Teresa’s Ecstasy

A Nun With A Jewish Touch

03/06/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

She brought a mystical Jewish strain into her career in the Church and gave comfort to many converts from Judaism who struggled to maintain a connection to Jewish belief and practice. Teresa of Avila, a 16th-century saint whose grandfather was forced to renounce his Jewish identity by the Spanish Inquisition, never lost touch with her Jewish roots. In Begonya Plaza’s new play, “Teresa’s Ecstasy,” starring the playwright, the nun’s Jewish heritage is seen as a driving force in her life and work.

Begonya Plaza as a writer researching Teresa of Avila and her husband (Shawn Elliot) in scene from “Teresa’s Ecstasy.”
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