Join us online via Zoom on Wednesday, February 2, 2022
7:00PM-9:30PM EDT


About the Film:

The late civil rights activist Julian Bond called the film, “A great American saga of interracial cooperation” and Dan Raviv of CBS Radio said it is “a powerful civil rights story, engaging both the heart and the head.”

Rosenwald, the son of German- Jewish immigrants, rose to become one of the wealthiest men in America as well as a beloved humanitarian. As the son of a German Jewish clothier, he naturally went into the family business as well, and married the daughter of a competitor. He then teamed up with Richard Sears to build Sears, Roebuck and Co.

Influenced by the social gospel espoused by Rabbi Emil Hirsch of Chicago Sinai Congregation, Rosenwald used his great wealth to try to fix what he viewed as wrong with the world. Rosenwald took a leadership role in establishing social services to meet the needs of some 100,000 impoverished Jewish immigrants who settled in Chicago at the turn of the 20th century; and later, in uniting the city’s splintered German and Eastern European Jewish communities. Rosenwald’s greatest accomplishment is the establishment of challenge grants, seeded for the creation of more than 5,500 schools for poor, rural African-American children in southern states at a time when few received any public education. To read more, visit


Tickets: $10 per Household

The Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast is once again pleased to announce the return of the virtual Real to Reel Film Series (the final virtual screening before returning to in-person screenings this March!). The February screening is ROSENWALD, Featuring a talkback with Writer, Directed, and Producer Aviva Kempner, taking place online via Zoom on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022 at 7PM. Tickets are $10 per household. The event will feature a discussion with the filmmaker after the film, moderated by Kara Gold-Harris. 


About this event:

The format of the event includes the opportunity to engage live with members from throughout the community, along with a watch party-styled screening of the film, offering both safety and flexibility. All ticket purchasers will receive a zoom link to the event as well as an ‘On-Demand’ link with a two-day viewing window for guests with connectivity issues, or for those unable to make it to the event. Sponsored by Sue Heyman and Mike White.
Phyllis Tauber – committee member.

An On-Demand viewing link will be sent to ticket purchasers on the evening of the community screening, and will be available for a 48 hour period.
Please email with questions.