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The 10th Annual Silicon Valley Jewish Playwriting Contest (where you vote!)

April 14 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

10 Years! The Jewish Plays Project returns to the OFJCC to celebrate a decade of great new plays – and to choose one brilliant new play!

Silicon Valley City Producers Lauren Berman (former OFJCC Board Member), Judy Kitt, Patti Sue Plumer, Susan Sims, Ellice Papp, and Deborah Radin (JPP Board Member), in partnership with Michelle Shabtai and the Oshman JCC are proud to present


Join the JPP, Oshman JCC, our City Producers, and the 30-member Silicon Valley Community Reader’s Panel for a stellar evening of community, culture and the JPP’s specialty – Artistic Democracy!

90 minutes, 7 actors, 3 playwrights, and ONE WINNER – we need your votes and voice to choose!

Arrive early to schmooze with the cast during the reception on the terrace.

Special Note: The JPP’s exclusive Community Reading Panel, a one-of-a-kind book club for new plays, has a few spots left. If you are interested in learning more, contact [email protected] to be connected to JPP Board Member Deb Radin.


The Jewish Plays Project is the nation’s leading development theater for 21st Century Jewish theater. The JPP’s one-of-a-kind, best-in-class programs are rooted in community, committed to diversity, and focused on making Jewish stories into public stories. In 13 years, the JPP has received and vetted over 2,100 plays from more than 1,400 writers in 34 states and 10 countries. Best of all,. the JPP has actively developed 57 of those plays, 37 of which have gone on to production in cities across the globe, including New York, Los Angeles, London, and Tel Aviv, playing for more than 100,000 audience members.

The JPP regularly features the best artists working in New York, including writers David Hein and Irene Sankoff (Come from Away), Robert Askins (Hand to God), and Lauren Yee Cambodian Rock Band); directors Stephen Brackett (Be More Chill, A Strange Loop), Daniella Topol (Rattlestick Theater AD), and Tamilla Woodard (Yale Drama, WP Theater); and actors Andrew Polk (The Band’s Visit, Mrs. Maisel), Ronald Guttman (Mad Men, Homeland), Gus Birney (The Mist, Dickinson), and Obie and Drama Desk nominee Marcia Jean Kurtz.

Fun fact: JPP is very proud that one of the plays that won our Contest at the JCC, “In Every Generation”by Ali Viterbi, was performed at Theaterworks Silicon Valley in January 2023!

For more information about the Jewish Plays Project, click here.

For more info about this event: [email protected]

* Free parking is available at the venue at the entrance on Fabian Way

The three finalists are: Noga Flaishon, Deb Laufer, Jake Brasch

  • THE LAST YIDDISH SPEAKER by Deborah Zoe Laufer (Mount Kisco, NY) In a post-insurrection, Christian America, an ancient Yiddish-speaking woman is deposited on Hannah and Paul’s doorstep. Should they hide her, or save themselves…
  • MEMORIAM by Noga Flaishon (London, United Kingdom) Memoriam Inc. buys and sells memories, digitizing them for mass -viewership. Now they are after the memories of the last holocaust survivor.
  • THE RESERVOIR by Jake Brasch (Brooklyn, NY) A lost, queer, neurotic mess of a twenty-something moves home to get sober. Struggling with memory loss, he finds unlikely allies in his four grandparents.

David Winitsky – Founder and Executive Artistic Director

David Winitsky is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of the Jewish Plays Project, the nation’s leading development house for contemporary Jewish theater. Since founding the JPP, he has been a Storahtelling/LabShul Maven, a 2014-17 UpStart National Fellow, a 2013 LABA Artist Fellow, and a 2011 PresenTense New York City Fellow. Currently, he is a Fellow at UJA’s Institute for Jewish Executive Leadership at Columbia Business School.


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899 East Charleston Road
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