Ziff Jewish Museum welcomes groups

MIAMI BEACH -- The Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida is available for board meetings, banquets and receptions when it is not open to the public, according to Marcia Zerivitz, executive director.

The Art Deco structure, once used as an Orthodox synagogue, has 80 stained-glass windows and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Its exhibits trace Jewish life in Florida since 1763 and include movies and about 600 photos and artifacts.

The building was restored for $2 million by Mosaic Inc., a nonprofit foundation created by Dr. Sanford L. Ziff, an ophthalmologist who founded the Sunglass Hut stores.

The exhibition hall, where functions are held, seats 75 for luncheons or dinners and holds more than 250 people for stand-up receptions. Meals, which must be kosher, can be provided by area catering services, Zerivitz said. Wine and soft drinks can be supplied in house.

The exhibit hall typically rents for $500 for a meal or reception plus the cost of food. Luncheons can be arranged on Mondays, and evening events can start after 5 p.m. on any night except Fridays.

Roberta Gordon, administrative assistant, is responsible for meeting and banquet reservations. The museum is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Mondays and on selected Jewish holidays.

Tours led by docents are offered to groups of 20 or more. Reserved parking for two motorcoaches in front of the museum is available.

Individual admission is $5 for adults and $4 for groups of 20 or more, for visitors 65 years of age and older and for students. Families (two adults and two children) pay $10.

Saturday admission is free.

The Ziff Jewish Museum of Florida

Address: 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, Fla. 33139-6965

Phone: (305) 672-5044

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