The Oberammergau Passion Play, a ritual drama primarily concerned with the events of Jesus' last days and performed at regular ten-year intervals in the village of Oberammergau, Germany, presents unique challenges – and opportunities – for both Christians and Jews. Embedded in the play's 366-year history are certain anti-Jewish elements that have prompted the American Jewish Committee and others to act in tandem with Oberammergau leaders to transform aspects of the drama's text, set, costumes, and performance. AJC has been involved with this issue since 1929, and continues to be a leading participant in dialogue about and in Oberammergau today. Continue reading...
Rabbi Noam E. Marans
Left to right: Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, Archbishop Timothy Dolan, and Frederik Mayet, one of the two actors who plays Jesus in the Oberammergau Passion Play