Current Museum Exhibits

ImageMOSAIC: 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 Gallery connects the two buildings.

Subject to Interpretation: The 3D Works of MONAD Studio Artists Eric Goldemberg & Veronica Zalcberg

On view October 24 - March, 2018

Monad Form 3-D artists Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg of MONAD Studio present a series of ornate, 3D-printed panels hovering over the central space of the gallery, suspended from the ceiling as beacons of light. Each individual panel is articulated to represent a cosmology of communal relations such that the geometry of its subdivisions and connecting arms resonate with the overall rhythmic notion of the singular and the multiple fused together. The result is a walk-through experience presenting Jewish cultural heritage in a new, vibrant and engaging format.

Stranded in Shanghai 1946

March 13-May 20, 2018


In April 1946, prominent American photojournalist Arthur Rothstein took twenty-two photos that captured the living conditions of Jewish refugees in the Chinese city of Shanghai. Rothstein’s photos, commissioned by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), were taken seven months after the Pacific War had ended. They are a unique visual testimony to the sanctuary given to eighteen thousand Central European Jews during the period of World War II and the Shoah. The photographs present the experiences of the refugees and the story the still little-known "Shanghai Ghetto" through the eyes of a seasoned documentary photographer. These refugees—Jews from Austria, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary—found a haven in Shanghai at a time when, with rare exception, the entire world was refusing to accept Jews. Rothstein’s pictures give us extraordinary insight into the historical role of the photographer in the service of international organizations, and into the importance of photojournalism in zones of conflict and humanitarian crisis.

Selected Images from Project 180: Witnesses for Life

March 26 through April 8, 2018

Image A selection of 22 images from Project 180: Witnesses for Life. The project coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Leo Martin March of the Living. Founded in 1988 through the leadership of Gene Greenzweig, former Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education, the March of the Living is an annual program that takes high school students to Poland and Israel.

These photographs are selections from the many pictures taken by Argentine-born and second-generation Holocaust survivor Sylvio Frydman. A technical and scientific photographer, Frydman documented the sites and emotions of the Miami-Dade County teens he accompanied as a volunteer during the 2017 program.To date, more than 300,000 participants from around the world have participated in the March of the Living program.