The Moment You Knew

May 28-31, 2012

Moments of revelation and discovery in a Jewish woman’s life.This show explores the lives and experiences of a group of Jewish women at seminal moments.


JULIE BRAM (Writer: Yearning For Peace) is a full time community volunteer and activist. She has a B.A. in Communication Studies (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.A. in Education, both from UCLA. She is a founding partner of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, is active at the American Jewish Committee and is an advisor to the founder of Israel Up Close, an organization dedicated to educating people around the world about modern day Israel. Julie currently serves on several advisory boards, including The American Friends of Hand in Hand, The Holy Land Democracy Project, Jewish World Watch, and Hebrew Union College School of Jewish Non-Profit Management, where she serves as chair of its Mentor Program. She is married to Steve Bram, who works unbelievably hard so she can play.
ZENA DAVID (Actor: Dreams From My Father, Finally Home) has been awarded several Los Angeles Educational Partnership Grants and A Global Teaching Award. Her production of The Diary of Anne Frank led to a correspondence between Zena’s students and Miep Gies, who had saved the diary of Anne Frank. Ms. David’s plays have been performed in schools and at the Barnsdall Park Theater, and she facilitated a creative writing workshop for Tisha B’av in a women’s prison. Her acting credits include a Cornerstone Theater Production and The Mikveh Monologues, presented at the Wadsworth Theater. She has been an assistant producer for a Dramalogue award-winning theater and an associate director for an original musical about the second half of life. Her most recent speaking engagement was at the Mount Sinai’s Simi Valley 2011 Yom HaShoah Observance and Photo Exhibition, Through Your Eyes: Holocaust Memorials Around the World.
C.J. ERLICH (Writer: Lilac Ticket) has an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston University, a B.A. in Semiotics/Development Studies from Brown University and a Certificate in Subjects Allied with Medicine from Birkbeck College, University of London. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, the International Center for Women Playwrights and the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective. Her plays include 2+1= Murder (Overall Festival Winner, Bellarmine International MADthematics fest, Louisville, KY), All’s Fair In Love and Science (Audience Choice award, Manhattan Theatre Source), Three’s A Cloud (Women’s Theatre Project, Fort Lauderdale; Flush Ink Productions, Kitchener, ON), and Noir In Second Class (Appetite Theatre, Chicago). Her dramadies The Lilac Ticket and Secondhand Gifts were finalists for the prestigious Heideman Award. Publications: Noir In Second Class, Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2011 (Smith & Kraus) and Home Sweet Homeland Security (Heuer Press). More at
SHIRA FOX (Singer) is the daughter of two Los Angeles cantors. Shira has served as Cantorial Soloist of Temple Rodeph Shalom and at Temple Beth El. She currently serves as Cantorial Soloist for Beit T’Shuvah. Her theatrical credits include lead roles in Lil Abner and Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She is an alumnus of SUNY, and currently acts as B’nai MitzvahTeacher and Program Coordinator at Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation.
LYNNE HIMELSTEIN (Writer: Leaving LA) has dedicated herself to the Jewish community, assuming a leadership position on the National Women’s Philanthropy Board of United Jewish Communities. She has served as Chair of America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for Central Indiana. Additionally, she has held leadership roles in National Council of Jewish Women and JCRC. In great demand as a speaker on Jewish philanthropy, she has traveled around both the United States and Israel, inspiring people to give to Jewish organizations. Lynne was born and raised in Los Angeles, but for the past 18 years she and her husband have lived in Indianapolis where, they raised their two children.
RABBI SHERRE HIRSCH (Writer: My Mother’s Weight) studied eastern philosophy in Asia and was ordained in 1998 at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She spent 8 years as the first woman rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, the largest Conservative synagogue in the western U.S. She has served as a regular guest on Naomi’s New Morning, The Tyra Banks Show and PBS’ Thirty Good Minutes. Widely known as the relationship rabbi, she is the go-to person for outlets as diverse as ABC News, Joan Hamburg, and Telepictures. Rabbi Hirsch also serves as the spiritual life consultant and lecturer for the Canyon Ranch Companies in Arizona and Massachusetts. Her first book, We Plan, God Laughs: What to Do When Life Hits You Over the Head (Doubleday), was published in April 2008. Her next book will be published by Random House in Spring 2012.
BARI HOCHWALD (Actor: Law and Motion, Standing On Holy Ground, Yearning for Peace) received her BFA in acting from Syracuse University and completed graduate studies at the American Repertory Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She is a member of Actor’s Equity and SAG/AFTRA. In the United States she appeared in regional theaters throughout the country. In Los Angeles, Ms. Hochwald served as Associate Artistic Director and founder of fofo, a critically acclaimed post-modern theatre company. Additionally, she has worked in the development of over 50 new plays and was nominated and awarded for her performances with The Drama Critics Circle Award, The Garland Awards, the Maddy Awards and the L.A. Weekly Awards. Her most recent performance in L.A. in Murray Mednick’s Fedunn was called “the best performance of the year” by LA Weekly Magazine. Ms. Hochwald has Guest Starred on numerous productions including: NYPD Blue, The Practice, Judging Amy, Desperate Housewives, Star Trek – Voyager, Enterprise and DS9.
