Meet the real Rabbi who helped inspire Broadway’s “Come from Away”

The new Broadway musical Come from Away, by Canadian playwrights Irene Sankoff and David Hein, is comprised of stories of kindnesses done by and for the “come from aways” (the Newfoundland term for “visitor”) who were stranded in the tiny town of Gander when US airspace closed on September 11, 2001.

Several of the stories involve a rabbi played by Geno Carr. He is based on Rabbi Levi Sudak who was one of the “plane people” traveling from London to New York, writes Francesca Lunzer Kritz in The NY Jewish Week.

Kritz interviewed Rabbi Sudak and heard even more about his time in Gander. Sudak was disappointed not to meet the playwrights, but was thrilled to speak about Come from Away.

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