Life in a Jar

As part of the observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) month, the Jewish Student Union invites the campus and Salem communities to join them in recognizing the life of the great Polish Holocaust heroine, Irena Sendler, who saved over 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto. Her amazing story will be shared through a performance of the play Life in a Jar by members of the Irena Sendler Project from Ft. Scott, Kansas. As part of the mission to increase understanding of the Holocaust, the JSU is partnering with Marion County resident Colleen Samuel to bring area high school students to the performance.

Few had heard of Irena Sendler in 1999, but now, after 324 performances of Life in a Jar, a website with enormous usage, a best-selling book, and world-wide media attention, Irena is becoming known to the world. This all became possible through the work of three Kansas students who "discovered" her and, through the play they wrote, changed the world Their story is part of this compelling presentation.

Admission to the performance is free for festival seating. Donations are gratefully accepted for the Life in a Jar Foundation/Children of the Holocaust. Copies of the book by Jack Mayer will be available for purchase.

This performance is made possible through the support of Santiam Hearts to Arts, the Willamette University Jewish Student Union, the Marion Cultural Development Corporation, the Holzman Foundation, and the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation.