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Newsletter for members of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Volume XXVI | Number 3 | March 2014

Chairman’s Message Spring is in the air! We have just enjoyed a fantastic Night at the Museum, our Purim celebration, with many friends and supporters. We take a moment and review our past year’s hard work and successes. An example is Growers, Grocers, and Gefilte Fish, a massive exhibit about Florida Jews’ role in all aspects of the food and food service industries, on display through October 5, 2014. Food will always take center stage in the past, present and future of every people, community, or culture. The multiple events we have offered, like An Evening with Michelle Bernstein, utilized each of our senses, especially taste, to deliver its message. The families in our B’nai Mitzvah Membership Program enjoyed a fun event with a scavenger hunt, capped with an ice cream party from our friends at The Frieze. The connection of Jews as we travel and transplant around the world, creates completely original flavors. It is my favorite way to learn about history. I am so excited about how our museum engages us, the members and visitors, in so many innovative and recently delicious ways. We have the best, most dynamic staff, who continue to produce new reasons to visit, learn, and enjoy here every day. I know I speak for all the members when I say “thank you” for your tireless, thoughtful and creative efforts on our behalf. Everyone, please check the calendar of Programs and Events in this issue (pages 12 and 13) and take note – you will not want to miss any of it. Look forward to seeing all of you here! And, as always, JMOF– FIU Membership makes a great and unique gift for your friends, family and business associates.

Sincerely, Elliot N. Stone Chairman of the Board Table of Contents Chairman’s Message .......................................................................................2 Jewish American Heritage Month Celebration .................................................3 Breaking the Glass Ceiling ............................................................................4-5 Education.........................................................................................................6 Keys to the Collection......................................................................................7 Cover Story...................................................................................................8-9 Happenings........................................................................................ 10-11, 14 Museum Programs & Events.................................................................... 12-13 FIU Interns......................................................................................................15 Membership............................................................................................. 16-17 JMOF-FIU Supporters.............................................................................. 18-19 Memorials and Tributes..................................................................................20 Volunteers and Heritage Society....................................................................21 Museum Information......................................................................................22 TILES image: MOSAIC photo: Felix Glickstein on alligator in Jacksonville, 1916. Cover: Gentleman’s Agreement, 20th Century Fox,1947. 2

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JMOF-FIU Leadership Advisory Board Officers Chair Elliot N. Stone, Miami Vice-Chairs Isabel Bernfeld Anderson, Miami Beach Kenneth M. Bloom, Pinecrest Paul Drucker, Boca Raton Treasurer David Adler, Miami Beach Secretary Leslie Jay Gross, Miami Advisory Board Members Ellie Aibel, Coral Gables Elaine Bloom, Miami Beach Helene S. Dubbin, Miami Murray H. Dubbin, Miami Stephen Fain, Davie Mel Frumkes, Miami Frances Gaynor, Pinecrest Judy Gilbert-Gould, Miami Ira D. Giller, Miami Beach Norman Levine, North Miami Beach Gwen Margolis, Coconut Grove Boris Rosen, Surfside Louis Schneider, Miami Gerald K. Schwartz, Miami Beach Leonard A. Wien, Miami Beach Linda B. Zilber, Bay Harbor Islands Past Presidents W. James Orovitz (deceased) – MOSAIC Founding President Maynard Abrams (deceased) Helene Herskowitz, Delray Beach Sandra Angel Malamud, Sarasota Norman M. Giller (deceased) – Museum Founding President Norman Levine, North Miami Beach Helene S. Dubbin, Miami Ira D. Giller, Miami Beach Leonard A. Wien, Miami Beach Linda B. Zilber, Bay Harbor Islands HONORARY COUNCIL MEMBERS Harold Aibel, Coral Gables Sheldon Anderson, Miami Jerry Blank, Sun Valley, Idaho Betty Cooper, Miami Beach Michael Dribin, Miami Beach Samuel J. Dubbin, Miami Harvey J. Feld, Tampa George Feldenkreis, Miami

Mikki & Morris Futernick, Coconut Grove Jeffrey Gilbert, Miami Beach Jane & Jerrold Goodman, Miami Beach Sonya Rabin Greenfield, Miami Nicki Englander Grossman, Hollywood Daniel F. Herz, Plantation Lewis M. Kanner, Coral Gables Betsy Kaplan, Miami Judge Gerald Kogan, Miami Gabriela Landau, Asheville, North Carolina Jack H. Levine, Miami Morris D. Levitt, Coconut Grove Saundra D. Lieber, Aventura Norman Lipoff, Miami Hannah Lipton, Aventura Hazel M. Mack, Jacksonville Julian Meitin, Orlando Bess Myerson, Santa Monica, California Avis Lee Neiman, Miami Jonathan Nelson, North Miami Norma Jean Ober Stone, Coral Gables Joseph W. Pallot, Miami Doris C. Rosenblatt, Tampa Lloyd L. Ruskin, Miami Beach Lina Zargar Samimy, Coral Gables Gloria G. Scharlin, Coral Gables Shirlee Segall Schiller, Miami Beach Norman Schwartz, North Miami Beach Teddi B. Segal, Hendersonville, NC Tamra Sheffman, Miami Beach Gary P. Simon, Miami Marilyn K. Solomon, Coconut Grove Jean Soman, Miami Stanley G. Tate, Bay Harbor Islands Jackie & Bob Traurig, Coconut Grove Linda Widrich Weitz, Miami Beach Pauline Winick, Miami Beach Sharyn Wittner, St. Petersburg Executive Director & Chief Curator Jo Ann Arnowitz Founding Executive Director Marcia Jo Zerivitz


Jewish American Heritage Month (jahm) Program Explores

The Delectable History of The Jewish Deli May is Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), a national commemoration of the contributions that American Jews have made to the fabric of our nation’s history, culture and society. Initiated by the Jewish Museum of Florida, with the effort led by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Rascal House Diner, August 31, 1996. Photo credit: Albert Barg and Jeff Weisberg Schultz, and enacted by the 109th Congress, When Harry Met Sally to “The Larry David Sandwich” President George Bush signed a resolution in 2006 episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. that each May would be Jewish American Heritage Ted Merwin, Ph.D. has given more than 100 public Month. America has been both a haven and a home lectures on Jewish culture in the last several years. He to Jews. Many arrived as immigrants seeking escape is the author of In Their Own Image: New York Jews from persecution, and in finding freedom, tolerance and in Jazz Age Popular Culture (Rutgers University Press, opportunities here, have given back in all areas to enrich 2006), as well as Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History our national culture. Each May, the President of the U.S. of the Jewish Delicatessen (forthcoming from NYU issues a Proclamation for JAHM. Press). He is currently writing a book about non-Jewish The 2014 JAHM kickoff program, “The Delectable involvement in Jewish religion and culture in the U.S. History of the Jewish Deli,” complements the Museum’s In addition to numerous scholarly articles on American current exhibition, Growers, Grocers & Gefilte Fish: Jewish culture, Ted has published journalistic articles in A Gastronomic Look at Florida Jews & Food. In New many publications including the New York Times (Arts and York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami Beach, the Leisure), Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, delicatessen was the lifeblood and the linchpin of the Haaretz, Forward, Moment and Hadassah. Jewish community. The “soul food” and atmosphere it dished up became a quintessential part of American Co-sponsored by the JMOF-FIU, Jewish Community culture for Jews and non-Jews alike. But as Jews moved Relations Council of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation into the suburban middle class, the deli lost its bite, and Jewish Federation of Broward County, Community giving way to other ethnic restaurants and cuisines. Can Relations Committee. the deli be resurrected?

 Ted Merwin, Ph.D., an associate Sunday, May 4, 2:00 p.m. professor of religion and Judaic Jewish American Heritage Month Kick-off studies at Dickinson College, will The Delectable History of the Jewish Deli show how the deli, which originated Free and open to the public in Germany and Eastern Europe, RSVP: 786-972-3175 developed in this country into a or neighborhood institution on par with For more information on JAHM the synagogue. He will also discuss and the national 2014 observance: how the deli became an icon of both television shows and films about the Jewish experience, ranging from TILES | Newsletter of the Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU | March 2014



Honoring Four Inspiring Women at the 18th Annual

“Breaking the Glass Ceiling” Awards The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU announces the four winners of the 18th Annual “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” Awards for women who have been successful in fields generally dominated by men. The Award Reception and Ceremony features presentations made by the honorees describing the obstacles and inspirations they encountered on their individual journeys to success.

