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Skirball Cultural Center

Yearning to Breathe Free

Storytelling Theatre performed by The Braid

Public Programs | Performance

Painting of the hand and lantern atop the Statue of Liberty on a light background

Art by Marilee Tolwin, courtesy of The Braid

See America through fresh eyes in these amusing and profound contemporary stories. Experience the untold drama of leaving one's country and finding home in a new one.

This is a past program

This program took place on
Sunday, March 17, 2024

About the Program

Coming to America from across the globe, we are one Jewish spirit. Enjoy these poignant, poetic, and funny stories of deep yearning and bold dreams. True, contemporary Jewish stories performed by professional actors that explore leaving one's home and settling in a new one. Acclaimed memoirist and novelist André Aciman reveals the ironic pain of celebrating a seder while he and his family are being forced out of their home in Egypt. An American adoptee from China discovers surprising inspiration in a nearby bridge that connects her own story with that of her Jewish grandparents from the Balkans. In a hilarious tale, two Chilean parents struggle to learn strange, new Jewish customs when their daughter marries an Orthodox man. And a Ukrainian woman feels the comfort of Jewish tradition as echoes of her family home still reverberate in her soul.

About The Braid

The Braid, formerly Jewish Women’s Theatre, is the go-to Jewish story company and leading non-profit organization creating, curating, producing, and preserving stories grounded in Jewish culture and experience. Through its performances and programming, The Braid empowers artists and audiences to feel pride in Jewish culture while building community and connection between people of all backgrounds.

Learn more here.

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