23 November 2008

Miami: Jewish community's history, Dec. 7

As a former resident of South Florida, I was always fascinated by the early Jewish history of this community and the state.

The next meeting of the JGS of Greater Miami will feature Professor Seth Bramson speaking on his recently published book, "L'Chaim: The History of the Jewish Community of Greater Miami," at 10am, Sunday, December 7.

Bramson, an adjunct history professor at Florida International University, includes the story of Isidor Cohen, who arrived in 1896, and his family. The 160-page book - with more than 180 photographs - also discusses restrictions against Jews, information about the community's businesses, schools, temples, restaurants, clubs, and hotels, as well as community institutions such as the Jewish Museum, Federation and others.

The book will also be available for sale at the meeting at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Building, 4200 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami (bring picture ID). See the link above for more information.

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