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Witness Theater

In our first century, we made a promise to never forget or abandon. We’re fulfilling that promise in our second century. We live that promise. And through Witness Theater in New York, we show it.

This unique drama therapy program pairs Holocaust survivors with students to create original theater pieces about their harrowing personal experiences. In commemorating Yom HaShoah, these powerful stories take center stage and come to life — so that we and every generation after us can always remember.

Hosted by UJA and our nonprofit partner, Selfhelp Community Services

Part of UJA’s Community Initiative for Holocaust Survivors

2017 Performances*

Sunday April 23, 2017

2:00 pm – Sold Out
JCC of Mid-Westchester, Supported by Jewish Communal Fund and UJA-Federation’s Nedivot Fund 
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale

6:30 pm – SAR High School 
503 West 259th Street

6:30 pm – Sold Out
JCC Manhattan (featuring students from the Heschel School and Trinity) 
334 Amsterdam Avenue at 76th Street

7:00 pm – Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School, 1609 Avenue J, Brooklyn
For more information, please contact sshatzkes@flatbush.org.

7:30 pm – at Ramaz Upper School
60 East 78th Street

Monday April 24, 2017

6:30 pm – Sold Out
JCC Manhattan at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, Supported by Jewish Communal Fund (featuring students from the Heschel School and Trinity), 30 West End Avenue at 61st Street

7:00 pm – at JCC of Mid-Westchester, Supported by Jewish Communal Fund and UJA-Federation’s Nedivot Fund
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale

Thursday April 27, 2017

6:30 pm – Yeshiva of Flatbush at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (Bus transportation available from UJA-Federation headquarters, 130 East 59th Street, between Lexington and Park avenues, in New York City. To reserve a seat on the bus, contact .)
36 Battery Place

CIHS Chairs: Staci Barber, Patti Kenner, Carol Levin

Witness Theater was conceived by Irit and Ezra Dagan and developed by JDC-Eshel in Israel. It was brought to New York in 2012 by Selfhelp. This year, Witness Theater is a collaboration between Selfhelp Community Services, UJA-Federation of New York, JCC Manhattan, JCC of Mid-Westchester, the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Ramaz Upper School, SAR High School, and Yeshiva of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School. It has received generous support from Jewish Communal Fund and Claims Conference.

*Each performance is approximately 90 minutes.

When

  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 - Thursday, April 27, 2017

Where

  • Jewish institutions in the New York area

Additional Information

  • For more information, please contact Anat Barber at or 212.836.1838.