Our Place seeks volunteers for new program

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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.

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Alice’s Gift: The Life and Music of Alice Herz-Sommer

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Saturday, November 10 & Sunday, November 11Bell’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 bellartemusicdrama@gmail.com

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.

Book Launch: City in Colour

Wong in color.pngTuesday, 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.

Glimpses of our ice age ancestors’ lost world

Chauvet CaveTuesday, 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.

Help the Homeless! Donate goods and/or funds!

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On Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Central Baptist Church, 833 Pandora Avenue, the Downtown Service Providers, as part of Homeless Action Week, will host PROJECT CONNECT, a one-day service fair that assists those struggling with homelessness and poverty, and includes foot-care, professional photographs, haircuts, information booths, and a lunch. We will serve anywhere from 500-700 people.

Project Connect needs goods and funds. Please help!

Project Connect welcomes the following goods:
Socks, underwear, scarves, toques, rain jackets, backpacks, bus tickets, notebooks and paper, Tim Horton’s gift cards, bandaids, Polysporin, razors, handheld USB chargers.

Project Connect welcomes financial donations which will be spent for the day by purchasing the listed  items or for the lunch. All cheques should be made out to The Our Place Society with “Project Connect” in the memo line.

Donation Drop Off Times at Anawim House at 973 Caledonia Avenue:
• Friday, October 5, 9:30 am -7:00 pm
• Saturday, October 6, 9:30 am -2:30 pm

If you wish to volunteer, please contact Michelle Later at Cool Aid at:
https://coolaid.org/join-us/volunteer/

4th Annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival

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Saturday, November 3 to Tuesday, November 6 at the Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street — The 4th Annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) will take place from Saturday, November 3 to Tuesday, November 6 2018 at the Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street. VIJFF hopes to have the pleasure of welcoming you to the Festival to experience the best of Jewish-themed cinema.

Please visit the website vijff.ca for further information!

Pass Prices: Includes All Movies and Opening Night Reception

  • $100 Adult ($116 value)
  • $ 85 Student/Senior ($95 value)

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$150 Festival Movie Lovers Package ($95-$116 value) includes a $65 charitable donation receipt for seniors & a $50 charitable donation receipt for adults.
Please note that the Movie Lovers Package should be purchased at our website, vijff.ca through PayPal or by cheque to the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street Victoria, BC V8P 4H2 and not through Ticket Rocket.

Ticket Prices
$10 Student/Senior
$13 Adult
$25 Opening Night which includes a Reception at the Union Club