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South Florida Premiere

Seders & Cigars

Directed by Barbara Rosenthal

USA | 71 minutes | 2019

Weaving together interviews of descendants from the founding Jewish families of Tampa, Florida, Seders & Cigars expands the history of the Jewish experience in America and brings their important and unique story to life, preserving it for future generations. Unlike in many other communities of the mid to late 19th century, the Jewish population of Tampa was readily interwoven into the cultural fabric of this growing port town. Tampa is a community that was built by immigrants — Italians, Spaniards, Cubans, and Eastern European Jews — who all came together to build a city out of their rich, multi-ethnic traditions. Throughout the 20th century, Jews continued to have a huge impact on the Tampa community and beyond — through business and development, politics, the arts, academia, philanthropy, and ownership of major league sports teams. This insightful documentary explores a variety of themes, including overcoming quotas on Jewish immigration, the challenge of maintaining extended family bonds, cultural assimilation, the nexus of anti-Semitism and segregation, as well as the rise of women in politics.

Director Barbara Rosenthal will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in an extended conversation with the audience afterward.

Director Barbara Rosenthal
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 2019
Premiere Status South Florida Premiere
Runtime 71 minutes
Principal Cast Linda Saul-Sena, E.J. Salcines, Sandra Warshaw Freedman, Katherine G. Essrig
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