Vision 20/20: Looking Back/Looking Forward

March 31 - October 25, 2015


Exhibition features many objects from the collection on display for the first time...

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF-FIU) is proud to present a very special exhibition in honor of its 20th Anniversary, "Vision 20/20: Looking Back/Looking Forward." This exhibition provides a glimpse into JMOF-FIU’s collection of more than 100,000 items documenting multi-generations of Jewish families throughout Florida. Floridian Jewish Families have played an integral part in every area of the development of the Sunshine State, from the pioneer families who settled here more than 250 years ago, to the contemporary movers and shakers who are making history today.

Highlights from the exhibition include:

Image A hand painted toy tea set collected by Harry Kanner of Orlando, circa 1910. Kanner, a merchant and citrus grower, was one of the founders of Congregation Ohev Shalom in Orlando. This pioneer family has continued to have an impact in our state, from Aaron Kanner, one of the founders of Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach, to Lewis Kanner, a well-known Miami attorney and Ellen Kanner, now an award-winning food writer.

Image Commemorative Jacksonville Jaguars’ football given to Dr. Kevin Kaplan the team’s head physician who also serves as team physician for the Arena Football League Jacksonville Sharks, Jacksonville University, University of North Florida, and Atlantic Coast High School.

Original, bound issues of the inaugural season of the highly successful Ocean Drive Magazine, started by the Powers Family, media moguls who are well known in social and political arenas.

Image Architectural model for the upcoming restoration of the famous Deauville Hotel on Miami Beach, by Kobi Karp, who is known for his exciting architecture projects which are changing the Miami skyline.

Purple velvet wedding dress and bonnet from 1934 worn by Elise Bear, granddaughter of Lewis Bear, who started a distribution company in Pensacola in 1876 that is now run by the fifth generation of the Bear family.

Purse from the Saks Fifth Avenue store on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, belonging to Rose Weiss, circa 1930’s. Weiss was affectionately known as the “Mother” of Miami Beach. She designed the original City of Miami Beach flag, which is still in use today. She is also remembered for never having missed a city council meeting in 38 years.

Comb and Hanger from the H. W. Davis Co. Store in St. Augustine, circa 1890s. The store is one of the oldest locally owned clothing stores in St. Augustine. Its current owners, the Lichter family, are now in their fourth generation of working in the retail clothing business in St. Augustine.

Exhibition formed from the Collection of the Jewish Museum of Florida, originated by Marcia Jo Zerivitz, Founding Executive Director.