The FIU School of Music and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU present Jewish works in collaboration with members of FIU’s Ensemble-in-Residence, the Amernet String Quartet, FIU faculty artists, Florida Grand Opera, and other distinguished concert artists. For this performance, the FIU Latin Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Michael Orta, perform treasures from the Caribbean. This performance runs in conjunction with the Jewish Museum of Florida’s exhibition Jewish Treasures from the Caribbean by Wyatt Gallery.
About Jewish Treasures from the Caribbean by Wyatt Gallery
September 20 – December 11, 2016
This exhibition, by photographer Wyatt Gallery, documents the oldest Jewish synagogues and cemeteries in the Western Hemisphere. Images from the remaining historic Jewish sites in Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Suriname reveal the significant yet little-known legacy of Judaism in the New World. Once home to thousands of Sephardic Jews from a melting pot of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and other cultures, these dwindling communities now contain only five historic synagogues. The exhibit shows the strength of the Jewish people, the beauty of the culture and raises awareness of the urgent need for preservation and protection of these threatened historical resources.