Iris Acker Iris Acker broke through the glass ceiling nearly 30 years ago, when she served as the executive producer and host of the local arts program “On Stage with Iris Acker.” She was also the first woman President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and a union representative for Actors’ Equity, all in an era before women were accepted within these organizations’ leadership roles. Iris is also an acclaimed actress and writer, whose career began on the New York Stage over five decades

Melissa Fronstin Melissa Fronstin is a forerunner in the facility management business, an industry that continues to be dominated by men. In 1987, she became the first Director of Sales and Marketing for South Florida’s original entertainment facility, Miami Arena, which was home to the Miami Heat, Florida Panthers and live entertainment events including concerts and family shows. Following 14 years in Arena Sales & Marketing, Melissa joined the Benihana Restaurant Group as National Public Relations Director, where she oversaw public relations for 26 Benihana properties and traveled


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ago. She has appeared in more than 250 commercials and was a regular on the TV series, Wiseguy. Her book, The Secrets to Auditioning for Commercials, is a trusted guide to aspiring actors. Iris’ role in The MarriageGo-Round with Julie Newmar introduced her to the South Florida theater scene. A few years later, she and husband Phil moved to Miami. Her current program, “Spotlight on the Arts,” runs each week on BECON TV. Iris has also been a long time judge for the Carbonell Awards, South Florida’s regional professional theater awards and an active board member of The Florida International Press Club. Her many awards include the Lifetime Service Award from the South Florida Theater League and Woman of Power from the National Council of Jewish Women.

extensively promoting appearances for the famed Benihana Hot Air Balloon. In 2010, Melissa became Executive Director of the Boca Raton Centre for the Arts and produced the acclaimed 2011 Boca Raton Festival of the Arts. In 2011, Melissa’s career came full-circle, when she was named the first woman Arena Director for the 4,500 seat Don Taft Arena at Nova Southeastern University. Melissa continues to maintain her role as a leader in an industry where very few women have stayed the course and where she was recognized by the industry as an Outstanding Venue Professional. Melissa is also an active volunteer, mentor and role model. She served on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, was a mentor for Women of Tomorrow, and served on the Board of Children’s Cancer Caring Center.


Susan D. Kronick Susan Kronick’s 37 year distinguished retail career has encompassed a uniquely wide variety of retail management responsibilities, including merchandising, marketing, operations, finance, real estate and stores. She retired as Vice Chairman of Macy’s, Inc., a $25 billion dollar company, in 2010 where she was responsible for all Macy’s divisions and Bloomingdale’s nationwide. Her climb to the top of the corporate ladder began at Bloomingdale’s where she rose to Senior Executive Vice President of stores, followed by four years as president and chief operating officer of Atlanta-based Rich’s/Lazarus/Goldsmith’s. In 1997, she was named chairman and CEO of Burdines in Miami.

Dr. Zena Lansky Dr. Zena Lansky is a woman of “firsts.” She was the first woman to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine in 1967; the first female surgical resident at New York University’s Bellevue Hospital where she rose to become their first female Chief Surgical Resident; the first female surgeon at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater and its first female surgeon to be named Chief of Surgery; the first female member on Plant Hospital’s Medical Executive Committee and the first female General Surgeon in Florida. Dr. Lansky’s career highlights include establishing a nationally recognized Patient Nutrition Program that is used throughout the BayCare Health System. She was

Four years later, she was named Group President of Federated Department Stores, Inc., where she was responsible for the company’s regional nameplates at the time – The Bon Marche, Burdines, Goldsmith’s, Lazarus and Rich’s. She was named Vice Chairman in 2003. Throughout her career, Susan has counseled, mentored and influenced the futures of scores of individuals. Susan currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Miami City Ballet. She is a Trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a member of the Hyatt Hotels Board of Directors, an operating partner of Marvin Traub Associates, a retail consulting firm in New York, and a former director of the Pepsi Bottling Group Board. She and her husband were also co-chairs of the grand opening of the Frank Gehry designed home of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, in January 2011.

also a founding board member of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, an organization that improves patient care by advancing the science and practice of nutrition support therapy. She was at the forefront of developing solutions of carbohydrates, proteins and fats for patients who were unable to absorb those nutrients and she invented a life-saving device to deliver these solutions to the body. This device is credited with keeping tens of thousands of nutritionally challenged people around the world alive, including her husband, Warren Rodgers. A true philanthropist, Dr. Lansky has made significant contributions to organizations in the Tampa Bay area. She and her husband are co-founders of the annual Not for Profit Workshop, the largest nonprofit educational event in the state and she is a valued member of the Florida Holocaust Museum’s Leadership Council.

The Museum is proud to recognize these women as examples to others to aim for the stars, and to welcome them into our prestigious group of more than 80 “Breaking the Glass Ceiling” Honorees to date. As Tamra Sheffman, a chair of the committee almost since its inception, notes, “This event is always an uplifting experience. We especially encourage students to attend, as it is such an inspiration to hear these women’s personal stories of their often rocky paths to success.” The event will take place at the Museum on Sunday, April 27 at 2:00 pm, beginning with light refreshments. Event Sponsors include: Isabel Bernfeld Anderson; Commissioner Sally Heyman; Kenneth Bloom in memory of Ilse Posner; Ruth Greenfield and Lori Gold & Allan Hall. The cost to attend is $15 for Museum Members; $20 for non-Members and $5 for students. For reservations, contact 786-972-3175 or or reserve online via our website.

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Comics, Contests, and Cooking Connect Teachers, Students, and Families at JMOF-FIU One of the focal points of our Museum’s education program is facilitating teachers’ Professional Development workshops, based on themes of our core and current exhibits. On Sunday, November 17, our second of three Professional Development workshops for 2013-14 took place in conjunction with the exhibit Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women. Educator, artist and graphic novel aficionado, Gonzalo Battaglia, served as our keynote lecturer and offered a condensed history focusing on the origins of the now popular Graphic Novel format. The teacher workshop included a laboratory for collaboration, as the teachers worked in small groups to create a graphic novel based on the life of a famous American in history. - May Quach, an ESOL teacher commented, “I have learned many valuable ideas to help my students from this professional development. Since my students are limited in English (ESOL) the story board is a great Teachers presenting results of their collaborative efforts in creating way for my students to understand a story and express ideas without lesson plans for the use of graphic novels in their classrooms. getting bogged down in difficult reading.” -Neil Hornstein, a social studies teacher reflected, “Until this workshop, I thought comic books were merely a child’s or teen’s magazine about imaginary characters. It was surprising to learn of their history, artistry and Jewish heritage….comics have been a small mirror of history since the late 1800s. They continue to depict aspects of the overall society and have a strong place in our contemporary understanding.” One of the teachers who participated in the workshop, Jeffrey Marcus, who is a gifted art teacher in his own right, was so inspired by the day, that he offered to serve as the facilitator for our annual Winter Break Family Day. Marcus guided participants, including three generations of families, through the process of creating their own “Super Heroes” comic strips.

Three Generations enjoying Family Day: Doug and Marzi Kaplan with their children and grandchildren.

Students and families also participated in the program presenting the winners of our annual Creative Writing contest. The contest, in conjunction with the Growers, Grocers and Gefilte Fish exhibit, challenged middle and high school students to write about the foods that spell “tradition” in their homes. The winning entries, culled from nearly 400 statewide submissions, included memories of Hungarian kielbasa, Shabbat cholent and Grandmother Tang’s Chinese New Year Nian Gao. Each student’s class also received a free field trip to the Museum. JMOF-FIU Education Manager Chaim Lieberperson with creative writing contest winners (L-R) Jessica Brunstein, Abigail Gottlieb, Kai Niles, Brook Platteter, and Zhan Tang.

Families braiding challah with assistance from FIU helpers.

The contest award ceremony was followed by a family Challah Bread Making Workshop, led by Yaeli Merenfeld of Anny’s Bread Factory, who donated her time, talent and prepared bread dough, as well as a team of Florida International University volunteers, who are part of the non-profit organization Challah for Hunger. As the children and their families twisted and braided the dough together, their lively discussions focused on each other’s traditional holiday and family celebrations and memories – all centered around food – and they even exchanged some of their favorite recipes.

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Keys to the Collection offers an inside peak at JMOF-FIU’s vast collections From the Collections of the Jewish Museum of Florida, originated by Marcia Jo Zerivitz, founding executive director. As is the case for all museums, our limited amount of gallery space prevents us from showing visitors everything in our collection, which includes more than 100,000 artifacts, documents, photographs and ephemera.

Pocket Watch owned by George Dzialynski, first known Jewish boy born in Florida, Jacksonville, 1857.

This series provides the opportunity for a “behind the scenes look” at items in our collection, giving our audience from all over the world a chance to learn about some of our museum’s treasures.

This 4" x 5" black and white negative from December 1899 is a wedding portrait of Rose Moses and Berman Weintraub at San Carlos Opera House, Key West, where they were married. The donor, Jennie Appelrouth, was told that the celebration went on for days!

This 35mm color negative from 1939 shows Ruth Orlin Wruble with her husband Ted. They were married at 625 Michigan Avenue on December 24, 1939, by Rabbi Mescheloff (who resided there).

This black and white photo c.1944 features Lieutenant Ruth Rubin and Lieutenant David Elsasser, married February 18, 1944. Pictured in World War II military uniforms, Ruth was the first Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) Officer from Miami Beach and was in the first WAVES graduating class in the U.S. She served in Navy Communications concerning the German submarine attacks off the East Coast. David served in combat in Guadalcanal.

To learn more about these pieces and to see more Keys to the Collection, please visit the page on our website: It’s also important to remember that the museum would not have its extensive collection if it weren’t for so many of you who have graciously donated your family’s memorabilia to be preserved and available for future generations. To add items about the past and current Florida Jewish experience to the museum’s collection, please contact the registrar at 786-972-3167. Learn more about our latest Keys to the Collection

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on view through August 24, 2014

An Important History Chronicled in Famous Movie Posters

Gentleman’s Agreement, 20th Century Fox, 1947.

