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Jewish Heritage

1961 photo of the interior of Rodoph Sholom SynagogueAccording to the Pew Research Center, Florida has one of the country’s largest Jewish populations outside of the Northeast. 

The presence of Judaism in Florida dates back to the Spanish colonial period

This guide from the State Library of Florida explores Florida’s Jewish heritage in politics, history and culture. Materials are generally available through interlibrary loan from the circulating collection of the State Library. 

Links within the bibliographies take you to information in our State Library catalog or to more information on external sites.

Books

Articles

  • Adams, Sean Patrick. “Patriotism Derailed: John Milton, David Yulee, and the Florida Railroad in 1863.” Florida Historical Quarterly 86.3 (2008): 406–416. 
  • Cox, Merlin G. “David Sholtz: New Deal Governor of Florida.” Florida Historical Quarterly 43.2 (1964): 142–152. 
  • Dial, Donna. “Cartoons in Paradise: How the Fleischer Brothers Moved to Miami and Lost Their Studio.” Florida Historical Quarterly 78.3 (2000): 309–330. 
  • Fairbanks, George R. “Moses Elias Levy Yulee.” Florida Historical Quarterly 18.3 (1940): 165–167. 
  • Huhner, Leon. “Moses Elias Levy: An Early Florida Pioneer and the Father of Florida’s First Senator.” Florida Historical Quarterly 19.4 (1941): 319–345.

Digital Collections

1921 photo of Reba Belle and Joel Mendolson with musical instruments

  • State Archives of Florida. “Jewish Folk Songs.” Florida Memory. Florida Division of Library and Information Services. 
  • State Archives of Florida. “MOSAIC Collection.” Florida Memory. Florida Division of Library and Information Services. 
  • State Archives of Florida. “WPA Church Records.” Florida Memory. Florida Division of Library and Information Services. 
  • University of Florida Libraries. “Florida Jewish Newspaper Project.” University of Florida Digital Collections. University of Florida. 
  • University of Florida Libraries. “Judaica Digital Collections.” University of Florida Digital Collections. University of Florida. 
  • University of South Florida Libraries. “Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project.” University of South                                                                          Florida Digital Collections. University of South                                                                                  Florida.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.