Mitzvah Project Teaching Artists

Meet Elijah Alexander

“As a Mitzvah Project Teaching Artist, I am thrilled to share the story of my Uncle Julius who survived capture by the Gestapo and was responsible for single-handedly bringing my family to the states after the war. Were it not for Julius, I would not be around to tell his story… Now, after more than a quarter century in show business, I have the privilege of not only telling his story but of using my performing and teaching skills to help young people learn the critical lessons of the Holocaust. I hope that in doing so, I can play a part in creating a more hopeful and inclusive future.”


Professional Bio: On stage, Elijah has appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of Metamorphoses and with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Tantalus, written by John Barton and under the direction of Sir Peter Hall. In regional theater, Elijah has played leading and featured roles at the Guthrie Theatre, Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep and the Old Globe. He was a company member at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 5 seasons and at the CalShakes for 3 seasons. His film & TV credits include “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “JAG,” and Guiding Light among others. He is currently co-starring in “The Chosen,” a biblical epic TV series. For more on Elijah, click on

Meet Rolf Saxon

“When (Mitzvah Project co-director) Nancy Carlin asked me to join The Mitzvah Project company as a Teaching Artist, I jumped at the chance. I had seen Roger Grunwald's performance and presentation online and felt this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I’ve always wanted to find a way to use my experience as an actor and teacher to engage young people and play a part in challenging the forces of intolerance, antisemitism, racism and white supremacy. And now, I can also weave my family’s story into my lesson. I am very grateful for this opportunity."


“My paternal grandfather’s family came from Zinkov, a shtetl in what is today southwestern Ukraine. In the late 19th century, decades before Hitler and his Holocaust, shtetl after shtetl were being ravaged by pogroms. It was then that my grandfather’s family chose to leave behind the only world he knew. For that reason, I count myself today as one of the lucky ones.”


Professional Bio: Rolf has lived and worked in the U.K. for many years during which time he appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company for 3 years, worked in repertory companies throughout Britain as well as in the commercial theatre on London’s West End. Rolf has also been seen on several BBC and ITV series as well as in Hollywood blockbusters “Saving Private Ryan” and “Mission Impossible.” Rolf received his formal acting training at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. For more on Rolf, click on