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An Innovative Jewish Experience for Grandparents and their Grandchildren

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About this Federation Funded Program: This year-long initiative with Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El will give you and your grandchildren, rising fifth and sixth graders (ages 10-11) an opportunity to learn together by exploring Jewish experiences and  values. This program is open to temple and non-temple members, as a Jewish Broward community-wide initiative. The program includes:
  • Peulot (Sessions).  Innovative and exciting Jewish programming that will give you an opportunity to share your experiences and inspire your grandchildren.
  • Monthly Mesimot (Adventures). Value-based monthly activities designed to deepen your relationship and practice Jewish values, such as cooking a family recipe together and creating a video to share its story, participating together in community events, exploring your family's philanthropic values together, and sharing your family's story at your Pesach seder.
  • Week-Long Israel Intergenerational Experience – December 28, 2020 - January 4, 2021: Grandparents and grandchildren from three participating communities (Milwaukee, Baltimore, and Minneapolis) around the world will gather in Israel for a transformative experience, interacting with counterparts in Israel and sharing stories and experiences.
Cost: $1,900 per participant; covers the year of learning as well as trip to Israel. Airfare is not included. Please review our cancellation policy here. 
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Lital grew up in Tel-Aviv, Israel.  She served for 5 years in the education unit of the IDF and achieved the rank of Officer. Lital trained new immigrants to Israel (Olim), providing them the tools to learn Hebrew, understand the Israeli and Jewish story and become acclimated within Israeli society. The passion for Jewish education led Lital to work for Taglit – Birthright Israel after her army service, study Jewish education in Seminar-Hakibutzim college in Tel-Aviv, and become a Jewish Agency Israel Fellow at Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach, educating and connecting college students to Israel. After three years of bringing Israel to campus, Lital moved on to her next chapter of professional work as Director of Youth and Family Programming at Congregation Kol Tikvah in Parkland. Living in the diaspora has made a great impact on Lital's understanding of the importance of Jewish community; it is a family. Lital is committed to connecting people to people - anywhere. 

Facilitator Bio

Rabbi Howard Needleman:

I was honored to join the staff as senior rabbi in July of 2013 of Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El.  Prior to coming to Kol Ami Emanu-El, I served as rabbi of Temple Beth David in Commack, New York, and as the assistant rabbi of Temple Israel of the City of New York in Manhattan.  I was ordained at the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in 1998.

In my years here in South Florida I have served on the Boards of Broward's Jewish Family Services and Federation and a two-year term as the President of the Broward Board of Rabbis.  I have worked on environmental issues and created a Community Supported Agriculture initiative at my previous congregation to bring locally grown produce into the community and support the work of a local organic farmer in the region.  I received a Fellowship from the Union for Reform Judaism's Religious Action Center to work in the areas of social action and social justice.

I am very proud of the work we have done to welcome the Israeli community into our synagogue as we strive to be a house of prayer to all.