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Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU

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Neighborhood: South Pointe
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Address: 301 Washington Ave., Florida International University, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Phone Number: 305-672-5044
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Description: The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is the only Museum dedicated to telling...
The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU is the only Museum dedicated to telling the story of 250 years of Florida Jewish heritage, arts and culture. The museum is housed in two adjacent lovingly restored historic buildings, at 301 Washington Avenue on South Beach, that were once synagogues for Miami Beach's first Jewish congregation. The museum's focal point is its core exhibit, "MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida, 1763 to Present" and its temporary history and art exhibits that change periodically. A Collections and Research Center, several films, Timeline Wall of Jewish history, museum Store filled with unique items and Bessie's Bistro complete the experience for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
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Went to Miami and my teen age daughter saw this in a brochure and suggested that we go. Very interesting. Shows Jewish history in Florida, mainly through photos. And it is housed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Manassas, Virginia
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Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Went to Miami and my teen age daughter saw this in a brochure and suggested that we go. Very interesting. Shows Jewish history in Florida, mainly through photos. And it is housed in a former temple. The docent gave a terrific introduction and then we walked around. Definitely worth a visit.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is a terrific small museum. The tour guide and exhibits were very interesting. It was fun to learn the history of the Jewish community on South Beach.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I'm a gentile who has been wondering why and how Miami became a center of Jewish life. It has the third largest Jewish population after NYC and LA after all. This superbly curated museum in a National Register site will explain all, and it's remarkable story of achievement despite early anti semitism in Miami. It is a "vault le voyage"... More 

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Elkins Park, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This museum in an old synagogue recounts the history of the Jews in Florida from the mid-1700s to the present. Besides historical artifacts, newspaper clippings and artwork, it includes family photographs - history on an intimate and personal level. The museum has a small gift shop with some very nice Judaica. Parking is impossible in South Beach but the museum... More 

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Celebration, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Could never have expected so much information from the wonderful docent and exhibits. Nice gift shop, also. Expected to get something to eat, but only snacks were available.

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Ellison Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Jorge Bargman, volunteer docent on Thursdays, kept us enthralled for over two hours with his amazing, comprehensive, fascinating tour of a relatively small museum. Set in a former Miami Beach synagogue, the collection focuses on the history of the Jewish people in Florida, but Mr. Bargman also included asides on Jewish and European history, Jewish customs and their place in... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Loved it, everything was very interesting. Always nice to learn more about where where you come from

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Eilat, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Excelent and well documented exhibits. It sheds a lot of light about the huge part that Jews have played in the establishing and flourishing of Florida. Highly educational for all ages and races.

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Arlington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We arrived just in time to join a tour, which was fantastic. They explain the building's history, but they focus mainly on the displays which are great - showing the beginning of Jewish arrival in Florida, Jewish traditions and history, examples of the anti-Semitism they experienced, Jewish contributions to the country/history, etc. The tour guide did a wonderful job walking... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Very informative history of Jews in Florida. Some interesting stories of individuals who made fortunes, good and bad. Good short movie. Time well spent.

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