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Sephardic Journeys

People often think that Sephardic Jews come solely from the Iberian Peninsula. Sephardim, however, represent a mosaic culture, with one community distinguishing itself from another markedly in terms of their artistic, culinary, linguistic, and sacred traditions. For our pur­poses, Sephardim include Jews from Spain and Portugal prior to the Inquisition in 1492, those who remained in or returned to the Mid­dle East and North Africa, as well as others who came to live through­out the greater Sephardic Diaspora, spanning the globe from Salonika and Shanghai to Sheepshead Bay. Regardless of birthplace, Jews share an ideas-based identity, grown of a common soil in the Middle East and yet transportable at a moment’s notice from one place to anoth­er—often because it had to be. Indeed, as Moses Ibn Ezra lamented, "I am weary of roaming about the world, measuring its expanse; and I am not yet done." Sephardic Jews, by choice and necessity, have been pioneers of inter­national trade, publishing, diplomacy, and cosmopolitanism. The rare books and artifacts in this exhibit, Sephardic Journeys, reflect a rich tradition of scholarship and culture shaped by migrations, and they invite, in turn, reflection upon the physical, emotional and spiritual journeys of Jewish history. Sephardic Journeys is presented by the Center for Jewish History with the American Sephardi Federation, and has been supported by a generous grant from The David Berg Foundation.

Place: Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

Date: 05/07/2015 to 6/30/2015

Type: Exhibition

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Jewish American Heritage Month Edit-A-Thon

Join us for an overview of this history, starting with Jews in the garment business and many of the well known names in the industry. In addition, we will be celebrating Miami Beach’s children’s clothing designer, Sylvia Whyte’s 95th birthday! At the close of World War II, Sylvia Whyte opened an exclusive retail shop on Lincoln Road that was an instant success. Trained as an art student at Cooper Union in New York, Sylvia decided to enter the field of design. It was difficult to get work in those days, but a dress that she designed for her own daughter began Whyte's career. During the postwar 1940s and early 1950s, celebrities flocked to Sylvia Whyte's shop. Debbie Reynolds bought dresses for her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Nat King Cole shopped for his daughter, Natalie. Zsa Zsa Gabor purchased clothes for Francesca, her child with Conrad Hilton. Frank Sinatra bought suits for Frank Jr. and dresses for Nancy Jr. and Tina. In 1962 Whyte began manufacturing high-end infant wear and clothes for girls up to preteens. Her namesake label was sold at stores all over the country, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom I.Magnin and Macy's. Whyte described her line as "high-style for kids at prices that aren't exorbitant.” In 1988, Saks celebrated 25 years of glorious friendship with Sylvia Whyte and in 1993 Whyte was named one of the 25 most influential women in children's clothing.

Place: Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Date: 05/31/2015 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Type: Other

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