“Lights, Camera, Action!” are the famous words associated with movie sets…however, the lights were dimmed dramatically for Jews in the industry during World War II. CINEMA JUDAICA, an unprecedented exhibition of iconic Hollywood film posters from 1939 to 1949, explores this time period, Nazi influence and the response from American movie studios. It illustrates how the motion picture industry countered America’s isolationism, advocated going to war against the Nazis, influenced post-war perceptions of the Jewish people and the founding of the State of Israel, and shaped the face of contemporary Jewish life. “The contributions of Jews in motion pictures is well known today,” says Jo Ann Arnowitz, JMOF-FIU Executive Director and Chief Curator, “however this exhibition sheds light on the industry’s politics during WWII, not only internally, but on a national and global level.” The exhibition begins with the Hollywood studios’ compliance with the Nazis’ control of the motion picture industry in Germany, the ban on Jews from employment within it, and their restrictions on the American distribution of films shown in Germany and throughout Europe. All but two of America’s eight largest studios complied with the 8

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The Illegals, Film Documents, 1948.

Nazis’ restrictions. United Artists closed down its German exchanges rather than fire its Jewish employees, but it did accept German content restrictions and arranged for its films to be shown in Germany through another distributor. Warner Bros., however, was the only studio to withdraw from the German market entirely. As Jewish characters disappeared from American films, Harry Warner and his brothers committed themselves to making anti-Nazi movies to alert the nation to the Nazi threat. The exhibition further documents this time period and how Hollywood studios set up the Motion Pictures Producers and Distributors Association (MPPDA) and established a Production Code of Administration (PCA) that prohibited causing affront to foreign states, including Germany. Thereafter, films required a seal of approval from the MPPDA. At the same time, the PCA worked with the U.S. State Department to ensure that American movies did not violate a series of Neutrality Laws enacted by the Roosevelt administration to keep American citizens safe in European and other war zones. Thus, anti-Nazi screenplays and clearly defined Jewish roles, which would not pass the certification process, were transformed through allegory, character name

My Father’s House, Jewish National Fund, 1947.

It’s Fun to be Free, Fight for Freedom Committee, 1941.

changes, and other disguises and glosses by Warner Bros. and other like-minded independent producers. At the end of 1938, the PCA approved Warner Bros. openly anti-Nazi script for Confessions of a Nazi Spy, closely based on the recent historical record of the government’s espionage case. The film was released in early May 1939. With the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and America’s declaration of war, Hollywood produced patriotic movies, in the guise of “platoon” films, which reflected on the melting pot tradition of American ethnic diversity and helped instill a unified fighting spirit. In addition to Confessions of a Nazi Spy, featured films include Sons of Liberty, Pastor Hall, and The Great Dictator. Also included are posters for World War II espionage and concentration camp escape melodramas set in Germany or another Nazi-occupied country such as To Be or Not To Be, plus films about Nazi Germany’s accountability such as Address Unknown, Tomorrow the World, and Hotel Berlin. Following the war, were the “Exodus” films addressing the attempt by European war refugees to rebuild their

lives and cultures after the Holocaust include My Father’s House, The Illegals, The Search, and Sword in the Desert. Post-war Hollywood films also addressed antisemitism on the home front and the Christian Mobilizers, who blamed the Jews for the war and attacked Jewish citizens, stores, and synagogues in major northeast cities. These films, in which an Italian American or Irish American authority figure condemns antisemitism, stops an assault, or solves a racist murder, include The House I Live In and Crossfire, while Gentleman’s Agreement addresses the related subject of White Anglo Saxon Protestant antisemitism. Exhibition on loan from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Museum and is curated by Laura Kruger. Local sponsors include the Robert Arthur Segall Foundation; Kenneth Bloom in memory of Ilse and Harold Posner; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the Miami-Dade Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners and the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council. TILES | Newsletter of the Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU | March 2014



An Evening with Michelle Bernstein

Museum Members enjoying an intimate evening with Chef Michelle Bernstein.

(L-R) Jo Ann Arnowitz with Genealogical Journey presenters Abe Lavender, Genie Milgrom, Paulette Bronstein and Marlis Humphreys. Participants came from as far as Palm Beach, Naples and Daytona Beach to learn how to trace their roots.

Michelle Bernstein posing in front of her chef’s coat, on display in the Growers, Grocers and Gefilte Fish exhibit.

FIU President Mark Rosenberg (center) participating in the College of Arts Sciences (CAS) annual planning retreat held at JMOF-FIU. CAS Dean Kenneth Furton (right) presenting.

Dr. Nathan Katz (center) hosting a special evening of Sufi songs, music and poetry. B’nai Mitzvah students enjoying fun-filled programs, including a museum scavenger hunt and homemade ice cream party sponsored by The Frieze and a cooking demonstration by Chef Danny Serfer of Blue Collar Restaurant.


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2014 Florida Jewish History Month Celebration of Tampa’s Jews

(L-R) Fran Gaynor and Ellie Aibel enjoying the Choral Arts Series program, Music for Chanukah: Celebrating the Festival of Lights, by the FIU Concert Choir, FIU Women’s Chorus and special guest Cantor Rachelle Nelson. (L-R) Marlin Galvin, Jonathan Symons, Marcia Jo and Elliott Zerivitz.

Florida Grand Opera Florida Grand Opera performing a preview of Nabucco, with an interpretation by Mark Baranek of Temple Beth Sholom.

(L-R) Marcia Kanner, Marcia Jo Zerivitz, Ann Bussel, Lewis Kanner, Isabel Anderson.

Long time Tampa friends, Marsha Levy and Dale Gratz.

Miami-Dade County Public School Board Member Martin Karp and his sons presenting the proclamation for FJHM 2014 to Marcia Jo Zerivitz and Jo Ann Arnowitz.

(L-R) Ulf Bischof, Tania C. Mastrapa and Henry Hacker presenting a riveting panel on The Art of Looting to kick off Art Basel week.

Zangwill 150: Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Israel Zangwill

(L-R) Presenters: Adam Rovner, Associate Professor of English & Jewish Literature at the University of Denver, Meri–Jane Rochelson, Professor and Associate Chair of English at FIU, Murray Baumgarten, Distinguished Professor of English & Comparative Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz.

(L-R) Event sponsors Iris & Melvin Chasen with Zangwill’s grandson, Kevin Bohanon.

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Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU 301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach 33139 Special Guide for Programs at the Museum • March 2014 – June 2014 Please remove and save this special guide so you won’t miss out on any of these educational, fun and enlightening programs. All programs take place at the Museum unless otherwise indicated. RSVP to 786-972-3175 or Admission: Members Free, non-members $6; $12 families (unless otherwise indicated) Not yet a Museum Member? Call 786-972-3164 to join or sign up on-line at

March Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Jewish Food Walking Tours

In conjunction with its Growers, Grocers & Gefilte Fish exhibition, Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is proud to host a Walking Food Tour! Learn the history of the SoFi neighborhood and the staple Jewish-owned restaurants in the area past and present, including tastings from places such as My Ceviche, Aroma Espresso Bar, Pita Loca, and of course key lime pie from Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant. You’ll also hear about historic Jewish businesses and restaurants, including the Nemo Hotel, Goldstein & Gilbert’s, Famous and Friedman’s. This Walking Food Tour will be an exciting adventure for locals and visitors alike – and your taste buds will thank you! Cost: Museum members $36; Nonmembers $46 (includes museum admission and exhibition tour). RSVP: 786-972-3175 or **Advance reservations are required. 20 people max per tour. No refunds. Tours are rain or shine and last approximately 2-3 hours. Tour distance is approximately 2 miles. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing! Meeting point: Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Avenue.

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland Author presentation by Sandra Lansky A wild child of the late 50s and 60s, Sandi Lansky partied until dawn at El Morocco and The Stork Club, gallivanting with Dean Martin, one of her many celebrity beaus. Glitz and glamour were there from the start: Sandi was raised in upper class Jewish splendor in New York City and traveled with her father to Havana and Las Vegas. Bugsy Siegel and Lucky Luciano were family. Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby were friends with her father Meyer Lansky, and with Sandi as well. Sandi’s life, however, was not without heartbreak and tragedy. Her brother was cripplingly handicapped and she witnessed firsthand her mother’s downward spiral and struggle with mental illness. There was also the pain and confusion that came with being constantly followed by the FBI, seeing the 12

deaths of her beloved “Uncles” turned into headlines, and watching the government tirelessly hunt down her father. Free and open to the public. RSVP: 786-972-3175 or


Sunday, March 30, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Film Screening – Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 2:00 p.m. How are Jews Remembered in Morocco?

Imaginary Witness is a 2004 documentary film directed by Daniel Anker and narrated by Gene Hackman that examines the treatment of the Holocaust in Hollywood films over a period of 60 years and the impact of the films on public perception and thinking, and vice versa. It includes scenes from over 40 films and newsreels, and interviews with leading scholars, filmmakers, and Holocaust witnesses, to show how films portrayed Holocaust events, reflected public sentiment, or helped to shape it. It explores the question of how an industry that sells fantasy has dealt with one of the most horrifying episodes in modern world history, but also how the movies themselves reflect America’s everevolving relationship to the events of that era. Among the many films excerpted for the documentary are The Mortal Storm, The Great Dictator, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Schindler’s List. Co-Sponsored by JMOF-FIU and the Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC on the Simkins Family Campus, and Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach. $5 Admission; Free for Members of JMOF-FIU and JCC. RSVP: 786-972-3175 or

Monday, March 31, 2014, 7:00 p.m. The Jews of Cochin Lecture presented by Dr. Nathan Katz

For perhaps 2000 years, a small colony of Jews in Cochin, South India, enjoyed security and prosperity, fully accepted by the Hindu, Muslim, and Christian neighbors. In this most exotic corner of the Diaspora Jews flourished, yet when their two homelands attained independence from Britain – India in 1947 and Israel in 1948 – virtually all made aliyah to Israel. Learn their story from Professor Nathan Katz, arguably the preeminent scholar of Indian Jewry. Co-sponsored by the Initiative for Global Jewish Communities and the President Navon Professorship of Sephardi Mizrahi Studies. Free and open to the public. RSVP: info@ or 786-972-3175.

