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July 19, 1991 - Image 58

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-07-19

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he late Ben Chepenik
wrote in his diary that
he was 6 years old
when his family in
Massachusetts received this
promising letter from an
uncle:
"Sell everything. Come
quickly to Florida. The land
of milk and honey. You can
walk down the streets and
pick citrus," wrote Max
Lieberman, a citrus grower
in Jacksonville.
The Chepeniks joined Max
Lieberman in 1915, as did
hundreds of Jewish immi-
grants who migrated to
Florida by steamship and
rail from the mid-1800s to
the early 1900s. The promise
of cheap farm land, plentiful
jobs and warm weather
beckoned, but newcomers
often encountered hardship
and disease in what was
then an insect-infested
swampland.
The stories of Florida's
hardy Jewish pioneers have
been documented in an ex-
hibit running through Sept.
29 at the T.T. Wentworth
Museum in Pensacola.
Through Jan. 20, 1992, the
exhibit will be in Orlando.
Called "Mosaic: Jewish
Life In Florida," the exhibit
is on its third stop in a nine-
city statewide tour. Because
of Florida's rich Sephardic
tradition, Mosaic is expected
to tour Spain and Israel as
an official project of the Na-
tional Christopher Colum-
bus Quincentenary Jubilee
Commission.

The exhibit dispels the no-
tion that Florida Jewry was
born in the post-World War
II era. At that time,
thousands of Jewish soldiers
who trained in Miami moved
their families to the popular
resort city and never left.
Until then, Florida's Jewish
capital was Jacksonville,
with 3,000 Jews by 1940.
The exhibit shifts atten-
tion to the northern end of
the state, which Florida
historians say has been
populated by Jews since the
early 1500s. Sephardic Jew-
ish names such as Elbaz and
Aviles are among the
original settlers of St.
Augustine, the nation's
oldest city, established in
1534.
The Mosaic exhibit was
created with the help of
leading American Jewish
history scholars and
$840,000 in state, county
and private grants over five
years. Henry Green, director
of Judaic studies at the Uni-
versity of Miami, is the pro-
ject's academic director.
Under the direction of
Marcia Kerstein Zerivitz,
Mosaic's only paid staff
member, 500 volunteers
were turned into amateur
archivists. In four years they
collected 5,000 artifacts and
family photographs in three
dozen Florida cities. Hun-
dreds of people were inter-
viewed and 400 oral
histories were taken.
The result is a visual
testament to a spiritually
vibrant life in what was once
a virtual backwater. Before
South Florida became ac-
cessible by rail in the 1890s,

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