- Susan Gladstone Pasternack, Executive Director
Susan Gladstone Pasternack was appointed as the Executive Director for the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU on June 1, 2017. Gladstone Pasternack brings more than 30 years of executive experience at the national and global levels. Gladstone Pasternack leads the Jewish Museum of Florida‒FIU’s team, including the museum’s curator, membership/programming director, fiscal administrator and grants manager, museum educator, exhibit designer, and a staff of administrators, coordinators, docents, and volunteers.
Gladstone Pasternack has served in several prominent leadership positions in the U.S. and abroad, most recently as director of development for the museum and for all of FIU’s Jewish Strategic Initiatives – including the university’s Global Jewish Studies Program, Holocaust Studies and Hillel FIU.
Gladstone Pasternack’s career has led her to excel at the highest levels of expertise in creating and managing multi-million dollar budgets, fundraising, and the cultivation of sponsorships, donors and major gifts.
She has a Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University, and a Bachelor of Social Work from Florida International University. As a lifelong member of the Jewish Community in Miami and the daughter of a rabbi, she has championed the importance of acceptance and tolerance.
- Dr. Tudor Parfitt, Academic Director
Tudor Parfitt is distinguished professor and President Navon Professor of Sephardi and Mizrahi studies at Florida International University. He is also director of the Global Jewish Studies Program. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and corresponding fellow of the Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer, Belgium. He was professor—now emeritus—of Modern Jewish Studies at SOAS.
Parfitt specializes in the study of Jewish communities around the world, particularly in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Some of these communities have been recognized only since the late 20th century as having ancient Jewish origins.
His latest books are Hybrid Hate: Conflations of Antisemitism & Anti-Black Racism from the Renaissance to the Third Reich ( Oxford University Press, 2020) , In The Shadow Of Moses: New Jewish Movements In Africa And The Diaspora, ed. D. Lis, W. Miles and T. Parfitt (Africa World Press, 2016); Black Zion, ed. Ed. Bruder and T. Parfitt (Cambridge Scholars’ Press, 2012) and Black Jews in Africa and the Americas (Harvard University Press, 2013).
- Nancy Doyle Cohen, Museum Manager
Nancy Doyle Cohen manages the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU where she oversees the day-to-day operation of the museum, including programming, marketing and membership. She is the former director of group sales for Broadway Across America at the company’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters. Nancy is experienced in sales, marketing, and promotions and is an avid theatergoer and arts patron. She has a BA in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida and is a lifelong Miami resident.
- Luna Goldberg, Education Manager
Luna Goldberg is the Education Manager at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. She completed her BA at Hampshire College and her MA in Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Goldberg's research focuses on global contemporary art and identity politics with an emphasis on Israeli art.
She is the recipient of a WaveMaker Grant, a Fulbright Fellowship to Israel, and served as the Curatorial Research Assistant for the Israeli Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. Goldberg has curated exhibitions and programs in partnership with the University of California-Berkeley, Detroit Art Week, the College Art Association, and has held positions at the Norton Museum of Art, the Museum at Eldridge Street, and the Sullivan Galleries, among others.
- Jacqueline Goldstein, Curator
Jacqueline Goldstein is the curator of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. During the course of her almost eight years at the museum she has curated many exhibits including Tennessee Williams: Playwright and Painter, Daniel Chimowitz: Walking Canvases, Preservation and Renewal: Bauhaus Buildings in Tel Aviv, The Art of the Lithograph, Zachary Balber: Tamim, Judith Leiber: Master Craftsman and Judio y Cubano.
Several of her curated exhibitions have appeared in The New York Times, Ocean Drive Magazine, The Robb Report, Miami ArtZine, 360 Magazine and The Art Newspaper, among others. Jacqueline received her MA in Art History from The City College of New York, CUNY, and was awarded the Connor Travel Grant for research.
- Todd Bothel, Registrar
A resident of South Florida since 2003, Todd Bothel has worked at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU since 2008. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and a Master's degree in Museum Studies. An avid historian, Todd has worked in the museum field for nearly twenty-five years, researching and installing exhibits covering a wide variety of subjects. He has written four books exploring the history of Fort Lauderdale.
- Howard Horowitz, Finance Manager
Howard Horowitz has a J.D. from the Carey University of Maryland School of Law and nearly 20 years of experience in nonprofit budget management and grants administration in organizations including Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Hillel International and Impact Broward. His responsibilities at the Museum include grants writing and research, maintaining detailed records of endowment funds and grants including budgets and reports and overall fiscal and building operations.
- Amy Borman Somek, Director of Development
Amy Borman Somek is the Director of Development at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. Prior to joining the museum, Somek was the Director of Development at the Greater Miami Hebrew Academy, the oldest Jewish day school in the state of Florida (founded in 1947). Her career includes experience in designing comprehensive development programs, annual campaign plans and strategies, corporate sponsorships, cultivation of prospective donors, and directing fundraising programs and events. She has a broad knowledge of the Jewish Communities, and the business and philanthropic arena.
- Erica Corsano, Head of Content and Communications
A self-proclaimed Jackie of all trades, Erica Corsano has had her hands in many creative projects, including content creation and consulting for media outlets, arts institutions, nonprofit organizations and various lifestyle brands.
Corsano has contributed to Condé Nast, yahoo.com, Modern Luxury, Jetsetter.com, CNN, NBC, CNBC.com, and many other media outlets and served as an adjunct instructor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
She has run glossy lifestyle magazines, served as a group editor for a Travel Media company, appeared as a lifestyle correspondent on various television programs, co-hosted a popular radio show, contributed to national travel magazines and written cover stories for Pulitzer-prize-winning newspapers.
She currently handles all content and communications for the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.
Her free time is spent with her husband Mark and two Jack Russell Terriers Penelope and Henri, volunteering for animal advocacy organizations and writing about the arts, philanthropy and travel.
- Pierre Delerme, Maintenance Supervisor
Pierre Wesly Delerme started his career as a journalist in Haiti covering topics such as politics and social justice. He attended university at the Superior Institute of Political and Administrative Careers at Haiti State University and received his degree in business management 1994. Delerme then went on to Miami Dade College, attending business software and networking courses.
He emigrated to Miami in 1999 and worked at the Miami Herald for several years in the newspaper dispatching department. He joined the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU in 2013 and is currently the museum’s Building Maintenance Supervisor. He spends his much of his free time with his church congregation, where he serves as the chairman of the Deacon Board, and with his beloved family.
- Advisory BoardChairIra D. GillerVice ChairsIsabel Bernfeld AndersonPaul DruckerElliot StoneBoard MembersKenneth M. Bloom, Immediate Past ChairNeil DernStephen FainLaura GoldbergAndrew GottliebAllen LevittJonathan MacyGerald K. SchwartzDaniel WeissPauline WinickJudith Wurtman