, either formal or informal, and/or you have worked with teens and have a wonderful rapport with them. You will be asked to teach, counsel, and advise a group of teens and work directly with a Bus Captain.
MEDICAL STAFF – You are a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, or registered nurse experienced in dealing with teens. You are qualified to deal with and treat emergencies. The nurse will provide care under the direction of the physician(s). The medical staff will be responsible for the medical care of a group of buses, including teens and adults, and may have to miss some group activities.
SURVIVOR LIAISON – Preferably, you have participated in the March of the Living previously and would like to return to help our survivors during this experience which oftentimes can be difficult for them as they age. You have an affinity for working with older adults and understand you may miss some group activities.
ADULTS ACCOMPANYING THE TEENS – You are coming on this trip to help with the teens at various levels, and to witness how this experience allows the teens to grow as proud and dedicated Jews. You may be a parent of one of the teens or not. You will be asked to participate fully in the program, attending all sessions, both for teens and adults, and be given responsibilities with the teens. You will be required to follow the rules and regulations to which the teens must conform. It should be noted that this is not a "family experience". Additional information will be available at the interview.
This year, there will also be an ADULT ONLY GROUP. This group has flexible opportunities. More information can be found under Adult Only Program on the sidebar.
AVAILABLE ONCE REGISTRATION OPENS.
An interview is part of the process and will be set up after your application is received. You will be required to participate in our study sessions and several staff/adult sessions prior to the March. These sessions are primarily held on Sundays, from 1:30 – 5:00 PM, and usually held at the Katz Federation Building on the campus of the Posnack JCC.
Questions regarding March of the Living, contact:
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.
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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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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Lauren is a South Florida native and practices exclusively Marital & Family Law at Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in Hollywood, Florida. She is married to Ian Alperstein, a fellow attorney and YLD Board Member, and has two beautiful children.
As an active member of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, Lauren currently serves on the Board of Directors of Federation, WP, and YLD. Lauren is also a member of the JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet. She serves as the current Chair of the Government Relations Committee, Chair of PJ Library/Family Engagement Committee. Lauren became involved in the Federation in 2012 as a member of the Horizons Leadership class. Lauren is a past recipient of the Joan and Douglas Gross Community Service Award (2015) and Shirley Gleich Horizons Alumni Award (2014). In addition to her work with Federation, Lauren serves on the Board of the David Posnack JCC and the Executive Council of AIPAC in Broward County.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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2,500 PJ Library subscriptions endowed.
1,400 Broward County March of the Living participants to date.