Carlos Cortes Speaking in Bethesda, MD on May 8th

Where: Adat Shalom Bethesda, MD

Who: Carlos Cortes

When: May 8th

Please attend a very unique event at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD. This is going to be a really special — and free! — shabbat performance. Carlos Cortés lectures around the world on multiculturalism and education — he is a professor of history at UC Riverside, and cultural consultant for Nickelodeon’s pre-school series, “Dora the Explorer” and “Go Diego Go”. But this autobiographical show about growing up mexican and jewish in the midwest — is not for the toddler set

A Conversation with Alana: One Boy’s Multicultural Rite of Passage on Friday, May 8. (See below and flyer for details.)  Alana is a one hour, one person autobiographical play written and performed by Dr. Carlos Cortés. In his play, Cortés presents his story of growing up as a young man of mixed ancestry in racially segregated, religiously divided early post World War II Kansas City, MO.

The son of a Mexican Catholic immigrant father and a U.S.-born Jewish mother, Cortés had to learn to navigate Kansas City’s rigid racial, ethnic and religious fault lines, while simultaneously dealing with the internal conflicts of his own divided family

We’ll start with kabbalat shabbat services at 6:30pm outside (weather permitting). Folks who would like to share a shabbat meal are welcome to sign up on the Adat Shalom listerve for “Taste of Shabbat” ($18/person for the meal. BYO wine). go to to sign up for the dinner.

The performance starts at 8pm and is FREE. A short concluding service will be at 9pm. For those who wish to stay after services, we’ll gather for an informal conversation with Carlos Cortés.

Book-ended by Shabbat services and an optional $18 dinner ( to order) you are absolutely welcome to spend the evening or attend just the 8:00 1 hr. presentation plus closing service. The theater piece is not for young children yet high schoolers who can handle something a little edgy are encouraged to attend.

This will be an intriguing evening-one that will provoke reflection and conversations across the realm of diversities.