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Jewish Museum of Florida honorees include 2 families with Tampa links

Doris and Frank Rosenblatt of Tampa will be members of Queen Esther’s Court at the Feb. 24 Purim Ball. Doris and Frank Rosenblatt of Tampa will be members of Queen Esther’s Court at the Feb. 24 Purim Ball. When the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU celebrates its 20th anniversary with a Purim Ball in Miami on Feb. 24, two families with Tampa links will be honored – one that arrived in Florida in 1857 and another that came in 1912.

The theme of the Purim Ball is “Vision20/20: Looking Back/ Looking Forward” and will honor multi-generations of prominent Florida Jewish families for their contributions to the development of Jewish life in Florida and beyond – then, now and for future generations.

This “fancy-festive dress” event at Jungle Island will include a cocktail reception and dinner, music and dancing, a silent action of artist-designed masks, a Queen Esther’s Court of Honorees and more.

Among seven families who will be Queen Esther’s Court honorees are two from Tampa, with most of the others from South Florida.

George Dzialynski, born in 1857, helped found Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa in 1894. George Dzialynski, born in 1857, helped found Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa in 1894. The museum provided this information on the Tampa families being honored:

• The Doris and Frank Rosenblatt family represent four generations of leadership in Tampa.

Nathan and Elizabeth (Bess) Rosenblatt settled in Tampa in 1912. They were both very active in the community and Bess taught religious school at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. When their youngest son, Frank, returned to Tampa after the war, he met Doris Chaite, who had moved there in 1932. The couple were married in 1947 and had three children Nancy (married to David Linsky) of Tampa, Beverly (married to Leon Levinson) of Houston, and Robert of Largo. The Rosenblatts have five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Doris was co-chair of the Tampa Task Force for “MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida” that evolved into the Jewish Museum of Florida. She has served on its advisory council since inception.

The Rosenblatt family have been supporters of many Jewish organizations and agencies in Tampa Bay, including Menorah Manor, the Florida Holocaust Museum, Jewish Center Tower, Congregations Schaarai Zedek and Rodeph Sholom and the Tampa JCC & Federation.

• The Dzialynski, Coleman and Abramovitz families of Jacksonville and Tampa are now into their eighth generation.

In 1857, in Jacksonville, George Dzialynski was the first Jewish boy born in Florida to a family that planted roots in the state and has continued to live here as Jews since 1850. George married Bertha Zadek of Gainesville in 1883. They moved to Tampa and helped organize Congregation Schaarai Zedek in 1894. The Dzialynski family established another tie to Tampa when Robert Lee Coleman married Rosalie Abramovitz in 1952. Ro- salie was the youngest daughter of Joseph and Hilda Daniels Abramovitz who were active members of Congregation Rodeph Sholom. This Floridian Jewish family has 75 descendants and counting.

Proceeds from the Purim Ball will benefit JMOF-FIU, the only museum to document the more than 250 years of Jewish history, art and culture in the Sunshine State. JMOF-FIU collects, preserves and interprets these stories through its growing collections and a variety of exhibitions and educational programs.

The ball will he held at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail in Miami and begins at 6:30 p.m. Sponsorships range from $7,500 to $50,000 and individual tickets are $450. For more information, visit: or contact the JMOF-FIU Development Department at: (786) 972- 3162 or

The evening will also include tributes to the city of Miami Beach’s Centennial (March 26, 1915) and the 50th anniversary of the founding of Florida International University (1965).

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