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    "Wide Open"

    In Person | The Braid Theater

    When: Monday, 5/23/2022 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Where: Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg F) 4th Floor

    Sometimes an opportunity stares us in the face and we are too frightened to take it. Other times, our head and heart are wide open and we grab hold for dear life. A new play from The Braid, the go-to Jewish story company, explores these pivotal and deeply personal moments.

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    Watch four actors bring to life a dozen inspiring true stories of Jewish authors who discovered that being "wide open" means being true to oneself, doing good or finding connection.

    Through its performances and programming, The Braid empowers artists and audiences to feel pride in Jewish culture while building community and connection between people of all backgrounds. Founded in Santa Monica, California, in 2007, The Braid has affiliates in three cities and counting, holds tours across the country, and is accessible globally via various online platforms.

    The Braid's Vision: To leave no Jewish story untold while celebrating the truths that connect us all.
    The Braid's Mission: To create, produce and preserve diverse, living Jewish stories that empower individuals, inspire community and build cultural legacy.

    In partnership with the Braid

    Performances in the series:
    • Sweet Tea & the Southern Jew
      January 31, 2022
      Growing up or living in our southern states, one finds oneself in a legacy of hospitality, good food and sometimes not quite fitting in with the neighbors. These are stories of struggle, humor and finding out what it means to be a Jew in the American South.

    • Star Spangled Sabra
      March 28, 2022
      Israeli Americans share their stories of longing, loss and love in the Diaspora.

    • Wide Open
      May 23, 2022
      What happens when opportunity stares us right in the face? Are we wide open to grab hold of it, or too frightened to act? These funny and thought-provoking true stories explore chance, romance, identity and much more as we open ourselves to life's unexpected twists and turns.
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    IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATION: All attendees at this event will be required to show either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. Either a physical COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card or the State of California Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Card may be offered as proof of full vaccination. The OFJCC follows the Santa Clara County guidelines regarding masking.


    Monday, May 23
    7:00–8:30 PM
    Freidenrich Conference Center (Bldg. F), 4th Floor
    $35 | $85 for all three shows in the series
    Contact: Michelle Shabtai | [email protected]


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