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Eight Nights: Staged Reading of a New Play by Jennifer Maisel to benefit HIAS

With Joe Goldman, Community Engagement Director, Western Region at HIAS
Newman Hall
2266 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
United States


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8 Nights of Eight Nights is a series of staged readings of a play by Jennifer Maisel on 8 different nights in 8 different cities, to raise funds and awareness for HIAS following the Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh.

Donations can be made directly to HIAS here.


About the play

Eight Nights tells the story of the lives that inhabit an apartment from 1949 to 2016. Rebecca, a young Holocaust survivor and refugee, is finally free to start anew in the United States, as she confronts the past that haunts her, alongside her father, husband, friends, daughter and granddaughter. The play takes place over the eight nights of Chanukah, spanning eight decades of Rebecca’s life, gracefully weaving together heart-aching moments with dark yet life-affirming humor.

The story touches upon not only the story of Jewish Holocaust survivors, but also the global refugee experience, and acknowledges the trauma mirrored in the African-American community, with interned Japanese citizens, and the current Syrian crisis.

The performance will be directed by Ariella Wolfe, with casting by Emily Henderson, featuring stellar performances by a cast of local actors, including Aimee Greenberg, Blair Leatherwood, Jason Oler, Tatiana Ray, Jake Soss, and Jasmine Washington.


Joe Goldman
Community Engagement Director, Western Region at HIAS