Current Museum Exhibits
MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida
(Core Exhibit - Ongoing)
More than 500 photos and artifacts depict the Jewish experience in Florida since 1763, reflecting a thematic presentation of immigration, community development, discrimination, earning a living, acculturation and identity. Personal artifacts, films, photos, timeline and contemporary art attract a universal audience by telling the universal story of immigration as the example of the acculturation process of every family and provide an engaging, up close museum experience. The Museum is housed in two former synagogues that served as the first congregation on Miami Beach. The primary building is a restored 1936 Art Deco building with a copper dome, marble bimah and 80 stained-glass windows. The second building is the original 1929 shul. The skylighted Bessie's Bistro connects the two buildings.
Synagogues of Cuba
August 19, 2016 –
Pop-up photography exhibition depicting life in the Jewish community of Cuba today.
EVIL: A Matter of Intent
April 19, 2017 – October 1, 2017
Evil is not a cosmic accident. It does not just happen. Natural disasters happen. Disease, drought, accidents and epidemics happen. Evil is not a concept, rather it is a deliberate action or inaction. It is defined as a selfish act or behavior with the intent to benefit one’s self or one’s interests, irrespective of harm to others and without responsibility or remorse. The human capacity for evil, from biblical antiquity to present day is constant. The artists included in this exhibition address with clarity and passion the many faces of inhumanity, using an international visual language to challenge the concepts of heroes and villains. Reflecting diverse backgrounds, nationalities, faiths and mediums, the artists in this exhibition engage us in their search for understanding. Their art is a forum for remembering, expressing outrage and exerting a call to action. As they depict acts of evil intent on their consequences, these artists challenge us to reflect on our own responsibility today. An original exhibit on loan from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York
Irene Williams: Queen of Lincoln Road
July 14 – November 5, 2017
Miami Beach has always been home to many colorful people. One of them was Irene Williams. Every workday for more than 40 years, Irene dressed in one of her vibrant fashions from a collection of more than 100 handmade hats and outfits, walked to her small office on Lincoln Road. One morning in 1995, Irene was spotted by Eric Smith, a New York City designer, entrepreneur, and founder of E.G. Smith Socks.
A friendship ensued and over the next decade, Eric documented on film Irene’s outsider couture, and the heartfelt affection they shared and produced an award winning documentary titled Irene Williams Queen of Lincoln Road. When Irene died in 2004, she left her colorful collection of hats, photos and letters to Smith which are included in the exhibit. In addition to the Irene Williams Collection, the exhibition will include hats and photos on loan from Isabel Bernfeld Anderson and George Neary. The exhibit is sponsored by Robert Arthur Segall Family Foundation, Isabel Bernfeld Anderson, Merle & Danny Weiss, and Pauline Winick.