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

  • Born in Miami, Florida, Sylvia Gurinsky is a history consultant, tour guide and freelance writer. A graduate of Florida International University, she gives history-related presentations for various adult and youth programs. She co-hosts the television series Roadside Florida for the Lynn & Louis Wolfson Florida Moving Image Archives. She worked as an educator and tour guide at HistoryMiami Museum and was a journalist at WPLG-Channel 10 and the Jewish Journal. Gurinsky won two Florida Associated Press Awards for Editorial Writing and was a 2008 Fellow for the Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Upcoming programs presented by Sylvia Gurinsky.

TypeNumberInstructorCourse TitleAdd to Cart
4wk F242AD Sylvia Gurinsky Tropical Wanderings: South Florida Jewish History
Tuesdays, October 29; November 5, 12, 19: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm