My Rabbi

October 7th - 18th, 2014
Tues – Sat at 8pm | Sat at 4pm | Sun Matinee 3pm
PWYC Weds at 1pm | Half price Oct 7

VANCOUVER PREMIERE – Arya and Jacob were both born in Saskatoon and have been best friends since high school. Arya’s father is Iranian and his mother is Irish-Catholic. Jacob comes from a long line of rabbis. The unlikely pair laugh at their respective cultural differences; dubbing themselves ‘the Jew and the Muslim’. As they grow up, their own spiritual journeys lead them in divergent directions that will change their lives forever. This thought-provoking comedic drama about the lines that occur between faith and friendship is created and performed by real-life friends Kayvon Kelly (Chelsea Hotel) and Joel Bernbaum.

Kayvon Kelly and Joel Bernbaum show the grey areas around this contentious subject… funny and poignant… its message of togetherness has never felt more vital.” – The Stage, Edinburgh

Globe & Mail Interview: ““I’m glad we’re telling our story when we are because this is the time to encourage dialogue,” Kayvon Kelly

A Firehall Arts Centre presentation

Produced by Sum Theatre

Written and performed by Joel Bernbaum and Kayvon Kelly. Directed by Julie McIsaac. Dramaturgy by Michael Shamata. Lighting Design by Bryan Kenney. Stage Management by Erin Crowley.


“This play was my favourite show this year, the topic was hugely relevant and the actors moved me to tears. We took a punt on this play after having been handed a flyer something we rarely do, but I’m so glad we did. Many thanks to the fantastic actors who clearly put their hearts and souls into this performance.” – Karen

“Phenomenally relevant examination of perception, culture, pre-conception, religion and conflict. Well worth seeing.” – Elizabeth

“The two actors were very credible and talented, taking you on a journey of humour, sadness and poignancy… A must see. One of the best things we have seen over nearly 20 years of Edinburgh Fringe attendance.” – Michelle


My Rabbi: Post-show Dialogue

Sunday October 12, 4:15 PM – Firehall Arts Centre

Free to attend – join the conversation!

The Sunday Oct 12 at 3pm performance will include a discussion panel following the show featuring:

Laura Duhan Kaplan (Iona Pacific Inter-Religious Centre,  Vancouver School of Theology)

Rabbi Dan Moskovitz (Temple Sholom)

Rima Berns-McGown (Associate Director, Centre for the  Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures, SFU)

Free & open to the general public, regardless of whether you are seeing the show that afternoon.
No pre-registration required.