Remembering Rozina

We’re just getting reports about yesterday’s memorial tribute and celebration of the life and artistry of Rozina Kambos, one of the prized Israeli actresses of stage and screen. I share a first note from Israeli director, Sinai Peter, who’s directed Pangs of The Messiah, The Accident, and Return to Haifa for us at Theater J so powerfully over the years.


Dear Ari!

Your words to Hakameri`s memorial of Rozina were so significant to everybody at the audience. You wrote from the bottom of your heart warm and clever words that shared with all of us expressions of love and deap appreciation–not only with late Rozina, our beloved actress–but also with our joint artistic and moral theater work.

Let`s hope that the bridge you worked so hard to establish between both artistic communities, from both sides of the ocean, will sustain against all storms.

Your decision to dedicate “Boged” to the memory of Rozina is so meaningfull to all of us as your warm invitation to our dear friend, Doron, to join the opening night. I embrace you all with tears in my eyes.

Thank you, my friend.



All of us at Theater J here in Washington DC remember Rozina Kambos for her monumental will to perform a play that meant the world to her. The reports back in 2010 were that Rozina was in a hospital bed battling for her life and that it was likely a new actress would have to take over the role of Miriam in RETURN TO HAIFA. But Rozina would not be denied her chance to participate in a project that was more than mere theater to her. Rozina believed in the power of art to be a bridge-builder to reach peoples’ hearts. She would fight to reach the most hardened of theater-goers; the theater-goers who would keep their children away from RETURN TO HAIFA lest it make their teenage soldiers soft at heart; soft, “when they needed to be tough; to be steel” (as some audience members shared with us on video). Rozina’s Miriam would be the threat that touched hearts and bestowed humanity and tears upon the enemy whom Rozina would first come to recognize, then argue with, then fight with, only to hear anew, and share anew, and cry new tears, together, with a Palestinian mother named Saffiyah, who would share a son with her; a son named Dov, who was also named Khaldun. Rozina was the Matriarch of RETURN TO HAIFA. She was the Mother Courage, and established veteran, and star performer, leading a talented company through the snows of America to conquer the headlines, and catapult audiences to their feet with nightly standing ovations. Rozina could not be dissuaded from performing in our nation’s capital, even if it meant chemotherapy treatments from strange doctors administering medication in a strange language.

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Rozina touched everyone she came in contact with in America — touched them with her artistry — with her bravery — and vulnerability — and professionalism — and infectious passion for her art. All of us at the theater — staff, crew, council and audience — came to love Rozina because we knew what she was fighting, and we saw what she was embracing; the life force that she could not let go. We knew she would get tired. But never on stage. She was a rock on stage.

She was recognized as one of the great international actresses to ever play on a Washington DC stage, as she received a 2012 nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production from the Helen Hayes Awards for her role in RETURN TO HAIFA. She lost that award to Cate Blanchett, but she won much more than a mere nomination citation. She won a place in our memory forever, as the performance was now inscribed in history as one of the few Israeli turns to make news in America — to be remembered at awards time in America. And because of that added attention she commanded, that role, and her time with us in our community in Washington, will never be forgotten.

Together with her wonderful partner, Doron, Rozina leaves a legacy of talent, and drive, and generosity of spirit that will always be treasured. She made everyone around her better; the actors she shared the stage with; the producers who worried but who learned to trust; and the audiences who came with hardened hearts, whether from the left or right side politically — by the end, Rozina’s performance had transcended political leanings. She wasn’t playing to one partisan wing or the other. She was living the pain of a bereaved adoptive mother, seeing the pain of a birth mother rediscovering what she’d lost and might never fully retrieve, and she was living through all that to approach a nightly release of catharsis and hope. Long may her memory be a blessing.

Much love to everyone in Israel from all of us here in America who were touched; who are saddened; who were shattered and now are hopeful that we shall meet again someday; all of us with you, Rozina, in a lovely Green Room in the sky, after a performance in a searing work that you offer to all of us as a gift.

