Verses Strung Like Pearls

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Sunday October 14 at 2 pm, Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard StreetShamma Boyarin will open the Exploring the Sephardic Legacy series on Sunday, October 14 at 2 pm in Congregation Emanu-El synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street with an introduction to the Hebrew poets of al-Andalus (Islmaic Spain) who, starting with Dunash Ben Labrat (d. c 990), created a vibrant and compelling literary tradition. Drawing both from Arabic literary influences as well as Jewish sources, primarily the Bible, poets such as Moses Ibn Ezra, Judah HaLevi and Shmuel HaNagid wrote about many diverse topics including love, friendship, the beauty of nature, war, aging, relations to others and more. This talk will focus on the main poets from this period, look at some examples of poems, and explore some of the theoretical poetics behind their literary output. All texts will be provided with the Hebrew and an English translation.

Shamma Boyarin has taught at the University of Victoria in Religious Studies and Medieval Studies since 2008, and in the English Department since 2009. His research and teaching interests include: medieval literature (particularly the literature of Spain and the Near East), comparative literature (particularly Hebrew and Arabic), literature and religion, translation studies, Jewish studies, connections between medieval and contemporary aspects of religion, and religion and pop culture. He was one of the organizers of the very successful “South of Heaven: Religion and Heavy Metal” symposium that took place at the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences held at University of Victoria.

This event is sponsored by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team. Contact Francis at flandy@ualberta.ca, if you have any questions.

Entry is by donation: light refreshments will be served.

 

 

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Leil Simḥat Torah

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Monday, October 1, starting at 7 pm — Simḥat Torah is a joyous and spirited holiday.  It signals the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle and a time when we begin anew the cycle by reading from Genesis. We dance with our beloved Torah scrolls, sing and enjoy delicious food and drink.

We take this holiday as an opportunity to honour volunteers who have contributed in a significant way to furthering Jewish life at Emanu-El and in the larger Victoria community. Typically we look for individuals who show dedication and generosity of spirit and celebrate them at the Leil Simḥat Torah service. This year the Religious Services Committee has chosen to honor:

  • Sharon Fitch (Kallat Torah)
  • RaeAnn Brechner (Kallat Bereshit)

The service takes place on Monday, October 1, starting at 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served. BYOB!

A poultry-free, eco-friendly tashlikh

Thinking shalom!

OK! We have been poultry free for a while! However, it is only recently that we have adopted the practice of casting beach stones instead of bread crumbs in our tashlikh ritual. The tossing of bread on the waters is no longer considered appropriate as it violates modern understanding of appropriate wildlife feeding.
Penny Tennenhouse has provided the newsletter with some lovely pictures of this year’s Emanu-El tashlikh.
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Ayre: a song cycle by Osvaldo Golijov

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October 25, 26, 28 at 7 pm 925 Balmoral Road — Soprano Miriam Kralil and the Aventa Ensemble will perform Ayre, a one-hour opera, composed by Jewish Argentinean Osvaldo Golijov and produced by Pacific Opera Victoria (POV). All three performances take place at The Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road, Victoria at 7:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 25, Friday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 28.  Ticket prices (general seating) Adult $35, Student $15.  Limited tickets per show: purchase tickets from Pacific Opera Victoria Box Office, call 250-385-0222 or www.pov.bc.ca…
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Legislating the Past—the Holocaust and the Polish “History Laws”

GrabowskiTuesday, 2 October 4:30 pm David Strong Building, Room C122Prof. Jan Grabowski from University of Ottawa is a renowned Holocaust historian whose award-winning book Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland focuses on Polish-Jewish relations during WWII. Recently Polish authorities attempted to impose harsh legal measures for those found guilty of “slandering the good name of the Polish nation.” In this talk, Grabowski discusses this brazen attempt to legislate the history of the Holocaust as well as how his own research positions itself in these debates.
Free & open to everyone: seating is limited. For disability accommodation call 250-721-7320.
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One Spirit, Celebrating our Faiths Together

One SpiritSaturday, September 29, 6:30 pm at 1934 Cultra Avenue, Saanichton — The Victoria Multifaith Society and the Victoria Hindu Parishad and Cultural Center will again present the music-filled devotional evening One Spirit, Celebrating our Faiths Together, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 1934 Cultra Avenue, Saanichton. The arts-based presentations of prayers, chants and music will be followed by an Indian meal and time to socialize. All are welcome!