Program Details

Tropical Wanderings: South Florida Jewish History

Sylvia Gurinsky
Jewish Culture & History / History

Course Description

South Florida has attracted members of the Jewish community since the late 1800s. They've come for rest, refuge and fresh starts. They've met challenges ranging from mosquitoes and hurricanes to anti-Semitism. Hear about the pioneers, heroes, a few villains, and leaders who have made this region into a new "Promised Land."


  1. In the Beginning: From the 1800s to 1920
  2. B,C & D (Boom, Collapse & Deco): The 1920s
  3. Providing Support: The 1930s & 1940s
  4. Come on Down!: South Florida's Jewish Community Since World War II

About the Instructor

  • A native South Floridian, Sylvia Gurinsky is a local history educator and guide for Context Travel, Flamingo Gardens, the Miami-Dade County Women's Park and various local universities. She co-hosts the television series Roadside Florida, produced by the Lynn & Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives. A graduate of Florida International University, she worked for WPLG-Channel 10, the Jewish Journal and HistoryMiami Museum. Her honors have included two Florida Associated Press Awards for Editorial Writing and a Peter Jennings Project Fellowship for Journalists and the Constitution at the National Constitution Center.

Upcoming programs presented by Sylvia Gurinsky.

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