On Sunday March 6th, twenty Shomrei people went off-Broadway to see a production of Prayer for the French Republic at the Manhattan Theater Company. Our congregant, Lindsey Sag, who is the General Manager of the theater suggested I organize a theater party. I hesitated — it was still Covid after all — were we ready to head into Manhattan? In fact we were! Tickets sold out quickly, COVID is waning, and it was almost a Spring day.
The play spoke to all of us — it is a deeply moving exploration of antisemitism in France (and everywhere) — in the modern world and in the past. It is funny, edgy and very moving. As I left the theater, reflecting on the trauma of war, antisemitism, dislocation and new beginnings, I felt gratitude for the safety of my small community and fear for the larger world.
And when a play can evokes so many emotions, it has performed its magic.
Thank you Lindsey Sag for giving us this moment!