Emanu-El Congregant Recognized as Health Care Hero

BC Health Care AwardsDr. Ramm Hering, physician lead for primary-care substance use with Island Health, was awarded a 2018 Golden Apple in the Provincial Health Care Hero Category.  Ramm, his wife Carolyn and their children are active members of our congregation and Ramm is a member of the Hebrew School Parent Committee, his wife, Carolyn is  a Hebrew School teacher.

By passionately and effectively advocating for improved services for patients dealing with substance use and addiction, Dr. Hering has inspired his colleagues to work together to develop new programs and create an efficient, client-centered system of addiction services”.

Mazel Tov to Dr. Hering! Read more…


JFSVI Annual General Meeting

JFSVIThursday, August 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm — If you are interested in learning more about the Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island (JFSVI) and its important work within Victoria and the communities of Vancouver Island, please check out our website: JFSVI.ca and join us for our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the  Jewish Community Centre of Victoria at 3636 Shelbourne Street.
For a copy of the meeting agenda and more information, please contact president@jfsvi.ca.

From the President – Rental Policy

Rental PolicyAfter considerable research the Congregation Emanu-El Board of Directors has adopted a rental policy for all our facilities. This action is a response to our growing membership, our increasing number of activities and our need to cover costs.
We encourage all members to continue to use our congregational home as they have in the past. As members, they will be charged a nominal fee that covers our basic expenses (utilities and custodial services) for venue use.

To book an event at the synagogue, please contact our Synagogue Director, Betsi Boeno at 250-382-0615. Or while she is on holiday during July and August, please phone the office at the same number.

Let your friends and associates know that our venues are available for private rentals. We have separate pricing for Jewish community groups, not for profit organizations, private functions and events. A copy of the full rental policy with fee structure is available from the office. With some training, our new high quality projector and our state of the art sound system are available for use during an event.
Do think about Emanu-El for your next family sima and celebration.
We wish everyone a safe and fun summer,
l’shalom, Ruthi Wicks

From the President – a correction

gavel-gRuthi (Lesley) Wicks, President Congregation Emanu-El has advised us of a correction to the Board of Directors for 2018/2019 published in the June 1 newsletter in which Alexandre Cunow-Wicks was listed as Vice-President.
She writes, “At the AGM, there was great appreciation for Alexandre’s offering to take on the position of Vice-President. Unfortunately we noted afterwards that his eligibility to serve as Vice-President is precluded by Congregation Emanu-El By-Laws which provide that no more than one member of a family may serve as an Officer of the Congregation at any given time. As Ruthi was elected President, Alexandre could not serve as Vice-President. As a result Alexandre has stepped back from this position and in accordance with the By-Laws this vacancy will be filled by election from the Directors at the next Board meeting.
We are very pleased to note that Alexandre will remain on the Board of Directors and we are grateful for his commitment to Emanu-El.  Committee Chairs (other than those held by Officers) will also be determined at the next meeting of the Board of Directors.”

Tallit Making Workshop Series

Tallit Making

Monday, April 23 at 7:00 pm — Come make a tallit for yourself or a loved one. No sewing skills are needed. There are people who will sew for you. We will meet three times beginning Monday, April 23 at 7:00 pm at 1135 McClure Street. You don’t need to bring anything to the first meeting. Together we will decide the times for the second and third meetings.
Cost: $18.00 plus the cost of the materials you choose.
Call Charlotte Sutker at 250-516-9993 or email her to let her know that you are coming.

Starfields – a festival of hope

NEW-poster-as-of-March-1stApril 13-15, Victoria BCMusic.   Workshops.  Arts.  Ideas.
The big vision for this arts festival is a strong belief that respectful dialogue leads to bridges being built between individuals and between community groups. With open hearts and minds, a deeper understanding develops regarding different faith, spiritual and cultural groups. The idea is that what unites us is greater than what divides us and that we as a people need hope and inspiration to help in turn make our world a better home for all.

Lineup includes musicians The Paperboys, The Small Glories, Linda MacRae, Rae Spoon, The Leela Gilday Band, Cris Derksen, Hope Bay Common, Maureen Washington, Decades After Paris, Rae Spoon, Lauren Mann, Liz Dieleman, Deer and Coyote, Whitebird, The Lake Men & Benedict Beattie.

Keynote speaker is Christian social activist Shane Claiborne.

Workshop panels on Saturday and Sunday include: open mic for songs and spoken word, the Kairos Blanket Exercise, songs and stories from Buddhist and Jewish storytellers, environmental and social activists exploring the theme “Caring for Our Common Home” , poets exploring, “Visions”, authors addressing the subject “Finding Meaning in Life”, and a garden meditation walk.

The festival will close with a free concert, followed by a meal and the closing Christian worship with the AbbeyChurch.

  • All daytime concerts and workshops are free of charge. No tickets necessary.
  • The Friday and Saturday evening concerts are priced at a very reasonable $20.
  • If anyone would like tickets or posters for their faith group or organization, contact Festival organizer Jo Beattie, jobeattieuk@gmail.com

Evening Concert Tickets are available at: Munro’s Books 250 382 2464, Ivy’s Bookstore 250 598 2713, online www.starfields.ticketleap.com
The Friday and Saturday evening concerts, all 9 Saturday workshops and the Saturday daytime concert are at various downtown venues.
Sunday events are in venues centred around UVic (free parking Sundays).

For festival schedule…

Building Power for the Common Good – A Workshop

GVATFriday, April 06, 2018 at 9 am to 5 pm BCGEU Hall (2994 Douglas Street) — This is a Greater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT) initiative. Congregation Emanu-El is a participating member of that organization. This event is a ‘community organizing for change’ workshop that will delve into exploring a tried and tested framework for bringing about transformative change. Through exploring the traditions and values of our labour, faith, community, environmental and educational organizations, we’ll learn how to create strong foundations to be able to hold government and corporate interests in Greater Victoria to account. Preregistration is necessary.
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