Episode #55: Audio Replay of The Comedy of Coping

In case you missed it…celebrated comedy writers and good friends Cindy Chupack and Annabelle Gurwitch discuss how they mine humor from heartbreak and humiliation, and whether it’s possible to find laughter in the time of Covid.

Moderated by Arlene Sarner, award-winning writer/producer.

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Click Here to join us September 20 @ 11am PDT for our next Sunday Morning at The Braid virtual event, 3 PERSPECTIVES ON FORGIVENESS with guest lecturer, Shelley Hébert, exploring concepts of forgiveness in philosophy.

CINDY CHUPACK is a multiple Emmy award-winning TV writer/producer and director whose credits include Sex and the City, Better Things, Divorce, Modern Family, Everybody Loves Raymond, and I’m Dying Up Here. She recently directed her first feature, Otherhood, now available on Netflix. She has written two comic memoirs: The New York Times bestseller The Between Boyfriends Book: A Collection of Cautiously Hopeful Essays, and The Longest Date: Life as a Wife. Now divorced, her latest “chapter” was recently published in Katie Couric’s newsletter, an essay called Love in the Time of Covid-19.

ANNABELLE GURWITCH is an actress, activist and New York Times bestselling author of I See You Made an Effort, Wherever You Go, There They Are, and Fired! She’s written for The New York Times, WSJ, The New Yorker, The LA Times, Hadassah, Los Angeles Magazine and Time Magazine’s Ten Ideas Changing the World issue. A finalist for the LA Press Club Excellence in Journalism Award, she is the longtime co-host of Dinner & a Movie on TBS, and an NPR contributor. Her next book, You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility comes out in 2021.

Episode #55: Audio Replay of The Comedy of Coping2020-09-09T11:58:36-07:00

Episode #54: Audio Replay of Jewish Women – An Archive of Our Own

In case you missed it…Who are the shoulders we stand on and where can we find their stories? Meet JUDITH ROSENBAUM – feminist, educator, historian, writer, activist—and CEO of the Jewish Women’s Archive, the pioneering national organization that documents Jewish women’s stories, elevates their voices, and inspires them to be agents of change!

Visit their website: https://jwa.org

Moderated by author and JWT writer Lisa Rosenbaum. With a dramatic performance by one of JWT’s wonderful actors along with a Q & A.

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Judith Rosenbaum, CEO of the Jewish Women’s Archive, served for nearly a decade as JWA’s Director of Public History and Director of Education, developing its major programs and educational initiatives. A graduate of Yale University, with a PhD in American Studies from Brown University, she has taught and lectured widely on Jewish studies and women’s studies. She writes for academic, popular journals and blogs including Tablet, The Forward, Huffpost, The Jewish Week. Tikkun Magazine, Sh’ma Magazine, PresenTense, Reform Jewish magazine, My Jewish Learning, Kveller, Role/Reboot, and in anthologies.

Click Here to join us September 6 @ 11am PDT for our next Sunday Morning at The Braid virtual event, THE COMEDY OF COPING with celebrated writers Cindy Chupack and Annabelle Gurwitch

Episode #54: Audio Replay of Jewish Women – An Archive of Our Own2020-08-24T15:55:16-07:00

Episode #53: Audio Replay of Virus Tsuris with Mental Health Experts

In case you missed it, Mental Health experts help us find inner strength, courage and compassion as the current pandemic takes us on an emotional roller coaster ride. Our guests, psychiatrist Shelly Cohen M.D, J.D. and clinical psychologist Anita Siegman Ph. D, will help us understand and manage the responses of our bodies and minds.

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Moderated by Maureen Rubin, Emeritus Professor of Journalism, Cal State Northridge. With a dramatic performance by one of JWT’s wonderful actors along with a Q & A.

For a list of Mental Health Resources, as mentioned in the event head to https://jewishwomenstheatre.org/mhresources

Dr. Shelly Cohen’s Top 10 ways to Stay Healthy/Positive During Pandemic:
-Keep a routine
-Sleep
-Exercise
-Eat well
-Help others where you can
-Refrain from reading the news all day
-Stay connected to others
-Get help if you’re feeling overwhelmed from a mental health provider
-Try to find meaning for yourself during this time
-Take vacation

Shelly Cohen M.D, J.D. is a graduate of NYU School of Medicine and a board-certified adult psychiatrist specializing in women’s mental health and reproductive psychiatry. She treats adults with mood, anxiety, OCD, ADHD bipolar and psychiatric disorders with a holistic and patient centered approach.

