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JCC, Jewish Federation & George Eastman Museum partner for Jewish film series

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The George Eastman Museum is collaborating with the JCC and the Jewish Federation for a film series.

It’s in commemoration of the lives of the victims of the Tree of Life tragedy in Pittsburgh and in solidarity with the Jewish People.

Meredith Dragon, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester says Bruce Barnes from the Eastman Museum reached out to both Jewish organizations just days after the Pittsburgh shooting, and asked if they wanted to do a film series celebrating Jewish Life.

"It’s a wonderful way of showcasing the good that the Jewish community have done in our world and continues to do, and the investment that we make in the world around us and the greater world around us."

Dragon says all of the movies are feel good movies, and that even in these darkest of days, both heading into the winter season and with the rise in anti-Semitism nationwide.

“Hearing that and seeing that and living with that is trying. And it’s sad and I think it’s, during this time of year in particular, we see those things happening with some consistency, it’s easy to feel despondent."

Dragon says being together and celebrating Jewish life brings hope for the future, and that this season provides an opportunity to spread the light of hope and joy even during times that seem bleak.

Screenings will be free on Sunday evenings at 7pm at the Dryden Theatre, and feature such films as Fiddler on the Roof, Yentl, The Jazz Singer and Broadway Danny Rose.

The first show is November 25.