History of Cuban Jews in Miami

Film and discussion. May 23rd, 2010. 2:00 p.m.

altMarcos A. Kerbel will present an overview of the history of Cuban Jews in Miami through films and photographs. The film first depicts the life of the Jews in Cuba beginning around 1910 and the second part focuses on their life in Florida, starting with the summer of 1960 when there was a massive exodus due to the communist revolution.

The program complements the current exhibit, Lox with Black Beans & Rice: Portraits of Cuban Jews in South Florida, and coincides with Cuban Independence Day, which is May 20, and planning for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Cuban Hebrew Congregation.

The film is a co-production of Dahlia Oppenheimer and Marcos Kerbel. Dahlia is a daughter of Rabbi Mayer Abramowitz who welcomed the Cuban Jews to Temple Menorah on Miami Beach; she grew up among the Cuban Jews. Kerbel came to America from Cuba as part of the Pedro Pan movement. Through his hobby of photography, filming and video-taping, he has accumulated the visual history of this very interesting community since the mid 1960s. The program is free for members; for non-members it is free with Museum admission. Walk-ins welcome.

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

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