Anita Siegman Ph. D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and, for the past 20 years, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine. During her doctoral training at USC, she became the founder and Director of Counseling and Psychological Services.

Click Here to join us August 23 @ 11am PDT for our next Sunday Morning at The Braid virtual event, JEWISH WOMEN: AN ARCHIVE OF OUR OWN with Judith Rosenbaum, CEO of the Jewish Women’s Archive

Episode #53: Audio Replay of Virus Tsuris with Mental Health Experts2020-08-10T17:30:51-07:00

Episode #52: Audio Replay of Dressing Hollywood! with Debra McGuire

In case you missed it, a talk with award-winning costume designer DEBRA MCGUIRE. Plus a photo fashion show of Debra’s work and audience Q & A.

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Moderated by Arlene Sarner, award-winning writer/producer.

Fashion Designer and Costume Designer DEBRA MCGUIRE is best known for her 10 years on TVs FRIENDS. Scores of other TV shows include NEW GIRL, FRESH OFF THE BOAT and SPEECHLESS. Film projects include ANCHORMAN and SONIC (The Hedgehog). Currently, she’s designing for Jennifer Aniston for THE MORNING SHOW and the upcoming FRIENDS reunion. A passionate theatre lover she’s created costumes for Dolly Parton and won Best Costume Design for the play Atlanta, and nominated for Best Costume Design for David Mamet’s BOSTON MARRIAGE. In 2016 she designed the original musical, I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU (written by Arlene Sarner and Jerry Leichtling,), was nominated for several OVATION awards.

Click Here to join us August 9 @ 11am PDT for our next Sunday Morning at The Braid virtual event, VIRUS TSURIS: Jewish Mental Health practitioners talk about coping in our shutdown world.

Episode #52: Audio Replay of Dressing Hollywood! with Debra McGuire2020-07-28T08:45:14-07:00

Episode #51: Audio Replay of Fierce, Funny and Fabulously Alive

In case you missed it, a talk and Q&A with Adam Immerwahr, Artistic Director of Theatre J, America’s premier Jewish Theater in Washington DC, and award-winning playwright Alix Sobler. Moderated by author and JWT writer Lisa Rosenbaum.

The lights of Yiddish theater have dimmed, but Jewish theater is alive and well in America today. What makes a play Jewish? What are the new Jewish playwrights saying and who are they speaking to?

July 26 @ 11am PDT! Join us for our next Sunday Morning at The Braid event, Dressing Hollywood! with Costume Designer Debra McGuire (Friends, The Morning Show)
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Episode #51: Audio Replay of Fierce, Funny and Fabulously Alive2020-07-28T08:44:15-07:00

Episode #50: Audio Replay of Double Lives, with Esther Amini and Jacqueline Saper

In case you missed it, a conversation with the writers of new autobiographies that reveal the struggles and triumphs of growing up Jewish and Persian—both in Iran and America.

Esther Amini is a writer, painter and psychotherapist.  Her stories have appeared in Elle, Lilith, and The Jewish Week, among others.  Her funny, poignant and uplifting debut memoir Concealed, Memoir of a Jewish-Iranian Daughter Caught Between the Chador and America tells of being a first-generation American with Jewish-Iranian parents still mired in Mashhad.

The multitalented Jacqueline Saper was born and raised by an Iranian father and British mother, and has always been a bridge between East and West. Her deeply intimate and personal story From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran, takes us from her privileged childhood, through Iran’s social revolution and women’s changing roles.

Order Esther’s book Concealed by clicking here – Follow Esther on Instagram and Facebook.

Order Jacqueline’s book From Miniskirt to Hijab by clicking here – Follow Jacqueline on Instagram and Facebook.

Join us for our next Sunday Morning at The Braid virtual event, July 12, 11am PDT – FIERCE, FUNNY AND FABULOUSLY ALIVE: JEWISH THEATER IN AMERICA with Adam Immerwahr, Artistic Director of Theatre J, America’s premiere Jewish Theatre in Washington, DC and award-winning playwright Alix Sobler. CLICK HERE to register.

Episode #50: Audio Replay of Double Lives, with Esther Amini and Jacqueline Saper2020-06-30T14:28:01-07:00

Episode #49: Sex, Addiction & Love Pt. 2 – Interview with Sionne Elise

Part 2 of our previewing the 2nd Salon of our season, Sex, Addiction & Love in the 21st Century, which was abruptly postponed by the Coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, “The Show Must Go On!” as they say and we’re bringing these dangerous, outrageous, and oftentimes tender stories of the carnal sort to you via Zoom! June 27-29, you can join us for live performances of our latest Salon.

