Where is Mrs. Gabbai? | the Train Theater

Where is Mrs. Gabbai?

Theater in the Alleys of Yemin Moshe
The whole family
Photo by Eldad Maestro
Photo by Eldad Maestro
Photo by Eldad Maestro
Photo by Eldad Maestro

Jack Shvili’s childhood neighborhood is the setting for this street-theater work. Set in the alleys of Yemin Moshe, the performance revives games, songs, sounds, and memories from the past. The plot follows the traces of Mrs. Gabbai – a unique and mysterious character who can control the seasons and alter moods.

An original performance combining acting, puppetry, songs, and storytelling.


  • The show takes place in the Yemin Moshe neighborhood, Jerusalem
  • Venue not suitable for strollers
  • Participants are encouraged to bring a hat and water
  • Suitable for individuals, families and organized groups, up to 75 participants
  • The activity is dependent on the weather, so please check the Train Theater website and Facebook page

Meeting place

  • In front of the French Consulate, 5 Emile Botta Street, Jerusalem
  • Please arrive 20 minutes before show time
  • Tickets must be booked in advance
  • Telephone number for inquiries: 050-3352525 (only on day of show)

From the reviews

Original, refreshing and clever, superbly acted, far from the tumult of the ‘Festigals’...  Admirable and praiseworthy.  I heartily recommend it.Osnat Eitan, National Parks Authority Spokesperson

Want to treat yourself to something special?  Run to see ‘Where is Madam Gabbai?’ which is performed in the magical alleyways of Jerusalem’s Yemin Moshe neighborhood and poses a mystery to solve and street games ...  The entire show unfolds on a tour through the neighborhood’s alleyways, with the audience experiencing a variety of theatrical methods, street games, fun assignments and even some nostalgic historical information about the neighborhood ...  This is exactly what this charming show does.Rachel Aljim, Achbar Online

The play was very successful, the actors wonderful, and the children, parents and staff of the Kesem School very much enjoyed themselves.  I hope we’ll continue to enjoy Train Theater performances in future years.Dr. Merav Held, Kesem School

Participation in festival

  • Participated in the International Festival of Puppet Theater, Jerusalem
Coming Shows
29.8 Mon 17:00

Created by: Jack Shvili
Concept and text:
Shmil Maayan
Performance and manipulation:
Jack Shvili, Avraham Cohen
Music composition and performance: Avraham Cohen
Costume and prop design, adaptation for puppets:
Shelly Nadashi
Artistic consultation:
Dalia Yaffe-Maayan, Naomi Yoeli


Adam Yan Yakin


With the support of the National Lottery Council for the Arts