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.
Cinema Judaica: The Epic Cycle (1947-71)
March 29, 2016 – October 23, 2016
Hollywood films in the three decades after World War II portrayed 4,000 years of Jewish historical identity and, in some of the biggest box office hits of all times, transformed the image of the Jew from embattled to triumphant. Flamboyant posters and bold advertising materials for films ranging from Samson and Delilah and Ben-Hur, to Exodus and Fiddler on the Roof are featured in this exhibit, including favorites such as: Gregory Peck as King David...Charlton Heston as Moses in The Ten Commandments...Paul Newman as Ari Ben Canaan in Exodus...Kirk Douglas as Colonel Mickey Marcus in Cast a Giant Shadow... Elizabeth Taylor as Rebecca of York in Ivanhoe... Joan Collins as Queen Esther...Ava Gardner as Sarah...and Sophia Loren as the Haganah operative Judith. Exhibition on loan from Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. Curated by Laura Kruger. Sponsored by the Robert Arthur Segall Foundation.
Susan Miller: Testament in Stone
April 12, 2016 – September 11, 2016
Susan Miller “sees” through stone. She has the ability to perceive and reveal, through the density of weighty blocks of marble, a form that is expressive with human dignity and energy. Miller’s sculptures express her spirit and the beauty of the human body and its relationships to biblical texts. In Miller’s work there is a common ground between the artist, the material, the work and the public that is nourished by the memory and gravity of the sacred.
Jewish Treasures from the Caribbean by Wyatt Gallery
September 19, 2016 – December 11, 2016
This exhibition, by photographer Wyatt Gallery, documents the oldest Jewish synagogues and cemeteries in the Western Hemisphere. Images from the remaining historic Jewish sites in Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Suriname reveal the significant yet little-known legacy of Judaism in the New World. Once home to thousands of Sephardic Jews from a melting pot of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and other cultures, these dwindling communities now contain only five historic synagogues. The exhibit shows the strength of the Jewish people, the beauty of the culture and raises awareness of the urgent need for preservation and protection of these threatened historical resources.