SPECIAL FOR THE AJT //
The performance of an original play created and performed by the staff and students of Temima: The Richard and Jean Katz High School for Girls has become a community tradition. This year’s performance, “All-of-a-Kind Family,” portrayed the American Jewish immigrant experience and marked the school’s 12th original production in 15 years.
The play, performed recently at the Greenfield Hebrew Academy, was written by Miriam Feldman, Temima’s principal. Based on a series of five books by Sidney Taylor and set in the Lower East Side of 1920s Manhattan, the work is what the author called a “musical portrayal of our grandparents’ first encounter with America.”
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Taylor wrote the series between 1951 and 1978. The books were based on her family and focused on the values of family love, charity and wisdom.
“The experience [described in the books] was so emotional and uplifting, we felt that we were experiencing what our grandmothers endured when they came to America,” said Charlotte Marks, Temima’s co-president.
Not only were all of the students in the play, but they built the props, made the costumes and painted the scenery, according to Gitty Golding, activities director for Temima, who served as the show’s producer. The performances were huge successes.
“The audience was filled with mothers, grandmothers, daughters and friends who laughed, cried and sang along with the Fineman family as they brought this time period to life,” said Faye Lefkoff, a Temima board member.
For information on Temima: The Richard and Jean Katz High School for Girls, go to temima.org or call (404) 315-0507.