The Jewish Museum of Florida presents the Purim Ball on Tuesday, February 24 at 6:30 pm at Jungle Island. The Purim Ball pays tribute to Queen Esther who intervened when the Jewish population was facing annihilation nearly 2,600 years ago in Sushan, Persia.
The event features live music, a host of festivities and an auction. It honors prominent Florida Jewish families for their contributions in the development of Jewish life in Florida. Nearly 100 artists painted masks for the event’s Mask Auction. The auction will support the Museum’s exhibits, collections, and public education programs.
The Museum documents 250 years of Florida Jewish History. The Museum was once the site of the first Jewish Synagogue in Miami Beach.
There is a strong Jewish legacy in Miami Beach. Barbara Capitman, founder of the Miami Beach Design Preservation League, was Jewish. Capitman is responsible for the Art Deco District being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Henry Hohauser, one of the chief architects of the district, was Jewish. Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant, a popular hangout, was founded by the Weiss family. They were the first Jews to settle in Miami Beach.