“Janusz and Stefa” production launches fundraiser for building of Holocaust Garden of Hope at Kings Harbor in Kingwood, Texas. Public garden will educate children and
adults alike of the Holocaust persecution and murder of 6 million Jews with the hope of healing and reconciliation.
Last weekend’s terror attack on Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, heightens the critical importance of raising awareness of both the Holocaust and modern-day
antisemitism with artistic endeavors such as the “Janusz and Stefa” musical drama and the Holocaust Garden of Hope, says Rozalie Jerome, founder and president of the Holocaust
Remembrance Association, headquartered in Kingwood.
Both endeavors, she adds, urge theater audiences and garden visitors alike to become “upstanders,” not “bystanders” of injustice.
“We seek to sensitize hearts to Holocaust issues through arts and creativity,” said Jerome. A native of Hungary, Jerome credits Christians, “putting feet to their faith,” with hiding her parents from the Nazis at war’s end.
The “Janusz and Stefa” production seeks to raise $4 million for the Holocaust Garden of Hope with groundbreaking slated for this September. Semi-formal dinner theater
catered by Raffa’s Waterfront Grill and G& G’S Catering and Desserts precede curtain. “Janusz and Stefa” follows the final months of Warsaw Ghetto’s Orphan’s Home, a
Jewish orphanage led by world-renowned Jewish-Polish pediatrician and advocate for children’s rights, Dr. Janusz Korczak and mission-driven partner Stefania “Stefa” Wilczyńska.
Together, they harbored and endeavored to save 192 children in their care. History records they all perished at Treblinka, northeast of Warsaw, but with dignity as they marched through the ghetto onto cattle cars, then into the gas chambers.
Musical drama written and directed by Opera Leggera’s Sasha Holloway, artistic director, and Hannah Holloway, development manager.
WHERE: The Nathaniel Center, 804 Russell Palmer Road, Kingwood, 77339; 281-348-7800
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. Doors open 6:30 p.m.
BACKGROUND: Nazi Germany’s Holocaust from 1941 through 1945 represented a systematic plan of genocide, “cleansing” Europe and ultimately the world of Jewish bloodlines to create a mythical Aryan “master” race of essentially Nordic traits, such as fair-skinned, blonde-haired, blue-eyed people. Regrettably, horrific antisemitic attacks, such as the hostage-taking of worshipers at Congregation Beth Israel, continue in a prolific fashion. In the United States alone, the Anti-Defamation League, as published by Statista Research Department, in 2019 recorded the highest number of antisemitic incidents between 2008 and 2020: 2,107. The year 2020 experienced a modest 4 percent decrease: 2,024 antisemitic incidents, consisting of harassment; vandalism; antisemitic assaults.
TICKETS: Visit: here. Deadline for reservations: Tuesday, Jan. 25. Individual tickets: Premier seating, $250; Orchestra seating, $175; Rear Orchestra, $100
Corporate sponsorships: Contact Rozalie Jerome, 832-287-5037
Presentation sponsor, $15,000
Title sponsor, $10,000
Gold sponsor, $7,500
Silver sponsor, $5,000
Founding table sponsor, $2,500
Upstander table sponsor, $1,800