Be a part of the JPP and Reinvent the future of Jewish Theater

Become a Community Panel Reader

Since 2011, the Jewish Playwriting Contest has ignited a revolution in Jewish theater that is reverberating around the nation. Now, you can join their ranks and have your voice be a part of 21st Century Jewish theater. Here’s how it works.


The JPP delivers all the plays via a private, pass-word protected website to Panel Readers. (A full set of plays is equivalent to one mid-sized novel.) Read as many as you like!

Six Weeks (1 Week per play)


Readers in each city, region or virtual panel gather for a fascinating 90-minute full of conversation and disagreement, Jewish-style.

1 Night


Panelists vote on the Top Three plays that best represent the Jewish conversation in their community. Fun fact – 95% of groups choose a different Top Three!

10 Minutes


Hosting a JPP Community Panel is perfect for JCC arts departments, synagogue teen and adult education directors, community arts leaders, and anyone who can gather a minyan (10 Jews over the age of 13).

What is a Reader Panel?

  • It’s like a book club for new plays.

  • A JPP Reader Panel is a community gathering in which you and friends come together to read and discuss the best new Jewish plays of the year.

  • Your votes count towards the national Jewish Playwriting Contest winner, announced in June!

How does it work?

  • Invite up to 30 members of your community to the Panel 
  • Use the JPP’s private, online Community Reading site to read and evaluate the 6 Finalist plays
  • Host a gathering for a raucous and very Jewish conversation with all your Panel members 
  • Vote on your community’s Top 3 Plays!

What are others saying about the experience?

  • “Enlightening, encouraging and fun!”
  • “The JPP has given me a new group of friends, and a window to see the many facets of Jewish life- the people, traditions and history.”
  • “The program was amazing and I feel that it is one of the most innovative programs happening in Jewish life right now.”