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Women’s group stages Whisper Freedom: The Soviet Jewish Struggle

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After a 2 year interruption, The Women’s Performance Community of Jerusalem has resumed their public presentations with a historical musical. (Photo: WPCJ Facebook)

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How ironic that the Women’s Performance Community of Jerusalem has chosen this time to present a new and exciting historical musical, “Whisper Freedom: The Soviet Jewry Struggle.” 

This epic musical for women only depicts how the Soviet Jews were rediscovering their Jewish identity and desiring to move to Israel. The KGB and Soviet regime rejected applications for exit visas to Israel. 

This musical also honors the refuseniks and their supporters who joined them with “Let my people go.”

The Women’s Performance Community of Jerusalem, founded by four English-speaking women in 2016, returned to the stage after a two-year pause for the pandemic, in conjunction with the OU Israel, the Orthodox Union’s branch in Israel. 

The Performance company provides an outlet for women who want to express themselves with other women for an all-female audience. 

This is the fourth historical musical written by two of the group. The play, with a cast of 60-70, is set in Moscow of the 1970s and depicts, in a musical style, the struggle to free the Soviet Jews. 

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The story revolves around Elena Ivanova, a Moscow stage star who conceals her Jewish identity.

Her sister Sofia, a refusenik, turns up in Moscow to plead for her freedom, but Elena is arrested and imprisoned in Siberia while Sofia rallies the cast and audience on behalf of her sister. 

At one point in the second act, the audience is asked to join the actresses and hold up a sign in their program, “Free Elena now from Siberia.”  

Several performances are being given during March. Proceeds will fund an OU Israel Center initiative for at-risk teens. 

Sybil Kaplan is a journalist, lecturer, food writer and author (Witness to History: Ten Years as a Woman Journalist in Israel), nine cookbooks (including What’s Cooking at Hadassah College.) She lived in Israel from 1970-1980; she and her late husband, Barry, came to live in Jerusalem in 2008, where she works as a foreign correspondent for North American Jewish publications, lectures to senior citizen residences, walks in English in Machaneh Yehudah, the Jewish produce market. She has been book reviewing for 40 years. 

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