In the late 1960's, psychologists in Israel began to document about 200 cases a year of Westerners who, upon traveling to Jerusalem and experiencing the religious and historic sites there, suffer a mental breakdown and suddenly come to believe that they are God or the Messiah or a character from the Bible.

Most of those afflicted have deeply rooted psychological problems. Some, however—about twenty-five or thirty every year—are normal, regular people who have no psychological problems in their medical history. For them, the condition is temporary, and with proper medical treatment they snap out of it in three to seven days. Afterwards, they remember their delusion with some embarrassment but they go on to return to their normal, everyday lives and have no further psychiatric disturbances. It is this strain of the syndrome that the experts have labeled the "Jerusalem Syndrome proper."

This new musical takes a comical look at this real-life psychological malady as it follows three separate characters on their journeys to Israel: a Columbia University professor who goes to Israel with her husband and comes to believe that she is Abraham’s wife, Sarah; a gay, African American man from South Beach who goes to Jerusalem for a real estate closing and "becomes" Jesus; and the klutzy son of a Cleveland travel company magnate who is leading a senior citizens tour of Israel when he suddenly "turns into" Moses.

During the course of this zany musical, their lives intertwine with each other—and with God, Eve, John the Baptist, Noah, King David and not one but two Virgin Marys, all of whom they meet in the psych ward at Hadassah Hospital.
The Jerusalem Syndrome is an outrageous musical comedy, but it is also a story of hope in which the characters come to see that today, just like in the times of their biblical alter egos, God is performing miracles all around us.

The Jerusalem Syndrome...
If it weren't true, you'd never believe it.