BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — This month, the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center will present its 8th annual L’Chaim (“to life”) event. It also features a collaboration with Red Mountain Theatre Company as BHEC honors Joel Rotenstreich.
The partnership between RMTC and BHEC began last year as Keith Cromwell, Executive Director of RMTC, and Deborah Layman, President of the BHEC Board and producer of L’Chaim events, worked together to present a musical program that expresses their organizations’ shared commitment to human rights and social justice. Layman says BHEC uses the history of the Holocaust to raise awareness about the consequences of hate and how hate can escalate from something as common as bias to something as horrific as the Holocaust.
L’Chaim features Red Mountain Theatre performers Caleb Clark, Marcus Gladney and Abijah Cunningham. Also returning to the L’Chaim stage is Cantor Jessica Roskin of Temple Emanu-El who has also performed with RMTC.
Performers from RMTC’s award-winning Conservatory will also take part in L’Chaim. The intensive, audition-based performance group rehearses and performs more than 450 hours each season under the leadership of Broadway and national tour veterans. Students take part in three levels: Previews (9-12 years old), Spotlights (11-15 years old), and the Performing Ensemble (13-18 years old).
This year marks the eighth annual L’Chaim. The 2018 Honoree is BHEC board member Joel Rotenstreich. Rotenstreich conceived of and led the Anne Frank Tree project and also served as campaign chair and president of the Birmingham Jewish Federation. He also served three five-year terms on the Mountain Brook Board of Education and was president from 2000 to 2002.
L’Chaim will be held Sunday, August 19th at the Jemison Concert Hall inside the Alys Stephens Center. It starts at 2:30 p.m. Student tickets are $25. Adult tickets are $50. To purchase, click here. You can also find out more about the event here. All ticket purchases and donations are 100% tax deductible.
To find more information about the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, click here. BHEC is also on Facebook. You can also find out more about Red Mountain Theatre Company by clicking here. You can also follow along on social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.