LIVE / Zoom Event: Nov. 14th, 7:30pm!

Multi-faceted Storyteller, Eleanor Reissa, reads from her engrossing memoir & joins us for a Q & A.

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Eleanor Reissa, “Hard at work on the book at Al Fanar, in Acre, Israel.”

In 1986, when her mother died at the age of sixty-four, Eleanor Reissa went through all of her belongings. In the back of her mother’s lingerie drawer, she found an old leather purse. Inside that purse was a wad of dried-up papers in a brittle baggie: fifty-six letters handwritten in German by her father, in 1949 — only four years after Auschwitz — to her mother, also a refugee, already living in the United States.

Forty years later, Eleanor finally had the letters translated.

With her father’s letters as her silent guide, Eleanor goes on a journey down the River of Time, unearthing the unknowable about her family’s past and her own present.

Please join us at Nancy Manocherian’s the cell in NYC’s historic Chelsea neighborhood or Zoom on Nov. 14th, 7:30 p.m. as Eleanor reads selections from her memoir, her quest really, The Letters Project – often as funny as it is heartbreaking and always brutally honest. The reading will be followed by a Q & A with the audience and a book signing period. Please note that masks are required for all audience members at all times.

Ms. Reissa may have set out to uncover and share her parents’ journey, which she certainly does, but, more than that, she provides the rare gift to the reader of revealing herself in real time. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear the artist read live from her own work in such an intimate environment.

Artist Bio

Eleanor Reissa is a Brooklyn born and bred victim/beneficiary of the NYC public school system from K through college. In spite of that (or because of it) she has lived a life greater than her own expectations. She is a Tony Award-nominated director (Those Were the Days); Broadway/television actress (Paula Vogel’s Indecent/ HBO’s The Plot Against America); a prize-winning playwright, former artistic director of the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, host of the Yale University/Fortunoff Video Archive podcast: Those Who Were There: Voices from the Holocaust, and currently shares the audio guide duties with Juliana Margulies at the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s latest exhibition The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do. Reissa has sung in every major venue in New York City and in festivals around the world. She is a storyteller in English and Yiddish, and is often the voice for the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, including their new episodic radiocast: Who is GuiltyMany of her musical performances can be found on You Tube and the Internet. Most recently, in Italy, she filmed Musical Tales of the Venetian Jewish Ghetto and Chopin and Liszt with Hershey Felder. Her memoir, THE LETTERS PROJECT: A Daughter’s Journey, is available now.

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Details and ticket link coming soon!

November 2022 will be our first live monthly storytelling event since going virtual in April 2020. We also remain on Zoom, so you can register to join us at Nancy Manocherian’s the cell in NYC’s fabulous Chelsea neighborhood or on Zoom. If you’re in person, please note that we do require proof of COVID vaccination with valid I.D. and masks must be worn at all times. We remain a donate-what-you-wish event with proceeds shared among the organization, participating artists, and our non-profit partner of the month. Registered attendees will receive the Zoom link and login information for the event via email once they’ve registered at Eventbrite; Please be sure to download Zoom to your computer or mobile device prior to the event. If applicable, you will receive an e-ticket from Eventbrite.

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