Saturday, August 29, 2020 10:00 am in Government House Grounds—Due to popular demand, the outdoor Shabbat morning service is back. Come and reconnect in person with friends for a spirited, casual, participative prayer and Torah learning experience. At this service, we will see folks in a multidimensional way at a beautiful outdoor space, while keeping healthy and safe. Rabbi Harry and Rabbi Matt will craft a soulful condensed Shabbat service that will be full of song, meditative prayer and provocative and insightful learning. Continue reading Special Outdoor Shabbat Morning Service: Parashat Ki Tetze
August 20 at 11 am PDT, live-stream exhibit & website launch—Please join the Victoria SHOAH Project as we launch a special exhibit of the Autograph Book given by Susi Deston (z’l) to Rabbi Harry. You are invited to tune in on Thursday, August 20 at 11 am PDT.
The book belonged to Susi’s first husband, Mænni Ruben (z’l), a violinist from Copenhagen, who was taken as a young man with his family in 1943 to the ghetto/camp Theresienstadt near Prague.
Beginning in April 1945 as the war was ending, the autograph book contains optimistic and hopeful greetings, pieces of music and beautiful illustrations. Music flourished in the camp during the war. A remarkable piece of history, the book is in the final stages of being donated to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.
To join on line…CLICK HERE
To dial in: 1 (778) 907 2071
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Meeting ID: 848 1978 3591
After the launch you can see the exhibit, replica book and more on the website:
Janna Ginsberg Bleviss, Writer and project coordinator
Richard Kool, Launch producer and website development
Micha Menczer, Victoria Shoah Project
The Theresienstadt Autograph Book, belonging to Susi Deston’s first husband, Mænni Ruben, is being donated to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg for their Holocaust gallery. The book is in remarkable condition for being 75 years old! Continue reading SUSI’S GIFT: Theresienstadt Autograph Book
Come join Rabbi Matt as he leads us in this calming and centering movement form. Qi gong (pronounced “chee gong”) is an ancient Chinese meditative martial art that is often likened to yoga for its physical, spiritual and emotional benefits. The qi gong sessions will begin on Thursday, August 13 at 10 am. After 30 minutes of movement, those who wish to stay are invited for a discussion-based class on kabbalistic teachings about the spirit-mind-body connection. Come for one or for both!
Location: We’re looking for the best outdoor spot for qi gong and the location may change in the first few weeks. Email email@example.com if you’re interested and you will be given location info and be updated if it changes.
After a meaningful, safe and successful second service in our beautiful sanctuary last week we are hoping to continue holding small services with a Zoom alternative on a routine basis starting August 22, 2020 (Parashat Shoftim) followed by September 5, 2020 (Parashat Ki Tavo). We are doing our very best to help us all maintain connection to the shul and to one another through this strange and sometimes difficult time.
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER. We are limiting this event to 36 people, including babies and children. Please register with Zelda at firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:00 pm on Friday, August 21, 2020. For September 5, 2020, please register with Zelda at email@example.com by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 4, 2020. If more than 36 people ask to attend, we’ll do our best to give those people priority at subsequent services. Continue reading Shabbat Services Online plus
We’re a new discussion group in the community, meeting by Zoom every second Monday at 11:00 am. At present, we are studying and discussing Jewish women in history, chapter by chapter, as presented in the book “The Receiving: Reclaiming Jewish Women’s Wisdom” by Rabbi Tirzah Firestone. Continue reading Band of Sisters
Each time your Smile Card is used, Thrifty Foods automatically donates 5% into Congregation Emanu-El’s Smile Card Account. This revenue stream has proven important. Your combined efforts have helped us earn funds for synagogue projects—we were able to cover travel costs for Hebrew School students participating in a Canada-wide bible contest, to purchase a new digital phone system, and to install a new fire alarm system. Thank you so much for continuing to use your cards!
In May this year, we were approved to use our Smile funds to acquire office furniture for Susan and Rabbi Matt’s pending offices.
It’s full steam ahead despite COVID 19. We’ll re-apply for the Smile Card program next spring, and if approved, we may get a higher funding limit—that funding limit depends on how much you use your cards. The more our members use the cards, the better. So please pitch in!
Need a card – for you or someone else in your family? Please email Susan Holtz: firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll mail you one. To load the card, take it to your local Thrifty Foods store. At either the service desk or checkout counter, use your Debit, Visa or Master Card to put as much money on the card as you want. Then use your loaded card to pay for groceries. It’s as fast as using “tap” on your debit or credit card. The cashier runs your card through, and gives you your grocery receipt, which also shows how much is left on the card.
August 23 – 25, 2020, Legacy Drive-In Parking Lot 10 University of Victoria—Announcing the 6th annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF), this year with two ways to see the best new Jewish films: a Retro Drive-In Theatre August 23 – 25, 2020 at the Legacy Drive-In, Parking Lot 10, University of Victoria and streaming films in the fall (schedule TBA). There will be something for everyone.
Tickets for the Retro Drive-In Festival are on sale now. Space is limited to 50 vehicles per screening, so don’t delay in securing your spot. The drive-in tickets are $36 per vehicle, and you can bring as many people that will legally fit into your car for the price of a single ticket. Even better, the ticket price also includes a Nosh Box full of treats (feeds 2). The drive-in film schedule, film trailers, film descriptions and drive-in FAQ are on the website now.
For more information on the festival or on how to become a festival supporter (charitable contribution means a great deal to us because ticket sales and grants provide only part of our budget) visit vijff.ca or contact Deborah at email@example.com.
Can someone’s mind be opened in an hour? An American college student is stranded in a hookah bar in Israel—a country he’s been taught to despise. He collides with a sharp-witted Israeli, and as they clash he discovers some harsh realities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and that it is a world which isn’t as clear cut as he thought. How can you make winning moves in a game where there are no rules? Continue reading Bēma presents: Peace Talks (Online)
GVAT (Greater Victoria Acting Together) is an alliance of unions, congregations, environmental, education, local business, and frontline service organizations, working together for the common good in Greater Victoria and British Columbia. Congregation Emanu-El is a GVAT founding member. We have congregants who participate in Action Research Teams that are currently working on three issues: 1. Housing for all, 2. Mental Health and Addictions care, and 3. Climate Action.
Greatly concerned about youth homelessness during these COVID-19 times, GVAT wrote to the provincial government ministers in charge of this issue on July 24, 2020. Here is a link to this letter…