“The Accomplices,” Bernard Weinraub’s critically-acclaimed off-Broadway play about the Bergson Group and America’s response to the Holocaust, will debut in Jerusalem on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day).
The play, directed by Akiva Daube, will be performed in English by the Center Stage Theater troupe, which is associated with Hadassah and is located at 7a Rechov Dor VeDorshav, German Colony, Jerusalem.
The opening show, on April 20, 2009, will be preceded at 7:00 pm by a Holocaust memorial ceremony, followed at 8:00 pm by the play. Dr. Rebecca Kook of Ben-Gurion University, daughter of Peter Bergson/Hillel Kook and member of the Wyman Institute’s Academic Council, will speak.
There will be additional performances on April 21, April 22, April 23, and April 26, all beginning at 8:00 pm. (As an added bonus, a second Holocaust-related play, “Incident Upon the Gothic Line,” which is 25 minutes long, will also be performed each evening.)
In an especially intriguing twist, the role of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise --arch opponent of the Bergson Group-- will be played by none other than Rabbi Dr. David Golinkin, president of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and member of the Wyman Institute’s Academic Council. Dr. Golinkin’s grandfather, Rabbi Mordechai Golinkin, was one of the 400 rabbis who took part in the Bergson Group’s march to the White House in 1943; and Dr. Golinkin’s father, Rabbi Noah Golinkin, was the leader of the student activists at the Jewish Theological Seminary who organized protests urging rescue from the Holocaust.
Ticket price is 60 shekels. For reservations, please call 02-561-9165 x 5 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The theater’s website is: http://www.themerkaz.org/len/apage/24708.php
At the same time, due to popular demand, “The Accomplices” will enjoy a second run at the Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles, from April 25 to June 14, directed by Deborah LaVine.
For more information, call 323-663-1525 or visit fountaintheatre.com
December 21, 2008:
The Wyman Institute will host a session on “New Research on American Responses to Nazism in the 1930s,” at the annual meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies, in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, December 21, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Featured speakers will be Dr. Rafael Medoff, on “American Jewry and Illegal Immigration to Palestine, 1938-1940”; Prof. June Benowitz on “Antisemitism in the America First Movement”; and Wyman Institute Academic Council member Prof. Laurel Leff on “American Elites and the German Jewish Refugee Crisis.” Academic Council member Dr. Racelle Weiman, director of the Institute for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue at Temple University, will moderate.
For admission information, call the AJS at 917-606-8249.
COLUMBIA AND THE NAZIS
The latest research on Columbia University's relationship with Nazi Germany will be unveiled at "New Research on America’s Response to Nazism and the Holocaust" -- a special session of the Organization of American Historians annual conference, organized and hosted by The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies.
Sunday, March 30, 2008 / 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16 St., New York City
Featuring: Prof. Stephen H. Norwood on “The American Academic Community’s Response to Nazism”; Dr. Melissa Jane Taylor on “U.S. Diplomatic Responses to the Anschluss”; Dr. Susan Subak on “American Unitarian Efforts to Rescue Jews from the Holocaust”; and Prof. Laurel Leff on “The 1930s Refugee Crisis and the American Conscience: A Moral Choice for U.S. Elites.” The session will be chaired by Dr. Rafael Medoff.
Special guest panelist: Nancy Wechsler, Esq., who took part in the 1933 protests at Columbia against a speech by Nazi Germany's ambassador. (Mrs. Wechsler met her future husband, journalist James Wechsler, at the protests.)
Admission is free of charge. Reservations are not necessary.
For more information, please call the Wyman Institute at 202-434-8994.
The Wyman Institute is grateful to Aryeh Rubin and the Targum Shlishi Foundation; Sigmund Rolat; James D. Blum; Dr. Jay Rothschild; Charles Stein; Adam Boren; Tova & Jesse Rappaport; Anthony & Nadine Hoffman; and Alexander Birman for their generous sponsorship of this event.