I have a cousin who is really into genealogy. He has dedicated an entire room in his house to his research. He looks at graveyards, court records and talks to family elders to make sense out of our family history. If you talk to him, he rambles on about names and lineage as if speaking a foreign language! There is real value in what he does. He is creating a Mosaic of my family history. We are learning who we are.
The American story is a like a Mosaic. Mosaics are made of many pieces called “tesserae.” Like puzzles one piece, one missing tesserae affects the entire story or image. How we see ourselves are results of the Mosaic.
The Jewish Museum Florida FIU has a permanent collection called “Mosaic.” The collection tells the story of Jewish life in Florida for more than 250 years.
The story begins in 1763 when Jews were first allowed in Florida and shares their contributions to the development of the “Sunshine State.”
At the museum, watch an introductory film and see exhibits in the former 1936 synagogue designed by noted Art Deco architect, Henry Hohauser.
Explore the temporary exhibit, “The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat” in the Jonathan Symons Building.
Get a snack at Bessie’s Bistro. It was named after the first Jewish “Miss America,” Bess Myerson. Don’t miss the display in the Bistro that celebrates Miami Beach’s Centennial.
Learning about each part of our Mosaic helps us appreciate the values and cultures in our nation.
For more information on the Jewish Museum Florida FIU, visit http://www.jmof.fiu.edu.