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Sunday, April 6, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Jewish Food Walking Tour (see March 20 info)

Emanuela Trevisan Semi, professor of Modern Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Ca’Foscari University in Venice, Italy, will share her recent research in Meknes. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with Annette Fromm, Galit Shashoua and Tudor Parfitt of FIU and Henry Green of University of Miami. Free and open to the public. RSVP: info@ or 786-972-3175.

Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00 p.m. Jews of Ethiopia: The Differing Narratives of Taamrat Emmanuel and Jacques Faitlovitch

Emanuela Trevisan Semi, professor of Modern Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Ca’Foscari University in Venice, Italy, served for many years as President of the Society for the Study of Ethiopian Jewry and has written widely on the subject. This lecture will present an inside and outside view of the community. Free and open to the public. RSVP: info@ or 786-972-3175.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m. An Exclusive Evening with Chef Allen for $125 Members and above

Join us for this exclusive event with Chef Allen Susser, one of this country’s leading chefs! His Miami landmark restaurant, Chef Allen’s, established in 1986 was recognized as having been one of the finest dining establishments in the U.S. Chef Allen will create and demonstrate a unique menu that will be prepared and served by students of the FIU Advanced Food Service Management Class in the beautiful Bayfront Dining Room at FIU Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami. $45 per person for JMOF-FIU Members at the $125 level and above. Reservations on a first-come-first served basis. Seating limited to 70 guests. Join or upgrade your membership today! Contact Nancy Cohen at 786-972-3164 or


Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards (see pages 4-5)

The 2014 Breaking the Glass Ceiling Awards ceremony features the honorees discussing the obstacles they faced and how they broke through the glass ceiling. Join us for this inspirational program! “The event is always an uplifting experience,” says Tamra Sheffman, who has been a chair of the committee almost since its inception. “We especially encourage students to attend this program, as it is such an inspiration to hear these womens’ personal stories of their often rocky paths to success.” Cost: $15 JMOF-FIU Members; $20 Non-Members, $5 Students RSVP: or 786-972-3175.

May Sunday, May 4, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Jewish Food Walking Tour (see March 20 info) Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) Kick-off! (see page 3)

The Delectable History of the Jewish Deli Lecture presented by Ted Merwin, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Religion & Judaic Studies, Director of the Milton B. Asbell Center for Jewish Life, Dickinson College. Co-sponsored by the JMOF-FIU, Jewish Community Relations Council of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Jewish Federation of Broward County, Community Relations Committee.

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Jewish Food Walking Tour (see March 20 info) Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Miami Museum Mid-Month Mixer

In celebration of Miami Museum Month, the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOFFIU) in partnership with the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (GMCVB) presents this special evening of fun and networking. Housed in two former historic Art Deco synagogues, JMOF-FIU is the perfect location to celebrate this month full of culture, art, and history! Guests can enjoy cocktails and light bites while viewing the Museum’s exhibitions and mingling with other Museum Members and Professionals. Free for Members from all Miami Museum Month participating institutions. Kindly RSVP by May 13th: or 786-972-3170.

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. International Museum Day Museum Collections Make Connections Free admission! Sunday, May 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. The Ill-Fated Voyage of the St. Louis (75th Anniversary) Lecture presented by Dr. Scott Miller

On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner SS St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba. On the voyage were 937 passengers, almost all Jews fleeing from the Third Reich. Most were German citizens, some were from Eastern Europe, and a few were officially “stateless.” The Cuban government turned away the St. Louis. After being refused safe haven in the United States as well, the ship returned to Europe. Over the years, this voyage has come to symbolize the world’s indifference to the plight of European Jewry on the eve of World War II. Enjoy this informative lecture by Dr. Scott Miller, director of curatorial affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum For ten years, beginning in 1996, Scott Miller and Sarah Ogilvie of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum worked to uncover the fates of all 937 refugees aboard the St. Louis. Dr. Miller’s lecture will discuss their findings. It will be followed by a panel discussion on the Cuban and U.S. political contexts. This event is part of the Latin American Caribbean Center/ Jewish Studies Latin American Jewry Initiative. Co-sponsored by the Cuban Research Institute at FIU. Free and open to the public. RSVP: info@ or 786-972-3175.

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 2:00 p.m. Simply Smoothies… A Sampling with Linda Gassenheimer

Join Linda Gassenheimer for a smoothie demonstration and tasting as she presents her latest books Simply Smoothies: Fresh and Fast Diabetes-Friendly Snacks and Complete Meals and Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table. Free for JMOF-FIU Members; All others are free with Museum admission.

Thursday, June 15, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jewish Food Walking Tour (see March 20 info)

May is Miami Museum Month! Are you a member yet? Join JMOF-FIU and see them all!

June Sunday, June 1, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Jewish Food Walking Tour (see March 20 info) Sunday, June 1, 2014 2:00 p.m. Family Program Food Celebration in Film: A survey of how Hollywood serves us ethnic suppers!

From films such as Willy Wonka to Ratatouille and many delicious snippets before and since, this cinematic romp illustrates how Hollywood teaches us about ourselves while putting a smile on our faces! This presentation is geared for families and celebrates our Growers, Grocers & Gefilte Fish: A Gastronomic Look at Florida Jews & Food. Free for JMOF-FIU Members; All others are free with Museum admission.

Join Today! For more information: or 786-972-3164

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The Annual Judges and Lawyers Event is always a highlight of the year

Co-Host Committee (L-R) Felice Traktman, Gerry Kogan, Barbara Udell.

(L-R) Judge Lester Langer, David and Faith Mesnekoff, Elliot Stone.

(L-R) Oren and Bruce Reich, Burton Young, Elliot Stone, Melvyn Frumkes.

(L-R) Judge Joel Brown, Commissioner Sally Heyman, Amy Steele Donner, with keynote speaker Judge Steven Leifman.

(L-R) Hon. Elaine and Hon. Philip Bloom.

Event Co-Hosts with Judge Leifman (center).

Judges Caryn and Lawrence Schwartz in (L-R) Bob and Jackie Traurig. front of a treasured picture of his uncle’s restaurant that he thought had been lost. He was relieved to learn it had been donated to the JMOF-FIU collection by his nephew!

Exhibition Sponsors, Funding Arts Network (FAN) Members, visiting the Museum for a tour of Graphic Details. Rabbi/ Chef Avi Levy demonstrates a Kosher tailgate menu before the big game! Ofi Osen-Cohen (L) and Elise Scheck Bonwitt, (R) enjoying an inspirational program on Women’s Leadership by Dr. Erica Brown (Center). 14

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FIU Panthers Experience the Day to Day of Museum Work The Museum is not only a treasured resource for the community, but did you know we have opportunities for students to gain valuable experience, serving as docents and interns in various departments? Currently, two FIU students have become part of the JMOF-FIU family in the Education and Collections Departments.

Graduate Student Samantha Allen is pursuing Master of Arts in History. She connected with JMOF-FIU by way of a scholarship opportunity, offered through FIU’s Global Jewish Communities Initiative. Her assignment includes a weekly shift as a docent at the Museum. An average day as a docent includes welcoming guests and offering tours. After going through the training process and shadowing the Museum’s veteran docents, Samantha started giving tours on her own. “Every tour can be different,” says Samantha, “Sometimes guests are very engaged and desire to discuss aspects of the Jewish experience more in depth.” In this case, Samantha tries to explain the details to the best of her ability. However, in many cases, she ends up learning just as much as the visitors do, because they share their experiences and histories from cities all over the U.S and the countries throughout the world. Samantha is also fluent in Spanish, which is very helpful for guiding our many visitors. Currently, Samantha’s research is not necessarily associated with the Museum’s collection, however, she is writing a report on the legal culture among Jewish settlers in 19th Century Argentina. She has a special interest in this, because her family is from Argentina and she is first generation American. Samantha’s future plans include a career in higher education. Says Samantha, “This has provided me with various helpful experiences, such as public speaking, instructing history to the public, and aspects of museum operations.”

