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Join us as we set a a Guinness World Record™ for the world's largest Sukkah constructed solely out of MEGA BLOKS™. Purchase a block and help raise funds for partner charities, unite diverse communities and cultures, and spread the message of unity, collaboration, and building together.
Purchase a block today at ConnectingOurCultures.org/donate.html.CONTACT US if your 501(c) non-profit organization is interested in partnering with us and becoming a beneficiary.
Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO) is a not-for-profit 501 c(3) organization, established in 1992 to serve abused, neglected and abandoned children in South Florida (Broward, Dade and Palm Beach Counties).To date, JAFCO has provided ser vices to over 3600 children and currently serves over 350 children and their families in South Florida through a complete continuum of services which includes Family Preservation, Foster Care & Adoption, Group Homes, Emergency Shelter, Developmental Disabilities, Mentoring and Independent Living. In March 2003, JAFCO opened the JAFCO Children's Village, a 5.6-acre residential facility that cares for up to 52 abused, neglected and homeless children at a time in South Florida. The campus consists of six group homes and an emergency shelter. The first of its kind in the Jewish community in our nation, this beautiful residential facility completes JAFCO's continuum of care as it raises the standard for our state and nation. A new Respite and Family Resource Center is scheduled to open in 2012 to extend JAFCO's family preservation and support services to families with children with developmental disabilities now affecting one out of every ten children.
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The Caribbean American Heritage of Florida Inc. (CAHFI) is a statewide not-for-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Florida for the purpose of developing awareness and recognition of Caribbean-Americans and their contribution to the United States of America.
The Caribbean American Heritage of Florida Inc. seeks to:
- Provide educational resources by developing, publishing and distributing printed, audio-visual and interactive media.
- Facilitate cultural sensitivity and awareness through speaking engagements and the presentation of workshops for educational, corporate and civic institutions.
- Provide entertaining and enlightening cultural exchanges by producing festivals and fairs including the Caribbean American Festival as CAHFI’S flagship event.
TACOLCY is a nonprofit organization located on a 3.5 acre City of Miami Park in the heart of Liberty City. It is a safe haven for children, youth, young adults, families and mentors to come together in a variety of activities to strengthen the bonds and skills that produce healthy, educated, confident and compassionate leaders of tomorrow.TACOLCY is not just a community center; it is the center of the community.
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As the world's first Haitian museum outside of Haiti, the
Haitian Heritage Museum is a not for profit organization that is
committed to highlighting and preserving Haiti's rich culture and
heritage locally, nationally and internationally.
Our goal is to provide a cultural Mecca for Little Haiti where individuals outside of our community and within our community boundaries can come to enjoy beautiful Haitian art, historic artifacts, ethnic sounds of Haitian music, view Haitian films and enjoy a collection of Haitian Literary works
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Lubavitch Aventura South - which serves the south part of Aventura, is a branch of Friends of Lubavitch of Florida and the local center of the worldwide Chabad Lubavitch movement. Our center is a unique organization helping ensure Jewish continuity by fostering Jewish awareness, knowledge and practice through outreach, education and social services. We provide a wide range of programs and services to the local Jewish community.
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The Best You Can Be 501C3 Foundation is dedicated to supporting parents and teachers to inspire children to reach their highest potential. Through teacher relaxation tools, conflict resolution and stress reduction resources, our goal is to create system where every child can find peace within themselves, develop meaningful relationships, contribute to the greater good in their community, work through stress, and be motivated to reach their highest potential.
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OneWorld is a leading multicultural, health, and children's educational marketing group based in Miami, Florida that specializes in leveraging communications skills to position clients to penetrate niche markets. Through attention-grabbing media that is effective, targeted and relevant to each niche community, we design and deliver communication tools that create customized dialogue opportunities. OneWorld creates promotions that are truly educational and deeply rich in content. Because of the sensitive, educational and higher ground approach taken, OneWorld receives participation from important persons in the multicultural community who trust us and see value in participating with us. The grass roots approach translates into creating the emotional connectivity with our clients'’ diverse communities.
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ACE for KIDS (ACE) is South Florida’s premier aftercare, before care, and summer camp provider. ACE is a non-profit organization 501(c)(3) founded by professional educators, school administrators, and community leaders who have nearly 200 years of educational leadership experience throughout South Florida and beyond. ACE provides diverse aftercare, before care, and summer camp programs that are guaranteed to please children of all ages while providing a safe and nurturing environment for all participants. ACE is approved by the Broward County School Board’s Before and After School Care Department. The organization is fully licensed and insured.
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Chabad of the Town offers Jewish families a center where they can experience Judaism in a warm & friendly environment in a non judgemental way. We focus on children with a five star summer day camp experience offering adventure, skill building, friendship and loving staff. We accept all children regardless of financial situation and have helped many children from broken homes, feeding them, working closely with them to feel special and accepted. We offer volunteering clubs for elementary and high school age children, educating them how to give back in a meaningful way and creating leaders. We also offer adult educational opportunities with courses on parenting and Jewish heritage.
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Chabad of Southwest Broward is a 501(c)(3) not-profit organization providing outreach services and quality education programs.
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Soccer For Peace Foundation is a US-based non-profit supporting social projects in Colombia that use the power of soccer to improve life opportunities for underprivileged boys and girls.
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Hebraica Youth Movement of the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center
Hebraica emphasizes the importance of promoting Jewish identity, Jewish values, a love for Israel, and the importance of family and community. Hebraica reaches out to all segments of our diverse Jewish community through ongoing youth programs, holiday celebrations, and festivals, family activities and events, and much more.
