Tickets are now on sale for The Original Deed by Sid Tafler, an historical drama about Congregation Emanu-El that will be performed in the sanctuary on November 15, 16, 18, & 19 at 7 pm. The Original Deed is a story of love, loss and conflict among eight members of a family—and their lawyer.
Sam, a Holocaust survivor and downtown jeweler, fights to save the shul from the wrecking ball while his son Morry tries to sell the building and move the congregation to the suburbs. As the father/son struggle reaches a climax, Sam invokes The Original Deed and a ghostly figure from his past emerges to salvage his dreams and his memories.
The play’s lead character is Sam Abelman, a Holocaust survivor and downtown jeweller, who desperately wants to save the shul while his son Morry tries to sell out and move the congregation to the suburbs.
Sam, says Sid Tafler, is an amalgam of many people, but especially Jack Gardiner, Willy Jacobs, Peter Gary and Ray Rose.*
But mostly, Sam is himself, played by accomplished Victoria actor Toshik Bukowiecki (pictured here with his granddaughter Ellen (Ava Fournier) as they listen for voices in the synagogue walls).
This production is a benefit for our shul focused on the Hebrew School and the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.
Tickets may be purchased at Ticket Rocket http://www.ticketrocket.co/event/details/101436/the-original-deed for $20, $15 for students.
More information at The Original Deed.
*Jack, Willy and Peter were Holocaust survivors and members of our shul at different times. They taught us about loss and despair, redeemed by liberation, healing and building a new life. Ray was born in Victoria in 1920 and operated Rose’s Jewelers on Douglas Street, a business started by his father in 1912. He was a bombardier in the RCAF in WWII with 33 missions over Europe.