For three generations, the Aronovitz name has been at the forefront of the legal profession in Florida. Efforts are now underway to archive the records of Abe Aronovitz, a Miami elected official and leader in anti-Nazi initiatives.

Abe Aronovitz, Former Mayor of Miami

Abraham “Abe” Aronovitz (1899 – 11 July 1960), the great uncle of attorney Tod Aronovitz, holds the distinction of being the only Jewish mayor ever to be elected by Miami residents. He served as the 27th Mayor of Miami from 1953 to 1955. Following his term as Mayor, Mr. Aronovitz served as a City Commissioner until poor health prompted his resignation in 1958.

Now, religious school students associated with the Temple Israel of Greater Miami have started an initiative to preserve the historical papers of Abe Aronovitz. Click on the link to read more.

Abe Aronovitz

Mr. Aronovitz, a long time member of Temple Israel, was also active in B’nai B’rith, the American Zionist Organization, and the Anti-Defamation League. In his role as an attorney, he represented Max and Dave Fleischer in legal matters relating to the South Florida production of their Betty Boop films as well as clients involved in high profile cases in the 1940’s and 1950’s.

Among the important historical documents of Abe Aronovitz preserved from the 1930’s and 1940’s are letters from Henry Ford and the Tampa Christian Ministries. Mr. Aronovitz took an active role in denouncing the rise of the Nazi party, and his correspondence provides unique perspective on South Florida’s role in World War II Jewish history.

Abe Aronovitz was one of six sons of Romanian immigrants, David and Kate Aronovitz. He was raised in Key West, Florida and graduated from Stetson University. Abe was the uncle of The Honorable Sidney Aronovitz.

The Honorable Sidney Aronovitz, Former U.S. District Judge

The Honorable Sidney M. Aronovitz, the late father of attorney Tod Aronovitz, was nominated by President Gerald Ford in 1976 to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He remained on the court until his death in 1997. The Honorable Sidney M. Aronovitz Scholarship Fund, established in 2012 at the University of Miami School of Law, will award annual scholarships each year to recipients who will be known as the Judge Aronovitz Scholars.


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Founding member Tod Aronovitz continued his family tradition of service to the legal community by serving as President of The Florida Bar in 2002.

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