Carmen Ekert has a double Major in History and Biology, with a possible concentration on European History. She has a special interest in this area because her family is from Poland and she lived there when she was younger. Carmen is working as an intern in the Museum’s Collections and Research Department, earning course credit for the Spring 2014 semester. From her experience thus far, she has learned that collections archiving and storage is tedious. “You definitely appreciate the people who scan the documents and the whole process.” Carmen’s assignments include working with the Registrar scanning documents before they are properly stored in the archives and cataloging items in the Museum’s collections database, using key words so they are searchable for research and exhibit purposes. She is also assisting with exhibition installation and de-installations. Carmen, who is a senior, plans to pursue a Masters Degree and eventually a Ph.D. program. She would like to teach and possibly work in museum archives and collections. For more information on JMOF-FIU internships and the Student Docent program, please email:

FIU COURSES ARE OFFERED AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA-FIU A student can audit a course as a non-degree seeking student with the permission of the instructor teaching the course. To audit a course, students must fill out the Non-degree Seeking Application and the Registration Add/Drop Form. These forms, and the appropriate residency documents, must be submitted during the first week of courses. Tuition and fees for audited courses will be the same as courses taken for credit. All Non-Degree Applicants are assessed a $30.00 application fee upon enrollment. Persons sixty (60) years of age or older by the first day of the semester, who meet Florida residency requirements, may be allowed to enroll without payment of fees for audit grade. Enrollment is on a space available basis and with instructor’s permission. To audit a course using a Senior Citizen Fee Waiver, students must fill out the Non-degree Seeking Application and the Senior Citizen Fee Waiver Form. A staff person will be on-site at the start of the first class session to collect the forms and answer questions.

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Support Barbara H. Keyes Brian J. Kiedrowski Bernita King Ida Kirsner Adolf & Emily Klainberg Bernard & Marilyn Klainberg Mr. & Mrs. Elliot B. Kleiman Rochelle & Paul Koenig Helene & Ronald Kogos Shelley Kolber Barbara & Sidney Konigsberg Marsha Koolik Andrea Kovacs Michael Krawitz Irving Kreisberb Rosalind Kulbersh Diane Kurtz Elaine Lamm Sara Lampert Rochelle Lanster Pamela Lear Ronard Lehrer Myrna Leonard David Levin Helen Levin Zena Levin Paula Levine Marilyn Levingston Mr. & Mrs. Burton Levinson Martin & Shirley Levinson Jeff & Barbara Levis Sara B. Leviten Marvin Levy Arnold & Saundra Lieber Barbara & Alfred Liebmann Janet Liedeker Esther & Tzvi Litvin Felix Lizarraga Kurt & Anita Loeb Pearl & Melvin Lubart Edith D. Lundy Hillelene S. Lustig Sheila & Cyrus Mager Belle & Jack Marcus Evelyn Marcus Marilyn Marcus Marnin Marcus Dr. and Mrs. Louis Mark Sidney M. Markowitz Allison P. Marks Arlene & Sherwin Mendell Manny Meland Kenneth Mendelsohn Elysa Merlin Rosalind Merritt Carol Milett Yoram Millman Roslyn Mintz Bruce Mintzer Lillian Mittman Jackie Mizrahi Nina Moinester Judith Moline Norman A. Moscowitz Joan Murasaki

Barbara & Sanford Musikar Barbara Myers June E. Newbauer Stanley Newmark Mel Niser Deborah Nudelman Evelyn Nussbaum Rabbi Henry Okolica Marta Olchyk Dr. Bobbi Ann Ossip Irvin & Honey Pachter Kalman Packouz Larry & Marnie Paikin Suzanne Pallot Helene Parnes Penny Pasch Ruth Peretzman Solomon & Herta Pila Dr. Mathias Piskur David Pius Betty & Bernard Plotkin Marsha Pollock Jeffrey Poppel Mary & Steve Quartin Aliza & Barry Ranish Dorothy Raphaely Leonard & Faye Redlich Arline & Allan Rein Jerome Reinert Rita Restler Rose Rice Ellen Riches Olga Robbin-Rogers & Sidney Rogers Paul Rodriguez Elaine & David Roemer Mimie Rose David Rosemberg Gloria Rosen Gloria & Jerry Rosen Robert & Beatrice Rosen Kathy Rosen Joyce & Harold Rosenbaum Judith Rosenberg Lucille Rosenberg Judy Rosenblum Dora Lee Rosendorf Anne Rosenfeld Norma Rosenfeld Ernst & Jeanne Rosenkrantz Sandy Rosenthal Norma Ross Alexa Rossy Dan & Janine Rubens Melvin A. Rubin Charles Ruffner Bernard Saklad Migna Sanchez-Llorens Adele & Joel Sandberg Eleanor Schack Sydney Carpel Schaecter & David Schaecter Sarah Schall Mort Scharfman Joel & Ellie Schaumberg Leslie & Madelyn Schere

Jack Schillinger Eric & Gail Schneider Janice & Jerome Schneider Alma & Harold Schoffel Norma & Fred Schrager Abby Schwartz Bernice & William Schwartz Ellen G. Schwartz Norman Schwartz Steven Schwartz Zelda & John Schwebel Natalie Segal Sylvia & Eugene Segarnick Pearl Seidler Eileen L. Seitlin Jack & Shirley Seitlin Bessie Selevan Glenda Shacter Merrill & Robyn Shapiro Robin Shear Dorothy Sheffman & Donald Russell Joyce Sherman Marcia & George Sherman Dr. & Mrs. Frederick Shuster Cecily Silberman Harold & Susan Silberman Bella Silver & David Eckhaus Gail Silver Selma Silverman Jose & Rema Simonet Stuart & Rochelle Simons Harriet Singer Dr. & Mrs. Joseph A. Singer Peter Singer Rachel Singerman Barbara & Ed Sirkin Judith Sirota Isaac & Rebecca Sklar Bernard Sobel Sharon & Howard Socol Marjorie Sommer Mara Beth Sommers Selma Spaccarelli Shirley Spear Renee Spector Barbara & Peter Sperber Bernice Stander Molly B. Stein Thelma Stein Charles & Roberta Steinberg Miriam Steinberg Robert Steinberg Shari Steinberg Dr. Seymour & Shirley Stern Annette Stiefbold Willasue Susskind Jerome Tabas Romelle Weinkle Tarler Roberta & Harvey Teitelbaum Sylvia B. Tendler Marilyn & Howard Tendrich Gail Tescher Rebecca & Alan Tinter Marilyn Trager Denis & Linda Trupkin

Dr. Barbara & Barton Udell Susan Vogel Karen Warner Claire Warren & Jerry Mandel Mildred Wasman Marjorie Weber Ted & Nora Weinreich Leon & Marcia Weil Rabbi Cheryl Weiner Dodie Weinstein & Bob Goldberg Gerry & Jean Weiser Blanche Weiss Merle & Dan Weiss David Weissman Bonnie Whited Susan Weitz Peter & Esther Whitmore Nancy Wolcott & Jeff Donnelly Myriam Wolf David & Deborah Yoburn Steven Zack Dr. Joyce Zaritsky Stacy Zide Barbara & Barry Zimbler Marlene Zuckerman

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Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU Supporters The JMOF-FIU prospers from the generosity of its many donors. From those who gave the first gifts to open our doors in 1995 to those who contribute now, we thank you all for your continued support. Names of contributors of $5,000 and more are engraved on a stone commensurate to the size of the gift and placed on our Major Gifts Wall in the Museum lobby. The names that follow are as of 2/21/14. Italics indicate new or increased commitment since the previous issue of TILES.

$2,000,000 and above PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE Miami-Dade County Building Better Communities Bond Program & Cultural Affairs Council City of Miami Beach Mayor, Commissioners & Cultural Arts Council $500,000 - $999,999 Museum Circle Deborah Regal Feterson Estate Mrs. Arnold (Muriel) Rosen Giller - Grossman Families Paul Drucker Leonard Wien Family Leonard & Sally Robbins

$100,000 - $499,999 LEADERSHIP CIRCLE

Applebaum Foundation, Inc. Blank Family Foundation Harvey R. & Roberta Chaplin Dr. Edward & Joanne Dauer & Family & Reva Dauer Gladys Fineberg Mikki & Morris Futernick Russell & Ronalee Galbut Herbert & Fran Gaynor Barton S. Goldberg Greater Miami Jewish Federation Marcia & Lewis Kanner Marcia Simon Kaplan & Family Marshall Landy Norman & Sylvia Levine Isabel May - IMO Samuel May Bess Myerson Orovitz Family MariLyn & Herbert Potash Clarice Reiss Charitable Trust-Mal Englander & Ewald Ziffer, trustees Robert Russell Foundation - Norman H. Lipoff, Chair Gloria & Howard R. Scharlin Family Louis Schneider & Rosalie Ehrenberg Robert Arthur Segall Foundation Jean & William Soman

$50,000 - $99,999 PACESETTERS

Leonard Abess, Sr. - IMO Bertha American Express Charitable Fund Isabel Bernfeld Anderson - IMO Bernfeld & Anderson families JoAnn & Dr. Robert Bass Braman Family Foundation Jack Chester Foundation Colonial Bank (formerly Jefferson: Arthur Courshon, Norman M. Giller, Bart Goldberg) Isabel & Joseph Davidson Foundation Evelyn & Irving Denmark & Family Helene & Murray Dubbin Lynn Girsh Nathan & Sophia Gumenick Philanthropic Fund HUD Block Grant Program Jefferson L. Ford Memorial Foundation, Elinor Catsman, Trustee John & Darla Karlton


Deborah & Bruce Kaye Ida Lee Koenigsberg - IHO Marcia Jo Zerivitz Harry Kramer Memorial Fund Les August & Tom Dean, trustees Thomas Kramer Marc Levin Boris Malina Sue & Leonard Miller Stephen & Sandy Muss Selma Oritt Foundation-Neil Rollnick, Trustee TUW Posnack Foundation of Hollywood - Marsha & Alan Levy Schoenbaum Family Foundation Teddi & Norton Segal Family Foundation Jackie & Robert Traurig Marcia Jo Zerivitz