Maccabi Tzair, Miami- a branch of Maccabi World Union, serves as one of the few “Jewish Youth Movements” in our community. Through its programming Jewish youth are engaged in activities promoting Jewish identity, the people and land of Israel, and Jewish socialization. Madrichim (Leaders) in our youth program are graduates of our School of Madrichim, who have been trained to conduct social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities with the Chanichim (group members) through varied peulot (activities). Maccabi Tzair meets Saturdays at 3 to 6 PM.Within Maccabi Tzair there is the Maccabi Tzair Youth Program (grades K-6), Maccabi Tzair Teen Club (grades 7-8), Maccabi Tzair Teen Leadership Program (grade 9), and Maccabi Tzair School of Madrichim (grade 10): all emphasize but for different age levels and in different ways. Activities that promote Jewish life and tradition, Mitzvah projects, educational and recreational trips, holiday celebrations, overnights at the MAR-JCC, and machanot (overnight camping trip) are part of the overall program. In addition to all this the School of Madrichim is a year-long leadership training program for high school sophomores whose aim is to develop Jewish leaders to work with Jewish children and teens in our community. The School of Madrichim culminates with a 4-week summer program in Israel for those who successfully fulfill the programs requirements.
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Hebrew After-School is a daily after-school program for boys & girls ages 5-13 giving them the ability to learn the Hebrew language together with its culture and traditions in a warm and loving environment. In addition to Hebrew, the program offers art, ceramics, taekwando, drama, homework help, Tikun Olma projects, trips, and tons of other fun activities. Through hands-on activities and personal attention we foster creativity and infuse in children a love for Judaism.
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Highland Lakes Jewish Center - Chabad Chayil proudly serves the community with it’s Jewish needs: Synagogue, Hebrew school, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Clubs, cemetery, Shabbat Meals, library, learning center, and youth clubs.
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Lehrman Community Day School is a Jewish academic community formed around a pluralistic, covenantal, coeducational, college-preparatory day school. We prepare motivated young men and women to live heroically, as reflective Jews and responsible American citizens in a global economy.
Founded in 1960, Lehrman serves children from preschool through the fifth grade and is committed to academic excellence and Jewish values in a caring and nurturing Jewish environment. Lehrman has educated two generations of Jewish children; many of our current students are the children of alumni, an endorsement of the school and its dedicated and talented teachers.
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Temple Sinai of Hollywood is a conservative, egalitarian, inclusive congregational family celebrating diversity. We embrace pluralism and respect a variety of religious expressions. Home to Jewish families for more than 60 years, we are the only conservative synagogue in the Hollywood area that offers complete morning and evening services seven days a week. We have a deep connection with tradition while engaging in the dynamic process of Halacha and the evolution of change. We are a faith community made up of an eclectic group of people from various backgrounds and varying levels of education as well as observance.
Our Kenneth & Harriet Kasselman Early Childhood Learning Center in the Morris & Yetta Deckelbaum Wing is an award winning facility and NAEYC accredited. Our certified and loving teachers are dedicated to our children and their Jewish and Secular education. At the Paul B. Anton Religious School, we instill a love of Judaism combined with a deep respect for our traditions.
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In 2003, Jennifer Cohen went into preterm labor at just 26 weeks of her pregnancy with twins. After five weeks of total hospital bed rest and herculean medical intervention, her daughters Sydney and Alexandria were born almost 10 weeks premature. Sydney was 3 lbs. 3 oz. and Alexandria was just 2 lbs. 14 oz. at birth.
After another five long and scary weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Memorial Hospital West in South Florida, the girls went home without any complications from having been born so early. Thankfully today, Sydney and Alexandria are healthy third graders who are active volunteers in the South Florida community.
The grateful parents created The Sydney and Alexandria Cohen Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created to help thousands of premature babies year after year. The Foundation has been raising funds to donate state-of-the-art GE Omnibed Giraffe incubators to the NICU so future premature babies will have the best chance at a healthy life.
The Giraffe is the most advanced and developmentally superior incubator available today and combines design and state-of-the-art technology to create an unsurpassed healing environment for premature infants. It also allows for multiple procedures to be performed in the main isolate, eliminating the stress of moving critically ill infants from bed to bed. These incubators are superior to what Sydney and Alexandria spent the first weeks of their lives in and and will save more babies in the South Florida community.
“Giving back is the best way I could think of to honor, celebrate, and show my extreme gratitude for my healthy daughters,” said Jennifer. “This is my way of paying it forward.”
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Aiming to responsibly manage Sara Modiano’s artistic legacy, her three children – Katherine, Silvana and Simon – founded the The Sara Modiano Foundation for the Arts, shortly after her passing on August 8, 2010.
In line with Sara’s teachings, we are committed to funding specific projects of individuals working either locally or abroad who can demonstrate a commitment to developing as professional artists.
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The Miami Symphony Orchestra is a not-for-profit led by Music Director & Conductor Eduardo Marturet & is designated a major cultural organization.
MISO, The Miami Symphony Orchestra, was founded in 1989 by Maestro Manuel Ochoa. With 80 professional musicians selected from the finest artists from around the world, MISO, Miami’s flagship orchestra, represents the exceptional talent and diversity that mirrors this city’s own international and multicultural richness.
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WIZO is an international movement of Zionist women founded in 1920. Today, there are over a quarter of a million active WIZO members in 50 federations around the world working for the welfare of Israeli citizens and lending a vital hand in the operating of hundreds of education and welfare projects and services. WIZO is a non-party affiliated Zionist movement recognized by the United Nations as a Non-Governmental Organization with consultative status on key international organizations such as ECOSOC and UNICEF.
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