From our perspective of the present, we revisit the Zionist past and the formative efforts to imagine, build, and fight for the Jewish homeland, state of Israel. Our playwrights recount debates that divided, costs that were incurred, and the lives that were lost. The achievement of nation building is beheld and myths surrounding it re-evaluated as attempts to make peace within Israel and with its Arab neighbors propel our plays forward.  Works from and about Israel's greatest leaders, as well as its more ordinary families--both Palestinian and Israeli--reckon with nationalist dreams and the harsher realities of war, with hopes that a deeper understanding might mend those divisions which have been with us for the past century...  
Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival is presented as part of the Washington DCJCC's new series, "
Embracing Democracy".

A Workshop Presentation
Produced in collaboration with the Cameri Theatre and the Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa
By Motti Lerner
Directed by Sinai Peter

An Israeli homage to All My Sons set in Haifa during the first Intifada. Giora is a young professor engaged to Neta but in love with Samya, the Palestinian daughter of a family friend who becomes troubled when Giora's father's company begins building on the site of a battle that took place 40 years ago. Giora struggles to find the truth about his father's war-time secrets, confronting the causes of his brother's death and how Giora came to incur his own war-time injuries in Lebanon. As Giora's family presses him to look forward, not back, this work of historical fiction asks how we can move forward toward peace while still wrestling with the ghosts of war.

By William Gibson
Starring Tovah Feldshuh
Broadway Production supervised by Scott Schwartz

A riveting portrait of one of the great women of our time, Golda Meir, Golda’s Balcony is the final work from Tony® Award-winning playwright William Gibson (The Miracle Worker, Two for the Seesaw), and an award-winning smash that, in 15 sold-out months on Broadway, set the record for the longest one-woman show in Broadway history.

back to top ↑

Festival Readings
Reading: 1948
From the memoir by Yoram Kaniuk
Adapted for the Haifa Theater by Noya Lancet
Directed by Derek Goldman (Our Class)
Musical Director and instrumentalist: Ari Roth

Featuring Ashley Ivey, Mark Krawczyk, Sasha Olinick, Joshua Morgan, Adi Stein, Dylan Silver, Sarah Taurchini and Elizabeth Jernigan

Monday, March 31, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Discussion to follow

A veteran remembers the camaraderie and fog of war.

Reading: Hand in Hand Together
By A.B. Yehoshua
Translated and Directed by Guy Ben-Aharon

Featuring Michael Tolaydo, Megan Graves, Conrad Feininger and Stephen Patrick Martin

Monday, April 7, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Discussion to follow

David Ben Gurion and Zeev Jabotinsky debate different visions of Zionism.

photo credit Cameri Theatre

back to top ↑

Additional Programming

The Washington DCJCC invites you to take part in a community-wide conversation with leading experts exploring the relationship between the American Jewish community and Israel. Join us as we seek to bridge the polarization that has beset the American Jewish community around Israel.

The American Jewish Community's Evolving Relationship with Israel
Sunday, Dec 8 at 5:00 pm
Moderator: Jane Eisner, Editor-in-Chief of The Forward

• Jonathan Tobin, Senior Online Editor of Commentary magazine
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub, Director, JCPA Civility Initiative and Founding Director of Encounter
Congressman Robert Wexler is president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace in Washington, DC

Ari Shavit in Conversation with Leon Wieseltier
Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 pm

Examining the History of 1948

January 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Professor Donna Robinson Divine, Morningstar Family Foundation Professor of Government and Director of Middle East Studies at Smith College
Shay Hazkani, Visiting Scholar at Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
Professor Yoram Peri, Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, and Director of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, the University of Maryland at College Park

Artistic Expression and Israel
February 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Dror Moreh, Director of The Gatekeepers
Leon Wieseltier, The New Republic

4th Annual Community Education Day on Israeli Arab Issues
March 9, 2014

Sponsored by the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues in conjunction with the 24th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival

back to top ↑