Free event at the Jewish Community Library / 1835 Ellis Street
Erased: Babi Yar, the SS, and Me: A dramatic reading with songs performed by Corey Weinstein with Saralie Pennington and Tom Herz
Born in 1944, Corey Weinstein grew up in the aftermath of the Holocaust and was shaped by the memories of his community. Erased: Babi Yar, the SS, and Me is built around fifteen original or adapted songs. It tells the story of Weinstein's journey in 2008 to Babi Yar, in the Ukraine, and then relives the devastating events of 1941 in the wake of the murderous Einsatzgruppen assaults. The play ends in the present with Weinstein's personal resolution of these tragic events.
Corey Weinstein is a songwriter and clarinet player. He has published two CDs of music largely inspired by the klezmer and Yiddish stage musical traditions and for the last decade has led the klezmer band Umzist. His song “Babi Yar” and a scene from Erased have previously been performed at Or Shalom Jewish Community’s Yom Hashoah memorials. Saralie Pennington and Tom Herz have sung with the San Francisco Jewish Folk Chorus and in other venues in the Bay Area.
The performance is dedicated to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27.
Co-presented by KlezCalifornia, JFCS Holocaust Center, and Congregations Or Shalom, B’nai Emunah, and Beth Israel Judea.
The Jewish Community Library is located on the campus of the Jewish Community High School. Free parking in the building's private garage. Enter garage on Pierce Street, between Ellis and Eddy; buzz intercom for entrance. Pedestrians use gate at Ellis Street and buzz intercom for entrance.