Golda Meir Portrayed at LBI Library Program

Mar 15, 2017

The Long Beach Island branch of the Ocean County Library in Surf City celebrates Women’s History Month with “Golda Meir: a Life of Purpose” on Monday, March 27, at 7 p.m. This theatrical monologue, written and performed by actress Rene Goodwin, portrays Meir just months before the signing of the Israeli declaration of independence. 

Goodwin said the program focuses on Meir not just as a rising political star and soon-to-be world leader, but also as “Golda the woman.”

“Like so many women icons, she had a very human side, but one unfamiliar to most,” Goodwin said. “She was a daughter, sister, mother, and wife – with all the joys and heartbreak of playing each interlocking role.”

Goodwin said the setting for the program is Nov. 29, 1947, when the United Nations voted that there should be a Jewish state.

“But the declaration wasn’t signed until May 1948,” she said. “The Jews knew from the minute that vote was taken that they were going to be attacked. So what did they have? Golda was sent in early 1948 to raise money from American Jews because they knew, once the declaration was signed, what was going to happen. So the setting for my piece is much narrower in my treatment of Golda. Golda is in America to ask for help, support and money from American Jews. She raised $50 million.”

Meir, who was born in Kiev, served as prime minister from March 17, 1969, to June 3, 1974. She died in 1978 at the age of 80.

To register for the program, call the branch at 609-494-2480. —E.E.


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