In addition to the permanent core exhibit, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU displays several temporary exhibits annually. From time to time, some are packaged as traveling exhibits. Currently, those listed below are available for rental. Please click on the underlined exhibit title for a detailed fact sheet - including price and availability.
1. The Art of Hatred: Images of Intolerance in Florida Culture
From ancient and medieval times to the present use of the internet, grotesque and cruel visual representations of Jewish people and others have stoked the flames of intolerance. This exhibit explores the issues of antisemitism, discrimination, andstereotypes. It focuses on the effective use of graphics and imagery over the centuries to foster bigotry and social division, particularly in Florida since the Civil War. Its goal is to show the origins and mutation of these hateful images and to sensitize viewers to the continued use of propaganda
2. El Viaje... The Journey: Jewish Artists & Poets of Latin America
Eighteen outstanding artists & poets portray interpretations of the wandering Jew.
3. Arnold Newman: One World, One People - Portraiture as Art
The former Miami Beach High student and son of a family which has lived here since the 1930s, Newman has become a world-renowned photographer. These 50 portraits are a series of his famous Jewish personalities throughout the last half-century.
4. Florida Jews in the Military
Thousands of Floridian Jews have served the United States in the Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and Air Force. They displayed courage as officers and regular soldiers, nurses, doctors and chaplains. The exemplary history of Florida Jews in the military began in the mid-1800s with the Seminole Indian Wars when West Point graduate Abraham C. Myers served as quartermaster and a Florida city now bears his name, Ft. Myers. Jews have continued their participation in defense of democracy and freedom, both on the war and home fronts, in the Civil War (1861-65), Spanish-American War (1898), World War I (1917-18), World War II (1939-1945), Cold War (1945-91), Korean War (1950-53), Vietnam (1959-75), and the Gulf Wars (1990-present) that include the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
5. Lox With Black Beans & Rice: Portraits of Cuban Jews in South Florida
Cuba welcomed Jews for 100 years. Some American Jews helped support the efforts for Cuban Independence beginning in 1892. Sephardim arrived in 1902 and Ashkenazim came in the 1920s. After World War II, German-speaking refugees and Holocaust survivors found a safe haven there. Cuba at first was reluctant to grant Jews nationalized status; the U.S. State Department pressured Havana not to change its policies lest the Jewish immigrants seek entry into the United States. By the 1930s Cubans Jews were permitted to become citizens in Cuba and most lived comfortable lives there until the Revolution on January 1, 1959.
6. Jewish Contributors to the Making of Lincoln Road Mall
Since 1914, Lincoln Road, named for President Abraham Lincoln, has been a retail center for Miami Beach. Carved out of a forest of mangroves, this unique thoroughfare was the dream of the city’s founding father, Carl Fisher, to create the “Fifth Avenue of the South.” His vision of a bay-to-beach avenue with high-end shops was to entice the wealthy to fine shopping and high-profile promenading while they vacationed here during the winter months. From the 1920s through the 1950s, Lincoln Road attracted many premier retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue and the finest automobile dealerships.
7. AUKTION 392: Reclaiming the Galerie Stern, Düsseldorf
This is story of Max Stern, the aryanization policies of Nazi Germany, their racial cleansing and economic strategies, and the complex legal and moral issues of provenance research and restitution of Nazi looted art. In 1935, Dr. Max Stern’s license to trade art in Germany was withdrawn because he was Jewish. In 1937, he was forced to sell his artworks under extreme duress in Auktion 392. Stern left Germany without any of his art or compensation from the sale.
8. Wooden Synagogues of Poland and Stories of Polish Families
Peter Maurice donated to the Museum ten models that he crafted of 17th and 18th century Polish wooden synagogues. These shtetl structures represent a style of folk architecture that is unique to the Jews and they were actually built by Jewish craftsmen. These models help tell an expanded story of Floridian Jews who came (or whose ancestors came) from Poland.
9. From Home to Home: Jewish Immigration to America
The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is excited to present its first ever, fully interactive exhibit especially for children. The exhibit is specially designed for ages 6 to 12 and allows children and their families to experience the process of moving to a new home. From Home to Home explores issues related to relocating to a new land, such as leaving behind the familiarity of neighborhoods, schools, friends, food and language. The exhibit uses the Jewish immigration experience as an example of the acculturation process of people from all backgrounds and cultures, exploring the similarities and challenges people faced.
10. Mark Podwal: All This Has Come Upon Us...
Artist, author and illustrator Mark Podwal, is best known for his drawings on The New York Times OP-ED page. The exhibition features archival pigment prints of Podwal’s drawings and paintings of historical threats of antisemitism, combined with verses from the Book of Psalms. Each image in this series depicts a tragedy or injustice in Jewish history, from slavery in Egypt through the Holocaust. According to Podwal, “the paintings and drawings in this series are a disturbing reminder of how Europe’s extensive history of ‘Jew-hatred’ laid the groundwork for Terezin and Auschwitz.”