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:

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 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, 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

Dance for the Children Fundraiser

Dance for ChildrenSaturday, September 29 7:30 – 10:30 pm at Saanich Silver Threads — Get out your dancing shoes and head for the Saanich Silver Threads, 286 Hampton Road, Victoria, BC V8Z 1H1 (near Tillicum Road) and Dance for the Children, a fundraiser for the Albergue Villa Pinal, a collection of buildings located inland from Melaque MX-JAL operated by Asistencia a la Familia, which serve as residences, a school, and a medical clinic for indigenous Mexicans families from the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca who migrate during the winter months to work picking crops in the fields around Melaque.

A number of Victoria residents including Emanu-El members Sid and Jen Tafler support this humanitarian project. To learn more about the project…

Doors will open for Dance for the Children at 7:15 pm, Salsa class at 7:30 pm, dance until 10:30 pm with DJ “Pachanguero”, class with John De Pfyffer, Latin and ballroom music, maybe some live too.  There will be other surprises like a little Zumba with Roz!

Admission is $12.  Please bring finger foods to share.  Food and drinks will also be available for sale.  Donations towards items for a Silent Auction are welcome.  For more information contact Connie at 1-250-709-1935 or email her at


Robert Waisman: On Survival, Truth and Reconciliation

Holocaust Memorial MonumentMonday, June 11, 7 pm – 8.30 pm, David Strong Building C103 —  Holocaust survivor and educator Robert Waisman will share insights into a life dedicated to advocacy and peace-building in a special conversation with University of Victoria Chancellor Shelagh Rogers. Waisman will be recognized with an honorary degree at UVic’s convocation in June for his work as a community leader, philanthropist and former president of the Vancouver Holocaust Centre for Remembrance and Education.

Continue reading Robert Waisman: On Survival, Truth and Reconciliation

Food Bank Benefit Concert

Soul GospelSaturday, May 12, 7:30 pm, St. John the Divine Church — Victoria Soul Gospel Choir presents a benefit Mother’s Day Concert on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 pm at St. John the Divine Church, 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria V8W 2L5.  Tickets are $20 (children under 10 free) available at Ivy’s Bookshop, Munro’s Books, St. John the Divine Church office and online at Concert is a benefit for the Food Bank at St. John the Divine.

Tour the Ismaili Centre (Burnaby)

Ismaili CentreWednesday May 9, 9:00 am — Join Zahir Dossa and Naz Rayani and the UVic Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) for a tour of the Burnaby Ismaili Muslim Jamatkhana and Centre, 4010 Canada Way, Burnaby, BC V5G 1G8 on Wednesday May 9, 9:00 am. Tickets are free.

The Shi’a Ismaili Muslim Centre, designed by Bruno Freschi, is a synthesis of traditional Islamic architectural principles and modern construction techniques. From reports of people who have visited the Centre, the tour leaders can assure you a most memorable day. The Centre, inaugurated in 1985, is one of BC’s best kept architectural secrets.

For information about the event…