Eleanor Reissa

Eleanor Reissa is a storyteller in English and Yiddish – her first language. She is an award- winning director and playwright, actress, singer, translator, choreographer, and author. She was last seen on Broadway in ‘Indecent’, plays the matriarch in ‘The Zweiflers’, winner of the Cannes TV Series Award 2024, and has an anthology, The Last Survivor and Other Modern Jewish Plays. She has sung in every major venue in New York and at international festivals. A daughter of Holocaust fighters, her memoir, The Letters Project: A Daughter’s Journey, is a search to discover the truth about her father, as well as herself.


Yiddish hauntings in new fiction and film

Join Tali Lavi in conversation with Eleanor Reissa, Leah Kaminsky and Rebecca Margolis as they speak of the power of Yiddish in representing the Ashkenazi Jewish experience in new fiction, television and film. What happens when today’s artists employ Yiddish in their work? This session will draw upon the mysterious and the uncanny in reimagining...

Sunday August 18, 2024

Melbourne Jewish Book Week Opening Night Gala: Of Ghosts and Golems

Step into an evening of grand theatricality as our writers and performers dazzle us with mystical tales, dipping their toes in the dark landscapes of ghosts and golems. Prepare to be enchanted, entertained, and transported across the shtetls and oceans of your dreams, all the way from Prague to Ripponlea. Hosted and curated by award- winning author,...

Saturday August 17, 2024

SOLD OUT: Melbourne Jewish Book Week Literary Dinner, featuring Eleanor Reissa (US)

Don’t miss Melbourne Jewish Book Week’s inaugural literary dinner with international femme celebre, Eleanor Reissa — actress, songstress, director, playwright and author, in conversation with MC, Gary Abrahams, Executive Director of Kadimah Yiddish Theatre.

Sunday August 18, 2024