On Monday, May 5—the eve of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day—Israeli storyteller Noa Baum will be coming to Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton to perform her compelling one-woman show, “A Land Twice Promised.”
From a heartfelt dialogue with a Palestinian neighbor in the United States, Noa Baum has created a moving testimony that illuminates the complex and contradictory history and emotions surrounding Jerusalem, for Israelis and Palestinians alike. She weaves together the true stories of four women and gives us their voices: a Palestinian living under Israeli occupation as a child and as a university student; an Israeli child who lived through the 1967 war; a Palestinian mother’s memory of the 1967 war; and an Israeli woman’s experience of the 1948 war and the loss of her brother.
“The experience of our compassion in the midst of passionate argument propelled me to create A Land Twice Promised,” she said. “Our conversations reminded me of Gene Knudsen-Hoffman’s words, ‘an enemy is one whose story we have not heard.’ I wanted my listeners to connect with our experience of discovery and common ground so I crafted these stories from our memories. “I tell the human story that stands apart from politics and hope that hearing it will call upon us to listen with compassion without surrendering to prejudice and fear, choose dialogue, and commit to peace.”
Scenes from the show can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4KulcMAEUE and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2OvbgGzSoc. Noa Baum’s web site, with much more information, is www.noabaum.com. This performance will be free and open to the public, and will be followed by a discussion with her. Please invite your friends! The show is suitable for adults and ages 12 and up. Refreshments will be served.
Event Location: Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
60 Highland Street, Newton, Massachusetts, 02465
60 Highland St
West Newton, MA 02465
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