Presented primarily by Beth El members, “Inversions and Subversions” explores and brings to life the oldest known Hebrew-language play, Leone de’ Sommi’s Comedy of Betrothal, composed in sixteenth-century Italy as entertainment for Purim.

It can be watched here: At once lighthearted and scholarly, this program focuses especially on the drama’s proto-feminism, Near Eastern setting, and use of biblical and rabbinic texts. “Inversions and Subversions” has been generously supported by Beth El Congregation Phoenix and the East Valley JCC (Chandler, AZ), and combines dramatic readings, running commentary, and musical selections—including singing by Cantor Jonathan Angress and Phoenix-based soprano Nina Cole Garguilo. 

Check it out on this most unusual (nahafoch v'nahafoch-hu) Purim! (Please note that the first 18 minutes are mostly background; thereafter the focus is on the play itself.)


  • Starting Thursday, February 25th, 2021, repeated every day until Thursday, March 11, 2021 — all day

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