Join us on Thursday, April 11th at Congregetion Beth Shalom for a Real to Reel Film Screening of XUETA ISLAND

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Xueta Island Trailer

Tickets: $15 per Person

The Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast is pleased to announce the upcoming Real to Reel Film Screening at Congregation Beth Shalom (1325 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater, Florida  33764).

The April screening selection is Xueta Island, taking place on Thursday, April 11th, 2024 at 7PM (Doors open at 6:30PM).Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by clicking here. The event will also feature a community conversation after the film. 



The Jewish Federation of Florida's Gulf Coast hosts the Real to Reel Film Series throughout the year. The film selection process involves a committee led by Phyllis Tauber as the Chair, along with members Mike Tauber, Janet Hammer, Sam Hammer, Ted Glatt, Sue Heyman, and Mike White. Kara Gold-Harris, the Director of Arts, Culture, and Marketing, carefully curates a season of films that offer a Jewish perspective on real individuals, locations, and historical events, all tailored for the Gulf Coast community.


With thanks to series sponsors Sue Heyman and Mike White, and the R2R Committee Members.

Xueta Island explores the fascinating legacy of the Xuetas (pronounced Chuetas): a unique group of families on the Balearic island of Majorca who are believed to be descendants of the island’s Inquisition-era Jewish population. Most of the families were forced to renounce their Judaism, officially converted and functionally “eliminated” Jewish life in Majorca. Yet many continued to practice their Judaism in secret. Though they were practicing Catholics, the Chuetas were discriminated against up until the middle of the 20th century, always forced to marry within their subgroup population. It is estimated that there are roughly 20,000 Chuetas living on the island today. Current-day Majorca presents a compelling case study for silenced Judaism, as practicing Catholic families cite Jewish “traditions” that date back centuries, without ever being openly acknowledged or explained.


Our story follows Dani Rotstein, a Jewish-American expat who moved to the island recently and quickly became fascinated with the story. Rotstein currently works as a social activist and filmmaker on the island, where he uses discoveries from his ongoing investigation to give added context to touring the winding streets of the medieval Jewish quarter.


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