Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU Hosts A Night at the Museum
A Celebration of the Pageantry of Purim
Paul Drucker, Ellie Ganz, Steven Berwick, Elaine Bloom, JMOF-FIU Advisory Board Chair Elliot Stone, Jo Ann Arnowitz, and Bonnie Sockel-Stone

Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales and FIU President Mark Rosenberg

The festive dining room

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (JMOF-FIU) hosted its annual festive event, A Night at the Museum: A Celebration of the Pageantry of Purim. This year, JMOF-FIU guests enjoyed a delightful cocktail reception with delectable hors d'oeuvres, while listening to a string trio of FIU Students. Throughout the evening, partygoers dressed up with masks, hats, boas, signs and other props to take fun keepsake photo strips, in the style of the old time photo booths. After cocktails, an elegant three-course dinner was served, with décor featuring centerpieces highlighted with unique artistic masks, and party favors of feathered masks and groggers (noisemakers). Everyone found opportunities to meet and mingle with new and long-time friends, as they capped off the evening together with the sweetness of the traditional Purim hamentaschen cookies.

Celebrating the triumph of good over evil and the survival of the Jewish people in the face of destruction, the story of Purim exemplifies the shared experience of ethnic discrimination, when nearly 2,600 years ago in Shusan, Persia, the King’s advisor, Haman, developed an evil plot to get rid the Jewish people. Courageously, Queen Esther spoke out on behalf of her fellow Jews to save them from annihilation. In Florida, the tradition of festive events in honor of Purim began in Jacksonville in 1880, followed by Pensacola, Tallahassee and Key West. The Jewish Museum of Florida established the tradition of our own signature event with our inaugural Ball in 2000.

Next year’s event will be extra special…In celebration of the Museum’s 20th Anniversary, 50th Anniversary of FIU’s founding and 100th Anniversary of the City of Miami Beach, JMOF-FIU will host a formal gala and chic after-party that is not to be missed! For 2015 sponsorship opportunities, please contact the JMOF-FIU Development Department: or 786-972-3162.

THANK YOU to all of the generous Sponsors for making this fabulous event possible! Proceeds from the event are used to support the collections, exhibitions and public education programs of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU.

Gold Benefactor: Applebaum Foundation - Leila Applebaum and MariLyn & Herbert Potash

Bronze Underwriters: Samuel I. Adler Family Foundation; Harold & Ellie Aibel; Barbara & Kenneth Bloom/ Norman & Sylvia Levine; Hazel Cypen and Family; Helene & Murray Dubbin and Family; Florida international University and the FIU Foundation, Inc.; Honey & Ira Giller/ Barbara & Leonard Wien; David Posnak Foundation; Riemer Insurance Group; Elliot N. & Bonnie Sockel-Stone; Jonathan Symons; UBS Financial Services Gouraige/Kaplan/Ravinet Team; Marcia Jo & Elliott Zerivitz

In-Kind Supporters: Over the Top Rental Party Linens; Kenneth Stubbs/Kobayashi; Sir Speedy Printing; Southern Wine & Spirits; Executive Caterers

Top row: Diane Lieberman, Michael Denberg, Yael Dorin;
Bottom row: Alan Lieberman, Ronalee and Russell Galbut

Jonathan Macy, Candice Gidney, FIU President Mark Rosenberg, and JMOF-FIU Executive Director Jo Ann Arnowitz

Sara Somberg, Bonnie Sockel-Stone, Cherie Joblove

Fran Gaynor, Helene Dubbin, and Hazel Cypen

Jo Ann Arnowitz, Renee Gross, Fran Gaynor, Ellie and Hal Aibel

Diane and Alan Lieberman

Stephen and Georgia Nimer

Top row: Roger Epstein, Linda and Fredric Friedman, Phyllis and Marty Winston; Bottom row: Natalia Butsko, Jo Asmundsson, Laurie Galvin, Rabbi Amy Morrison, Marlin Galvin

Top row: Sam and Lori Dubbin, Madalyn Lesman, Andy Dubbin, David and Susan Dubbin; Bottom row; Hazel Cypen and her aide, Murray and Helene Dubbin

Top row: Jerry Cohen, JMOF-FIU Membership Director Nancy Doyle Cohen, Dominique Schwartz; Bottom row: Rita Cohen, Bob and Jackie Traurig

Top row: John Stack, Debby and Dean Kenneth Furton, Steven Berwick, Roger Gresham; Bottom row: D’Arsey D. Houlihan, Jill Granat, John Bussel, Emily Gresham

Mark Rosenberg, John Bussel, Elliot Stone, Barbara Black Goldfarb, Amy Sadeghi

Top row: Ron Mayer, Jeanne and Boris Rosen, Susan Vogel; Bottom row: Tamra Sheffman, Wendy Belkin, Inge Gatto, Isabel Anderson, Dorothy Cohn

Rudy and Ruthie Schwartz

Elaine Bloom, Jerry and Debby Schwartz, and Rabbi Amy Morrison

Top row: Jonathan Raiffe, Lori and Brett Spodak, Candice Gidney, Jonathan Macy; Bottom row: Laura Raiffe, Rachel Schapiro, Hinda Adler

Linda and Sage Pasternak, Alex Bana

Ronald and Eleanor Cohen, Barbara and Leonard Wien, Rabbi and Mrs. Sol Schiff, Honey and Ira Giller

Top Row: Frank Futernick, Elliot Stone, Michael Joblove, Jimmy Morales; Bottom row: Sara Somberg, Bonnie Sockel-Stone, Cherie Joblove

Phyllis and Marty Winston and Marlin Galvin

Inge Gatto, Isabel Anderson, Dorothy Cohn

Alan Levy, Mrs. & Rabbi Sol Schiff, Mark Rosenberg

Ruthie Schwartz, Rosalie Ehrenberg, Rudy Schwartz, Lou Schneider

Sylvia and Norman Levine and Family

Howard Lipman, Steven Berwick, JMOF-FIU Development Director Nancy Rachman

FIU Student Musicians

UBS Bronze Sponsor Table:
Top Row: Steven Schwartz, Michaelangelo Dooley, Claudio Ravinet, Sugey Vega, JMOF-FIU Education Manager Chaim Lieberperson, JMOF-FIU Marketing and Programs Director Gita Shonek; Bottom row: Ed Vega, Ghislain Gouraige, Andrew Fusco, Patricia Perez

Arthur and Rivka Schapiro

Lauren Carra (Aide to Commissioner Deede Weithorn), Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales, and Daniela Bonini (Aide to Commissioner Michael Grieco)