City in Colour

City in Colour - PosterThursday, May 9, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at GVPL — Join author May Q. Wong as she shares stories from “City in Colour” on May 9, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the GVPL Committee Room, 735 Broughton Street, Victoria. Please pre-register online at GVPL.ca/event. Information:  250-940-4875 extension 381.  This event is in celebration of Asian Heritage Month.


An Honour for One of Our Own

Ed Fitch PortraitCongregation Emanu-El Board member Ed Fitch [otherwise known as Major-General Edward Fitch (Ret’d)], was recently appointed Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel (HLCol), 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.  This is a significant volunteer assignment for Ed whose long and distinguished military career is replete with accomplishments.
The Canadian Rangers are a part of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reserves working in remote, isolated and coastal regions of Canada. They act as the eyes and ears of the remote areas they cover, and provide an essential support to CAF national security and public safety operations within Canada. Their motto is ‘Vigilans‘, meaning ‘The Watchers.’

HLCol Fitch was instrumental in extending the 4th Canadian Rangers Patrol Group from British Columbia into Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba in the late 1990s through the early 2000s while he was Commander of Land Forces Western Area (now the 3rd Canadian Division).

Congregation Emanu-El congratulates HLCol Fitch and wishes him all the best in his new assignment.

Sherlock Holmes and the Spinsters of Blackmead

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March 13 to March 24, 2019 —  Emeritus Editor Jonathan Stoppi continues to pursue a life of crime. To catch him in the act, head for St. Luke’s Players production of Sherlock Holmes and the Spinsters of Blackmead running from March 13 to March 24. 2019 at St. Luke’s Church Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd., Victoria BC. Jonathan assures me that it is a crime scene to die for! For tickets etc…

Defying Hatred: Responding to Antisemitism in Victoria

ideafest2019_header_logo 1.2Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 12:30 – 2:30 pm in the Arbutus Room in the UVic Cadboro Commons Building — Hate crimes against Jewish people are raising concern in Canada and around the world. Victoria is not immune, with the local synagogue enduring the 2012 desecration of its cemetery and hate letters stating “Jewry Must Perish.” How can we respond to antisemitism in ways that encourage community resilience in the face of hate? This workshop and small-group discussion with UVic scholars and community members aims to answer this question.
Facilitators: Margaret Cameron, Associate Dean, Humanities, UVic and Richard Kool, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University
Presenters: Harry Brechner (Rabbi, Congregation Emanu-El), Matt James (Department of Political Science), Helga Thorson (Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies), Lynne Marks and Jordan Stanger-Ross (Department of History)
Ideafest is the University of Victoria’s week-long festival of research, art and innovation.

From Camp Miriam to Dror Israel: A Journey of Aliyah

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Thursday, March 7, 7 pm at JCC Victoria — The Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island (JFVVI) – United Jewish Appeal presents From Camp Miriam to Dror Israel: A Journey of Aliyah with Hannah Faber on Thursday, March 7, 7:00 pm at the JCC Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street.
Though she grew up in Calgary, Hannah attended Camp Miriam, a Habonim Dror summer camp on Gabriola Island, each summer since the age of ten. She was first exposed to Dror Israel during a gap year leadership program, while working as a youth leader for 4th graders in Tel Aviv. Over the next 4 years while studying at UVic, Hannah remained an active member of Habonim Dror North America, led a youth group in Victoria, and took on various leadership roles at Camp Miriam, including educational director for summer 2018. Hannah decided to make Aliyah and join Dror Israel, where she is currently responsible for the youth movement branch at Kiryat Yam.
Hannah is a great example of how Jewish Federations influence community developments at home and abroad through investments in youth and young adults.  JFVVI’s United Jewish Appeal contributions support Dror Israel’s after-school program for at-risk youth in Haifa, Jewish Summer Camp Scholarships, and provided Hannah with an Israel Experience Grant.Please join us for Hannah’s talk on her work with Dror Israel, her choice to make Aliyah, and how her journey has led her to become meaningfully engaged in Israeli society and living what she views as an authentically Jewish life.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

UVic Events in March

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Friday, March 1, 2019
“Armenian Genocide: Legacies of Denial” lecture by Maral Attallah
1:00 – 2:30 pm in the David Strong Building C122 at UVic
Drawing on the Armenian Genocide, and linking analysis of various genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries, Maral Attallah argues that recognition and reparation (structural recognition) is a necessary aspect of holding active and passive genocide deniers accountable. A call for structural recognition inherently promotes active anti-deniers, those who challenge genocide denial and encourage truth and accountability. This talk discusses the contemporary example of Turkey’s overt denial (active) and the United States’ lack of official recognition (passive denial) as indicative of a larger, more complex, system of genocide denial.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
“Defying Hatred: Responding to Antisemitism in Victoria”; Ideafest 2019
12:30 – 2:30 pm in the Arbutus Room in the Cadboro Commons at UVic
Hate crimes against Jewish people are raising concern in Canada and around the world. Victoria is not immune, with the local synagogue enduring the 2012 desecration of its cemetery and hate letters stating “Jewry Must Perish.” How can the congregation respond to antisemitism in ways that encourage community resilience in the face of hate? This workshop and small-group discussion with UVic scholars and community members aims to answer this question.

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Book Launch: Out There Learning: Critical Reflections on Off-Campus Study Programs, co-edited by Deborah Curran, Cameron Owens, Helga Thorson, and Elizabeth Vibert
7:00 – 10:00 pm at the Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates Street
Educators from around North America came together seeking to better understand the value of off-campus (field school) teaching and learning. Come hear the authors reflect on what they learned and join in interactive fun as we imagine educative pathways to a better world.

Friday, March 8, 2019
Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies Graduate Student Conference: Memory, Identity, Nation
9:30 am – 5:00 pm in the Halpern Graduate Centre at UVic
This graduate conference not only features student presentations from all three streams of the graduate program (Germanic Studies, Slavic Studies, and Holocaust Studies) but also invited graduate student speakers from across Canada. It is free and open to the public.

A River Could Be a Tree

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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.