Wednesday, February 13, 5:30 – 6:30 pm — Angela Himsel launches her memoir, “A River Could Be a Tree” on Wednesday, February 13, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, UVic Engineering and Computer Sciences Building, Room 108. Admission is free and open to the public.
Join Angela as she discusses her recent memoir about growing up in an apocalyptic fringe religion in Indiana and her journey to Judaism. Himsel’s seemingly impossible road from childhood cult to a committed Jewish life is traced in and around the major events of the 1970s and 80s with warmth, humor, and a multitude of religious and philosophical insights. A River Could Be a Tree is a fascinating story of struggle, doubt, and finally, personal fulfillment. Himsel is a freelance writer based in New York City. She has an MFA in creative writing from The City College of New York.
February 1 – 10, 2019 — Celebrating its 25th anniversary the Victoria Film Festival (VFF), which will run from February 1 to 10, 2019, will screen three Jewish-themed films: The Unorthodox, The Reports on Sarah and Saleem and Seder-Masochism. Continue reading Victoria Film Festival will screen three Jewish-themed films
Our Place is embarking on an exciting new program, the Faith Initiative Program and invites members of our congregation to be involved. This primarily involves listening — not giving advice on how to fix a person’s life — just listening with respect and dignity for all. Our Place is looking for individuals who are open, non-judgmental, compassionate; who can remain grounded in the mix of turmoil, pain and suffering; and who can remain positive, hopeful and able to celebrate the unique gifts of every individual member of the Our Place family. This new initiative intends to provide extra support to the Our Place family, develop stronger connections with faith communities in Victoria and add value to ourselves by hanging out, ready to listen and be a loving presence to Our Place family members.
General orientation, training and on-going support will be provided by the Spiritual Care program staff at Our Place. Volunteers will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check.
This is an opportunity to deepen and expand the hand-on support Congregation Emanu-El has offered over the years. Our Place envisions various faith groups in Victoria each taking ownership for providing spiritual care volunteers on one day of the week.
If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Penny Tennenhouse.
December 8 & 9 — Voices in Motion an intergenerational choir for people with memory loss, their caregivers and high school students presents two concerts: Continue reading Voices in Motion Concerts
Saturday, November 10 & Sunday, November 11 — Bell’Arte Music Drama is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform again Alice’s Gift: The Life and Music of Alice Herz-Sommer. Performances will take place on Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 11 at 2:30 pm at 2875 Tudor Avenue, Victoria V8N 1L6. Tickets $25 each can be purchased at alicesgift3.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006. For more information call 250-721-2121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This musical one act play written by Elisabeth Wagner and performed by Lina de Guevara with Elisabeth Wagner at the piano lasts for one hour. There will be a short “Question and Answer” session following each performance.
Alice Herz-Sommer was born in Prague and lived through World War II playing piano recitals in Theresienstadt ghetto. At the time of her death, at 110 years of age, she was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor. Besides having a remarkable story of a cultured upbringing, and a story of endurance and survival, Alice had an extraordinary ability to embrace life and the people she met. In the play, the audience is warmly invited into her living room and given the opportunity to hear some of her stories, her music and her simple but profound wisdom.
Tuesday, November 7, 2018 – 7 to 9 pm at 1644 Hillside Avenue — Join Bolen Books in celebrating the release of May Q. Wong’s new book, City in Colour, a collection of rediscovered stories of Victoria’s pioneers, trailblazers, and community builders who were a people of diverse colour. It includes a story about Congregation Emanu-El, Judge Samuel D. Schultz, and Amelia Copperman. Meet the author, join in on a discussion about the unsung individuals of the city’s history, and pick up a signed copy of the book.
Often described as “more English than the English,” the city of Victoria has a much more ethnically diverse background than historical record and current literature reveal. Significant contributions were made by many people of colour with fascinating stories, including:
- the Kanaka, or Hawaiian Islanders, who constructed Fort Victoria, and members of the Kanaka community such as Maria Mahoi and William Naukana
- three Metis matriarchs—Amelia Connolly Douglas, Josette Legacé Work, and Isabelle M. Mainville Ross
- the Victoria Voltigeurs, the earliest police presence in the Colony of Vancouver Island, and who were primarily men of colour
- Grafton Tyler Brown, now known in the United States as one of the first and best African American artists of the American West
- Manzo Nagano, Canada’s first recorded immigrant from Japan
- and many more
With information about various cultural communities in early Victoria and significant dates, May Wong’s City in Colour is a collection of fascinating stories of unsung characters whose stories are at the heart of Victoria’s history.
Tuesday, October 9, 7:30 pm, Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria — In the deep past lie the answers to who we are and from where we came. Thirty-five thousand years ago, ice age hunters created striking works of art portraying the natural world around them. Emanu-El congregant & writer, Sid Tafler will share insights and images on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:30 pm in Room 159, Fraser Building, University of Victoria, from the legacy of a long-lost world when our ancestor depicted these animals deep inside the darkest places on earth. This was a time when exotic animals like lions, rhinos and mammoths roamed the European continent along with two species of humanity—Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis.
This event is part of a series presented by the Victoria Natural History Society. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.