An “Extraordinary” Purim with Shira Kline and Jon Adam Ross

Having survived a blizzardy drive down dark, unfamiliar roads last Wednesday evening, I shook the cold and snowflakes from my coat and walked into a warm room at the Newton JCC. I had no sooner been handed a name tag that read “Cleopatra” when a tall, handsome man in a top hat and tails called out “Cleo! So glad you could make it!” He walked over and shook my hand. “I’m Heather,” he said  “Welcome to the League of Extraordinary Women.”

In my job as JWA’s Education Program Manager, I’m no stranger to watching students imagine themselves as different women from Jewish American history. But what I experienced last week at Purim Primary 2012 was quite extraordinary. In an event hosted by the JCCs of Greater Boston and co-sponsored by JWA, Mayyim Hayyim, and Hadassah, 50 women from the Boston area came together to share a night of learning, debate, and yes, fun. The event centered around an original, interactive performance piece written by Shira Kline and Jon Adam Ross called Divas, Queens, and YOU!


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