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Jewish History Museum offers online film and book clubs

The Jewish History Museum has launched a summer film club, with Zoom discussion groups twice a month on Sundays at 2 p.m. Participants can watch the films on their own in advance of the discussions.

“We know that this is a moment where connection is vital, as the need for social distancing continues and difficult conversations abound around us,” says Josie Shapiro, the museum’s Zuckerman Fellow and curator of community engagement. “Over the summer we are offering online programs that give the opportunity to connect in meaningful ways, that provide a chance to engage in discussion and dialogue, and ground us in a Jewish perspective that looks outward to the world around us.”

The club’s June selections, which highlight the black Jewish experience, started with “Figtree” on June 14. The June 28 featured film will be “Little White Lie.” (For more on this film, go here.)

Both June films are available to stream on Kanopy, which is free for those who have a Pima County Library card. If you do not have a library card, you can get one from home at this time due to the pandemic by contacting or 791-4010.

Upcoming films are July 5, “Leona”; July 19, “Call Me By Your Name”; Aug. 9, “Foxtrot”; Aug. 23, “Jojo Rabbit”; Sept. 6,  “Give Me Liberty”; and Sept. 13, “Uncut Gems.”

On July 8, the museum will start its summer book club with “Family Papers: A Sephardic Journey Through the Twentieth Century.” The book club will be held Mondays in July at 5 p.m.

These events are free but registration is required at Click on the “next” button for the film and book club registrations. For more information, contact Shapiro at