Those with Subscriptions and previously purchased tickets can attend for free – if you don’t have any tickets yet, you can CLICK HERE to purchase for $20.

On today’s episode, a conversation recorded with actor/musician Sionne Elise, recorded way back in a time before COVID-19, early March of 2020. Assistant Artistic Director Andrew Fromer sat down with Sionne to chat about her rising acting career (check her out as Phoebe in Lifetime’s soon-to-be-released Killer Cheerleader) and more! Including a preview performance of her piece from the Salon, “Not Going Anywhere.”

Join us on Zoom for Sex, Addiction & Love in the 21st Century – Includes Q&A with Talent! If you are a subscriber or March ticket holder, please contact andrew@jewishwomenstheatre.org if you have not already claimed your preferred date:

June 27 @ 8pm – TICKETS
June 28 @ 4pm – TICKETS
June 29 @ 7pm – TICKETS

Episode #49: Sex, Addiction & Love Pt. 2 – Interview with Sionne Elise2020-06-25T12:35:54-07:00

Episode #48: Audio Replay of Sex, Addiction & Love Art Talk

In case you missed it, JWT’s Artistic Director, Ronda Spinak, talks with our featured visual artists, Sarah Hadley and Ellen Cantor about their work and process.

CLICK HERE for a video replay of the event so you can see the beautiful artwork!

“Sarah Hadley exhibits images that depict intimate female joys, sorrows, dreams and desires…Ellen Cantor begins with photographs that illustrate the past – but she also focuses our attention on universal human emotions.” -dnj Gallery Owner & Curator Pamela Schoenberg Catch the companion JWT Salon Show of the same name June 27-29. DETAILS BELOW!

Join us on Zoom for Sex, Addiction & Love in the 21st Century – Includes Q&A with Talent! If you are a subscriber or March ticket holder, please contact andrew@jewishwomenstheatre.org if you have not already claimed your preferred date:

June 27 @ 8pm – TICKETS
June 28 @ 4pm – TICKETS
June 29 @ 7pm – TICKETS

Episode #48: Audio Replay of Sex, Addiction & Love Art Talk2020-06-23T17:14:49-07:00

Episode #47: Sex, Addiction & Love Pt. 1 – Interview with Robin Russin

We’re back!! Our 2nd Salon of the season, Sex, Addiction & Love in the 21st Century was abruptly postponed by the Coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, “The Show Must Go On!” as they say and we’re bringing these dangerous, outrageous, and oftentimes tender stories of the carnal sort to you via Zoom! June 27-29, you can join us for live performances of our latest Salon.

Those with Subscriptions and previously purchased tickets can attend for free – if you don’t have any tickets yet, you can CLICK HERE to purchase for $20.

On today’s episode, a conversation recorded with writer Robin Uriel Russin, recorded way back in a time before COVID-19, early March of 2020. Assistant Artistic Director Andrew Fromer sat down with Robin to chat about his multifaceted career as a filmmaker, teacher, writer (and more!) and to discuss Robin’s piece featured in Sex, Addiction & Love, titled “The Rose of Sharon.”

Join us on Zoom for Sex, Addiction & Love in the 21st Century – Includes Q&A with Talent! If you are a subscriber or March ticket holder, please contact andrew@jewishwomenstheatre.org if you have not already claimed your preferred date:

June 27 @ 8pm – TICKETS
June 28 @ 4pm – TICKETS
June 29 @ 7pm – TICKETS

Episode #47: Sex, Addiction & Love Pt. 1 – Interview with Robin Russin2020-06-22T14:47:44-07:00

Episode #46: Audio Replay of Public Health Advocate – When We Need It Most

In case you missed it, Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A (ret.) is an internationally recognized leader and major force in bringing important public health issues including women’s health, mental health, and global health to increased scientific and public attention. She provided distinguished service as a leading national expert in the administrations of four U.S Presidents. She was the country’s first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Health, U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Senior Global Health Advisor.

In this event, Rear Admiral Blumenthal will provides trustworthy, truthful medical information as she shares her expertise in women’s health, COVID-19, and other epidemic threats.

Click Here to Register for our next Sunday Morning at The Braid Virtual Event:
DOUBLES LIVES: TWO ACCLAIMED PERSIAN-AMERICAN AUTHORS, TWO INCREDIBLE MEMOIRS
With Esther Amini and Jacqueline Saper
Sunday June 28th @ 11:00 am PST / 2:00 pm EST
**Free to Attend! But we hope you will consider choosing a virtual ticket**

Episode #46: Audio Replay of Public Health Advocate – When We Need It Most2020-06-16T13:03:19-07:00

Episode #45: Audio Replay of Rabbinic Soul Sisters

In case you missed it, a Conversation with Rabbis Toba August and Naomi Levy. The story of a 30-year friendship between two remarkable rabbis that has deeply influenced each other’s lives and the lives of thousands of people all over the world.

