Jews of Tampa

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Spanish explorers arrived in Tampa Bay in the 16th century. Jews were first allowed to live in Florida in 1763 and less than 100 years later, Tampa became a city. The arrival of the railroad and the cigar industry in the 1890s attracted immigrants. Many were Jews, who helped propel growth, especially in Ybor City, where they owned more than 80 businesses. Over the decades, Jews participated in civic and Jewish organizations, the military, politics, and in developing Tampa as a sports center. Today, with about 23,000 Jews in Tampa, there are fifth-generation residents who represent the continuity of a people who contribute vibrancy to every area of the community.
ISBN: 9781467110624
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 225
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Rob Norman, a physician and writer, has edited and written more than 30 books and is an active participant and leader within the Tampa Jewish community. Marcia Jo Zerivitz, the founding executive director of the Jewish Museum of Florida, has been researching and documenting Jewish life in Florida for nearly 30 years. She initiated Florida Jewish History Month and Jewish American Heritage Month. In Jews of Tampa, the authors compiled 230 vintage images, most from the archives of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. The photographs capture the fascinating people, places, and events that have shaped the history of the Jews of Tampa.
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