Address
301 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
phone: 305-672-5044
fax: 305-672-5933
e-mail: sgladsto@fiu.edu
web: www.jewishmuseum.com
Hours
Sunday, Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Mondayclosed
Closed on Civil and Jewish Holidays
Admissions
Adults $6 Seniors & Students $5 Family $12 School group, per child $2.50 Adults in group of 20 or more $5.00 Museum members FREE; Children under six FREE Saturdays ALL FREE
Museum Type(s)
Art
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Susan Gladstone, Executive Director
Eva Shvedova, Admissions / Groups / Museum Store
phone: 305-672-5044 x16
Roberta Gordon, Administrative Coordinator
phone: 305-672-5044 x10
Jacqueline Goldstein, Assistant Curator
Nancy D. Cohen, Membership & Programs Director
Chaim Lieberperson, Museum Educator
Howard Horowitz, Fiscal Administrator & Grants Manager
Dr. Tudor Parfitt, Distinguished Professor, Academic Director JMOF-FIU
Pierre Delerme, Maintenance Supervisor
Elli Herrera, Museum Assistant

Description

Housed in two former adjacent synagogues, on the National Register of Historic Places, this unique South Beach Museum restored the beautiful buildings and connected them with a skylighted bistro. The Museum collects, preserves and interprets material evidence of the Florida Jewish experience since at least 1763. Core MOSAIC exhibit and changing history and art exhibits, films, Store. For all ages and backgrounds.

Mission

To communicate the Florida Jewish experience from at least 1763 to the present to Jews, non-Jews, Florida residents and visitors alike; and to examine how Jews form part of a dynamic mosaic of ethnic groups, all seeking to balance the traditions of their heritage with the values and customs of a larger society; explores the richness and diversity of Jewish life and the unique ways in which Florida Jews influence and are influenced by the historic and cultural dynamics of Florida, the nation, and the world; focus on immigration experience of all families, cultural diversity, and discrimination issues of our diverse communities.

History

Evolved from MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida traveling exhibit project (1990-1994); large grass roots statewide collecting effort to document Jewish life in Florida, which was unexplored topic; Museum opened 1995 in restored historic Art Deco former synagogue; 2007 expansion into adjacent restored synagogue (first on Miami Beach); and Bessie Bistro connection opened 2008. AAM Accredited and internationally acclaimed.

Artifacts Collections

The core exhibit, MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, is a joyous celebration of family, community, culture and commerce. The stories are personal, yet universal -- the immigrant experience of struggle, survival and success. The memories define the Jewish people and help continue the traditions, while furthering the understanding and tolerance among diverse ethnicities. In addition to the core exhibit, the Museum mounts exhibits that change three times each year, some original and some traveling exhibitions -- always with a Florida connection.

Research Collections

The Collections and Research Center includes photos, documents and oral histories from hundreds of families throughout Florida.

Educational Programs

Cultural and educational public programs complement each temporary exhibit theme and visitors enjoy several films, a timeline of Jewish history, interactive computers, and the Museum store.

    Governance

    Private Non-Profit

    Library

    Access: General Public

    Appointment required: Yes

    Publications

    Yes

    • Tiles -- quarterly newsletter

    ADA

    The entire facility is ADA accessible.

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Restrooms

    Services

    Gift Shop