Written by Amy Tenderich | Published on January 3, 2017
Emily Taylor Kaufman is a little powerhouse. Just 12 years old and in the 7th grade, she's already graced the musical stage, won a singing contest run by Phil Collins, and been signed on by a national talent agency. She's appeared in 15 musical productions including her favorite roles as Tracy in Hairspray and the witch in Into the Woods, and earned high accolades for her tap and jazz performances at regional and national dance competitions. When Emily was diagnosed type 1 diabetes three years ago, she took it in stride, her mother Bonnie tells us. Now, the South Florida mom-daughter duo are focusing on Emily's budding career, while carefully maintaining her blood sugar levels.
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The South Florida Holocaust Museum in Dania Beach had its official grand opening attended by 500 people on Sept. 28.
"... highlights included the singing of the National Anthems of Israel and the United States by middle school student Emily Taylor Kaufman, the Benediction and Kaddish by Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, senior rabbi of Temple Solel of Hollywood and remarks by 96-year-old Julius Eisenstein of Hallandale Beach."
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by Diane C. Lade
Emily Taylor Kaufman is a young girl who has impressive ambitions: to see her name in Broadway lights, sing before thousands during a halftime show, maybe take a recurring TV show role. She also has Type 1 diabetes, a potentially life-threatening medical condition requiring constant monitoring. The Cooper City middle school student isn't about to let that get in the way of her big dreams.She's one of 10 Florida youths taking the stage on Friday with multi-Grammy-winning performer Phil Collins as part of the Little Dreams Foundation's annual fundraising dinner and concert at The Fillmore Miami Beach. "They call us 'Dreamers'. There's a lot of competition out there but I'm not afraid," said Emily, 11, an upbeat, 75 pound powerhouse whose favorite songs are 'big belty' numbers. She was picked from more than 100 youngsters who auditioned for Little Dreams in Deerfield Beach last year after singing Whitney Houston's high-pitched ballad, "I Have Nothing".
The spotlight is nothing new for 10 young people who will perform at the sixth annual Aventura Mall Young Stars Showcase on Nov. 15 at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Ranging in age from 8 to 15, they are the "best of the best," according to Ron Oz of CooLam Productions, the showcase's creative and technical director.
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