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March 30, 2013

Dramatic reading decries the Holocaust

NORTH ANDOVER — “Night Words – A Midrash on the Holocaust” , written by David Roskies, will be presented April 7 at 2 p.m. at Cascia Hall on the campus of Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St.

Night Words is a dramatic reading by 36 participants taken from rabbinic, medieval, and modern literary sources, dialogue, voices, questioning, and orchestrated rage at the calamity of the Shoah, a name for the Holocaust used in Hebrew as well as English.

During the performance, as the readers enter, they line up in a row and give their shoes to the ushers. They then go to the “Place of Meeting” (within Cascia Hall) and sit. A quorum for the service is 36 people and includes men, and young adults. Each participant receives a text of the service from which they read. Non-reading attendees are seated around the hall.

The play is geared toward adults and older children.

The reading is based in a millennial-old Jewish legend that there are 36 righteous people on earth, called Lamed Vavniks, unknown to others and themselves of their mission. They lead challenging lives, but when are needed, they perform acts of kindness, charity, bravery – and then immediately return to their ordinary lives, without the realization that they have just accomplished an act that has caused the Divine to manifest in the world.

The 36 people include a story-teller, historian; rabbi, messenger, judge, clerk, clown; Abraham, Nurse; Isaac; dreamer; philosopher; barber; musician, doctor; poet and Cantor.

Temple Emanu-El Haverhill and the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College are co-sponsoring the event.

To register, send an email to nancy@templeemanu-el.org or call the temple office at 978-373-3861.

Community of Faith faces up to bullying

HAVERHILL — “Bullying in the name of religion happens,” a dialogue with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning teenagers and leaders of diverse congregations takes place Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in The Hartleb Technolocial Center at Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.

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