JANE JELENKO (Writer: Dreams From My Father) was the first woman partner in the consulting arm of KPMG, the international professional services firm. After retiring from the firm in 2003, Jane found herself in the process of Changing Lanes which is the title of the book she co-authored on the topic. Along with photographer Barbara Mack, she wrote Portraits in Black and White: Holocaust Survivors of Café Europa. She has also published several articles on dance and continues to blog on the subject of living a meaningful life at She serves on several corporate and community boards including SunAmerica Funds, Cathay Bank, the Los Angeles Music Center, the Gabriella Education Foundation, the American Technion Society Western Region, and SHARE. She is a founding board member of the Center Dance Arts and serves as its president. Ms. Jelenko graduated cum laude in Mathematics from Barnard College in 1970 and earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Southern California in 1977.
SUZANNA KAPLAN (Writer: Feelin’ Jewish) was born in Mexico City to an American mother and Mexican father. She performed on some of Mexico’s famous Vaudeville stages, as well as acted in commercials, films, and on stage. Kaplan moved to the US where she started a translation service and language school, doing well enough to sell it and travel for a year. In Israel she married and had a baby. She also worked for a production company, writing and producing film scripts and museum guides used for fundraising all over the world. Back in the US, Kaplan read scripts for her husband, a producer of TV and feature films. She also worked in freelance in Hispanic advertising. Kaplan’s writing credits include: a novel, five feature length scripts, and several television treatments, in addition to a produced one-hour drama for Hispanic TV (Telemundo) and a small segment for a TV show on Fox network.
SHAYNA LESTER (Writer: Standing On Holy Ground) is a Marriage and Family Therapist, a Jewish Spiritual Director and an ordained Interfaith Minister in private practice in Santa Monica. She has served as the Lead Volunteer Chaplain in the Jewish Community at the California Institution for Women for the past 5 and 1/2 years where she teaches Jewish Ethics and Restorative Justice as well as provides spiritual direction and counseling. Because of her work at the prison, in 2010 Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi honored her with an ordination as a Gabbai to the Jewish Community. Shayna has been married to Eli Lester for 35 years. They have a combined family of 6 children, 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
JUAN LOZANO (Technical Producer) Juan is happy to be joining the production of The Moment You Knew as a Technical Producer. Juan has an extensive background in theatre and is a graduate of A.M.D.A. in New York. Juan has worked at some great theaters in Los Angeles which include The Geffen Playhouse, The Kirk Douglas, and The Wadsworth Theatre as Rigger, Carpenter, Sound and Electrics.
STEPHEN MACHT (Actor: Lilac Ticket) trained professionally at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and holds a Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature from Indiana University. He has played leading men in plays and dozens of television movies and feature films, including Raid On Entebbe, Graveyard Shift, and The Immigrants. On television, he was Sharon Gless’ love interest in Cagney and Lacey and has recurred on Boston Public, Jack and Jill and Boomtown. On stage, he starred opposite Charlton Heston in A Man for All Seasons and Cain Mutiny Court Martial, and recently starred opposite Sharon Gless in a new play entitled A Round Heeled Woman. His philanthropic work includes The Parkinson’s Resource Organization, The Jewish National Fund, and The Center For Jewish Culture and Creativity.
JENNIFER MAISEL (Writer: Friends Forever) has written many plays including: Goody Fucking Two Shoes (ATL’s Humana Festival), The Last Seder (The Organic, Theatre J, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA- Project, Teatro Da Juventude, Park Square Theatre), Birds (Rorschach Theatre), Eden (Theatre of NOTE), and There or Here (Pen West Literary Award finalist, PlayPenn, Hypothetical Theatre in NYC) . Her awards include the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Award, the Charlotte Woolard Award, the Roger L. Stevens Award, and the South Coast Repertory’s California Playwrights Competition. She is a PEN West Literary Award finalist and a four-time Heideman Award finalist. She recently received an Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan foundation rewrite commission for her new play, Out of Orbit, developed at the 2010 Sundance Theatre Lab and will be attending the Great Plains Theatre Conference with Match.
SUSAN MORGENSTERN (Director) has been an actress since the age of five. Susan crossed over into directing when she began staging musical theatre concert readings while co-teaching “American Musical Comedy” with Tom Lehrer at U.C. Santa Cruz. She went on to teach and direct at the renowned Stage Door Manor performing arts camp in upstate