Temple Anshe Amunim will host a four-part Play Analysis series entitled, “Starting Over: Jews in America” on Tuesday mornings July 24, 31 and August 7, and Monday morning August 20, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. The series is open to the public.
Dr. Barbara Waldinger will lead discussion and analysis of two plays. Mark Harelik's The Immigrant is about a Russian Jewish immigrant who speaks no English, emigrates to the United States in 1909, and instead of arriving at Ellis Island, finds himself lost in Galveston, Texas - "lost, hungry, and bewildered." The second play A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow is about Lusia Weiss Pechenix who arrives at her sister Rose's apartment in New York City, having survived a Nazi concentration camp in German occupied Poland. After a twenty-year separation from her father and Rose, Luisa tries, with their help, to find a way forward.
Dr. Waldinger, a director and professor of Theatre, taught at Hofstra University, Marymount Manhattan College, and Queens College for twenty-five years. She received her Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, and is serving her seventeenth year as Artistic Director of HR Showcase Theatre in Hudson, which is dedicated to staged readings of the five winners of its annual nationwide playwriting contest. Waldinger directs for Plays in Progress, a theatre group that helps to develop the work of new playwrights, teaches for OLLI, and reviews plays for Berkshire On Stage, an online publication.
The cost for the four-session course is $40 for members; $45 for non-members for 4 sessions or $15 per session.
Temple Anshe Amunim is a Reform Jewish congregation that promotes engaging and widespread participation in services, education, and social action programs. The Temple is an accessible building.
For more information, contact the Temple Anshe Amunim office at (413) 442-5910, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ansheamunim.org.
Sponsor: Temple Anshe Amunim