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“An Historical Jewish Gem in the midst of South Beach”

Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU
Ranked #10 of 118 things to do in Miami Beach
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Owner description: 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.
Vienna, Virginia
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“An Historical Jewish Gem in the midst of South Beach”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

I would recommend visiting the Jewish Museum of FL in the heart of South Beach. The museum is housed in beautifully restored adjoining art deco style buildings. One of the buildings, built in 1929, was home to Miami Beach's 1st Jewish congregation. The docent gave us a comprehensive overview of the museum's contents encompassing 250 years of Jewish history in Florida. We learned that prior to 1763, Jews were not allowed to live in Miami, however, by the 1970's 80% of the Miami Beach population was Jewish.There were over 600 pictures and artifacts from Jewish residents of FL. The exhibits were well organized and easy to navigate. Some points of interest include the food exhibit with menus and prices from 1950's, a glass stained window donated by Meyer Lansky and pictures of Jewish entertainers. Plan to spend a few hours - Enjoy!

Visited March 2014
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Newton, Massachusetts
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“Jewish Museum”
Reviewed March 20, 2014

Excellent small collection with very interesting photos of prominent Florida Jews. Showed Jewish impact on all phases of Florida life.
Could be viewed within 1 hours.

Visited March 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Excellent museum!”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

We had a few hours in Miami and found this great museum housed in two old synagogues. It chronicles the extensive history of Jews in Florida, including an 18 minute well done video. The exhibits are extremely well done and well laid out. The inside of the old synagogue has been beautifully restored.

Visited March 2014
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Miami Beach, Florida
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“A real Jewel!”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

South Beach is not only fun, it is historically fascinating! The Jewish community in Florida has left a very positive imprint on this state since 1763. This museum tells its story. One of the best parts is that it resides in two beautiful buildings which were once an Orthodox Temple. Enchanting elements of Art Deco are seen in its exterior and interior structure. Volunteer docents are their to enrich your experience.

Visited March 2014
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Yellow Springs, Ohio
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“History I didn't know”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

First visitors on a Sunday morning....a good time to read and examine all the information in this well maintained museum. Family stories of howJews came from all over the world and settled in southern FL.

Visited February 2014
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