Monday, August 31, 2015

Witness Theater

PHOTO: Witness Theater
EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, we feature intergenerational program ideas that were tried and successful. This series is a tool to highlight various age-optimized programs and practices. The program descriptions are provided by representatives of the programs. Inclusion in this series does not imply Generations United’s endorsement or recommendation, but rather encourages ideas to inspire other programs.

This week’s cool idea is Witness Theater, a unique intergenerational program that brings Holocaust survivors and teenagers together under the guidance of a drama therapist to develop a theatrical presentation of the survivors' Holocaust experiences.

(Check our archives for parts 1-58.)

Witness Theater is among the New York-area Jewish charities to which the Jewish Communal Fund (JCF) recently awarded a grant.

PHOTO: Stav Ziv
The $100,000 grant will bring this moving and powerful educational experience to the Ramaz School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, as well as cover the cost of a program director to oversee Witness Theater at a total of four schools.

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