Moderated by Lisa Rosenbaum, author and JWT writer
With special performance from actor/musician Marnina Schon.

Click Here to Register for our next Sunday Morning at The Braid Virtual Event, PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATE – WHEN WE NEED IT MOST with Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.A.

Episode #45: Audio Replay of Rabbinic Soul Sisters2020-06-15T12:59:25-07:00

Episode #44: Audio Replay of Jewish Nonprofits Event

In case you missed it, this is your chance to learn about three remarkable Jewish nonprofit organizations from across the county that you might not be familiar with, but definitely should be! Join us for an informative and inspiring discussion, plus a live performance from one of JWT’s most popular shows, “The Accidental Activist.” And it’s coming to you live from New York, Atlanta and Mississippi. Panelists are:

* Naomi Firestone-Teeter – Executive Director, Jewish Book Council
* David Raphael – Co-Founder and CEO, Jewish Grandparents Network
* Michele Schipper – CEO, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life

Click Here to Register for our next Sunday Morning at the Braid Virtual Event, Rabinnic Soul Sisters! May 31st at 11:00 am PST

Episode #44: Audio Replay of Jewish Nonprofits Event2020-05-19T15:07:44-07:00

Episode #43: Audio Replay of Creative Couples Event

In case you missed it, Angella Nazarian dives into the stories of 15 couples who motivate one another, change their lives, and who have left an unparalleled mark on the world of literature, philosophy, and art due to their collaborations. From intellectuals and activists Martin and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the mysterious Queen Elizabeth 11 and Prince Philip, Nazarian highlights how each couple’s relationship enables them to reach greater heights in their respective fields. Join us for this special discussion PLUS:

-An interview with lawyer couple Nicole Kelly & Josh Ezrin
-An original JWT dramatic piece about Martin and Ruth Bader Ginsburg!
-Q&A with our guests

Discover how your relationships can motivate, nourish and transform you!.

Join us for our next Sunday Morning at The Braid event, May 17th at 11:00 am PDT Jewish Nonprofits: Making Mitzvot Across America Click here to register!

Want to watch a video replay of this event? Click here!

Episode #43: Audio Replay of Creative Couples Event2020-05-04T13:53:42-07:00

Episode #42: Audio Replay of Rob Eshman Event

In case you missed it, Rob Eshman has just become the National Editor of the venerable, historic paper The Forward. Join Lisa Rosenbaum, author and JWT writer, for a talk about his vision for the challenge ahead and how a kid from Encino with a passion for food became one of America’s most influential Jewish journalists.

Join us for our next Sunday Morning at The Braid event, May 3rd at 11:00 am PDT a conversation with best-selling author Angella Nazarian! Click here to register!

Want to watch a video replay of Rob’s event? Click here!

Episode #42: Audio Replay of Rob Eshman Event2020-05-01T10:40:51-07:00

Episode #41: NEXT @ The Braid presents Santa Monica Speaks Pt. 1

Join us on a little experiment from our Emerging Artists of NEXT @ The Braid! In this episode, you will hear 3 stories that materialized out of a writing exercise that took place during a recent meeting of the council. The stories are loosely inspired by the theme of NEXT’s upcoming Salon, For Goodness’ Sake which will debut in June. Are you an artist in your 20s/30s with a story to tell?? CLICK HERE to find out how you can submit your story to For Goodness’ Sake by March 6th!

Quick note: the Fellows did not read their own stories so as to anonymize the content.

Don’t miss JWT’s Second Salon of the season: Sex, Addiction & Love in the 21st Century! CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS <–Some dates are already selling out!

The 2019-2020 NEXT @ The Braid Fellows are Leenie Baker, David Chiu, Amanda Horowitz, Charles Volk, Rachel Minkoff, Isaac “Izzy” Salant, Sara True Rosenthal, and Sophie Stern Greenbaum. Daphna Shull serves as NEXT Literary Manager and Ora Yashar serves as NEXT Literary Consultant. NEXT Council Coordinator is Andrew Fromer.

For more information on NEXT @ The Braid, JWT’s Emerging Artists Fellowship, click here.

Episode #41: NEXT @ The Braid presents Santa Monica Speaks Pt. 12020-02-23T21:30:14-08:00

Episode #40: Mapping of the Mind Part 1

“A window into his soul.”

