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.