Decade of Discovery event at the JCC East Bay | San Francisco
God of Vengeance
"Considered one of the most psychologically revealing plays of the first half of the 20th century, God of Vengeance is still controversial for its views on religious hypocrisy, morality, and sexual freedom.
This is the story of an observant Jewish family trying to survive during hard times. The father runs a brothel in their cellar, attempting to make enough money to commission a Torah scroll so he can marry off his daughter to a yeshiva student and keep her pure. Tensions mount as arrangements are made and passions are exchanged, while others threaten his plans. When he discovers that his daughter has fallen in love with one of his prostitutes, his belief that God will exact vengeance upon him begins to unravel his mind into madness." (Source: Yiddish Theatre Ensemble)
PLAY | God of Vengeance
Date: September 2020
Location: Jewish Community Center of the East Bay
1414 Walnut St
Berkeley, CA 94709
This production of the play is a Bay Area premiere and features the English translation by Caraid O'Brien. Yiddish Book Center bibliographer and editorial director David Mazower—great-grandson of playwright Sholem Asch—will give a pre-production lecture.
Information and tickets for this event are forthcoming on the Yiddish Theatre Ensemble website.
The Decade of Discovery is a new initiative of the Yiddish Book Center designed to foster a deeper understanding of Yiddish and modern Jewish culture. Beginning with the Center’s 40th anniversary in 2020, and continuing for each of the next ten years, the Center will select an annual theme around which it will hold special events, courses, conferences, exhibits, performances, and other programs, often in partnership with other organizations. In doing so, the Center will create new relationships with individuals and institutions to expand and strengthen engagement with Yiddish and modern Jewish culture—creating spaces for collaboration, testing of ideas, and the discovery of new perspectives.
The Decade of Discovery is made possible in part through the generous support of the Leona and Ralph W. Kern Foundation.