Curriculum Materials & Educator Workshops
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CURRENT OR TEMPORARY EXHIBITS
Synagogues of Cuba
On View Through December 11, 2016
Pop-up photography exhibition depicting life in the Jewish community of Cuba today.
Hot Couture: Florida Jews on the Fashion Scene
December 2, 2016 – November 5, 2017
Floridian Jews have been involved in all aspects of the fashion industry, designing, manufacturing and dressing and influencing the local and international scene in all types of clothing from beachwear to ball gowns. From the now- 95 year-old Sylvia Whyte designer, whose children’s clothing brought the likes of Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra and Zsa Zsa Gabor flocking to her Miami Beach store in the 1950s, to an 11 year-old entrepreneur now embarking on her first clothing line incorporating her grandfather’s artwork into her designs, Floridian Jews have created a large footprint on this industry. With iconic brands like Perry Ellis and Chico’s, climate-influenced guayaberas, golf shirts and Florida furriers, to funky wearable art and bikinis and belts made out of local snakeskins, this exhibit will surprise and inspire you!
Stitching History from the Holocaust
December 20, 2016 – March 19, 2017
The captivating story of the dresses that make up this exhibit began decades ago, with a family divided between two continents and two destinies. In the winter of 1939, Paul Strnad, who was living in Prague, wrote to his cousin Alvin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to obtain an affidavit to help him and his wife Hedwig escape the onslaught of Nazi Germany. Paul sent Alvin sketches of Hedwig’s clothing designs, in the hopes that these examples of her work would provide evidence of their financial independence. Despite Alvin’s best efforts to obtain visas for the couple, Paul and Hedy perished in the Holocaust. Years later, the sketches were discovered by Alvin’s family members, and, thanks to the efforts of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Hedy’s drawings were brought to life. Her designs were the height of fashion for 1939, but the clothing also provides a small, yet telling window into the lives of Jews in Prague on the eve of World War II. They also attest to the dynamism of the Prague fashion industry before the Holocaust and reflect the styles of designers in the fashion centers of Europe in the 1930s and 40s. These dresses, recreated from Hedy’s sketches, serve to recreate Hedy’s life, but they also reveal another significant story. Along with the loss of six million Jewish lives, the Holocaust extinguished an incalculable amount of talent and creativity. An original exhibit created by and on loan from Jewish Museum Milwaukee Click Here to See Educators Resource Guide
Also on Permanent Display
Learn about multiculturalsim in Florida through the experience of one ethnic group’s immigration story. More than 500 photographs and artifacts depict the Jewish role in developing the state since 1763, including a film about four families from different backgrounds. Inspiration for all!