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PAGE IOA HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 8, 2009 New book chronick s Jews of Greater Miami Arcadia Publishing has re- cently released a new 127-page book by Marcia Jo Zerivitz on the history of the Jews in Greater Miami. Zerivitz, the founding executive director and chief curator of the Jewish Museum of Florida, has been collect- ing photographs of Jews in Florida for nearly a quarter of a century. Over the years, she has presented hundreds of slide show lectures and written for exhibits, films and publications. Now she has compiled a 3,000-word essay to accom- pany 250 photographs with captions to chronologically tell the story about Jews of Women's Seder enriches Passover again this year Just before Passover this year, hundreds of Central Florida women attended the annual Women's Seder, sponsored by Women of Reform Judaism at Congregation of Reform Judaism and by Jewish Family Services. 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This photo documentary tells stories of the pioneer Jews, their struggles and successes, how they worked hard to help develop every area of their community and at opening society in which they now thrive. Miami Jewry has cultural diversity--young Jews, observant Jews--along with a rich and varied Jewish community infrastructure and now a multi-generational Jewish community. Zerivitz has been aleader in the organized Florida Jewish community for more than 40 years. Originally from West Virginia, she has been a leader in Jewish organizations since elementary school and including Hillel in college. She has broken the "glass ceiling" as the first woman in many positions. Zerivitz served on the first women's UJA Young Leader- ship Cabinet in 1974 and in 1978-80 as president of the Greater Orlando Jewish Federation, one of the first women nationally to hold such a position. She was the first chair of the FloridaAsso- ciation of Jewish Federations Conference in 1979. Beginning in 1985, Zere- vitz traveled 150,000 miles around Florida to research and retrieve the state's Jewish history for the MOSAIC proj- ect. Under her direction, this project became the MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida exhibit that traveled to 13 cities from 1990-1994. From 1993-95 she guided the restoration of an abandoned historic Art Deco building that served as an Orthodox synagogue for 50 years and opened it as the Jewish Museum of Florida in April 1995. It has since expanded to include another restored synagogue. For a copy of the book, go to the museum's website www. or call the museum store at 305 -672 - 5044, ext. 3169. OAKMONTE VILLAGE AT LAKE MARY. A Brand New Luxury Senior Living Community theater, fitness facilities, and restaurant-quality dining, Oakmonte Village will have all the accoutrements of a luxury resort. Independent living residences are available through a monthly lease program and include studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and two- bedroom villas. 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