JFVVI seeks Executive Director

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The Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island (JFVVI) is seeking an Executive Director. The Executive Director is the sole employee of the Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island (JFVVI) and is a part-time position with flexible hours.

The successful candidate will have the following skills or the ability to learn:

  • Business administration, public administration or communications or marketing
  • Experience with day to day bookkeeping entries and running financial reports using  Quickbooks and Excel
  • Working with the Board of Directors and reporting to the President
  • Experience with Social Media
  • Email distribution software (Constant Contact), CRM (Customer Relations Management)
  • Coordination with Government and Community Agencies or Organizations
  • Ability to set time lines for special events and projects
  • A deep understanding and sensitivity to Jewish Heritage, Culture and community dynamics

If you are interested in applying for or obtaining additional information, please email:
executive@jewishvancouverisland.ca or email Selma at archie4@shaw.ca  or call (250) 588-3947  before August 30, 2019

My Place Needs Towels & Pillow Cases

My place at our place 3Our Place is staffing and partially funding a transitional residence called My Place. This off-shoot presently houses 44 men and 4 women. The dormitory-style area is a large gym, divided into 48 small spaces, surrounded by fairly low curtains. In each cubby there is a bed and, fitting underneath, a large plastic bin to hold personal items. The residents may stay for an indefinite time, hopefully moving from here to housing. Continue reading My Place Needs Towels & Pillow Cases

Dr. Ruth Simkin Launches Dear Sophie

Join Dr. Ruth Simkin as she launches her latest book Dear Sophie on Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria V8W 2J3.  Dear Sophie is Dear Sophie is the continuing memoir of The Jagged Years of Ruthie J. as Ruth fsucceeds in being accepted to medical school only to face sexual harassment and discrimination during her training. Told in letters to her niece Sophie, Ruth weaves a feminist story of perseverance and determination for equality. The book demonstrates to Sophie how to live a happy, productive, feminist life.

In 2010, The Jagged Years of Ruthie J met with critical acclaim; Dr. Simkin has written countless medical papers and contributed to medical textbooks. Dear Sophie: Life Lessons in Feminism and Medicine is her fifth book.

Dr. Simkin worked as a family physician, and later on became a specialist in hospice and palliative care, working at the Victoria Hospice. She is currently retired and resides in Victoria. She happily lives with her Golden Doodle, Kelly, enjoying the fauna and flora from her home.

Wonderment: Explorations of Jewish Mysticism through Electronic Music

June30-ForNewsletterJune 30, 2019, 8 – 10 pm (Doors open 7:30 pm), Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria — Presented by the Garden City Electronic Music Society, this electronic music event will feature ambient and atmospheric electronic explorations inspired by Jewish mysticism, presented in quadraphonic sound. Artists include Dominion of Being (Joseph Sheppard & Heather Mitchell), and Surrounded By A Radiance (David Bodrug). Admission by donation. This event is supported by grants from the BC Arts Council, Capital Regional District, the City of Victoria and the Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island. For information: 236-882-2326


The Mahler Project

Mahler Project imageJune 1, 2 & 9, 2019, Wood Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music — Your newsletter online design editor and “diva wanna be”, Frances Rosenberg, is completing an intensive song performance project for singers aged 30+ on the works of Gustav Mahler and Alma Mahler. Please consider attending the final concerts for this project. Program includes Gustav Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer, Rückert lieder, Songs & Airs from Youth including Songs from Des Knaben Wonderhorn; Alma Mahler – 5 Songs. Admission by Donation.
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VIJFF Special Festival Preview

Tel Aviv on FireSunday, May 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm — As an early kick off to our 5th Jewish Film Festival scheduled for November 2-5, 2019, the Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) will hold a special festival preview on Sunday May 26 at 7:30 pm at the Vic Theatre. The program will feature the film Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) followed by a 30 minute talkback with cinema scholar Maurice Yacowar.
Tickets: $11 general and $8 students & seniors until May 19, and $13/$10 thereafter. The evening also includes a raffle for two festival passes for Nov. 2-5, a $200 value. Tickets are $5 or five for $20.
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