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braided and baked

braided and baked like challah
my identity is constantly turning and being read
like torah
different interpretations of the same living thing
and idea an artifact we can study
it is my breath on the bar’chu
calling me up to be
my tongue on tekiah waking up those who sleep
i speak
my purpose
i am
my words my deeds my dreams and my bloodline
swimming in ashkenazi rivers looking for a solid home
drowning in survivor’s guilt and
windsurfing in a poem
i am
only the food i eat literally but
there is much more inside me spiritually
i am
between ancient and fresh
right and left
spirit and flesh
hashem and nefesh
between hip and hop
there is a hyphen
a chai fitting between jewish and white
between erev and night
between misappropriation and my natural right
i lay flat
putting my body on the line like my ancestors did
when it’s time to stand for justice
time to sit-in and protest for fairness
time to speak up and lay down our arms for peace
my identity guides and reminds me that
i cannot cease until all are free
for we were once slaves
now comfy and prosperous in our post-post-modern age
our obligation remains
burning like the eternal flames in our temples
but many in our diasporic tribe bring us terrible shame
it’s simple
know mercy
do justice
be not pharaoh
be not goliath
do not create ghettos
tear down walls
love your neighbors
because we are a people
braided and baking together
constantly turning being read and reinterpreting ourselves
and struggling to not forget where we’re from
struggling ever so hard to tikun olam
our ability to heal the world does not come from violence
it is not born in security threat analysis or
border wall military check points
check again
check your holy books your history and your heart
check yourself
my friend my sister my brother
my identity
our identity
is deeper than skin
so check the weather you will see a change blowing in the wind
on the backs of a diverse new generation
bringing together the right and the left
the spirit and the flesh
hashem and nefesh
ancient and fresh
to build the bridges we need
to save our identity


city at peace

The region’s most diverse and talented teenage performers tackle the issues in a riveting musical production that will challenge, enlighten, unsettle and entertain as only the rawest of real-life stories can do.

May 7 at 7:30 p.m.
May 8 at 2* & 7:30 p.m.
May 9 at 2 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.
*Meet the Cast post-show discussion following the Saturday matinee.

The rules among young people are simple:

When emotions are raw … “Keep it movin!”
When it’s time for action …  “Maintain the status quo!”
When faced with challenges … “Push past them!”

Those are the rules; it’s how things are done. You have the right to suffer in silence, to ignore the signs or completely shut down. But rules were meant to be broken, especially when it comes to your
right to remain

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE | Washington, DC 20002

Tickets (adults/college students & seniors/kids under 18)

Visit www.atlasarts.org or call the Box Office at 202-399-7993.
For group sales (10 or more) call 202-319-2200 x 8.