Jews of Florida: Centuries of Stories

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Jews of Florida: Centuries of Stories

Friends of the Main Library in St. Augustine presents “Jews of Florida: Centuries of Stories,” a virtual–and virtually accessible–talk by Scholar Marcia Jo Zerivitz at 11 a.m. in celebration of the 200th anniversary of St. Johns County. The one-hour presentation is based on the author’s book on the history of Jews in Florida from colonial times, though Jews were not officially allowed to live in Florida until 1763. Those who’d like to attend may do so by zoom or at a screening at the main library at 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., St. Augustine. Registration is required by contacting Beth Maycumber at the library at 904/827-6940 or by emailing her at

Marcia Jo Zerivitz, Founding Executive Director, Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, is a native West Virginian who has lived in Florida for more than half a century. She has been a trailblazer in the American and Floridian Jewish communities serving national, state, and local organizations and has broken the “glass ceiling” as the first woman in many positions. Her focus for the past forty years has been organizing Florida Jewish communities to collect, document, and preserve their history, researching and collating the hidden 250+ years of Florida Jewish history, and creating a state-wide history museum with collections, exhibits, publications, and educational programs. She initiated the legislation for both Florida Jewish History Month (FJHM) each January and Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM) each May to increase awareness of the contributions of Jews to the quality of life for all. In 2020, her seminal book, Jews of Florida: Centuries of Stories was released.

This program is a partnership between the Florida Humanities and the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.