$25,000 - $49,999 FOUNDERS

Harold & Ellie Aibel Shirley & Jules Arkin Diane & Harvey Birdman Stephen H. Bittel The Shepard Broad Foundation, Inc. CCR Companies (Leslie Jay Gross) Eddie Cole Congregation Beth Jacob Mike & Betty Cooper Sidney & Lorraine Cooperman Hazel & Judge Irving Cypen Dade Community Foundation Esformes & Mason Families George Feldenkreis Lawrence & Suzanne Fishman Florida Humanities Council Dr. Phillip & Patricia Frost Niety & Gary Gerson Carl & Cynthia Goldman Jane & Jerrold Goodman Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Flagler Greyhound Track - Florence Hecht, Isabelle Amdur, Barbara & Fred Havenick Funding Arts Network Renee & Howard Gross - Gross Family Foundation Ruth Frank Gross Unitrust IMO Olga & Eugene Guttman Heller Brothers Packing Corp. The Hirsch Family Lillian Horowitz David & Francie Horvitz Family Foundation Elmer A. & Roslyn Hurwitz Estate of Bernard Janis Jay W. Jensen Arthur M. Kahn Knight Foundation Gabriela Landau - IMO Rabbi Sol Landau

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$1,000,000 - $1,999,999 DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE State of Florida Dr. Harold Posner - IMO Ilse Falk Posner Bernice Samkoff Jonathan Symons Donald & Judy Lefton Esta & David Levinson Morris & Rhoda Levitt Alan & Diane Lieberman Natalie Lyons Jim & Amy Multack Abraham & Avis Neiman Dr. Sidney Olson Shaun & Michele Orcinolo Rita & David Perlman Brenda B. & Lewis B. Pollak, Sr. Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc. Quittner Family Resnick Family Ruth Robbins Dora & Leonard Rosenzweig Candace & Lloyd Ruskin Noreen Gordon Sablotsky The Schaefer Family Raquel & Michael Scheck Family of Sidney Z. Schwartz Sam Seitlin Sandy & Charles Simon George Simon - Susan Helfman The Spalding Financial Group, Inc. - Sherry & Ken Fardie Elliot Stone & Bonnie Sockel-Stone Sun-Sentinel/Jewish Journal Stanley & Joni Tate Temple Emanu-El Temple Zion Israelite Center Leon Tenenbaum The Miami Herald Helen Uchitel Estate Cecile Weiss Linda Widrich Weitz - The Jack Widrich Foundation Linda Brown Zilber

$10,000 - $24,999 TRUSTEES David & Hinda Adler Anonymous - IHO Burnett Roth Beach Bank Belfer-Ferenczi Families The David Berg Foundation Nikki Bergstein Kenneth & Dr. Barbara Bloom Citigroup Foundation Mark Cohn Arthur and Carol Courshon Reba Engler Daner Gordon Deckelbaum Felicia O. Deutch Ruby Diamond Foundation Helen Salomon Eggnatz Nancy & Martin Engels Expressweb David & Jerome Fleeman Toby Friedland Evelyn, Ben & Harold Gaines

Marsha & Jeffrey Gilbert Phyllis B. Goldman, IMO Norman Goldman Marci & Ross Goodman Mario & Teresa Kreutzberger Neil & Sandra Angel Malamud Miami-Dade Cty Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, District 4 Bruce Kaplan Kathy & Robert Klausner Elliot Kleiman - IMO Judith Adele Lassar Lehman Brothers Alan & Hannah Lipton IMO Ben Lubitz: Bea, Alan & Jon Senator Gwen Margolis J. P. Morgan National Endowment for the Humanities Lisa S. Newman Isaac and Nieves Olemberg Premier Developers Estate of Eva Rabin RFLP Group IHO - Doris & Frank Rosenblatt Stephen & Laurie Riemer Martin & Doris Rosen Steve Rosenberg Rosenzweig-Coopersmith Foundation Helen & Burnett Roth Rubin-Prager-Hymowech Families Ruden McClosky Norman & Ruth Russ Debra & Gerald K. Schwartz Melvin Shifke - IMO Lorraine Jack F. Shorstein Norman Shulevitz Foundation Martin & Sara Solomon Samuel M. & Helene Soref Foundation Ted & Rosalind Spak Gale Goldstein Tucker Bill Ussery Motors, Inc. & Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC Senator Sherman Winn Isidore & Patricia Wollowick Foundation Women’s American ORT Phyllis & Robert Yawitt & Family Manuel & Hilda Zaiac

$5,000 - $9,999 FELLOWS

Rebecca Ackerson Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity Richard Ashenoff Wendy Belkin Bank of Boston Florida Esther K. & William Belfer Estate of Bernie Bercuson Marshall Berkson Peter L. Bermont - IMO Ronni Robert L. Beskind Walter & Adi Blum Foundation, Inc.

Support Bronstein-Rose-Unger Families Brown Charity Foundation Burdines Carol Gross Clarkson Lawrence & Yuki Denmark Yaffa Dermer - IMO Jay Dermer Melvin & Lois Douglas Clifford & Janice Dubbin Phil Emmer Dr. Harvey & Karen Feld David & Norma Fenton Fine & Greenwald Foundation, Inc Pat & Martin Fine Albert H. Friedman & Rose Kanner IMO Isaac Fryd - by Business Associates & Wife Carol & Lee Futernick Marisa Anne Galbut & Jenna Beth Galbut Edgar (Buddy) Galvin - IMO Reuben & Barbara Goldman Ganz Family Foundation Rosemary and Leo Gelvan Fund Gibralter Bank Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Miami Fleischmann’s Yeast Gerson Preston & Company, P.A. Robert Goldberg

IMO George Goldbloom Goldstrom-Goudiss Families Herb & Beth Gopman Lauren R. Gould, LeRoy Goldstein, Taffy Gould Sonya Rabin Greenfield Dolly & Ernie Harris Daniel Herz Brenda & Alan Himelfarb Debbie & Dr. Andrew Hirschl HSBC Republic Jewish Chautauqua Society Federal IMLS Jewish Community Foundation of the United Jewish Community of Broward County Karen, Ronni & Mortimer Kass Raananah Swirsky Katz & Family Roslyn & Jerome Kaufman Elliot Kleiman - IMO Lenore Kleiman Judy & Franklin D. Kreutzer Sarah Bramson Kupchik Landstar Development The Levine Family Levine Realty, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Philip Levitz Jan & Dan Lewis Sarah Luddle Estate

Tamar Mayer for her Family Sheryl & Julian Meitin Mellon Private Asset Management Gordon R. Miller, MD Howard R. Miller Robert & Robin L. Moel - IHO Herbert & Jeanne Kay Malka Mordujovich Martin & Cindy Nash Ruth Neinken Northern Trust Bank Orange Bowl Foundation Pasadena Homes Marlene & Michael Perlmutter Dorothy & Aaron Podhurst Gabriel Powell Rabin-Newman Families Rachlin Cohen & Holtz LLP Abe and Sarita Resnick Vinson & Randa Richter Craig Robins Stephen & Sharon Silver Rose Herman & Evelyn Rubin IMO Muriel Rusten - Isabel Bernfeld Anderson Sagamore Hotel Sydell & Quentin Sandler Leroy & Renee Schechter

Beatrice Schwartz Estate Samantha & Eric Seiden Daniel J. Shapiro, M.D. Louella Shapiro Leon, Josh, Alan Sirkin Family Cecily Silberman Silverman-Hunter Families Steel Hector Davis Hana Stein Special Events Catering Charlotte Stevens Senator Richard & Marlene Stone Levi Strauss Foundation SunTrust Banks SunVest Communities Targum Shlishi, Inc. Harold & Carol Unger Israel Weisman by his son Ezra Sam & Dusty Weiss Marcella Werblow - IMO Bertha Abess Florence Wise Sharyn Wittner Aaron, Mark, Sharon & David Wolfson - IHO Sorrell L. & Jacqueline Falis Wolfson Roland Wood - IMO Judy Wood World Erotic Art Museum - Naomi Wilzig


Two handsome plaques with ceramic headers replicating images of two stained glass windows in the Museum are displayed in the Museum lobby for contributors in the $2,500 and $1,800 categories. This is a memorable way to pay tribute to loved ones or to permanently inscribe your own family name for all to view. $2,500 – CHAVERIM Leonard Abess, Jr. Samuel I. Adler Family American Jewish Committee AmTrust Bank/Ohio Savings Bank Associated Photo & Imaging Micky & Doris Biss Carol Gross Clarkson Samuel & Judy Cuenca & Meschoulam Family DuPont SentryGlas Dr. Lawrence & Suzanne Fishman Bruce Fitell Cipora & Guido Fraiman Gerson Preston & Company, P.A. Taffy Gould Dr. Tiberius Grun Jay & Clayre Haft Avi Hoffman Indian Creek Hotel Israel Discount Bank Patricia Johns & Michael Rudd Marshall Karasik Eleanor M. & Herbert Katz Family Marcos, Fanny & Dennis Kerbel IMO Ida Lee Koenigsberg from her family & friends Rafael & Rebeca Kravec Sarah Bramson Kupchik IHO Rabbi Sol Landau from his family & friends Tania & Israel Lapciuc Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Lassar Richard Levine Mellon Private Asset Management Monroe & Judith Milstein Norwegian Cruise Line Linda & Joseph Pallot Milton & Anita Katz Paris Peacock Foundation

