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(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – January is Florida Jewish History Month, celebrated since 2003 when Governor Jeb Bush signed a bill that declared the month to be observed statewide.
Florida is the first state to recognize and dedicate a month to the contributions the Jewish people have made in the state’s growth.
The largest event that celebrates the Jewish people during Florida Jewish History Month is hosted by the Jewish Museum of Florida at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. This event hosted by FIU, is held annually and this year the event was held on Jan 6.
Many young Floridian students received awards for their writing during the event. In addition to the awards, there was a performance by storyteller Caron Schner Neile who has a connection to the Jewish community.
The museum’s executive director Susan Gladstone stated, “Every year, our community looks forward to Florida Jewish History Month… Our members and the museum going public are looking forward to experiencing these stories – written by Floridians, and by Florida youth who responded to the Statewide Writing Contest Traditions Worth Keeping.”
Although Florida Jewish History Month continues to become more well- known throughout the years, it is still not widely celebrated across the state of Florida.
“I hope in the future, this month that celebrates the contributions and sacrifices the Jewish People made for Florida becomes more well known,” explained LRHS senior Tayla Rosenthal.