Purim Night at the Museum: March 13, 2014

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The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF-FIU) hosted its annual festive event, A Night at the Museum: A Celebration of the Pageantry of Purim on March 13th. This year, JMOF-FIU guests enjoyed a delightful cocktail reception with delectable hors d'oeuvres, while listening to a string trio of FIU Students. Throughout the evening, partygoers dressed up with masks, hats, feather boas, signs and other props to take fun keepsake photo strips, in the style of the old time photo booths. After cocktails, an elegant three-course dinner was served, with décor featuring centerpieces highlighted with unique artistic masks, and party favors of feathered masks and groggers (noisemakers). Everyone found opportunities to meet and mingle with new and long-time friends, as they capped off the evening together with the sweetness of the traditional Purim hamentaschen cookies.

Celebrating the triumph of good over evil and the survival of the Jewish people in the face of destruction, the story of Purim exemplifies the shared experience of ethnic discrimination, when nearly 2,600 years ago in Shusan, Persia, the King’s advisor, Haman, developed an evil plot to get rid the Jewish people. Courageously, Queen Esther spoke out on behalf of her fellow Jews to save them from annihilation. In Florida, the tradition of festive events in honor of Purim began in Jacksonville in 1880, followed by Pensacola, Tallahassee and Key West. The Jewish Museum of Florida established the tradition of our own signature event with our inaugural Ball in 2000.

Next year’s event will be extra special…In celebration of the Museum’s 20th Anniversary, 50th Anniversary of FIU’s founding and 100th Anniversary of the City of Miami Beach, JMOF-FIU will host a formal gala and chic after-party that is not to be missed! For 2015 sponsorship opportunities, please contact the JMOF-FIU Development Department: development@jewishmuseum.com or 786-972-3162.

THANK YOU to our generous Sponsors for making this fabulous event possible!

Gold Benefactor: Applebaum Foundation - Leila Applebaum and Marilyn & Herbert Potash Bronze

Underwriters: Samuel I. Adler Family Foundation; Harold & Ellie Aibel; Barbara & Kenneth Bloom/ Norman & Sylvia Levine; Hazel Cypen and Family; Helene & Murray Dubbin and Family; Florida international University and the FIU Foundation, Inc.; Honey & Ira Giller/ Barbara & Leonard Wien; David Posnak Foundation; Riemer Insurance Group; Elliot N. & Bonnie Sockel Stone; Jonathan Symons; UBS Financial Services Gouraige/Kaplan/Ravinet Team; Marcia Jo & Elliott Zerivitz

In-Kind Supporters: Over the Top Rental Party Linens; Kenneth Stubbs/Kobayashi; Sir Speedy Printing; Southern Wine & Spirits; Executive Caterers

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Dining Room before the festivities! JMOF-FIU Executive Director Jo Ann Arnowitz and Alan Levy
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FIU Students Michael Denberg, Yael Doron, Elliot Stone, and Jo Ann Arnowitz
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Inge Gatto, Isabel Anderson, Dorothy Cohn Fran Gaynor, Helene Dubbin, and Hazel Cypen
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Jonathan Macy, Candice Gidney, FIU President Mark Rosenberg, and Jo Ann Arnowitz Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales and FIU President Mark Rosenberg
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Lauren Carra (Aide to Commissioner Deede Weithorn), Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales, and Daniela Bonini (Aide to Commissioner Michael Grieco) Hinda Adler, Lori and Brett Spodak, and Daniela Bonini
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Diane and Alan Lieberman Howard Lipman, Steven Berwick, and JMOF-FIU Development Director Nancy Rachman
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Stephen and Georgia Nimer Claudio Ravinet and Michaelangelo Dooley
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FIU President Mark Rosenberg, John Bussel, Elliot Stone, Barbara Goldfarb, Amy Sadeghi Ghislain Gouraige and Sam Dubbin
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Sara Somberg, Bonnie Sockel Stone, Cherie Joblove Jo Ann Arnowitz, Rene Gross, Fran Gaynor, Ellie and Hal Aibel
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Sylvia and Norman Levine and Family Phyliss and Marty Winston and Marlin Galvin
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Linda and Sage Pasternak, Alex Bana Rudy and Ruthie Schwartz
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Ronald and Eleanor Cohen, Barbara and Leonard Wien, Rabbi and Mrs. Sol Schiff, Honey and Ira Giller Top row: John Stack, Debby and Dean Kenneth Furton, Steven Berwick, Roger Gresham Bottom row: D’Arsey D. Houlihan, Jill Granat, John Bussel, Emily Gresham
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Top row: Ron Mayer, Jeanne and Boris Rosen, Susan Vogel Bottom row: Tamra Sheffman, Wendy Belkin, Inge Gatto, Isabel Anderson, Dorothy Cohn Top row: Jerry Cohen, JMOF-FIU Membership Director Nancy Doyle Cohen, Dominique Schwartz Bottom row: Rita Cohen, Bob and Jackie Traurig