Unsustainability & Life on Vancouver Island

Unsustainability 2March 10, 2 pm at Congregation Emanuel — Dr. Richard Kool will speak to us about the sustainability challenges Vancouver Islanders face. Rick says, “We think of Vancouver Islanders as being green, eco-friendly and trying to be sustainable. And yet, our Island community is an enormous distance from living within the means of the island’s ecosystems and will be increasingly at risk from a changing climate.” Rick will present some of the sustainability challenges on Vancouver Island, some things that might be done, and some things that we are doing that are likely to not have much of an impact at all.

Rick is a professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability and founder of the MA program in Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University. Before joining Royal Roads, he worked at the BC Provincial Museum initially as an education officer and ending his time there as director of public programs. Rick served as the environmental education coordinator for the B.C. Ministry of Environment, and coordinated park interpretation within B.C. Parks, before joining Royal Roads in 2003.

Sponsored by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team.  Contact Heshi (heshi@me.com) if you have any questions.

Entry is by donation: light refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

Defying Hatred: Responding to Antisemitism in Victoria

ideafest2019_header_logo 1.2Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 12:30 – 2:30 pm in the Arbutus Room in the UVic Cadboro Commons Building — Hate crimes against Jewish people are raising concern in Canada and around the world. Victoria is not immune, with the local synagogue enduring the 2012 desecration of its cemetery and hate letters stating “Jewry Must Perish.” How can we respond to antisemitism in ways that encourage community resilience in the face of hate? This workshop and small-group discussion with UVic scholars and community members aims to answer this question.
Facilitators: Margaret Cameron, Associate Dean, Humanities, UVic and Richard Kool, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University
Presenters: Harry Brechner (Rabbi, Congregation Emanu-El), Matt James (Department of Political Science), Helga Thorson (Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies), Lynne Marks and Jordan Stanger-Ross (Department of History)
Ideafest is the University of Victoria’s week-long festival of research, art and innovation.

The Queens of Purim Present

Drag KaraokeWednesday March 20, 2019, 7  pm Congregation Emanu-El — Join us this Purim at Congregation Emanu-El for a  celebration of courage, individuality and taking risks. This year’s theme came to us via our youth. Purim is a time for us to turn everything we know upside down and see through the absurdity of life and our perceptions. This year let’s join those of us who do not fit neatly into societal gender stereotypes and honour those courageous folks who take a leap of faith to push boundaries in order to be true to themselves. Continue reading The Queens of Purim Present

From Camp Miriam to Dror Israel: A Journey of Aliyah

Hannah Faber
Thursday, March 7, 7 pm at JCC Victoria — The Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island (JFVVI) – United Jewish Appeal presents From Camp Miriam to Dror Israel: A Journey of Aliyah with Hannah Faber on Thursday, March 7, 7:00 pm at the JCC Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street.
Though she grew up in Calgary, Hannah attended Camp Miriam, a Habonim Dror summer camp on Gabriola Island, each summer since the age of ten. She was first exposed to Dror Israel during a gap year leadership program, while working as a youth leader for 4th graders in Tel Aviv. Over the next 4 years while studying at UVic, Hannah remained an active member of Habonim Dror North America, led a youth group in Victoria, and took on various leadership roles at Camp Miriam, including educational director for summer 2018. Hannah decided to make Aliyah and join Dror Israel, where she is currently responsible for the youth movement branch at Kiryat Yam.
Hannah is a great example of how Jewish Federations influence community developments at home and abroad through investments in youth and young adults.  JFVVI’s United Jewish Appeal contributions support Dror Israel’s after-school program for at-risk youth in Haifa, Jewish Summer Camp Scholarships, and provided Hannah with an Israel Experience Grant.Please join us for Hannah’s talk on her work with Dror Israel, her choice to make Aliyah, and how her journey has led her to become meaningfully engaged in Israeli society and living what she views as an authentically Jewish life.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Invitation to a Cemetery Tour

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Sunday, March 3 at 10 am, Jewish Cemetery, Cedar Hill Road near Hillside Avenue — Congregation Emanu-El invites you to attend a guided tour of our Cemetery at Cedar Hill Road led by our Cemetery Director, Dr. Rick Kool and local Jewish historian and tour guide, Amber Woods on Sunday, March 3 at 10 am.
This guided visit is in conjunction with Congregation Emanuel’s last Sunday’s Facilitated Encounter and the ongoing discussions around the possibility of providing space for the burial of congregants’ non-Jewish partners with their Jewish counterparts. It is hoped that, once having seen the area of the cemetery proposed for these burials, congregants will be better able to assess the proposition and form their opinions.

Maps of the cemetery will be provided, as will copies of Rabbi Harry’s tshuvah.

UVic Events in March

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Friday, March 1, 2019
“Armenian Genocide: Legacies of Denial” lecture by Maral Attallah
1:00 – 2:30 pm in the David Strong Building C122 at UVic
Drawing on the Armenian Genocide, and linking analysis of various genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries, Maral Attallah argues that recognition and reparation (structural recognition) is a necessary aspect of holding active and passive genocide deniers accountable. A call for structural recognition inherently promotes active anti-deniers, those who challenge genocide denial and encourage truth and accountability. This talk discusses the contemporary example of Turkey’s overt denial (active) and the United States’ lack of official recognition (passive denial) as indicative of a larger, more complex, system of genocide denial.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
“Defying Hatred: Responding to Antisemitism in Victoria”; Ideafest 2019
12:30 – 2:30 pm in the Arbutus Room in the Cadboro Commons at UVic
Hate crimes against Jewish people are raising concern in Canada and around the world. Victoria is not immune, with the local synagogue enduring the 2012 desecration of its cemetery and hate letters stating “Jewry Must Perish.” How can the congregation respond to antisemitism in ways that encourage community resilience in the face of hate? This workshop and small-group discussion with UVic scholars and community members aims to answer this question.

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Book Launch: Out There Learning: Critical Reflections on Off-Campus Study Programs, co-edited by Deborah Curran, Cameron Owens, Helga Thorson, and Elizabeth Vibert
7:00 – 10:00 pm at the Legacy Art Gallery, 630 Yates Street
Educators from around North America came together seeking to better understand the value of off-campus (field school) teaching and learning. Come hear the authors reflect on what they learned and join in interactive fun as we imagine educative pathways to a better world.

Friday, March 8, 2019
Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies Graduate Student Conference: Memory, Identity, Nation
9:30 am – 5:00 pm in the Halpern Graduate Centre at UVic
This graduate conference not only features student presentations from all three streams of the graduate program (Germanic Studies, Slavic Studies, and Holocaust Studies) but also invited graduate student speakers from across Canada. It is free and open to the public.