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Judy Kaplan

Balkan Jewish Communities, Salonika Greece
Facilitator, Mentor, Philanthropist, and Midwife
Boca Raton, Florida

Judy Kaplan is a co-founder of Balkan Jewish Communities in Salonika Greece, and a Board member of the Sephardic Federation of Palm Beach County. She is devoted to revitalizing Ladino-Sephardic heritage locally and internationally. In 2014 and 2015 she organized the Florida branch of the International Ladino Day, and she collaborates with other Ladino-Sephardic initiatives in locations the world over. Balkan Jewish Communities was formed in 2010 with the goals of developing Jewish communal infrastructure where 98% of the Jews and much of Ladino-Sephardic culture were destroyed during the Holocaust. Its branches include Ladino Heritage Society and Tours, Chabad of Salonika, Pinat Yehudit Hospitality, Aitz Hayim Torah Foundations, Balkan Kosher Certification and La Madre Humanitarian Services. It was established with the backing of Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Chief Rabbi of Israel; Merkos Chabad; the Rabbinical Council of Europe, and Balkan governments. Salonika and the Balkans.