Melvin & Janet Richard Harry Rosenzweig Harry & Ruth Rott IMO Mason & Delores “Sis” Schwartz Sheldon Ribotsky & Levine, CPAs Rick Silverman & Family Sirkin Family IMO Beatrice (Bea) Small from her loving family William & Jean Soman - IHO birth of Gabriel Erik Reiter, - IHO birth of Joseph Bernard Reiter, - IHO birth of Noah Marcus Reiter, - IHO birth of Sarah Caroline Dereser Soman Manuel Stern - In Memoriam Stiller, Zucker, & Trupkin Families Jonathan Symons IMO Cyril & Hazel Symons Sandra Tavlin Sooky Lehrman Trattner Samuel A. & Louise K. Tucker Ret Turner Madeleine & Bernard Wall Sylvia Ziffer - IMO Ewald Ziffer

$1,800 - CHAI CLUB Elinore Aronovitz - IMO Judge Sidney Aronovitz The Sol & Lillian Ash Foundation Benjamin P. Baum Jocelyn Berman Jeffry, Edna & Jonathan Bernstein - IHO Fannie & Harry Greenberg Michael & Linda Bittel Eileen & Robert Brautman Peggy & Jacob Brodzki Family Ann Broad Bussel & Family Lena Weinkle Chaikin - IMO Leo Chaikin Helene & Jeffrey Chait IMO Alain Albert Chalem Audrey Rothblatt Chenkin

Elaine Cohen & Karl Mindlin - IHO Helene Dubbin Dorothy P. Cohn - IMO Fritzie & Nat Cohn Yaffa Dermer Betti Dulberger Burton Engels - IHO son-in-law Ira Giller Vivian G. Epstein - IMO Leon Epstein Sylvia & Robert Feltman Jefferson Ford Memorial Foundation Bruce & Susan Frank Daniel & Shirlee Cohen Freed Carol Fryd Donna Feig, Don, Michael & Fred Garvett - IMO Robert & Leta Garvett Donna & Steve Feig - IHO Helene Dubbin & Teddi Segal Lenore Gaynor June Baumgardner Gelbart Foundation Helen Geller Gibbs Family - IHO Nell Gibbs’ 90th Birthday Jeffrey Gilbert IMO Felix Glickstein Ethel Gold Sally Goldman Morton & Gloria Goudiss - IMO Sol & Josie Goldstrom Annette & Ellis Gordon & Ellen & Marvin Schwartz - IHO Roberta Gordon Roberta Gordon, Ellen & Marvin Schwartz, Howard & Rosalie Gordon - IHO Annette & Ellis Gordon Morton & Gloria Goudiss - IMO Lee & Marie Goudiss Dale & Charles Gratz - IMO Minnie & Irvin Salsbury Dr. Maurice & Sonya Greenfield Joyce Barsky-Greenstein Susan Gumbiner - IMO Leo Gumbiner Malvina Gutschmidt Sara Halam - IMO Henry Halam

IHO Birthday of Martha Hessel Arthur H. Hertz IMO Fay & Larry Hochen Elaine Kahn Beverly & Marvin Kaiman Samuel & Helene Kantor Joan Kasner - IMO David Kasner, M.D. Sue & Stan Katz/Doris & Bob Trohn - IMO Philip & Beatrice O. Trohn Erwin I. & Wendy Katz Howard & Barbara Katzen Hyman Kirsch Foundation IHO Judith & Elliot Kleiman’s 40th Anniversary Diana & Milton Kramer IMO Lachman Brothers Jeanne L. Landers Edna C. Lavitt Julian & Betty Lehman Howard & Judge Joan Lenard & Family Henry L. & Joan A. Lewis Juliet Lieber IHO - Irving & Beatrice Lippton’s 60th Anniversary IMO Lawrence H. Mann – Arnowitz, Mann, Raskin families & friends IHO - Gertrude R. Miller’s 80th Birthday Sheryl & Julian Meitin Miami Beach Chamber - IHO Norman Giller Mr. & Mrs. Michael Milberg Carolyn & Leonard Miller IMO - Sandra Miriam Mordujovich Ken Myers - IMO Stanley Myers Ruth Neinken June Newbauer Rhoda & Joseph Oppenheimer Rhoda & Joseph Oppenheimer - IHO 50th Anniversary Maurice, Anna and Maureen Ostro IMO Max Ostro

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Support $1,800 - CHAI CLUB (continued) E. Albert Pallot Brian C. Perlin - IMO George Goldbloom Dorothy & Stanley Pierce Politano Family - IMO Sofia & Jacob Mishkin Gabriel Powell Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Raijman RBC Wealth Management Martin & Anita Reingold/Lester Families IMO - Henry Reinhard Vinson & Randa Richter Norma Fuchs Resnick Minnie Rosenkranz Betty W. Rosenstein Rosenthal Family - IMO Hilda Becker Ruskin Family Jack & Harriet Safian & Ruth Klotzkin IMO Robert “Ruby” Salstein Julio & Rela Schniadoski

Shirlee Segall Schiller & Eva Rabin Rina Scott - IHO Ester & Arie Weinberg Yolande L. Selik - IMO 50 years of marriage to Jerome Selik Yolande L. Selik - IMO Jerome Selik Murray & Carol Shear IMO Sylvia Shorstein James & Debra Siegel Isaac & Rebeca Sklar Joseph M. & Marilyn K. Solomon IMO Mollie Glass Newman Spier Norma & Morton Steele Arthur T. Tenenbaum & Company, CPAs & Friends - IMO Ewald Ziffer The Travelers Foundation K. Peter & Yvonne R. Wagner Elena & David Weck Elena & David Weck - IHO Their Friends A.B. & Helene Weiner Cecile Weiss - IMO Milton Weiss Earl & Sally Wiener

IMO Albert Weitzman David & Ruth Wilkes Allan P. & Norma Wilson Phil. Fund Harvey & Clara Young Miriam & Milton Zatinsky Fay Zinn

CUBAN CAMPAIGN: MEMORIAL TO SENDER & JULIA KAPLAN Alegre & Alberto Barrocas Esther & William Belfer Marc Belfer Jack Chester Stacy Belfer Cohen George Feldenkreis Lea & Jorge Ferenczi Oscar, Edward & Susan Ferenczi Solomon & Esther Garazi Fanny & Marcos Kerbel

Rebeca & Rafael Kravec Lidia & Moises Kriger Luisa & Dr. Isidoro Lerman Moises & Zoila Levin Jose & Ofelia Lurie Martin Mayer Sal & Sarah Mitchel Isaac & Nieves Olemberg Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Raijman Morris & Susy Rapport Brett Ratner for Mario & Fanita Presman Abe & Sarita Resnick Julio & Rela Schniadoski Isaac & Rebeca Sklar Saul & Rita Srebnick Lisa & Manny Synalovski Elena & David Weck Elena & David Weck - IHO 6 Friends Reinaldo & Arleen Winer

JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA-FIU Naming Opportunities (partial list) Naming opportunities (dedications) are commitments that serve through the years as inspirations to succeeding generations. Each gift is beautifully inscribed on a lasting plaque that is displayed in the Museum’s lobby. When the gift is $5,000 and more, the name is inscribed on the Major Gifts Wall. These dedications proudly demonstrate the donor’s sense of Jewish heritage and generosity. Payment schedules can be arranged. Tax-deductible checks, made payable to Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, cash, or credit cards accepted.

A sampling available as of 2/21/14: Historic Shul Front Doors (4), each . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100,000 Museum Temporary Exhibit Module or Kitchen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50,000 Stained Glass Windows or Art Deco Chandeliers, each. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25,000 MOSAIC Core Exhibit Modules, each . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25,000 MOSAIC Exhibit Panels, Sanctuary Benches, Sconces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10,000 Tile on Major Gifts Wall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,000 Name Plate on Chaverim Club Plaque . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,500 Name Plate on Chai Club Plaque. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,800 For additional information or more naming opportunities, call Nancy Rachman at 786-972-3162. Thank you to all those who have contributed to the Marcia Jo Zerivitz Endowment Fund for Collections and Research, established to help sustain our growing collections, which were originated by Marcia Jo. You may add your contribution by calling 786-972-3180.

