Return to Haifa - Beyond the Stage



Theater J is dedicated to taking its dialogues beyond the stage, offering an array of innovative public discussion forums and outreach programs which explore the theatrical, psychological and social elements of our art. We frequently partner with those of other faiths and communities, stressing the importance of interchange among a great variety of people wishing to take part in frank, humane conversations about conflict and culture. Theater J is proud to be both a top-flight performance company on the cutting-edge of new play development, and a civically-minded organization using theater as a springboard for engaging the community.  


All panels are subject to change, guests will be added throughout the month of January. Please check back often for our most current line up.


Saturday, January 15 at 9:30pm – First Impressions from a First Preview: Discussion with Artistic Director Ari Roth and Anton Goodman (Jewish Agency Shaliach and Israel Engager)


Sunday, January 16 at 4:30pm – A Discussion with the Creative Team, featuring Boaz Gaon (Playwright/Adapter); Sinai Peter (Director of RETURN TO HAIFA); Noam Semel (Director General of the Cameri Theatre)


Sunday, January 16 at 9:30pm A Peace Café, Hosted by the co-founders of the Peace Café, Mimi Conway, Andy Shallal and Ari Roth: breaking bread with the artists of RETURN TO HAIFA


Tuesday, January 18 at 9pm -- Palestinian and Israeli Narratives: Addressing Conflict/Building Peace, in partnership with J Street DC Metro, featuring Hadar Susskind (Vice President of Policy and Strategy, J Street); Daniel Levy (Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation); Jamal Najjab (Director of Operations, United Palestinian Appeal)


Wednesday, January 19 at 9pm -- Controversy or Complacency: The Shrinking Space for Public Dialogue, in partnership with Washington Hebrew Congregation, featuring Rabbi Bruce Lustig (Senior Rabbi, Washington Hebrew Congregation); Naomi Rosenblatt (educator, psychotherapist, author of Wrestling With Angels); Jacques Berlinerblau (Head of Civilization Program at Georgetown); Paul Mason (Co-Chair, Theater J Council); Ari Roth (Artistic Director, Theater J). 


Thursday, January 20 at 9pm -- Interpreting a Dual Narrative, Adapting RETURN TO HAIFA, featuring Boaz Gaon (adapter); Ronit Avni (Award-winning filmmaker and activist, Founder/Executive Director of Just Vision); Dr. Yuval Benziman (Visiting Professor at the Joseph & Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland); Gregory Khalil (President & Co-founder of The Telos Group, educating America's faith communities for Holy Land Peace) 


Saturday, January 22 at 9:30pm – A Peace Café – Celebrating the Ten Year Anniversary of the Peace Café Discussion Series, featuring Jeremy Ben-Ami (President, J Street); Philip Farah (Member of the steering committee of the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace); Mai Abdul Rahman (Founder and President, American Palestinian Women's Association) 


Sunday, January 23 at 4:30pm – Bridging the Gap, Jewish-Arab Relations Today, in partnership with New Israel Fund, Moderated by Ron Kampeas (Washington, D.C. bureau chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency); featuring Leon Hadar (Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, author of Quagmire: America in the Middle East); Yaniv Sagee (Israel Representative to Givat Haviva, advancing Jewish-Arab relations in Israel); Paul Scham (Visiting Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park) 


Sunday, January 23 at 9pm -- Judaism and Human Rights, in partnership with Rabbis for Human Rights North America, featuring Rabbi Charles M. Feinberg (Adas Israel, Rabbis for Human Rights); Rabbi Gerry Serotta (Executive Director of Clergy Beyond Borders and Rabbi of Shirat HaNefesh Congregation) 


Tuesday, January 25 at 9pmCreating a Cross Cultural Dialogue, in partnership with Yes We Can Middle East Peace, featuring Aziz Fahmy Farag (Bureau Chief/Senior Correspondent, Saudi TV); Kay Halpern (member of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, active in Middle East peace and interfaith efforts); Dan Spiro (author and essayist and cofounder of the Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society); Jim Vitarello (Co-founder YesMEP and Sharing Jerusalem); Elliott Colla (Chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University)


Wednesday, January 26 at 9pm -- 2010: Palestinian and Israeli Views of the Other, featuring Shibley Telhami (Sadat Professor of Peace and Development at the University of Maryland) 


Thursday, January 27 at 9pm –The Story Behind the Story, a discussion with the cast of RETURN TO HAIFA and Mustafa Abu Sway (Al Quds University, Jerusalem and Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at Bard College)


Friday, January 28 at 12:30pmEngaging Israel: A Conversation with Robbie Gringras (British-Israeli writer, performer, and educator, Artist-in-Residence for Makom) 


Saturday, January 29 at 9:30pmSustained Trauma in a Conflict Zone, featuring Richard A. Chefetz, M.D. (Former President of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation); Dr. Judy Roth (Mental Health Activists in Partnership); Rabbi Sid Schwarz (Senior Fellow at Clal: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership); Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt (Congregation B'nai Tzedek); and student representatives from Face To Face and Seeds of Peace:  Miko Zeldes Roth and Meg Kelly


Sunday, January 30 at 4:30pm – Encountering the Other: Sacred Listening (next in our continuing Scripture Unscripted series, bringing Christian, Muslim and Jewish clergy and community members together for post-performance reflection), in partnership with American Jewish Committee—Washington Jewish Committee, moderated by Rabbi Tamara Miller (Educator and Spiritual Counselor); featuring The Rev. Ann Gillespie (Associate Rector for Worship and Pastoral Care, Christ Church); Marshall Breger (Professor, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America); Imam Shad (All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center Board Member and Qurtuba Institute Advisor)





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