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.
Growers, Grocers & Gefilte Fish:
A Gastronomic Look at Florida Jews & Food
Now through October 5, 2014
In Jewish life, food is often a basis for gathering with friends and family to observe and celebrate traditions and life cycle events. From the pierogies of Poland to the salsas of South America, this exhibition will comprise a wide range of historic items that tell the story of Floridian Jews in the food industry – those who grow, prepare, distribute, cook and serve the foods we love.
Cinema Judaica: The War Years, 1939 - 1949
March 4 – August 24, 2014
This unprecedented exhibit of iconic Hollywood film posters from 1939-1949 illustrates how the motion picture industry countered America’s isolationism, advocated going to war against the Nazis, influenced post-war perceptions of the Jewish people and the founding of the State of Israel, and shaped the face of contemporary Jewish life. The exhibition begins with the Hollywood studios’ compliance with the Nazis’ control of the motion picture industry in Germany, the ban on Jews from employment within it, and their restrictions on the American distribution of films shown in German and throughout Europe. Only one studio, Warner Brothers, refused to comply with any of Goebbel’s demands and withdrew from the German market. Harry Warner and his brothers committed themselves to making anti-Nazi movies to alert the nation to the Nazi threat. Following the war, there were “Exodus” films addressing the attempt by European war refugees to build their lives and cultures after the Holocaust. Included are posters from classic films such as: Gentleman’s Agreement, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, and The Great Dictator.
Exhibition from: Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion