Sing Along “Fiddler on the Roof”

Sunday March 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm


Congregation Emanu-El’s own theatre company, Bema Productions, will present a Sing-Along Fiddler on the
 as a fundraiser for Congregation Emanu-El and for its Syrian Refugee
Family Sponsorship project. Instead of using the movie, Bema will have 18 very talented
actors doing a staged reading, a live orchestra of wonderful musicians and a
great chorus to help you belt out the much loved songs. This promises to be a
very special, fun-filled Sunday afternoon in aid of a family that will be “far
from the home they love”. Our own singularly talented Zelda Dean will direct
the performance, which will be held in the Sanctuary.  

Tickets ($22 adults/$15 students) can now be
purchased on-line from Ticket Rocket.  Join us for a pesto and wine tasting
following the show.  Tickets are $10 at
the door.

Bema Productions Presents: “The Grandkid”


Last week of October, at the synagogue

Bema Productions is delighted to be
offering four performances of The Grandkid by John Lazarus at Congregation
Emanu-El Synagogue
, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria—directed by Zelda Dean and
starring Michael Armstrong and Amanda Wear

Julius Rothstein and his granddaughter Abby have loved each other from opposite ends of Canada since Abby was born. But now, accepted as a freshman student at the university where Julius teaches, Abby is moving in with him to be close to school and to keep her newly widowed grandfather company. The two must negotiate a new relationship as housemates and friends, which means dealing with issues of youth and age, work and play, activism and apathy, homework and heart attacks, and those three tricky topics: sex, politics and religion.

Tickets $20 each are available from Ivy’s Bookshop, Russell Books,
Synagogue Office and at the door.
Information: or
250-544-1322. Performance dates and times:

  • Saturday, October 24 @7:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 25 @ 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 31 @7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 1 @ 2:00 pm

“The Best Meal You Ever Ate”


Bema Productions’ newest offering served up in style for Victoria Fringe Festival audiences. (See selection of scenes from the opening night)

Warning:  Attending This Performance May Cause Cravings For Fine Dining
Director Zelda Dean writes: 

“In an intimate venue, you will sit with the last two survivors of the ghetto.  The story unfolds through an exquisite act of kindness as they are offered a gourmet meal. This is where philosophy faces food, where the intellect meets all the senses, and the sublime rubs up against the ridicu-licious. It’s entertaining, serious, funny and thought provoking.  I am directing a stellar cast (see attached poster) and would appreciate you spreading the word through your own contact list.

Tickets are $11 each; they can be purchased through Ticket Rocket at 250-590-6291 or at the door, but we are only seating 65 per show so buy early.  

  • Thursday, August 27           7:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 30              2:00 pm
  • Tuesday, September 1       7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 3 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 6         2:00 pm

Avram, formerly an assistant professor at the university, and his wife Netti, are the last two Jews left alive in the ghetto fighting the Nazis, and they haven’t eaten in days. To their astonishment, a chef, Jean-Paul, makes his way to where they have hidden, bringing with him a wonderful meal, complete with wines. Jean-Paul explains that he applauds their courage, and has persuaded the German commander that they should be allowed one final, sublime meal before they are destroyed. But is it kosher? And…could that dish actually be ham?

This is a well-crafted play of depth and heart with irresistible characters written by Bruce J. Bloom and has earned raves from New York to New Zealand.