The Dream of a Jewish Women’s Theatre

A kitchen table. A pot of coffee. A plate of bagels. Three women came together in an ordinary way to realize the extraordinary dream of creating a theatre for Jewish women.

In the spring of 2007, Ronda Spinak, Ellen Sandler and Deena Novak conceived of the Jewish Women’s Theatre as a nonprofit with the express purpose of developing stories written by Jewish women about their lives in America today and producing those stories in a salon theatre format.

The women had discovered their mutual passion for theatre and their commitment to Jewish culture while working together at another theatre company (more). There, Ronda originated the “At-Homes” concept of salon theatre and produced the first season; Ellen wrote and adapted material, and directed; and Deena produced salon theatre as well as worked on costumes and props.

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