Mass Appeal 1943

Sunday, Oct. 13, 4 PM, at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 
2200 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Newport Beach


This one-act play with music imagines the meeting between conductor Ravi Schächter and the Jewish Council of Terezín in 1943 when Schächter wanted to the Council’s blessing to permit his choir to perform Verdi’s Requiem in the Jewish ghetto. For Schächter, the performance would be a powerful and life-affirming act of resistance against Nazi efforts to dehumanize the Jews. This one-act play with music imagines the meeting between conductor Ravi Schächter and the Jewish Council of Terezín in 1943 when Schächter wanted to the Council’s blessing to permit his choir to perform Verdi’s Requiem in the Jewish ghetto. For Schächter, the performance would be a powerful and life-affirming act of resistance against Nazi efforts to dehumanize the Jews. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, the Defiant Requiem Foundation and ART WOW/Bare Bones Theatre, with funding from the Weissman Arts Grant. The reading is free, but donations to the Jewish Collaborative are appreciated. 

More background:

In the early 1940s while a prisoner in the Terezín concentration camp in the Czech Republic, pianist, composer and conductor Rafael Schächter organized his fellow prisoners into a choir as a way to lift their spirits and offer them hope amidst punishing captivity, hunger and despair.

Schächter led his choir in performing a variety of popular and original music, but even more courageously, he also taught them to sing Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem.  The singers learned the Requiem by rote using repetition and memorization from a single score that Schächter had brought to Terezín from Prague.

When Schächter felt that his choir was ready to perform the Requiem, he met with Terezín’s Jewish Council of Elders for its blessing. The Council was, at first, not supportive of Schächter’s proposal. After all, Verdi was Catholic and the Requiem a religious mass dedicated to death and afterlife of an Italian writer. But Schächter saw it differently. To him and his choir, performing the Requiem in Terezín was a powerful and life-affirming act of resistance against Nazi efforts to dehumanize the Jews.

Conductor and President/Creative Director of the Defiant Requiem Foundation Murry Sidlin has written a play imagining the meeting between Schächter and the Jewish Council. This moving work, titled MASS APPEAL 1943, offers an insight into the controversy surrounding the performance of the Requiem and the fear and oppression by the Nazis of the Jewish community in Terezín.

Ultimately, Schächter’s choir sang the Requiem sixteen times. The last performance was before German officials and the International Red Cross in June 1944. Following their final performance, Schächter and most of his chorus members were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau where they perished, silencing their voices forever.

Remembering Our Loved Ones at Yizkor

Honoring the memories of departed family and friends at this time of year is a treasured tradition. We invite you to share the names of all those who are with you in spirit to be part of our memorial montage that will be displayed in a public space throughout Yom Kippur.

For each memorial, please include the person’s full English name, Hebrew name (if you know it), their date of birth and their date of passing. If you have a photo to upload, we would be happy to include it on their page OR one sentence about them. For example: “Terry’s generosity extended to all and her door was always open.”

If you would like to have a photo of your loved one included in the montage please email one to

This Yizkor memorial project is independent of JCoOC’s High Holiday experience. Please feel free to participate even if you are out of town, attending services elsewhere, or doing your own thing.

If you’d like to embrace the custom of making Yizkor donations, please consider a charitable gift amount in multiples of $18. DONATIONS CAN BE MADE BY CLICKING here. Please continue here by filling out the form below.

If you would like to send us one photo for each of your loved ones to be remembered, please email them to with “Yizkor Photo” in the subject Line.

For questions please email

2019 / 5780 High Holiday Tickets

Reserve for High Holidays using our easy 2-step process.

The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County charges no membership fees to participate in our programs, including High Holidays. We are funded entirely by your individual donations throughout the year, and particularly during the High Holiday season. Our  ticket amounts reflect the cost of creating a robust experience with many options for celebration. All contributions to JCoOC are tax deductible.


A JCoOC “Experience the New Year” ticket admits you to any and all general admission services and programs and childcare on Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah Days 1 & 2, Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Lunch, Kol Nidre and Yom Kippur. Please also consider joining us for an optional Erev Rosh Hashanah community dinner (9/29/19).

Rosh Hashanah Dinner (9/29/19) at St. Mark Presbyterian


A traditional high holiday meal with vegetarian  options.

I don’t have to cook? Count me in!
$40 (Age 12 & Up) and $25 (Age 3-11) – Make a Dinner Reservation

No Charge for Children Ages 2 & Under (but please let us know they’ll be with you)

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House 30 by August 30th

The JCoOC is partnering with St. Mark Presbyterian to raise $17,000 to adopt and house a family by the end of this month. This time-bound opportunity will allow the Santa Ana Housing Authority to house 30 families AND ALSO if $500,000 is raised by the end of August, the state will offer 300 more such housing vouchers to Orange County. Read more below.

Click here to donate.

Woodstock Sponsorship Opportunities

Woodstock Jubilee: Back to The Garden

Honorary event chairs:
Toni & Terry McDonald and
Eric Alcouloumre & Annee Della Donna
invite you to join them for
Woodstock Jubilee: Back to The Garden
JCoOC’s Inaugural ‘Festival of Friends’ fundraiser

Sunday, September 8th, 5:00 pm
Environmental Nature Center – 1601 E 16th St., Newport Beach, CA

Live entertainment, community art gallery, nature walks, jam session, delicious food & spirits, hands-on activities and MORE…

The Environmental Nature Center is an indoor/outdoor facility including an area with wood chips and nature trails, so please dress accordingly for this type of venue. We recommend no heels and good walking shoes
(better to dance with, my dear).


1. One-Hit Wonder
Purchase individual tickets at $200 each before August 22 or $250 each after August 22.

2.Love the One Your With:
Purchase couple tickets at $360 for two before August 22 or $500 for two after August 22.

3. Become a Sponsor or Underwriter:
All sponsors and underwriters will receive multiple tickets & some perks based on level of donation: $1,800 – $25,000. Click here to view all sponsorship opportunities.

4. Donations are the next best thing to being there:
If you cannot attend the event, please consider making a donation and we hope to see you at an upcoming JCoOC program.

We love CHECKS! You’ll save the cost of the processing fee if you pay by this method. Checks should be made out to JCoOC and mailed to:
Jewish Collaborative of Orange County
2913 El Camino Real, #701
Tustin, CA 92782

Please click here to purchase tickets or become a sponsor.

*If you would like to support JCoOC in a way that you don’t see available above, please contact Rabbi Marcia Tilchin at

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