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CAJE Chair Spotlight Series: Shelley Niceley Groff, Chair of the Teen Department Committee

Jul 27, 2020

CAJE Chair Spotlight Series: Shelley Niceley Groff, Chair of the Teen Department Committee

Shelley Niceley Groff has always identified as strongly Jewish. Born and raised in Miami, Shelley was not connected to a synagogue or other Jewish organization early on and saw herself as “unaffiliated and unengaged” when she was younger. Even though she did not regularly attend organized Jewish gatherings, she celebrated some holidays and spent a few summers attending a congregational day camp. There, she developed a love for the Hebrew language and Jewish songs.
 CHAI Fi - Children Experiencing Summer through Wifi!

Jul 22, 2020

CHAI Fi - Children Experiencing Summer through Wifi!

CHAI Fi, the virtual summer experience for children K-8, is completing its third week of programming. To date, 45 families have enrolled their almost 60 children in a myriad of activities- like Music in Motion, Digital Scrapbooking, Jewish Cooking, Magic Potions, Edible Art, Coding for Kids, Mad Scientist and Song Writing. The activities are taught via the Zoom platform by religious school teachers who have expertise in these creative endeavors.
From Mexico to Miami: Spotlight on Sara Bejar, GMJF/CAJE Day School Committee Co-Chair

Jul 19, 2020

From Mexico to Miami: Spotlight on Sara Bejar, GMJF/CAJE Day School Committee Co-Chair

Born and raised in Mexico City, Sara Rayek Bejar has always held her Jewish values and traditions close to her heart . According to Sara, Mexico City boasts one of the largest and best Jewish communities in the world, of which Sara and her family were proud to be a part.
Chair Spotlight Series: Dr. Sherrie Lewis-Thomas, Chair of the Diller Teen Fellows Program

Jul 12, 2020

Chair Spotlight Series: Dr. Sherrie Lewis-Thomas, Chair of the Diller Teen Fellows Program

Dr. Sherrie Lewis-Thomas grew up predominantly in Jacksonville, Florida, where she lived in a much smaller Jewish community than South Florida, and even experienced some prejudice among her peers. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. At UF, she was able to have an inclusive experience with a Jewish community that inspired her to become more involved.
Spotlight: Becky Herrup, Chair of Melton & More Adult Learning

Jul 7, 2020

Spotlight: Becky Herrup, Chair of Melton & More Adult Learning

Growing up in the “shtetl” of Miami Beach, Becky Herrup found it a perfect community for her to grow up within. Her family was deeply connected to Temple Emanu-El (Conservative Synagogue on Miami Beach then under the leadership of Rabbi Irving Lehrman) at the time, and to the entire Jewish community. Her parents instilled her with a commitment to Jewish ritual, holidays and traditions, which ensured that Judaism would become an integral part of her identity.
CAJE Adult Learning Attracts National Audience Online

Jun 26, 2020

CAJE Adult Learning Attracts National Audience Online

There are people learning with CAJE from all over Florida, as well as students from Illinois, New York, Rhode Island, Washington State, Washington DC, Ohio, New Jersey, Canada and Israel. We welcomed new faculty to our team and expanded our course offerings to include a wide range of themes and topics. As a result of the online platform, faculty are taking each other’s courses for the first time too.
Spotlight: Lynn Elovic, Chair of the Leo Martin March of the Living

Jun 17, 2020

Spotlight: Lynn Elovic, Chair of the Leo Martin March of the Living

Originally from Venezuela, Lynn attended an American school with no religious education but grew up in a proudly Jewish Sephardic family that originated in Egypt. After graduating college, she met her husband and got married, then had three children and moved to South Florida.
CAJE Helps Congregational Schools Create Summer Experience for Our Children

Jun 8, 2020

CAJE Helps Congregational Schools Create Summer Experience for Our Children

With the Coronavirus pandemic keeping so many children at home this summer, Congregational (Religious) School Directors were trying to brainstorm ways to maintain contact with their children and teens by offering them activities to stay connected and have fun with their friends...
How CAJE Brings the Day School Community Together During the Pandemic and All Year Long

May 26, 2020

How CAJE Brings the Day School Community Together During the Pandemic and All Year Long

One of the unique features of our Miami community is the collegial relationships among our day schools regardless of denomination, which is not something normative in other communities. For over 6 years, CAJE has convened a Coalition of Miami Admissions Directors (CMAD) which now boasts over 15 admissions directors from the tri-county area and meets monthly. This might come as a surprise because Admissions offices actually compete with one another!
Carly Orshan: Helping Teens Grow and Thrive in the World

May 22, 2020

Carly Orshan: Helping Teens Grow and Thrive in the World

Dr. David Bryfman, CEO of The Jewish Education Project of New York, chose our very own Carly Orshan, CAJE’s Director of the Teen Department, as one of the first interviews for his new podcast with Jewish education visionaries and practitioners called Adapting: The Future of Jewish Education, which explores the big questions, challenges, and successes that define Jewish education.