Current Museum Exhibits
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 Bess Myerson Gallery connects the two buildings.
Mira Lehr: A Walk in the Garden
On view October 2, 2019 thru February 3, 2020
Mira Lehr, a self-described eco-feminist artist, is a native Miamian whose career spans over five decades. Lehr’s nature-based imagery encompasses painting, design, sculpture and video installations. Mira Lehr: A Walk in the Garden is a site-specific installation that takes the viewer through a magical journey in a fantastical garden.
Judío y Cubano
October 17, 2019—January 19, 2020
Judío y Cubano explores the artwork of three Cuban Jewish artists. Included in the exhibition are Baruj Salinas’s illuminated manuscript The Torah Project, as well as an 8ft oil pastel drawing by Jose Luis Farinas and photographs by renowned photojournalist Robert Koltun.
Zachary Balber: Tamim
November 20, 2019– March 15, 2020
Zack Balber uses portrait photography to uncover the camouflaged identity (tattoos) of some of Judaism’s most unconventional Jews. Balber, Jewish himself, connected with the men he photographed while rediscovering his own heritage.