On this episode, Andrew sits down with Laura Ornest, Co-Producer of Mapping of the Mind, to discuss her late brother Maury Ornest. His story is one of several featured in our latest Salon which has been received with such incredible support as we shed light on humorous, heartfelt and hopeful stories from those touched by mental illness.

Maury was a promising young baseball talent in the 80’s, drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers, and working his way through the minor leagues until injuries got in the way. Suddenly, his life took a sharp turn when he was struck by severe mental illness. At one point on his journey, a doctor suggested painting as part of his treatment and he fell in love with art, colors, even snails, and sharing his feelings on a canvas. When Maury passed away at 58 from heart disease, his family discovered an unknown storage unit filled with 1400 paintings and countless journal entries detailing his experiences in art and life.

Also in this episode, you will hear excerpts from the performance including some of Maury’s writings and as an added piece, a piece written by multi-talented artist Julie Chafets Grass, who also has artwork featured in our art show!

CLICK HERE for info on viewing our art on display at The Braid

PIECES FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE:

MO’s Journal #2 and #3*
Written by Maury Ornest.  Adapted by Ronda Spinak from journals.  Performed by Josh T. Ryan.

*Music: “Maury’s Theme” by Mike Himelstein & Michael Turner.  

The Queen of MORE
Written by Julie Chafets Grass [adapted from The Queen of MORE, Poems by her Sidekick, ©2018 Julie Chafets Grass.  All rights reserved.]  Performed by Nadège August.

CLICK HERE to purchase Julie’s book on Amazon

Interested in booking a performance of Mapping in the Mind in your community? CLICK HERE to email Andrew

*Mapping of the Mind is underwritten in loving memory of Jack Spinak by his beloved brother Sydney Spinak and his niece Ronda*

MAPPING OF THE MIND CREDITS
Material Adapted, Curated and Produced by Ronda Spinak
Directed by Susan Morgenstern
Co-Produced by Laura Ornest
Dramaturg Lisa Rosenbaum
Literary Manager Suzanna Kaplan
South Bay Producer Liz Altman
San Francisco Bay Area Producer Carol Kirsh
Assistant Director Aysha Wax
JWT Assistant Artistic Director Andrew Fromer
Associate Producers Rose Ziff, Susie Yuré
Artistic Associate Daphna Shull
Stage Manager Amanda Horowitz

Performed by Nadége August*, Nicole Lipp, Josh T. Ryan and Kate Zentall*
*Actor is an Abby Freeman Artist in Residence at JWT

CLICK HERE for tickets to JWT’s upcoming events including Sex, Addiction & Love in the 21st Century and Creative Couples with Angella Nazarian!

Episode #40: Mapping of the Mind Part 12020-02-25T18:29:06-08:00

Episode #39: Getting Good at Getting Older with Rabbi Laura Geller

Happy Hannukah! On today’s episode, we welcome Rabbi Emerita Laura Geller to discuss her incredible book, Getting Good at Getting Older – she was the third member of our panel from a recent Sunday Morning at the Braid event and her insights were not to be missed! So Lisa and Maureen sat down with Rabbi Geller to hear her gems of wisdom and share them with you, our podcast audience.

Click Here to purchase a copy of her book on Amazon

ABOUT RABBI GELLER
Rabbi Emerita Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, was one of the first women rabbis ordained in the U.S. and the first to lead a major metropolitan synagogue. Twice named one of Newsweek’s “50 Most Influential Rabbis in America,” she was featured in the PBS documentary Jewish Americans. Rabbi Geller is the author of numerous articles and books and was on the editorial board of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary. She is a Fellow of the Corporation of Brown University,
from which she graduated in 1971. One of her recent initiatives is, “Next Stage: Boomers and Beyond” and she is a founder of the first synagogue based ChaiVillageLA, which is part of the national Village Movement (chaivillagela.org). With her late husband Richard Siegel, author of The Jewish Catalog, Rabbi Geller authored the just-published book, Getting Good at Getting Older: A Practical Catalog Grounded in Jewish Wisdom.

For more info on Rabbi Geller and her book, head to rabbilaurageller.com

Episode #39: Getting Good at Getting Older with Rabbi Laura Geller2019-12-22T19:52:13-08:00

Episode #38: Thanksgiving with a Persian-Jewish Twist

Happy Thanksgiving!! On today’s episode, a delicious treat for you…we are proud to present a recording of a classic, beloved piece from our Salon Saffron & Rosewater, which highlighted the experiences of Iranian Jews through a fragrant evening of incredible stories, song, and lovely surprises. Hear a celebration of being Jewish and American with Saffron Rice and Cranberry Sauce, written by Esther Amini and performed by Roxana Rastegar.

FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE:
Saffron Rice and Cranberry Sauce
Written by Esther Amini adapted from A Persian Thanksgiving, published in The Jewish Week, Performed by Roxana Rastegar

Click here for more info on Saffron & Rosewater

Don’t forget to grab your tickets for A Very Happy Goyisha Hanukkah and The Wendy Chronicles!

Episode #38: Thanksgiving with a Persian-Jewish Twist2019-11-24T08:27:56-08:00

Episode #37: Shalom Y’all! With Ann Zivitz Kientz of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life and JWT Artistic Director Ronda

JWT is heading South to…THE SOUTH! On today’s episode, we speak with Ann Zivitz Kientz, Director of Cultural Programming at The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL). Ann and Jewish Women’s Theatre have been hard at work putting together an incredible tour of six states in the Southern US to bring our unique theatrical experience to Jewish communities in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. As Ann joins us remotely from the ISJL offices in Metairie, Lousiana, you’ll hear from her about the amazing vibrancy of Southern Jewish Life and some of the offerings that ISJL provides to the wide range of communities in and around the South.

Later in the episode, JWT Artistic Director Ronda Spinak and JWT Assistant Artistic Director Andrew Fromer chat about what shows are coming their way and how this exciting tour came together.

For all info on our Southern Tour, head to bit.ly/jwtsoutherntour

Music Credits:
Humidity by Silent Partner Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/… Music provided by FreeMusic109 https://youtube.com/FreeMusic109

Episode #37: Shalom Y’all! With Ann Zivitz Kientz of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life and JWT Artistic Director Ronda2019-11-08T11:31:07-08:00

Episode #36: Getting Older without Getting Old with Ruth Weisberg and Rosaline Zukerman

Two amazing guests from Sunday’s sold-out event! USC Professor Ruth Weisberg and family law attorney Rosaline Zukerman have a lot of wisdom to offer on the subject of living deep, meaningful lives, well into their elderhood.

Our November 3rd Sunday Morning at The Braid event, “Getting Older without Getting Old: Jewish Women Gracefully Ageing and Still Doing it All” will also feature Rabbi Emerita Laura Geller who will join Ruth and Rosaline for an incredible morning of laughter and wisdom. The event is sold out so have a listen to today’s episode for a little preview of the incredible insights these women have to offer.

ABOUT RUTH WEISBERG
An Artist, Professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the USC Roski School, Ruth is currently the Director of the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities, and the founder and President of the Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California. She has had over 80 solo and 190 group exhibitions, including a major exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena and a retrospective, at the Skirball Museum, Los Angeles as well as a solo exhibition at the Huntington in San Marino. Her work is in sixty major Museum collections including The Art Institute of Chicago; The Biblioteque Nationale of France; Paris; Istituto Nationale per la Grafica, Rome; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and lives with New York; The National Gallery, Washington, D.C. and the Whitney Museum. Weisberg has two children and lives with her husband in Santa Monica, California.

ABOUT ROSALINE ZUKERMAN
Rosaline “Roz” Zukerman enrolled in law school in her late 40s, when most women decide to take a breather from the heavy lifting of bringing up a family with four kids. At the age of 50, Zukerman launched her own family law firm. Over the next 39 years, she built a successful Century City law firm of five attorneys, of which she is still the titular head. In a family law practice which incorporates her background in psychology, education and counseling, Zukerman has adapted to the shifts of an ever-changing culture, including her LGBT clients. An exemplary 95% settlement record has won Roz the admiration and respect of clients and peers. Devoted to her husband, children, and twelve grandchildren, she is active in civic and cultural affairs in Los Angeles and in mentoring young women.

Episode #36: Getting Older without Getting Old with Ruth Weisberg and Rosaline Zukerman2019-10-31T10:41:26-07:00

Episode #35: Living After with Jenna Fields of Sharsheret and Cynthia Freeman

We are standing up to cancer during National Breast Cancer Awareness month with two very special performances of a brand new show, Living After! It is a moving, funny, and poignant collection of stories and songs that will uplift and create a conversation around this challenging subject.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS FOR LIVING AFTER

In part one of today’s episode, Lisa and Maureen are joined by Jenna Fields, California Regional Director of SHARSHERET, a national non-profit organization, working to improve the lives of Jewish women and families living with or at increased genetic risk for breast or ovarian cancer – JWT and Sharsheret have partnered together to present Living After and a portion of the ticketing proceeds will be donated to Sharsheret. Jenna joins us to talk about the amazing work they are doing, as well as the services available to the Jewish community through Sharsheret.

