Jewish Press of Pinellas County

Free showing of movie on Jews of Tampa July 6

A free screening of the documentary, “Seders & Cigars – A History of Jews in Tampa,” will be held on Saturday, July 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa.

The documentary by Barbara Rosenthal, which premiered earlier this year at the Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival, explores a variety of themes including overcoming quotas on Jewish immigration, the challenge of maintaining extended family bonds in a competitive economic environment, cultural assimilation, the nexus of anti- Semitism and segregation, and the rise of women in politics in Tampa and beyond.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Jewish immigrants who faced conscription and consequent persecution in Europe came to Tampa – particularly West Tampa and Ybor City – and opened retail businesses to support the demand created by the rapidly expanding cigar industry. Family members and extended family followed one another here in search of a better life.

The movie runs little more than an hour. Following the screening, there will be a short discussion and audience Q & A with Rosenthal, who will provide a look into world of independent documentary filmmaking.

The showing is sponsored in part by the Jewish Film Festival.

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