Apples & Honey: Thank You!

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped to make this year’s Apples & Honey fundraiser for youth programs such a success.

  • Thank you to Ellen Dragushan and Mitch Witkin for baking all the delicious honey cakes—and Jill Swartz for donating the apples. 
  • Thank you to our delivery volunteers: the Piuti family, Herzog family, Marvin Kurier, Penny Ross and Tony Leiman
  • Also thanks to Solomon Bodrug and Nathaniel for packing the bags. Really hope I didn’t forget anyone!

– RaeAnn

The Cemetery Club a resounding success

Bēma
Productions first dinner theatre was a resounding success. Marc Fagen regaled
us with Middle Eastern delights ranging from hummus, baba ghanoush to a
delicious roasted eggplant dish, tabouleh and scrumptious baklavah. For the
more cautious palate, there were more traditional dishes – baked salmon, Greek
salad, cheesecake. The venue, The Oddfellows Hall, was perfectly suited
for dinner theatre. Even though there were almost 70 people present, the sight
lines were excellent.

The play
was a funny and tender story about three widows who
meet once a month for tea followed by a visit to their husbands’ graves. Their
warm friendships get turned upside down when a widower, Sam the butcher, enters
the scene.  

Under the capable direction of Zelda Dean, the actors appeared
to enjoy performing the play as much as the audience did watching them. The
script contains much “Jewish New York” humour of which Zelda allowed the actors
a fair amount freedom in its expression. However, her skilled direction meant
that their interpretations did not fall into the trap of stereotypical kitsch.

All in all, it was a most enjoyable evening and a fundraising success, enabling Bēma to move substantially toward the completion of their Black Box theatre. Kol hakavod to all the Bēma team and to Veggie Fast Foods and their catering team.