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By: Shayne Benowitz

The Jewish community is a vital part of Greater Miami & Miami Beach. Immerse yourself in Miami’s Jewish cultural highlights with this curated itinerary.

Breakfast at Roasters 'n Toasters

Get your day started on the right foot with a classic New York-style bagel and schmear at Roasters & Toasters New York Deli on Miami Beach’s 41st Street corridor. Try the lox and bagels here or enjoy a heartier breakfast with an omelette, corn beef hash , cheese blintzes or matzoh brei. Roasters ‘N Toasters is located in a historically Orthodox Jewish area; take a little stroll along the boulevard after breakfast to people watch and window shop.

Jewish Miami Beach Walking Tour

If you’re in town on the second Sunday of the month, make plans to join the Miami Design Preservation League’s Jewish Miami Beach Walking Tour outside the Art Deco Welcome Center on Ocean Drive. A knowledgeable guide will recount the history of Jews in Miami over the last century with stories of prominent individuals and institutions, while also exploring Miami’s unique architecture that rose over this period of time. The tour is offered on demand; call (202) 812-0044 for more information.

Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU

The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU‘s collection is housed inside two historic Art Deco synagogues in South Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood. The permanent exhibition, “MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida” features photos and artifacts exploring the Florida Jewish experience since 1763. It also hosts a wide variety of fascinating temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

Lunch at Josh’s Deli

By around lunchtime, you’ll have burned off the calories from that morning bagel so head north to Surfside and snag a stool at the counter at Josh’s Deli for a modern take on traditional Jewish deli fare featuring a constantly changing menu of crave-worthy comfort food. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, so take your pick from matzoh ball soup to latkes with apples and sour cream to hand cut, house cured corned beef sandwiches. Be sure to check out the daily specials.

Holocaust Memorial

Miami Beach is home to a moving Holocaust Memorial at the corner of Meridian Avenue and Dade Boulevard. It features artist Kenneth Treister’s dramatic, larger-than-life, bronze sculpture of an arm rising from the earth, surrounded by a tranquil pond with lily pads and a memorial wall with engraved names of those who perished in the Holocaust. It’s a sobering memorial that truly makes you ponder, reflect and remember.

Self-guided Synagogue Stroll

Just a short stroll south on Meridian from the Holocaust Memorial, you’ll reach 17th Street where you’ll find both Temple Beth Shmuel, which is the Cuban Hebrew Congregation of Miami, and Temple Emanu-El, a conservative synagogue, a few blocks away from each other. Each building is significant for its unique historic architecture. It’s also a chance to get a glimpse at contemporary Jewish life in Miami.

Dinner at Kosh

Kosh is a classic kosher steakhouse in Surfside—with a twist! In addition to traditional steakhouse fare, Kosh also has an extensive sushi menu. For the carnivores, start with a classic Caesar salad and move onto the ribeye steak with mashed potatoes. They’ve also got an incredible miso sea bass and tamarind duck. For the sushi lover, they have every roll under the rainbow, from spicy tuna to California, as well as signature rolls, like the happy jalapeno made with Hamachi, avocado, cilantro and lime.

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