Just a few steps away from noisy Emek Refaim Street, on one of the narrow streets emerging from the German Colony’s main drag, a gate opens into a small yard, with a wooden floor and a small bar where only tea and coffee are served. Facing the bar, there is a cozy corner couch that serves as a smoking area, and in between, a small entrance through a staircase leads you down to a built-in cave, with about 50 chairs and a tiny stage.

This is Hamartef (The Basement) Theater, a small yet very active and very special pocket theater, where students of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s theater faculty and professional graduates of theater schools work on a joint venture into experimental and therapeutic theatrical work with at-risk young adults.


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