Film Screening: Jews of the Wild West
Springfield Jewish Community Center (1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108, Springfield MA)
Join the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival (April 30 - May 7, 2023) for the Massachusetts premiere of the documentary feature *Jews of the Wild West* at the Springfield JCC.
From cowboys and gunslingers to entrepreneurs and artists, the colorful and largely overlooked contributions of Jews on the American frontier are revealed in this lively portrait. Escaping oppression and poverty, Jewish families joined other settlers in search of a better life. By the early 1900s, over 100,000 Jews put down roots in the Wild West, from Guggenheim and Levi Strauss to everyday merchants and cattlemen. A young Golda Meir spent formative years in Denver, and notorious Wyatt Earp, Bronco Bill, and Pancho Villa had Jewish connections. Fascinating interviews and a trove of archival materials recall the legacy and pioneering spirit of those who definitively shaped westward expansion.
DOCUMENTARY | 2022 | 80 MINUTES | USA | ENGLISH | DIRECTED BY AMANDA KINSEY