Last updated: 6/19/2021
Miami Beach, Florida
Address
301 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
phone: 305-672-5044
fax: 305-672-5933
e-mail: sgladsto@fiu.edu
web: jmof.fiu.edu/
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
Jacqueline Goldstein, Curator
Nancy D. Cohen, Museum Manager
Howard Horowitz, Fiscal Administrator & Grants Manager
Dr. Tudor Parfitt, Distinguished Professor, Academic Director JMOF-FIU
Pierre Delerme, Maintenance Supervisor
Erica Corsano, Content & Communications Manager
Luna Goldberg, Education Manager
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.

Artifact 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

University

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

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    MUSEUM CONFERENCES
    Monday, November 29 - Wednesday, December 1, 2021 — Washington, District of Columbia
    2021 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums
    Washington, District of Columbia
    Saturday, March 5 - Tuesday, March 8, 2022 — Richmond, Virginia
    Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference 2022
    Richmond, Virginia
    Sunday, March 6 - Thursday, March 10, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
    2022 Public Land Alliance Convention and Trade Show
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Wednesday, March 16 - Friday, March 18, 2022 — Kingsport, Tennessee
    Tennessee Association of Museums 2022 Annual Conference
    Kingsport, Tennessee
    Tuesday, March 22 - Friday, March 25, 2022 — Waco, Texas
    Texas Association of Museums 2022 - Growing Together: Tackling The Challenges Of Today & Tomorrow
    Waco, Texas
    Thursday, April 7 - Saturday, April 9, 2022 — Point Pleasant, West Virginia
    West Virginia Association of Museums 2022 Conference
    Point Pleasant, West Virginia
    Sunday, May 15 - Saturday, May 28, 2022 — Statesboro, Georgia
    Center of Excellence Tick Workshop 2022
    Statesboro, Georgia
    Monday, May 16 - Wednesday, May 18, 2022 — St. Louis, Missouri
    InterActivity 2022: Play The Long Game -Association of Children's Museums
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Thursday, May 19 - Sunday, May 22, 2022 — Slinger, Wisconsin
    2022 Fire Museum Seminar
    Slinger, Wisconsin
    Sunday, June 19 - Wednesday, June 22, 2022 — Golden, Colorado
    2022 Country School Association of America Conference
    Golden, Colorado
    Monday, August 1 - Friday, August 5, 2022 — Owings Mills, Maryland
    ASSOCIATION OF NATURE CENTER ADMINISTRATORS 2022 ANNUAL SUMMIT
    Owings Mills, Maryland
    Wednesday, September 14 - Saturday, September 17, 2022 — Buffalo, New York
    American Association for State and Local History 2022 On-site and Virual Conferences
    Buffalo, New York