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2019 5th Annual Remembrance Readings

Launched in 2015 by NJTF HTII, Remembrance Play Readings is an annual event that dramatizes important Holocaust plays, all selected from the Holocaust Theater Catalog. These readings or full performances use the power of theater to commemorate the Holocaust, its remembrance and its contemporary lessons during International Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass).

In 2016, theaters, educators, artists and memorial museums participated and were from 11 cities and states including Washington – D.C., New York City, San Diego, and Chicago.

2017 highlights included: the celebrity involvement of actor Ed Asner doing national readings of The Soap Myth by Jeff Cohen. NJTF HTII honored Elie Wiesel for his plays with readings across America and at Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, NYC. Mr. and Mrs. Wiesel were presented with the NJTF/HTII Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Lincoln Center Reading.

2018 Remembrance Readings included UK outreach in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27. NJTF HTII sponsored London theatrical events supporting the mission of UK Holocaust Education Trust (HET) and UK Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT).

“We are living in times when studies indicate that the memory and knowledge of the Holocaust is lessening. Unfortunately, this coincides with the passing of living survivors. Civilization will be profoundly and negatively affected if the causes of this man-made tragedy are not understood in the context of today’s world. By researching, educating and performing Holocaust-related theater we utilize our talents to alter this course of events. Please join us in our mission”.
- Arnold Mittelman, NJTF President and Director of NJTF Holocaust Theater International Initiative at University of Miami Miller Center

Please continue or add your involvement to our 2019 5th annual Remembrance Readings, commemorating International Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday January 27, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) on Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2 and Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), Saturday November 9 and Sunday, November 10. Thank You.

To participate in 2019 Readings register here.

For more information contact Justine Shayman, Outreach Director:

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 07:30 PM

    Baruch Performing Arts Center

    Presented with Blessed Unrest Theater and Teatri Oda of Kosovo 

    April 25 - May 11, 2019
    Rose Nagelberg Theatre

    Please check link for varying showtimes & to purchase tickets:

    We received generous support from the Mills-Tannenbaum Foundation with additional funding from the Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center.A deathbed confession launches a young Jewish woman on a journey of discovery to a remote Albanian village. What she finds reveals both the truth of her family’s escape and those who risked everything to provide them with refuge. 

    NYC-based Blessed Unrest teams up with Teatri Oda from Kosovo for this world-premiere play based on real events. During World War II, thousands of Jewish refugees were harbored by families in Albania, most of them practicing Muslims. Despite Nazi occupation, no Jews were taken to internment camps from Albania and it was the only country in Europe with more Jews at the end of the war than at the beginning. Refuge will shine lighton this little-known history, with the current backdrop of the refugee crisis in Europe and our own nation’s attempts to close our doors to refugees and migrants.

    “At its best, independent theater is inventive, emotional, inspiring and has the ability to transform the atmosphere in a room full of people. In the several years I have been attending shows by Blessed Unrest, they have never ceased to amaze.” – NY Theatre Now

    Box Office:212-352-3101

  • Monday, April 29, 2019 at 08:00 PM
    Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA

    Jewish Federation of Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys

    April 29, 2019  8 p.m.

    Presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys

    Hosted by Pasadena Playhouse 

    The Wall by Millard Lampell, Based on the novel by John Hersey 

    Location of reading: The Pasadena Playhouse

    39 S El Molino AvePasadena, CA 91101 

  • Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 07:30 PM

    Phoenix Theatre Ensemble

    May 1, 2019 at 7:30pm 

    I Never Saw Another Butterfly by Celeste Raspanti

    The Nyack Library , 59 South Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960

  • Thursday, May 02, 2019 at 06:00 PM · 7 rsvps

    The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center

    National Jewish Theater Foundation – Holocaust Theater International Initiative commemorate Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) May 2, 2019 with a concert reading of Rothschild & Sons – A Musical Play

    Presented in association with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, as part of NJTF HTII Remembrance Day Play Reading Program. A discussion featuring Sherman Yellen (librettist- Rothschild & Sons) and Professor Jessica Hillman author “Echoes of the Holocaust on the American Musical Stage” will follow the 6pm performance in the Bruno Walter Auditorium.

    Program will include presentation of 2019 NJTF HTII Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing composer Jerry Bock. Prior recipient Sheldon Harnick, recently turned 95, will help bestow honor.

    Rothschild & Sons is a one-act musical about faith, love, ingenuity, and how a family more than a century before the Holocaust dared to survive and thrive in the face of persecution and hate.

    Mayer and Gutele Rothschild - and their five sons- struggle to overcome the prejudice of late-eighteenth-century European society, as they build a family banking business that takes them from the Jewish ghetto to the courts of the rich and powerful. On the way, they come to dominate European finance, help fund Napoleon's defeat and secure a Declaration of Rights for their people from the Crowned Heads of State.

    HOW did they do it? WHY did they do it? AND how does their life inform what came after? Including helping us to understand the complex world we live in today. These are the secrets, mysteries and the thrilling tale of Rothschild & Sons . This universal story of defeating adversity and affirming human dignity springs from the hearts and minds of Broadway legends Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (creators of Fiddler on the Roof) and Tony-nominated writer Sherman Yellen. Based on the novel The Rothschilds by Frederic Morton and their original musical The Rothschilds, this re-imagined -play with music by Yellen introduces several unheard Bock and Harnick songs and revised lyrics by Mr. Harnick.

    een to sold out runs in both New York and in London, Rothschild & Sons now returns to commemorate Yom Ha Shoah, (Holocaust Remembrance Day), to join the many stories of bravery and determination against hatred that is so much part of this day. Jeffrey B. Moss directs a company led by Bob Cuccioli, Glory Crampton, Gary Trainor, and musical director Ben Van Tienen.

    (If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entrance, where volunteers will make a reservation for you, even if you do not use email. For free events, The Library generally overbooks to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.)

  • Sunday, May 05, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    San Rafael First United Methodist Church 2019

    San Rafael First United Methodist Church

    will read selections from Rescuers Speaking by Wilfred Harrison

    May 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. as part of the service

    9 Ross Valley Dr, San Rafael, CA 94901

  • Tuesday, May 07, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    Round Lake High School Theatre in Round Lake, IL

    Round Lake High School

    Tuesday, May 7th at 7pm

    Who Will Carry the Word? by Charlotte Delbo

    800 High School Dr, Round Lake IL

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    Congregation Ansche Chesed in New York, NY

    Remember the Women Institute and Congregation Ansche Chesed

    Thursday, May 23, 2019 7pm

    Remember the Women Institute and Congregation Ansche Chesed present

    An evening of premieres of dramatic readings about women and the Holocaust.



    Rescuing the Rescuers written by Cynthia L. Cooper

    Claude & Marcel, a play-in-progress, written by Dr. Meghan Brodie

    Fanny and Gabriel, an excerpt, written by Nava Semel



    The fourth edition of the Women, Theater, and the Holocaust Resource Handbook.


    More details will be announced soon.