Marcia Jo Koenigsberg Kerstein Zerivitz, LHD: A Lifelong Passion for Jewish Life & Continuity

The exhibition documents Marcia Jo’s journey from small town West Virginia to established expert on Florida’s Jewish history, through many artifacts, documents and photographs. Public historian Marcia Jo Zerivitz, L.H.D., Founding Executive Director, Jewish Museum of Florida–FIU, is a native West Virginian who has lived in Florida for more than half a century. A leader for Jewish causes since the fifth grade, she has been a trailblazer in the American and Floridian Jewish communities serving national, state, and local organizations and has broken the “glass ceiling” as the first woman in many positions. In 2016, Florida International University awarded her a Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa for her vision and leadership throughout her life to expand knowledge, enrich collective historic memory and cultivate diversity.