MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida

(Core Exhibit - Ongoing)

Image 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.

From a Coin Toss into Politics: The Life of a Senator

September 16, 2014 – March 22, 2015

Senator Richard B. Stone served as Florida’s second and most recent Jewish U.S. Senator (1975-1980). This colorful exhibit, including photographs, classified documents and artifacts, illustrates the Senator’s fascinating story, from growing up on Miami Beach in his family-owned Blackstone Hotel, to the elegant ball gowns worn by his “First Lady” Marlene at White House State dinners, to highlights from his prestigious Ambassadorships in Central America and Denmark. Stone’s foray into 40 years of public service began as Miami City Attorney, however, when a new Florida Senate seat was created in 1967, it was a winning coin toss that solidified his entry into the political arena.

The Chosen: Selected Works from Florida Jewish Art Collectors

November 4, 2014 – March 8, 2015

This groundbreaking exhibition will showcase a prominent work chosen from a cadre of Florida’s preeminent Jewish art collectors, representing their varied passions and prized collections. Just as the Jewish people have historically focused on the importance of remembering the past and teaching future generations, art is also a vehicle for linking the past and looking towards the future. Each collection tells its own story about the collectors: why and how they start collecting, how they chose the pieces they have acquired, how their collections enhance their lives, as well as their depth, commitment, passion, vision and philosophy. This exhibit is curated by pioneer gallery owner Bernice Steinbaum, also a Florida Jewish art collector. Steinbaum uses her creative and innovative talents in selecting the works for this show, noting, “We have never looked at what our community collects. We suspect there is not a connective tissue, other than our own Jewish DNA, but we are curious about the story these collectors and their works will tell.”

20/20 VISION: Looking Back/Looking Forward – JMOF 20th Anniversary

March 30, 2015 – October 12, 2015

Showcasing highlights of our Museum’s collection, this 20th anniversary exhibit will focus on the influence of Floridian Jews on the development of the Sunshine State, from the pioneer families who settled here more than 100 years ago, to today’s movers and shakers.

The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat

April 14, 2015 – October 25, 2015

In many religions, the Sabbath is considered a day of rest. In Jewish tradition, Shabbat is observed in many ways, including going to synagogue, cooking a special meal, resting from work or physical activity and scheduling time to reflect on life outside of our daily routines. This exhibit features contemporary and often provocative depictions of the Sabbath through the works of leading international artists. In an era when technology and culture have eroded the boundaries separating work, play and relaxation, this exhibit presents new possibilities and definitions of the 'day of rest.' This traveling exhibition was curated by Laura Kruger, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion Museum, New York.