SJCA: The Braid, What a Surprise!

Saratoga Jewish Community Arts, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York and sponsorship of Temple Sinai in Saratoga Springs, together with a generous donation from Barry and Shelley Bader in memory of their daughter Melissa Bader Lewis, have contracted with The Braid, formerly Jewish Women’s Theater, to bring a three-program sequence in 2023 to our SJCA series. Each of The Braid programs will be on Zoom.

The Braid, in its fourteenth season, is the go-to Jewish story company and leading non-profit organization, creating, curating, producing, and preserving stories grounded in Jewish culture and experience. Through its performances and programming, The Braid empowers artists and audiences to feel pride in Jewish culture while building community and connection between people of all backgrounds. Founded in Santa Monica, California, in 2007, The Braid has affiliates in two cities, holds tours across the country, is now accessible globally via Zoom performances, and is available on online platforms. The Braid remains true to its founding commitment of giving voice to Jewish stories that haven’t been heard, whether those are stories by women, Jews of Color, or Jews from other diverse backgrounds. “We are an organization started by a group of women who know what it means to be outsiders, to exist in the margins of culture, and to be stereotyped.”

Our third program on May 14 at 7 PM with The Braid is What a Surprise!  Joyous moments, deep losses and everything in between – See What A Surprise! a new work of theatre from The Braid, created by the NEXT Emerging Artist Fellowship. FREE! Live on Zoom Sun, May 14 at 7pm ET and Sun, June 4 at 2pm ET. Real experiences, brought to life by professional actors.

To register and receive Zoom access to The Braid programming What a Surprise on May 14 at 7 PM, email Registration will be confirmed with an email, and you will be sent the access code two days before the program.


May 14 2023


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm