Temple Beth Hillel Bagel Brunch to host staged, dramatic reading of award-winning play

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We challenge anyone to name a regularly running Bagel Brunch event that has more interesting events than those hosted by Richmond’s only synagogue, Temple Beth Hillel.

On Oct. 25, Temple Beth Hillel at 801 Park Central (Hilltop exit off I-180) is inviting the community to a bagel brunch from 10:15 a.m. to noon that will feature a staged, dramatic reading of an original play. This is the same bagel brunch that last year held such varied programs as a workshop led by professional de-clutterers, along with discussions on domestic violence issues and modern art.

The play that will be featured Oct. 25, Giovanni Is Here, was written and directed by two of Temple Beth Hillel’s members, Mercedes and Michael Cohen. It is set during the Holocaust in wartime Rome and recounts the story of Bella, a young, pregnant Jewish woman hidden from the enemy by a Catholic family until the liberation.

The play won the 2014 Ross Alternative Works award. Its title, Giovanni Is Here, is the coded term used to alert Jews of an imminent German raid. For more info: