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.

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VSHJ Silver Anniversary Celebration


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

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

Last chance to see Bedtime Stories

10685716_web1_bedtime-stories-1200x799March 14–18 — Bedtime Stories is the latest production for the Saanich theatre company, St. Luke’s Players. The six-act comedy is the work of Canadian playwright Norm Foster, who is often compared to Neil Simon and has had more than 50 plays reach the professional stage. Our emeritus eNewsletter editor, Jonathan Stoppi who performs in this play encourages everyone to go —”a very funny play, on a par with the best of British comedy—even if I say so myself, as a member of the cast.” The final four performances are this weekend. Tickets at the door, or at

Audience reactions include…

  • “Many thanks […]  for an excellent performance last night. The dialogue was impeccable, the timing perfect and it was one of the most amusing plays we have attended.”
  • “We absolutely loved your show last night! It was darn near perfect with such excellent comic timing that we laughed out loud more than we have in a long time.
    Your direction has pulled really good characterizations out of all 15 of your cast.
    Congratulations and thanks for a really fun evening of theatre.”
  • “So entertaining. We had fun on the way home talking about which were our favourite scenes. Casting for the 15 roles was spot on. I loved the set and costumes.”