center for jewish life
To fully realize the project’s mission, the Center will be home to a Community Jewish Day School serving students from kindergarten to 12th grade (first of its kind in Miami), and an Early Childhood Center for students between 18 months of age and 4-years old, and the Tikvah Center for Autism serving grades K-5. The school will occupy five full floors of the Center, in addition to providing access to the common spaces throughout the campus. The approximately 100,000-square-foot community school will strengthen the mission of the Center, and act as an anchor for the Central and greater Miami neighborhoods.
The curriculum will blend secular and Judaic studies and prepare students for a lifetime of success. General studies include: mathematics, language arts, Hebrew, Spanish, science, social studies, and history. Specialty programs include: fine arts, music, computer science, and physical education. The curriculum will include a rigorous course load that exceeds Florida State Standards with AP programming for grades 10 through 12. The community school will complete the Center’s educational offerings and ensure that students from all nationalities, religions, and corners of greater Miami will have a high-quality, immersive, and inclusive option for elementary, middle and upper schooling.
The Tikvah Center K-5 Autism Program caters to children on the autism spectrum between kindergarten and 5th Grade. The Tikvah Center offers a supportive, inclusive environment where students benefit from individualized academics, expert consultations, and social skills-building activities. Tikvah students are given the opportunity to participate in mainstream academics one subject at a time, at a pace that is optimized for each individual child. Plans for each student are developed with a board-certified behavior analyst for each child. In addition to class participation, where Tikvah students work in in-class skills groups using evidence-based social tools, children are encouraged to socialize and develop age-appropriate social skills.
The Early Childhood Center (ECC) provides unique opportunities for emotional, social, creative, physical and cognitive development of each child within a Jewish environment.
All three programs (Day School, Tikvah, and ECC) have a long waiting list and the expansion would allow us to welcome more students.
Although Central Miami is home to one of the region’s fastest-growing populations, Jewish-oriented recreation centers like Jewish Community Centers are geographically absent. The closest JCCs are located in Miami Beach and Kendall, and for a demographic that looks to live and play in the same area, a state-of-the-art Sports & Wellness Complex like the one to be offered at the Center is sorely needed.
The complex will be the first in the city of Miami and will include a gym, swimming pool, soccer field, basketball courts, and additional recreational areas.
The Main Sanctuary will be a home for Jewish spirituality in Miami. The sanctuary will seat 400 and will be convertible to accommodate more intimate events like bar-mitzvahs and weddings. The combination of the sanctuary and the other facilities within the Center provides a single destination for all aspects of a life-cycle event, with spiritual expressions occurring in the sanctuary and receptions in the event spaces. Smaller prayer chapels and a Judaic museum will complement the main sanctuary.