Rachel Calof’s Story
Follow a dramatized story of Rachel Calof, a Jewish picture bride, as she emigrates from Russia to Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, in 1894, to marry a man she has never met. For four years, Rachel and her husband lived in a 12-by-14 foot shack with her in-laws, her husband’s brother, wife and children, two dozen chickens and a cow. She gave birth to nine children, all of whom survived. She chronicled the story of those years when she was 55 and living in St. Paul. Her manuscript, handwritten in Yiddish, was discovered by her children after her death and eventually published as Rachel Calof’s Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains.
The play was well-received in Seattle, and organizers hope the story’s local connection will draw added interest here; Rachel is the great-grandmother to Sue Perkel, local community member.
Cost: $18. Youth Cost: $10.
Held at Congregation Beth Israel.
Presented by the Mittleman Jewish Community Center in partnership with Congregation Beth Israel.