Addicts: Why don’t they just stop using so they would stop dying?

Ramm HeringWednesday, December 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street — Dr. Ramm Hering will discuss “Addicts: Why don’t they just stop using so they would stop dying?”

Introduction: Medical science has developed a much better understanding of the neurobiology of addiction. Implementing evidence based policies is our best hope at decreasing the effects of the opioid crisis. But why is this such a challenge?

About Dr. Hering:

Dr. Hering is the Medical Director, Addiction Medicine for Island Health. He spearheaded the development of the Addiction Medicine Consult Service for Island Health and was the driving force behind the creation of a Rapid Access Addiction Clinic in Victoria. Dr. Hering serves as the Victoria Site Director for the British Columbia Centre on Substance Abuse (BCCSU) Addiction Medicine Fellowship program and works as a clinical consultant on various BCCSU projects.

Dr. Hering completed BSc and MSc (Neuroscience) degrees at McGill University, followed by his MD at the University of Calgary and a Family Medicine Residency at Dalhousie University. He then obtained a Diploma in Public Health – Health Services Management Stream and completed a Clinical Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto.

  • Sponsored by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team.
  • Contact Heshi at heshi@me.com if you have any questions.
  • Entry is by donation: light refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

 

Creative Midrash

Creative MidrashSaturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street — Join Rabbi Harry Brechner for an interactive evening using art and drama to expand the sacred Torah narratives in a search for deeper meaning and insights. In the first part of the workshop we will experiment with hands on Midrash, using torn paper collage to unpack and explore stories from our Biblical ancestors. In the second half of the workshop we will employ techniques of “Bibliodrama” to flesh out poignant Torah narratives.

Rabbi Harry trained with Peter Pitzele the founder of Bibliodrama, a form of psychodrama that conjures up deep archetypes, often seeing Torah narrative through the lens of “a cast of internal characters,” allowing participants to traverse their inner worlds in search of personal insight and greater spiritual awareness.

This is the second presentation of Alternative Realities in Judaism series.  Admission is by donation; light refreshments will be served.

Save the Date: Emanu-El Pub Night!

Fernwood Music Bingo 2 revision 700Sunday, November 17, 4-8 pm, at the Fernwood Inn — We’ve booked a room at the Fernwood Inn Pub for a fun evening together! Come schmooze, have a nosh and a brew. We will have time to mingle until 5:30, then music bingo from 5:30-7:30. Try your luck at winning a prize!  $20 will cover the cost of admission, your first beverage, and your music bingo cards. If you wish to purchase dinner, the full Fernwood Inn menu will be available. Continue reading Save the Date: Emanu-El Pub Night!

Vivaldi’s King of Mystery

Vivaldi King of MysteryNovember 1 – 3, 2019, McPherson Playhouse — Congregation Emanu-El member, Noa Paster will appear as Katarina, a gifted young violinist sent to study music at the Pietà orphanage in Venice with the great composer Antonio Vivaldi in a theatrical adaptation of Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery presented by Kaleidoscope at the McPherson Playhouse from November 1 – 3, 2019. It’s Carnival time, magic is in the air and mystery unfolds as Katarina enlists Giovanni, the gondolier, to help in her search to discover her past. For tickets…

Avodah provides QVDP youth snacks

Jackie & Penny at Youth LunchQuadra Village Drop-In Program (QVDP) for youth is one of the programs Avodah is proud to support. Avodah’s Jackie Saunders-Ritchie and Penny Tennenhouse were thrilled to be invited recently to a special delicious and healthy lunch lovingly prepared by youth in the program for funders. It was a truly wonderful, enjoyable opportunity to meet the youth and the staff at Quadra Village and get to know them and their program better.

Avodah’s funding goes towards providing snacks for this program which runs two days a week Thursday and Friday for three hours each evening. The QVDP is for youth ages 10-18. An average of 20 youth comes to these two drop-ins on Thursday and Friday.

Tara Skobel, the Youth Program Coordinator says, “We have seen an increase of younger youth who are accessing our centre. These youth come hungry and rely on us for support and food. Your funding really helps us provide food for these youth in need during our drop-in hours.

With your help we have been able to continue making full meals for the youth and providing healthy snack opportunities. They appreciate the options we provide which would not be possible without your generous donation! Your donation makes not only a huge difference in this program but in our youths’ lives! Thank you so much for your support!