The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF-FIU) is the only museum dedicated to telling the story of more than 250 years of Florida Jewish history, arts and culture, with a growing collection of more than 100,000 items. It is located in the trendy SoFi area of South Beach at 301 Washington Avenue. The Museum is housed in two restored historic buildings that were once synagogues for Miami Beach's first Jewish congregation.
While reflective of the Jewish experience in Florida, JMOF-FIU creates understanding of the shared immigrant experience in our multicultural society. The Museum's core exhibition, MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida 1763 to Present, began with gathering photographs, artifacts and oral histories from descendants of pioneer families, as well as the state's more recent arrivals. Mosaic traveled to 13 Florida cities from 1990-1994 and generated so much interest that by 1995, it evolved into the Jewish Museum of Florida.
The Museum's extensive collection of artifacts, documents, photographs and oral histories focuses on the people who have shaped and continue to influence Florida's development. JMOF-FIU presents a vibrant schedule of thought-provoking history and art exhibits that change periodically.
Photographs document South Beach in the late 1970s