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Yom HaShoah Memorial Service and Performance of Survivors

Monday, April 17, 2023
In-person at Gratz College

In commemoration of Yom HaShoah
Co-sponsored by the Kehillah of Old York Road 



6:15 pm Memorial Service
7:00 pm Performance

Theatre Ariel will perform Survivors, a play based on the testimonies of 10 Holocaust survivors from New York. This play was created with middle school and high school students in mind and families with older children are encouraged to attend. 

The original production of Survivors was created and produced by Center Stage, a professional theatre company based in the Jewish Community Center of Rochester, NY, in consultation with the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester’s CHAI (Center for Holocaust Awareness and Information). Center Stage commissioned LA-based playwright and screenwriter Wendy Kout to create the play. We thank Center Stage and Wendy Kout for granting us the opportunity to bring this work to the Philadelphia area.

Funds to create a local production were provided by the Foundation for Jewish Day Schools through Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. 

This program is part of The Youth Symposium on the Holocaust which was formerly sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Jewish Community Relations Council for many years. Gratz College is grateful to Beth Razin of JFGP/JCRC who is consulting on the transition of the program from Jewish Federation to Gratz College.


Profile: Holocaust Survivors


Eva (Vezer) Abrams

Carl Voldman

Carl Voldman

Erich & Ellen (Lewinsky) Arndt

Erich & Ellen (Lewinsky) Arndt

Evie (Schuerman) Jacobson

Evie (Schuerman) Jacobson

Helen (Przysuskier) Levinson

Helen (Przysuskier) Levinson

Henry Silberstern

Henry Silberstern


Arthur Herz

Kurt Weinbach

Kurt Weinbach

Rosemarie (Marianthal) Molser

Rosemarie (Marianthal) Molser

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Theatre Ariel

Theatre Ariel is dedicated to creating and presenting theatre that illuminates the social, cultural, and spiritual heritage of the Jewish people. They create and produce new and established works reflecting on the global Jewish experience past and present.  Theatre Ariel entertains, enriches, and educates audiences of all ages and cultures through the telling of Jewish Stories, celebrating the laughter and lessons of the shared human experience.  Since their founding in 1990, they have created and commissioned, and contributed to the development of over 86 new works by playwrights from around the country; performing for nearly 300,000 children, teens, families, and adults throughout Greater Philadelphia and beyond.