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CityMiami BeachStateFL

Historical NameBeth Jacob Synagogue

Year Built1928
Building TypeSynagogue

Address311 Washington Avenue

Current NameThe Jewish Museum of Florida

Name of Builder 1H. FraserRose (original)Architect

Name of Builder 2HenryHohauser (second)Architect

Name of Builder 3

ListingNRHP, 10/16/80

South Beach National Historic District

DescriptionThe original building which is now the social hall was erected in 1929 and is faced in stucco,

rectangular, two stories high with a gable roof end to front. The newer Beth Jacob is sensitive

to the older design but relies strongly on the Art Deco style for its decorative details. It has a

Moorish copper dome with six stained glass windows and seventy original stained glass

windows along both sides of the nave and the apse and Art Deco interior lighting fixtures.

StyleArt Deco


SignificanceFirst religious structure of the Orthodox Jewish Community of Miami Beach. It established

that the Orthodox Jewish people were accepted on the beach as before this they had been

denied permission to build a synagogue and had to hold services on the mainland. It was the

center of Jewish cultural life from 1950s throughout the 1970s.

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