Tags: Bar-Mitzvah

Kiddush [קידוש]

Arie, and Pnina are Holocaust survivors, religious people, living in Israel. They have a son named Yossi, who is about to have his Bar-Mitzvah. Most of the play is set in the 60s, and is affected by the euphoria from the war that was won at that time. Arie and Pnina are hard parents, haunted by the horror of the Holocaust. Pnina is willing to give up everything—including her own religion—for the German payments, while Arie is using all he has to get more respect and privileges at his synagogue. All of the scenes take place during Kiddush blessing on Shabbat dinner.

Miracles and Tragedies

The play recounts two journeys simultaneously. The first, the inner world of Amos, an Israeli boy on the brink of Bar Mitzvah, full of confusion and hostility. The second is the journey of his grandfather, also nearing Bar Mitzvah, during the time of the Holocaust, seeking refuge and striving to survive. The story of the grandfather and his love for his grandson comforts Amos and helps him to mature. This production has been presented over 2000 times in the past 18 years to families throughout Israel and toured throughout North America on three different occasions. The play is based on the playwright's father's memoirs. Published in Israel by the Ghetto Fighters House (Museum)