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NJTF Remembrance Readings

We invite your organization to join us by participating in Remembrance Readings 2017, held on Yom HaShoah, Sunday April 23 and Monday 24 honoring Elie Wiesel.

Monday April 23 and Monday April 24 2017 has been designated as the date of the 3rd Annual National Jewish Theater Foundation- Holocaust Theater International Initiative Remembrance Readings. This pioneering program involving a wide range of cultural and educational organizations uses theatrical content to create live events, held when ever possible, at simultaneous times and dates in venues throughout the U.S.A. In 2016, our second year, participation increased by 50% to include theaters, memorial museums /organizations, libraries, consulates, colleges and universities, secondary schools and JCCs from 11 states including the celebrity involvement of Ed Asner and Jayne Atkinson reading The Soap Myth at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. Remembrance Readings recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) by using theater as a means to honor the victims of the Holocaust, their memories and stories and its must never to be forgotten lessons.

As in previous years, your are free to choose your own play. However, this year you have the option of helping us honor the late Elie Wiesel for his playwriting. His 3 scenes, titled Dialogs are available to you through NJTF with the blessing of his widow and translator, Marion Wiesel and the Elie Wiesel Foundation. Mr. Wiesel also wrote another Holocaust related play, The Trial of God. The Lincoln Center Library and University of Miami have already committed to a program honoring this great man and artist. We hope you will join them.

Arnold Mittelman, NJTF Founding President and Project Director of its Holocaust Theater International Initiative stated, “I sincerely hope that Remembrance Readings with plays selected from the NJTF Holocaust Theater Catalog engenders participation, education, identification and empathy that only live theater exemplifies and delivers in such a profound way.  I trust the use of theater in this manner and in education can and will provide an artistic moral compass for future generations".

Click here to view some of the organizations and the programs they presented as well as excellent media coverage we received for our inaugural 2015 and 2016 Remembrance Readings.

  • Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 02:30 PM
    Lincoln Center Library in New York, NY

    Lincoln Center Library

    Lincoln Center Library

    April 22, 2017 at 2:30pm

    NJTF in Association with HTI and Wagner College Holocaust Center

    A Black Canopy, A Black Sky and Dialogs by E. Wiesel

    Panel discussion to follow - Bruno Walter Auditorium

    111 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Temple Beth Tzedek in Buffalo, NY

    Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo

    Yom HaShoah Commemoration in Buffalo, NY – sponsored by the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo

    Sunday April 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. 

    Dialogs by E. Wiesel

    Temple Beth Tzedek

    621 Getzville Rd, Buffalo, NY 14226


  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    San Rafael First United Methodist Church

    San Rafael First United Methodist Church

    April 23, 2017 at 10:30am

    Dialogs by E. Wiesel


    9 Ross Valley Dr

    San Rafael, CA 94901 

  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Berkeley Repertory Theater in Berkeley , CA

    Berkeley Repertory Theater

    On 4/23 Hershey Felder will be performing his one man show, “Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin at Berkeley Repertory Theater”.  Mr. Felder is so supportive of our mission he has volunteered to state the following after his performance.


    “Today begins Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day and start of the National Jewish Theater Foundation - Holocaust Theater International Initiative -Remembrance Day Play Readings. I dedicate my performance to that event. Although theater has played an extraordinary role from the 1930s to today in Holocaust awareness and education, there has never before been a national program that emphasized the formal use of theater in Holocaust awareness.  I am delighted that plays, including a work that I was involved with, "The Pianist of Wilesden Lane"  are now a resource for this growing series of Remembrance Readings and performances done for deserving audiences by so many worthwhile organizations across the U.S.A. Any and all commemorative events, now and in the future, including Yom Hashoah and International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27) can be enriched by the message of these and other plays. I encourage theaters like Berkeley Rep and others across the nation where I have performed to continue or initiate the production of Holocaust plays. I join with my participating colleagues in theaters, universities, memorial organizations in the sincere hope that the utilization of theater works in education and production will continue and grow internationally, inspiring all to keep alive the lessons of the Holocaust while providing an artistically driven moral compass for future generations”. Hershey Felder.

    Berkeley Repertory will also use this quote in their materials to publicize Remembrance Readings

  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Temple Adath Yeshurun in Syracuse, NY

    Syracuse Jewish Federation

    Syracuse Jewish Federation

    Sunday April 23, 2017 Time TBD

    Dialogs by E. Wiesel

    Temple Adath Yeshurun

    450 Kimber Rd, Syracuse, NY 13224

  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 05:00 PM
    New College of Florida in Sarasota , FL

    New College of Florida

    Black Box Theater of the New College of Florida residential campus

    The Windmill Theater Company is presenting Nightwords;A LITURGY ON THE HOLOCAUST by David G. Roskies

    April 23, 2017 5pm

    5800 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 07:30 PM
    Center for Jewish History in New York, NY

    Center for Jewish History

    Center for Jewish History
    April 23, 2017 7:30pm

    Women and Resistance – Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust

    Presented by Remember the Women Institute in cooperation with American Jewish Historical Society

    Presentation of third edition of Women, Theatre, and the Holocaust Resource Handbook, edited by Rochelle G. Saidel and Karen Shulman, Remember the Women Institute 


    We Will Not Be Silent by David Meyers, first scene from this play about Sophie Scholl 

    In the Train Station in Munich by Cynthia L. Cooper 

    Voices of Women’s Resistance readings from memoirs by Dr. Meghan Brodie and her students from Ursinus College 

    Terezin Caberet monologue and Ilse Weber’s songs by Jenny Lee Mitchell 

    Panel discussion with above participants – 15 – 20 minutes 


    15 West 16th Street, New York NY

  • Monday, April 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    The Mitzvah Project

    The Mitvah Project

    April 24, 2017 Israel

    The Mitzvah Project

    a one-person play and lecture that explores one of the most astonishing stories of the Second World War

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  • Monday, April 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Levite Jewish Community Center

    Levite Jewish Community Center 

    Monday April 24 time TBA 

    2 short Brecht plays- The Informer and The Jewish Wife.

    Dialogs by E. Wiesel 

    3960 Montclair Rd.

    Birmingham, Al 35213


  • Monday, April 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY

    Monroe Community College

    Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project in conjunction with the Sixth Act

    Monroe Community College

    Monday, April 24th, 12pm

    Good, by Cecil Philip Taylor 

    R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, Forum (3-130)

    1000 E. Henrietta

    Rochester, NY 14623

    (585) 292-3464