We thank your for your many gifts, carried with you from one continent to another and then onto our continent here, so far away from where you rest now.

From your forever friends and admirers at Theater J…




Here’s the Cameri Theatre press release (courtesy of Google translate) about the event and exhibition of Rozina’s textiles in the lobby of the Cameri.


Cameri Theatre is proud to open a celebratory exhibition in memory of actress Rosina Kambos, it will be the creation of rugs created by Kmbos for 15 years. Examples are imaginary Romanian effects – Balkan and South American. Rosina dreamed for years about the big trip to South America – mainly wanted to Peru to see the Aztec pyramids. Following the unrealized dream, she read books, saw photographs and her impressions created under the influence of the carpets. Throughout all her travels abroad, visits to museums, Rosina was always drawn to the area rugs. Colored carpets and motifs of folk in them, are also affected by this project – a hand saw in Romania. Was embroidered wool on a foundation of linen, according to the examples she planned her head and drew detail on paper, scale.

Work on each carpet lasted many months. She brought with her the carpets even rehearsals and performances and her breaks she would sit in her room and works. At the same time Lmtzweinoth on stage as an actress, excelled Rosina crafts – hand any.

The memorial service for Kambos will be January 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Yarkon Cemetery plot artists grace Square.

Last year Rosina played by five highly unforgettable different shows: the role of Mary Goshinsky, the play “Return to Haifa”, as Bianca Schuster play “The Suitcase Packers”, as georgette play “The School for Wives,” a beautiful neighbor as a play “written” , and as a farewell Frotz’kin play “wonderful reputation.”

Rosina was the first Israeli actress who was nominated for Helen Hayes Award in Washington (last year) in the category of outstanding game player first foreign production, the role play “Return to Haifa” In 2010, actress of the year award Ophir Awards ceremony on bit part in “charge of human resources.”

Rosina Kmbos born in Romania, finished acting school in Bucharest on 1975. Duties include Romania: Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Cuba women of Troy, Jenny Threepenny Opera, Toinette Vaholh imagined.
Immigrated to Israel in 1983. Between 84-87 played Be’er Sheva Theater. Duties include: The Devil in Moscow, Rosa should Fiat life (Kol Israel Prize, 1986), Katharina Taming of the Shrew, Titania, Hippolyta Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fania Fenelon band on probation. The Library Theatre: Donna Matilda Henry IV. Stage (1987), among its functions: Single circle The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Fraulein Kost, Cabaret, Fshitzoh Bhufs and driven, sprinkled Jehu, the mother at night honey and horror, doll Teitelbaum Bhahiot Rosenzweig, Serafina Fear tattooed, Queen decapitation, Anna Anna Weiss (Kleczyński Kane 1997), Veronica insertion of Veronica, the mother of going Vahullachim dark (Theatre Prize for 1998).

From 1999 Cameri Dofh membrane (Prize Avraham Ben Yosef), Aunt Dona Rosita, Mira accordions, Lily Chatterton best of the two, Lady Vamlbis, Matilda caviar and lentils, Madeleine in oil, Rita von Wiesel Netanya, foster father, beautiful Vactovh Anna the fruit of love, Miriam Goshinsky The Return to Haifa, Frida name goes before him, nanny Romeo and Juliet, Bianca Schuster packing her suitcase.
Television: Series – this is it, neighbors, Aichi, thresholds, Hebrew with anything, matter of time, sapphire, Florentine, Johnny, Storytellers Festival. Film: Domino, the letter arrived on time, Tel Aviv Stories, Family Secrets, Operation Grandma, brothers welcome, poker face, yellow peppers, Everybody Loves Raymond, mother and Abbazia. Student films and more. Hosting and guidance programs on TV and radio, dubbing films children.

The exhibition is open to the public every day from 19:00 – 23:00.

For more information and images:
Efrat Avraham – Birch, a spokeswoman for the Cameri Theatre