Wow and more!!!!!!
Life in a Jar experienced three incredible presentations at Skidmore College in Saratoga, New York and at Elms College in Chicopee, MA with some of the most enthusiastic audiences we have ever seen.
A big thanks to Lollie Abramson at Skidmore and Amy Nee at Elms College for organizing the venues.
But the thank you list doesn’t end there:
Jack Mayer, the author of Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project, was a ‘rock star’ at these presentations. Jack signed many autographs and added much to the programs with his presentations and Q & A. Thanks Jack for helping with the presentation of Irena’s heart necklace to Ashley, so emotional.
Speaking of ‘rock stars,’ the cast was at its best; Megan, Ashley, Mary, Erin and Noah. Plus Heather Griffith, originally from Saratoga Springs, provided so much assistance.
Auden Thomas of Skidmore was of great assistance.
The Skidmore program was done so well, we are using it as a future template.
We love and appreciated Lanie Oshlag, thanks for the beautiful notes.
From Elms, there were so many, Professor Scott, Maureen, the Social Work Department, those with the Polish reception, the exhibition from Auschwitz (powerful) and so many others.
What a delight to see many of our friends come up from NYC, Patti Keener provided a wonderful surprise with her visit.
From the New York venue:
“This is the first moment I have had to myself to sit and write you a note to thank you for coming out to Skidmore.  I want you  to know how deeply moved I was to be  a ‘witness’ to your remarkable program LIFE IN A JAR.   I am purposely using the word ‘Witness’, as we are all aware of  its meaning.
I have rec’d several phone calls and emails from people in the audience that raved about the presentation, and also expressed their thanks to you all for bringing this program to our area.  The impact of the LIAJ foundation continues to grow and the story of Irena Sendler will not be lost to the world.  Amazing.”
From Elms:
Elms was honored to host the Western Massachusetts premiere of the play “Life in a Jar / Irena Sendler Project.” This play tells the awe-inspiring story of Polish social worker Irena Sendler and a group of other young Polish women who outfoxed the Nazis during World War II to save the lives of 2,500 Jewish children living in the Warsaw Ghetto. Yesterday, the original production company that “discovered” Sendler’s story and created the play visited campus for a performance and Q&A. Veritas was packed, and the gave a standing ovation at the end.

This celebration of Irena Sendler’s life and work is the second event in a series of two presented by Elms College; Women’s Philanthropy, a division of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts; the Kosciuszko Foundation, New England Chapter; the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning; and a generous grant from the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ Harold Grinspoon & Diane Troderman Hatikvah Holocaust Education Fund.