Notts Libs strike gold

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

BUD­DING THES­PI­ANS at Not­ting­ham Lib­eral Syn­a­gogue per­formed a play about Ruth Ma­tiovska, a mem­ber and Shoah sur­vivor, in front of a packed au­di­ence as part of its 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

The play, Ruth’s Story, was spe­cially adapted for chil­dren’s par­tic­i­pa­tion from a script by the shul’s Auster­litz Scroll Group. The play tells the story of Ms Ma­tiovska who was de­ported at the age of 11 from Auster­litz-Slavkov in the for­mer Cze­choslo­vakia, to­gether with her par­ents and all its Jews. She and her par­ents sur­vived Terezin camp be­fore re­turn­ing to her for­mer home where she still lives. Ms Ma­tiovska was made an hon­orary mem­ber of the con­gre­ga­tion 20 years ago.

The play was staged on a Satur­day evening fol­low­ing an an­nual Auster­litz Shab­bat ser­vice that was at­tended by guests with fam­ily links to Auster­litz-Slavkov.

The adap­ta­tion was car­ried out by Deb­bie Moss, who said the par­tic­i­pa­tion “of so many of the tal­ented younger mem­bers of the com­mu­nity — many who have vis­ited Auster­litz-Slavkov and met Ruth, was par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fy­ing”.

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