More info at sharsheret.org

In part two, Ronda and special guest Cynthia Freeman join in to talk about JWT’s Abby Freeman Artists in Residence program. Cynthia is the sister of Abby, JWT’s very first employee who passed away from breast cancer at the age of 37. Abby’s legacy lives on through our program, a way to honor hard-working artists who share the mission and ideals of our organization. There will be a reception in honor of the Abby Freeman Artists-in-Residence program following the 2:00 p.m. performance of Living After, on Sunday, October 27.  And now, we would like to welcome Cynthia Freeman, Abby’s sister. 

BUY TICKETS
Saturday Oct. 26 @ 8pm
Sunday Oct. 27 @ 2pm (reception to follow)
@ The Braid in Santa Monica
2912 Colorado Ave. #102,
Santa Monica, CA, 90404

ABOUT JENNA
Jenna Fields, MA, MSW, California Regional Director, is a graduate of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at Hebrew Union College and the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Jenna oversees Sharsheret’s office in the Greater Los Angeles community, and all local programmatic efforts including outreach, education, partnership development and fundraising.

ABOUT CYNTHIA
Senior program director Cynthia Freeman oversees an $8 million-plus portfolio of fiscal sponsorship projects; manages capacity-building initiatives and regranting programs for foundation, government, and corporate clients; and supervises staff and consultants. Prior to joining Community Partners in 2006, Freeman worked as a policy director for the Association of Community Human Service Agencies, a trade association of community-based human service agencies that contract with Los Angeles County to provide child welfare and mental health services. Previously, she spent seven years in the field of philanthropy, most recently at the New York Foundation, making grants to community organizing, advocacy, and start-up projects in New York City’s low-income neighborhoods. She also planned new grantmaking and technical assistance initiatives and ran a summer internship in philanthropy. Freeman has served as a consultant to numerous nonprofit organizations and worked on initiatives with government entities including the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Burbank Police Department, and New York City Department of Homeless Services. She began her career as a community organizer and fundraiser for ACORN, a grassroots community organization of low-income people. She has served on the steering committees of Interfaith Funders and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and is prior board chair of Jumpstart and co-leader of the Southern California Fiscal Sponsors Network. Freeman is a graduate of Brown University and has an MPA in nonprofit management from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Episode #35: Living After with Jenna Fields of Sharsheret and Cynthia Freeman2019-10-17T17:04:54-07:00

Episode #34: Season 12 Preview with Ronda and Susan

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A show exploring mental illness – a collection of outrageous stories of the carnal sort – incredible life-changing moments. These are set to be shared in JWT’s inspiring 12th Salon Season! On today’s episode, JWT Artistic Director Ronda Spinak and JWT Producing Director Susan Morgenstern return to discuss what has them excited for this year’s 3-Salon Season which is sure to be our best season yet! Hear about the excitement shared when a writer reveals a secret for the first time on our stage, what we can look forward to in each Salon and what does it mean for a JWT piece to “marinate.”

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Episode #34: Season 12 Preview with Ronda and Susan2019-09-18T11:34:06-07:00

Episode #33: Both/And from True Colors!

“I emerged from the birth canal strangling on the umbilical cord.  I wonder if God was giving me a chance to change my mind: are you certain you want this adventure of life as a Cuban Catholic daughter of a Jewish mother?”

On this episode, hear the incredibly moving piece “Both/And,” one of the favorite stories from the hit show True Colors which returns to The Braid in Santa Monica for four performances September 19-22. Written by Maria Ramos-Chertok and performed by Heidi Mendez (bios below), “Both/And” is from the collection of pieces that makes up our wildly popular Salon show True Colors – full of humorous, revealing and inspiring stories from Jews of Color exploring identity, community and being a Jew in modern times.

TRUE COLORS CREDITS
Material Adapted, Curated, and Producedby Ronda Spinak
Producedby Eric Greene
Directed by Susan Morgenstern
Dramaturges Lisa Rosenbaum & Susan Baskin
Literary Manager Suzanna Kaplan
South Bay Producer Liz Altman
San Francisco/Bay Area Producer Carol Kirsh
Assistant Producer Barbara Koletsky
Associate Producers Rose Ziff & Susie Yuré
Artistic Associate Daphna Shull
Assistant Artistic Director Andrew Fromer

Starring: Brie Eley, Kimberly Green, Heidi Mendez, Joshua Silverstein and Katherine Washington

Written By: Ruth Behar, Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl, David Chiu, Marcos Cohen, Courtenay Edelhart, Marra B. Gad, Marissa Tiamfook Gee, M.A. Hosein, Maria Ramos-Chertok, Larry M. Sanders, and Joshua Silverstein

Featured on this episode:
Both/And
Written by Maria Ramos-Chertok. Performed by Heidi Mendez.