Consider a Gift

Your contribution helps to preserve and share our Florida Jewish history collections through our exhibits and programs. Contact: Nancy Rachman, Development Director 786-972-3162 development@

Tributes (Jan/Feb 2014) In Honor of... Isabel Anderson’s friendship Edith B. Reich Jo Ann Arnowitz Meri-Jane Rochelson Irma & Daniel Barrow & family’s friendship Edith B. Reich Frieda Berman’s 100th birthday Jackie & Bob Traurig Diane & David Brauser’s friendship Edith B. Reich Ann Bussel’s 80th birthday Marcia Jo & Elliott Zerivitz Jonathan Feuerman Kay W. Harris Fran Gaynor’s Woman of Impact award Sue Helfman Annette Gordon’s 102nd birthday Edith B. Reich

Roberta Gordon’s birthday Edith B. Reich Roberta Gordon’s friendship Edith B. Reich Ady Marchina’s friendship Edith B. Reich Frank Rosenblatt’s birthday Marcia Jo & Elliott Zerivitz Edward Selinger’s 80th birthday Jackie & Bob Traurig Jean Soman’s birthday Penny & Richard Thurer

Speedy Recovery... Nory Block Jackie & Bob Traurig

In Memory of... Ethel Davis Isabel Bernfeld Anderson Carla & Kenneth Roth

Lucy Estrin Jackie & Bob Traurig Martin Fine Kenneth M. Bloom Pamela Marsh Gitlin Kenneth M. & Barbara Bloom Lyman Hazelton Edith B. & Rowena Reich Jackie Hunter Irene W. & Phil Shiekman Mel Kartzmer Kenneth M. Bloom Mario Lopez Marcia Jo & Elliott Zerivitz Alice Pomerantz David Adler Isabel Bernfeld Anderson Jo Ann & Gary Arnowitz Nancy & Larry Cohen Florence Fichman Debbie, Kim & Eric Freedman

Judy Gilbert-Gould Roberta Gordon Cheryl & Tim Graham Leslie & Fran Gross Marlys Halvorson Shirley Kahn Lynn & Ben Kislak/Kuehne Alice Miller Edith B. Reich Alana Rothlein & Family Paul Ruthfield & Linda Zilber Ronnie L. Scherer Eva Shvedova Marcia Jo & Elliott Zerivitz Harris Reibel Pauline Winick Michael Schneider Kenneth M. Bloom Harold “Hap” Unger Isabel Bernfeld Anderson Cecile “Ceecee” Weiss Ms. Ann Weiss & Ms. Susan Murray

When a contribution is made (minimum amount: $18), acknowledgements are sent to both the donor and donee. Send a tax-deductible check payable to the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU to 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139 or call 786-972-3163. You may also visit the museum’s website at and click on the Join and Support tab. Please indicate the reason for the contribution and where acknowledgement is to be sent. Thank you!


Museum Volunteers and Opportunities Chair of Volunteers:


Isabel Bernfeld Anderson

Would you like to volunteer?

Jorge Bargman Howard Brayer Linda Dillon Elaine Brauner Dobin Esther Dollar Al Greenspoon * Judith Greenspoon Sylvia Herman Steven Hersh Shirley Kahn Andrea July Kovacs Helen Levin * Marilyn Levingston Elaine Litvak Barbara Musikar Georgia Nimer Barry Ranish Mort Scharfman Louis Schneider Myrna Shanker Jonathan Symons Janet Wolk Judith Wurtman

No prior experience is needed – we provide all the training.

*Docents in Training

Call today to become a part of this experience: 786-972-3163.

Oral History Program Rosalie Ehrenberg Elaine Litvak Kathy Rosen

Administrative & Event Support Isabel Bernfeld Anderson Alex Baña Alice Barth Wendy Belkin Dorothy Cohn Florence Fichman Inge Gatto Gui Gleizer Evelyn Marcus Karen Warner

FIU Interns Samantha Allen Carmen Irena Ekert

Volunteer Opportunities include: Docents: Guiding tours for our internationally diverse audience, and creating memorable experiences for visitors of all ages through our permanent and changing exhibits Administrative: Assisting with a myriad of tasks including mailings, filing, research and phone calls Special Events: Preparing for museum programs and special events, including set-up, food displays and check-in Oral Histories: Interviewing individuals in the community to record their role in Florida Jewish history, and/or transcribing their recordings for the museum archives

Volunteer Benefits include: • • • • •

Flexible schedules - short & long term opportunities Intellectual stimulation through lectures, films and more Chance to make new friends and meet people from around the world Exhibit preview training sessions for each new exhibit AND - best of all - the satisfaction of contributing to the development of this vibrant cultural institution dedicated to Florida Jewish history!

Heritage Society Consider becoming a member of the Heritage Society by making a planned gift to the museum, which can help provide for the future growth of our operations, programs and exhibits. For more information, please contact Nancy Rachman, or 786-972-3162.

We thank and recognize some of those members who have made this commitment. Michael Craig Aller Isabel Bernfeld Anderson Bernie Bercuson* Mark B. Cohn Helene & Murray Dubbin Helen Salomon Eggnatz* Myra Farr* Deborah Regal Feterson* Ira Giller Norman Giller* Barton & Sandy Goldberg Frances L. Gross (Leslie Jay Gross)

Eugene Guttman* Bernard Janis* Jay Jensen* Lewis & Marcia Kanner Marshall Karasik* Marc & Henrietta Katzen Ida Lee Koenigsberg* Sarah Kupchik* Marshall Landy* Myrna Leonard Norman Levine Sarah Luddle* Boris Malina*

Howard R. Miller Lewis Mittman Michael D. Orovitz David* & Rita Perlman Dr. Harold Posner* Eva Rabin* Leonard Robbins* Ruth Robbins* Muriel Rosen* Patricia Russell* Norma Salz Bernice Samkoff* Shirlee Segall Schiller

Beatrice Schwartz* Tamra Sheffman Samuel Silver Gary & Julie Simon Robert H. Traurig Jacqueline Traurig Gale Goldstein Tucker Helen Uchitel* Leonard A. Wien Florence Wise* Marcia Jo Zerivitz * deceased

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Contacts To contact a staff member at the museum, please dial 786-972-(extension). For general information about the museum, including location, hours, directions and admission, please call the main line at 305-672-5044. NAME POSITION EXTENSION EMAIL

Jo Ann Arnowitz

Executive Director / Chief Curator


Irene Warner

Fiscal Administrator / Grants Manager


Ira Newman

Exhibits Designer


Chaim Lieberperson Education Manager


Todd Bothel



Eva Shvedova

Admissions / Groups / Museum Store


Roberta Gordon

Administrative Coordinator


Nancy Rachman

Development Director


Jackie Goldstein

Assistant Curator


Nancy Doyle Cohen

Membership Director


Gita Shonek

Marketing/Program Director


Hours: The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are closed on Mondays and holidays.

Admission Adults $6.00

Adult group (20 or more) (group reservations required) $5.00

Senior/Student $5.00

Museum members


Family $12.00

Children under six


School group, per child

Saturdays FREE


To book a group tour for students or adults, call 786-972-3176.

2014 - 2015 Exhibit Schedule Growers, Grocers & Gefilte Fish

Thru October 5, 2014

Cinema Judaica

Thru August 24, 2014

From a Coin Toss into Politics

September 16, 2014 – March 22, 2015

Coming Soon

From a Coin Toss into Politics: The Life of a Senator September 16, 2014 – March 22, 2015 Senator Richard B. Stone served as Florida’s second and most recent Jewish U.S. Senator (1975-1981). This colorful exhibit, including photographs, classified documents and artifacts, illustrates the Senator’s fascinating story, from growing up on Miami Beach in his family-owned Blackstone Hotel, to the elegant ball gowns worn by his “First Lady” Marlene at White House State dinners, to highlights from his prestigious Ambassadorships in Central America and Denmark. Stone’s foray into 40 years of public service began as Miami City Attorney, however, when a new Florida Senate seat was created in 1967, it was a winning coin toss that solidified his course in the political arena. 24

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So What Is The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU The Jewish Museum of Florida opened in 1995 in a former historic synagogue that housed the first congregation on Miami Beach. Built in 1936, the Henry Hohauser designed building that underwent a two-year restoration, boasts Art Deco features, a copper dome and 80 stained glass windows. In 2007, the museum expanded into the original 1929 synagogue next door after a one-year restoration, now The Jonathan Symons Building. Both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, the two buildings were connected with a skylighted Bessie’s Bistro. The museum is much more than beautiful buildings. It is a place that presents its own and traveling exhibits, sponsors cultural and educational programs, houses a Collections & Research Center reflecting 250 years of Florida Jewish history, and communicates Jewish history, art, culture and values to Jews and non-Jews alike in an informal mode. The museum is also a place where Jews of all ages and stripes discover and reaffirm their rich heritage – thus helping to strengthen Jewish identity and ensure Jewish continuity. So how did all this get started? You may already know if you are among those who participated in and enjoyed the exhibit MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida that traveled to 13 cities (1990-94). Depicting Florida Jewish history from 1763 to the present, this was a statewide grassroots project to collect material evidence from the time Jews were first allowed to live in the Sunshine State. Thousands of photographs, artifacts and oral histories were gathered from families and this collection continues now in the museum, which was created as a result of the interest and support garnered from the original MOSAIC project. Where the traveling exhibit was the launch, the Jewish Museum of Florida further delves into the state’s rich Jewish history of yesterday and today – for the future. Historic Partnership with Florida International University (FIU) Following the approval of the museum’s Board of Directors, Florida International University’s Board of Trustees and the Florida Board of Governors, the museum became part of the FIU family in December 2012. This historic partnership leverages the resources of the museum and FIU, igniting a new era of interdisciplinary education and research focused on the history of the Jewish experience in Florida, the ways in which Florida Jews influence and are influenced by the cultural dynamics of Florida, the nation and the world, and issues of discrimination against all peoples in Florida throughout history. A key component of the partnership is the relocation of a variety of FIU programs, including the Jewish Studies Certificate Program, to the museum’s facilities. The plan also includes the expansion of academic programs and research endeavors designed to educate FIU students, faculty and the greater Florida community about the challenges of the immigrant experiences shared by all ethnicities in the State. Whether your family has lived in Florida for eight generations, as some have, or just arrived – YOUR story is an important tile in the MOSAIC. Join us!

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