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 53conn@gmail.com

 

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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 www.victoriasoulgospel.ca. 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…

VSHJ Silver Anniversary Celebration

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Saturday May 5, 7 pm Jewish Community Centre — The Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism (VSHJ) will mark its 25th anniversary with a Musical Gala and Desserts on Saturday, May 5, 7:00 pm at the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street, Victoria V8P 4H2.  The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra will provide music. Tickets are $15 at the door.

The music is a blend of klezmer with elements of swing and jazz, along with the sounds of Tin Pan Alley and the popular music of the day creating a whole new world of possibilities for the traditional music the Jews brought to North America.


Walking together: a journey with our indigenous neighbours

Walking togetherOpens Sunday April 8, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. John the Divine — A Program of Learning, Understanding and Respecting the Cultures, Experiences and Aspirations of First Peoples opens at St. John the Divine Anglican Church on Sunday  April 8 at 10:00 am with a  Welcome and Opening Address “Walking Together – Stories and their Telling” by Florence Dick (CRD Liaison, Songhees Wellness Centre).

  • Continues weekly on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm from April 11 to May 9 with a closing session on Sunday May 13 at 10:00 am. For more information
  • To assist with gauging numbers you are asked to register for the Wednesday sessions, at the Church Office in person, by phone (250-383-7192) or email carolann.zenger@stjohnthedivine.bc.ca.

Carl Lutz World War II Hero

_99395308_carllutzinbudapestafterarrivaloftherussiansnl-carl-lutz_00000272_020Friday, March 23, 7:00 pm — You and your friends are invited to attend this free talk by Charlotte Schallié on Friday, March 23, 7:00 pm at St. Philips’s Church Hall, Outside Entrance, 2928 Eastbourne Road, Victoria.

A UVic scholar, Charlotte illuminates one of the World War II’s unrecognized heroes, Carl Lutz, who saved an estimated 60,000 (minimum) people from the Holocaust.

Charlotte Schallié, Professor of Germanic studies at the University of Victoria and a member of the university’s Holocaust Studies Program, said it’s only in the past few years that Lutz’s story and the enormity of his humanitarian achievement have been recognized.

This event is organized by the Victoria Swiss Society. The Swiss Consul General will be attending. Refreshments will be served following talk. RSVP: Daniel von Kanel 250-727-7950 dkvonkanel@shaw.ca.