MARIA RAMOS-CHERTOK (Writer) is a writer, workshop leader, and coach who facilitates the Butterfly Series, a writing and creative arts workshop for women who want to explore what’s next. Her book, The Butterfly Series: Fifty-two Weeks of Inquiries for Transformation, was published in August 2018. She is finalizing her debut novel, Rosie’s Blues, inspired by the experience of her mother opening their family home in Hackensack, New Jersey, as a shelter for battered women and children. Maria’s manuscript won the 2018 Adult Fiction Mentorship prize from the Word for Diversity. She is a contributor to All the Women in My Family Sing: Essays on Equality, Justice, and Freedom (Feb. 2018), edited by Deborah Santana, and She’s Got This! Essays on Standing Strong and Moving On (Feb. 2019), a Write-on Mamas project. Since 2014, she’s cohosted women’s salons showcasing women-of-color artists. For more info, visit: www. mariaramoschertok.com.

HEIDI MENDEZ (Actor) is a bilingual actor/director/educator who has worked professionally in Madrid, Mexico City, Utah, Texas, and now California. Her favorite roles include Lady Bracknell, Prospero, and most recently Amanda in The Glass Menagerie. Some favorite shows as director/choreographer include Cats, Working, Fiddler, and The Diary of Anne Frank. She is known as the Rapping Grandma to kids in juvie where she volunteered for two years which led her to be founder/director of ACT RISK NO MORE, a nonprofit whose mission is to rescue troubled teens through theater. Heidi is married to Nick (a Mormon bishop) and is the mother of three boys, resulting in her being afraid nothing. For fun, Heidi takes hip-hop classes and plays dress- up with her granddaughter. Education: BA in acting from BYU and MA in directing from Texas State, plus two Utah teaching certificates for theater and Spanish.

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Episode #32: Hippie Woman Wild! with Carol Schlanger

Why did a not-so-nice Jewish girl, expelled from Yale Drama School during the Vietnam protests, abandon her acting dream to follow the man she loves to an off-the-grid commune in Oregon? CAROL SCHLANGER, acclaimed actress, writer and JWT favorite will read and perform a hilarious, bawdy and true story from her new book as she celebrates the publication of her memoir, Hippie Woman Wild: A Memoir of Life & Love on an Oregon Commune.

Sunday, August 11th 10:00am – 12:00pm
At The Braid Performance and Art Space
2912 Colorado Ave. #102, Santa Monica, CA, 90404

On this episode Lisa and Maureen are joined by Carol and Arlene Sarner, award-winning screenwriter and moderator of the event. They chat about how laundry is done – commune style, what it was like suddenly swapping Manhattan for rural Oregon and why Carol never wants to see a chicken again…enjoy the episode! RIP Eddy the Ram.

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CAROL SCHLANGER is a professional award winning actress and writer, best known for her honest, fearless and outrageously funny work. She’s billed as “a baby boomer’s answer to Lena Dunham.” A native New Yorker, Carol first received notice and rave reviews as ” The American Housewife” at the New York Public Theater. Carol is a graduate of Yale Drama, where she began her professional acting and writing career working with Improv Guru, Paul Sills at the Body Politic in Chicago. Since, she has worked consistently in film, television and on stage. Her plays have been produced both in New York and L.A.

Carol has worked as a staff writer for Imagine Television and created two pilots, Back to the Garden and Hello Pilgrim for CBS. Her one-woman play, Mouth to Mouth (1995) received L.A. Critics Awards for Acting and Writing. She was the 2011 winner of the L.A. playwrights story slam. A much in demand storyteller, she performs in high-end venues throughout L.A including The Moth, Sparc, Tasty Words, the JWT and I Love A Good Story.

An old hippie, and lifetime organic farmer, Carol has just completed her memoir, Hippie Woman Wild, about a 24 year old urbane and, radicalized New York actress from privilege, and Yale, who joins her cowboy lover, Clint, in a back-to-the land movement of the 1970’s, living on in the Oregon wilderness on a commune. The wild, multi-layered story is the unheard female voice of a generation.

Episode #32: Hippie Woman Wild! with Carol Schlanger