First Annual Readers Theatre Festival

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Weekend January 26/27, 2019Bēma Production’s next venture is an exciting weekend of Reader’s Theatre in January 2019. The festival will run in the now familiar Bēma “black box” which we create in Congregation Emanu-El‘s social hall. This style of theatre allows the audience to imagine the action from hearing the script read aloud without sets, costumes or props. The readers of the three festival plays have been carefully chosen through auditions from inside and outside the Congregation Emanu-El community. It will be a weekend filled with laughter, sadness and challenges. Please come and enjoy one play, or even all three. Tickets are now available at Continue reading First Annual Readers Theatre Festival

4th Annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival

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Saturday, November 3 to Tuesday, November 6 at the Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street — The 4th Annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) will take place from Saturday, November 3 to Tuesday, November 6 2018 at the Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street. VIJFF hopes to have the pleasure of welcoming you to the Festival to experience the best of Jewish-themed cinema.

Please visit the website for further information!

Pass Prices: Includes All Movies and Opening Night Reception

  • $100 Adult ($116 value)
  • $ 85 Student/Senior ($95 value)

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$150 Festival Movie Lovers Package ($95-$116 value) includes a $65 charitable donation receipt for seniors & a $50 charitable donation receipt for adults.
Please note that the Movie Lovers Package should be purchased at our website, through PayPal or by cheque to the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street Victoria, BC V8P 4H2 and not through Ticket Rocket.

Ticket Prices
$10 Student/Senior
$13 Adult
$25 Opening Night which includes a Reception at the Union Club


Kalamazoo-001Adrian Chamberlain, Times-Colonist writer wrote:
“This week, I attended the Fringe Eve Preview in Market Square, in which performers have two minutes each to offer a sample of their shows. These were some of the best:
...Kalamazoo by Bēma Productions: Victoria actors Ira Shorr and Angela Henry offered a nicely performed snippet of Kalamazoo, a play about a pair of aging baby boomers who meet via an online dating service. This seems a solid bet.”

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Last chance to see Bedtime Stories

10685716_web1_bedtime-stories-1200x799March 14–18 — Bedtime Stories is the latest production for the Saanich theatre company, St. Luke’s Players. The six-act comedy is the work of Canadian playwright Norm Foster, who is often compared to Neil Simon and has had more than 50 plays reach the professional stage. Our emeritus eNewsletter editor, Jonathan Stoppi who performs in this play encourages everyone to go —”a very funny play, on a par with the best of British comedy—even if I say so myself, as a member of the cast.” The final four performances are this weekend. Tickets at the door, or at

Audience reactions include…

  • “Many thanks […]  for an excellent performance last night. The dialogue was impeccable, the timing perfect and it was one of the most amusing plays we have attended.”
  • “We absolutely loved your show last night! It was darn near perfect with such excellent comic timing that we laughed out loud more than we have in a long time.
    Your direction has pulled really good characterizations out of all 15 of your cast.
    Congratulations and thanks for a really fun evening of theatre.”
  • “So entertaining. We had fun on the way home talking about which were our favourite scenes. Casting for the 15 roles was spot on. I loved the set and costumes.”

Drama meets history: a $60,000 offer for the shul

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Cast and crew of The Original Deed (Photo: Penny Tennenhouse)

“I am two of your characters.” An animated Ben Levinson approached me after the final performance of The Original Deed last Sunday. “I was the one who crawled up into the attic and I was one of those who searched for land for a new shul.” Continue reading Drama meets history: a $60,000 offer for the shul

The Original Deed: Getting Family Right!

Sam AbelsonThe Original Deed, which will be staged November 15, 16, 18 and 19 at 7 pm in Congregation Emanu-El sanctuary, tells the story of an old man trying to hold onto his best memories, and to forget some of his worst, as he struggles to save his synagogue. But it’s really about family, the family of origin, the family we grew into, and the greater family beyond our relatives. Continue reading The Original Deed: Getting Family Right!

Destination: Bahá’í Faith

Travel the faith

On Friday Oct. 20 or Saturday Oct. 21 at 7 pm, you’re invited to the fourth in the Travel the World’s Religions series sponsored by the Victoria Multifaith Society (VMS), to experience the Bahá’í Faith through a musical drama called The Gathering, commissioned by the Bahá’í Community of Victoria to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the prophet-founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Continue reading Destination: Bahá’í Faith