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Remembrance Readings

NJTF HTII 4 th Annual Remembrance Play Readings expands to UK International Holocaust Remembrance Days, Saturday January 27-29, 2018 and Yom Ha Shoah April 8-12, 2018.

Beginning 2018 Remembrance Readings of National Jewish Theater Foundation (NJTF) – Holocaust Theater International Initiative (HTII) at University of Miami Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies will expand to include International Holocaust Remembrance Day held worldwide and in UK on January 27th. This date was chosen by the United Nations in 2005. The day honors victims and survivors and coincides with the liberation of Auschwitz –Birkenau on January 27th, 1945. NJTF HTII is working with UK Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and UK Holocaust Education Trust to sponsor commemorative theatrical events. Holocaust discussions will occur on January 27 tth at Park Theatre in conjunction with performances of NJTF new musical Rothschild & Sons. On 28th at Goodenough College, students and professional artists will remember the victims and survivors with recently discovered / translated songs and cabaret material performed by those confined at Terezin concentration camp. USA participants and others worldwide are encouraged to initiate their own play readings for 1/27-1/29 by registering at njtfoundation.org. Plays can be selected from NJTF HTII Holocaust Theater Catalog.

NJTF HTII also will continue commemorating the victims and survivors of the Holocaust during week of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) designated by the state of Israel. Yom HaShoah is set by Hebrew calendar and changes annually. The 2018 reading dates begin with be Sunday April 8 and Monday April 9 just before actual Yom HaShoah dates of April 11/12 to avoid program conflicts by using dates when theaters are often dark. Participants are also welcome to have their Remembrance Play Readings on April 11/12.

History and Overview

Beginning April 13, 2015 arts, educational and memorial organizations across the country united by participating in the first ever Remembrance Readings for Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah). This event was conceived and launched by the National Jewish Theater Foundation (NJTF) Holocaust Theater International Initiative (HTII) as a way of harnessing the unique power of theater to remember the Holocaust, honor its victims, and foster subsequent conversations about lessons learned for future generations. It draws upon material from over 800 plays made accessible in NJTF HTII Holocaust Theater Catalog (HTC) htc.miami.edu.

In 2017, our third 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 actress Tovah Feldshuh appearing at The Old Globe in San Diego, and Broadway lyricist Sheldon Harnick and composer Charles Strouse at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. Participants of all age levels and backgrounds chose their own play or musical and most combined their presentation with a follow up panel. Remembrance Readings recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) and now International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27 th ) 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.

All 2017 events were held in honor of the contribution to theater made by Elie and Marion Wiesel, whose plays were read and both named recipients of the NJTF HTII 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

To participate in 2018 Readings register here.

For more information contact: Justine Shayman Outreach Director: justine@njtfoundation.org.