Hear Evolution Without Me from our very special 2018 Mother’s Day episode of the JWT podcast


Oh, Mother!

May 19 – 26, 2013

Jewish women have a thing or two to say about being Jewish moms and having Jewish moms. And what they have to say is anything but cliche!


Produced By Ronda Spinak
Directed By Ellyn Gersh Lerner
Dramaturge Lisa Rosenbaum

Associate Producers: Susie Yure´ and Abby Freeman

Welcome ~ Ronda Spinak, JWT Artistic Director
Janis Nelson, JWT Board Chair

Oh Mother
Written by Lisa Rosenbaum. Performed by Sohaila Zivari & Lisa Cirincione.

The Bad Rap
Written by Beverly Gray. Performed by Judith Scarpone & Ensemble.

A Real Yankee
Written by Ethel Bluefield Golub. Performed by Shelly Goldstein & Judith Scarpone.

Kicking High and Hard
Written by Esther Amini. Performed by Sohaila Zivari.

Family Valued
Written and Performed by Shelly Goldstein.

A Midlife Crisis
Written by Nadine Levyfield (at age 17). Performed by Lisa Cirincione & Judith Scarpone.

Written by Rabbi Denise Eger. Performed by Judith Scarpone.

Cooking Lessons (originally published in the Jewish Journal)
Written by Gina Nahai. Performed by Lisa Cirincione & Sohaila Zivari.

Her Words on My Lips
Written by Caryn Huberman Yacowitz. Performed by Shelly Goldstein.

When I Was in Your Belly I Heard You Sing
Written by Leah Kornfeld Friedman. Performed by Judith Scarpone & Ensemble.

I Know Exactly What I Want
Written by Jennifer Maisel. Performed by Lisa Cirincione.

The Story Goes On
Music & Lyrics by David Shire/Richard Maltby, Jr. Performed by Lisa Cirincione.

Evolution Without Me
Written and Performed by Carol Schlanger.

The Jewish Wedding
Written and Performed by Annie Korzen.

Promises To Keep — A Commission of Jewish Women’s Theatre
Written and Performed by Monica Piper.

Cold Solace
Written by Anna Belle Kaufman. Performed by Judith Scarpone.


ESTHER AMINI (Writer) is an author and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Her writings have appeared in The Jewish Week, Barnard Magazine, Inscape Literary Magazine and Zan Magazine. Two of her stories, Barnard College and Saffron Rice and Cranberry Sauce, were recently performed by the Jewish Women’s Theatre in their show entitled Saffron & Rosewater, which will soon be coming to The 92nd Street -Y in Manhattan. Ms. Amini lives in Manhattan and is on the faculty of The New York School for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Presently she is working on a novel containing interlinked stories about her experiences growing up as a first generation American in a Persian/Jewish home in Queens. For more information, follow Esther Amini on Facebook.
LISA CIRINCIONE (Actor/Vocalist) can most recently be seen as Laura Croft Tomb Raider in the trailer for the newly released video games as well as in the indie film Duet For One. Theatre Credits: Loyalties and Sweet Thursday at Pacific Resident Theatre, where she is a company member. Doublets and Hose (The Blank Theatre directed by April Webster), Lobby Hero and Great Falls (Pacific Stages) and the award winning Star Wars Trilogy in Thirty Minutes (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Lisa is also a singer and is currently moonlighting with a Jazz and Blues band. She holds a BFA in Acting from USC and is a founding member of The Florence International Theatre Company, Italy. Lisa is the founder of English Language Universal – an institute which teaches Accent Reduction and English to artists, actors and diplomats from around the globe.
RABBI DENISE L. EGER (Writer) is the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami, West Hollywood’s Reform Synagogue. Rabbi Eger is the President-Elect of the largest rabbinic organization in the world, The Central Conference of American Rabbis of Reform Judaism and will assume the presidency as the third woman and first openly gay or lesbian in the position in 2015. Rabbi Eger is Immediate Past President of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, the first female rabbi to serve in the post. In 2011 she was named by The Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational GLBT Clergy Person in America. In 2010 she was named by the Jewish Daily Forward as one of the top 50 women rabbis in North America. She is the author of numerous articles and has contributed frequently to several anthologies. Her most recent contribution is a chapter in the book Text Messages published by Jewish Lights. She posts daily on her blog: Walking Humbly, Seeking Justice, Living with Hope at www.rabbieger.wordpress.com.
ABBY FREEMAN (Associate Producer) received her BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She was the captain of the hit off-Broadway show De La Guarda and has performed at NYC venues including BAM, The Daryl Roth, MOCA, NYSF, La Mama and Playwright’s Horizons. She was a co-founder of AiRealistic, an aerial theatre company, where she created original work for clients including The LA Philharmonic, Toyota, Johnson & Johnson and Red Bull. She performed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2009 LA Philharmonic Gala, the opera Andre Chenier at the Bregenz Festival in Austria in 2011 and 2012, and for JWT at The Museum of Tolerance and The Fowler Museum at UCLA.
LEAH KORNFELD FRIEDMAN (Writer) received her MFA from Brooklyn College and has been a lecturer at Smith College, SUNY Albany, and Brooklyn College. In addition to three Yaddo Fellowships, Leah was a playwright-in-residence at the University of Pittsburgh, and has won numerous awards, including The New York Foundation for the Arts Playwrights Fellowship and the National Foundation For Jewish Culture Playwrights Award. Her plays have been produced at The American Jewish Theatre, Theatre for the New City, National Jewish Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, and The Gaslamp Quarter Theatre among others. Her screenplay, Should’ve Been Romeo, features Ed Asner, Carol Kane, Paul Ben-Victor and Michael Rappaport. She is currently working on a book of monologues called Essie Finkelstein, Monologues for an Actress.
SHELLY GOLDSTEIN (Writer/Performer) is a writer-performer who has written for every genre of TV, film and stage. Her one-woman shows have played to sell-out crowds throughout the US and UK. She co-starred with Sir Derek Jacoby and Vanessa Redgrave in the British film, The Riddle and with Vinnie Jones in the Irish film, Assault of Darkness. She has written or punched-up sitcoms, dramas, films, lyrics, documentaries, animation, award shows, jokes and special material for such artists as Steve Martin, Barbra Streisand, Sharon Stone, Justin Timberlake, Anne Hathaway, LL Cool J, Jane Fonda, Garry Marshall, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Yoko Ono. She wrote the book for the disco musical, Last Dance, which work-shopped on Broadway and she directed the critically-acclaimed hit comedy The Vic & Paul Show in L.A. and Chicago.
ETHEL BLUEFIELD GOLUB (Writer) was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. Since the age of 16 she worked as a secretary for several companies and then in real estate until she moved to Los Angeles, where she opened a toy store and ran it for 25 years. After taking a writing class at Beverly Hills High, Ethel fell in love with writing and feels blessed to have found this calling in her senior years. She has presented her writing at The Coffee Fix in Studio City, with Wendy Hammers at the Santa Monica Playhouse, and at the Women’s Club in Santa Monica for their 100th Birthday Celebration. Her talents as a writer and actress were appreciated in the first salon of the JWT 2013 Season, The Art Of Forgiveness.