“What has the future ever done for me?”

Peggy RickOn Sunday, March 10 at Congregation Emanu-El in his talk about Unsustainability & Vancouver Island, Rick Kool remarked that we might not see significant results from effective sustainability efforts during our lifetime and that the “What has the future ever done for me?” (WFDM) attitude is a stumbling block to an effective communal approach to the environmental challenges we face. Pictured above are Peggy Wilmott (GVAT) and Rick Kool as they discuss the sustainability challenge with the audience. For more photos taken by Penny Tennenhouse & Frances Rosenberg…

Honouring Janna Ginsberg Bleviss

Janna

Saturday, March 16 at Congregation Emanu-El — Please join us following services for a kiddush luncheon honouring Janna Ginsberg Bleviss, a woman who is one of the golden volunteers in our synagogue and in the larger Jewish community. With a generosity of spirit, Janna steps in when needed. This is an opportunity to say “Thank you” to her.
If you wish to make a donation in honour of Janna, the Kiddush and Avodah funds are close to her heart.
With thanks, Jackie Saunders-Ritchie.

Purim Carnival

PJ-Library-Purim-Carnival-March-10-Web2Sunday, March 10, 2019 10 am to 12 noon, Jewish Community Center, 3636 Shelbourne Street — The Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island, PJ Library, PJ Our Way & Congregation Emanu-El invite everyone to a Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Jewish Community Center of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street. This is a free Family Event featuring carnival games, magician, costume parade, hamantashen, snacks and drinks. Come in costume and win a prize! For more info or to volunteer, please email PJ@jewishvancouverisland.ca

Eco-Veggie Potluck Dinner & Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Kabbalat Shabbat PG

Friday, March 1 2019, 5:45 pm – Doors Open: 6 pm – Shabbat Dinner: 7:00 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service — Bring a vegetarian or dairy dish to our potluck dinner along with your own dishes & utensils for dining (that’s the “eco” part!). We’ll supply the allah and wine for kiddush. The dinners are a great way to get to know each other and all are welcome. Please RSVP for the dinner at info@congregationemanuel.ca

Services will begin promptly at 7 pm, following dinner – it’s OK to come just for services if you can’t make it to the dinner. Kabbalat Shabbat is a spirited and joyful service with singing and storytelling lead by Rabbi Harry and the Shul‘s very own KabbaShabba band!  Services will conclude at 7:45 pm with a tasty oneg dessert.  Fun and meaningful for both kids and adults.

Attention parents: Kafe & Kibitz

kafe kibitz

Sunday, February 24, 10:15 am to noon in lobby, 710 Pandora Avenue — Come hang out with other parents in a warm & welcoming environment: feel free to bring along any young children in tow. We look forward to engaging conversation, laughter, reflection, support, and, of course, caffeine. Everyone is welcome, including non-members. NEW LOCATION: We’ll be meeting in the lobby of 710 Pandora Street (the new building at Pandora & Douglas) beside Sherwood Cafe.


 

An over-the-top Sephardic Celebración

I want to knowDespite the snow, about 100 people participated in the Sephardic Celebración at Congregation Emanu-El last Sunday afternoon. Betsi Boeno led off the program with a joyful presentation about Turkey and Sephardic Jews. Kouskous followed her with their earthy, sensuous Sephardic music and the afternoon wrapped-up with a buffet of tasty Sephardic delicacies. Mazel Tov for a delightful afternoon goes out to Betsi, Amber & Gary, the volunteer cooks, Rosalind & Yaaqov and their brigade de cuisine, Betsi, Amber, Ruth, Dahlia, Frances, Ellen & Rene and the Adult Education & Communications teams.
For more photos… (Penny Tennenhouse, Frances Rosenberg)

JFVVI announces a book program for children aged 8 to 12

PJ Our Way

Building on the success of PJ Library, which gives the gift of Jewish children’s books each month to more than 100 children in Victoria and Vancouver Island, Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island (JFVVI) announces the new program PJ Our Way (for Jewish children aged 8 to 12) which allows participants to select one of four books every month, giving them more choice on their journey toward being life-long readers while introducing them to Jewish ideas.

PJ Our Way books are provided at no cost to families because of generous contributions from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and PJ Alliance partners.

As part of the program, PJ Our Way participants can write book reviews, take quizzes and polls, and watch kid-created book trailers and author interviews. The PJ Our Way website pjourway.org provides these new avenues for discussion.

For more information or to sign-up directly, go to pjourway.org/Canada.