An Artistic Florida Jewish History Month

January 2009.  Jewish Museum of Florida. Miami MuseumsThe sixth annual observance of Florida Jewish History Month kicked-off at on Sunday, January 4th, 2009 at the Jewish Museum of Florida on South Beach. The theme for this year's observance is Floridian Jews in the Arts.

The Mission of the Museum serves as inspiration for all ethnic groups when we tell stories of how Jews in Florida were unwelcome from the earliest history – when Jews could not live in Florida until 1763 – and how they overcame discrimination and have contributed in all 67 counties to every area of development of this State.

One of those areas is arts and culture. Jews have a history of originating and supporting arts organizations and programs wherever they have lived over history and especially in Florida. Jews founded all three museums and most of the cultural organizations on Miami Beach. And this is all cause for celebration and pride.

A panel discussion, moderated by Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Deputy Director Deborah Margol, will feature a conversation on how Jewish traditions and values have impacted Jewish arts leaders and the role of Jews in creating arts organizations and supporting culture in their communities. Other arts leaders who will join Margol in the discussion are Judy Nelson Drucker, currently Senior Artistic Advisor to the Florida Grand Opera and Rhoda Levitt, who has been promoting the arts since 1957.

Jewish Museum of Florida
301 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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