Guide to Jewish Cemetery Draws a Crowd

Book SigningClose to 50 people came to the official book launch for the Guide to Victoria’s Historic Jewish Cemetery written by Amber Woods and published by the Old Cemeteries Society. Rick Kool was the MC on behalf of Congregation Emanu-El and the Cemetery Committee. Short presentations were given by John Azar of the Old Cemeteries Society (OCS) and Amber Woods. Gary Cohen read a short biography as an illustration of one of the three anomalies of the Jewish Cemetery. Books were sold and signed in the social hall and a few Jewish desserts were served.

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Shared Motion: Science and Spirituality

Shared Motion

Sunday, June 24 2 pm at Congregation Emanu-El —  Dvora Levin will launch her new book of poetry titled, Shared Motion: Science and Spirituality on Sunday, June 24 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Congregation Emanu-El. Dvora and friends will read selections from her new book. Light refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase.

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Guide to Victoria’s Historic Jewish Cemetery

AmberJewishCemeteryOn Monday, June 18, 7:30 pm you are invited to attend the launch of Guide to Victoria’s Historic Jewish Cemetery written by Amber Woods at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

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Imprint: A Memoir of Trauma in the Third Generation

IMPRINT cover

Sunday, June 10, 2:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El — Claire Sicherman will speak about her book, Imprint: A Memoir of Trauma in the Third Generation, and how the Holocaust affects the third generation on Sunday, June 10 at 2:00 pm at the synagogue.  This event is sponsored by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team. Books will be available for purchase for $20 cash.

Claire Sicherman grew up reading Anne Frank and watching Schindler’s List with almost no knowledge of the Holocaust’s impact on her family. Her grandparents didn’t talk about their experiences and her mother grew up in Communist Czechoslovakia unaware that she was Jewish.

When her son nearly died at birth and her grandmother passed away, something inside her snapped. While she had always felt weighted down by unknown hurt, she suddenly suffered from chronic health conditions. Her heart held a grief so large it seemed to encompass more than her own lifetime – and she determined to find out why.

The Founding President of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Dr. Robert Krell, calls Imprint a “thoughtful book, a powerful and helpful read for anyone dealing with the consequences of a painful past.”

Sicherman weaves together a story that honours her ancestors and also offers truth to the next generation – and her now nine-year-old son. A testament to the connections between mind and body, the past and present, Imprint is written with grace and strength, a story of love and survival.

Sicherman is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers and Langara College. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies from UBC. She is a facilitator in a multi-generational writing group called Home Words Project. She has participated in a Corporeal Writing workshop with Lidia Yuknavitch and in Writing & The Body with Jennifer Pastiloff and Lidia Yuknavitch. Claire lives with her husband and son on Salt Spring Island. 

Narrow Bridge Book Launch at Munro’s

Book Launch picture

Barbara Pelman will be launching her book, “Narrow Bridge”, a collection of poetry at Munro’s Bookstore, 1108 Government Street, Victoria at 7:30 pm.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  This is a free event.

If you can’t make it to Munro’s, you have another chance on November 3 at Planet Earth Poetry, Hillside Coffee and Tea, 1633 Hillside Ave (across from Bolen Books) at 7:30 pm. And if you want to avoid the Malahat, you upper Islanders, I am reading with Heidi Greco in Nanaimo on November 4.

Emanu-El welcomes Narrow Bridge

Ed Fitch gets autographed copy!

Sunlight bathed the sanctuary, the cello resonated and Josie thrilled those present with her rendition of “All the world is a narrow bridge”. There were poems creating images of trains and bridges and grandsons in red bike helmets. And there was cake — and champagne. November 15th witnessed a beautiful launch of a new book of poetry!
Thank you to an attentive audience and to Rabbi Harry for a lovely introduction. Thanks to those who bought books. I hope you read them with care, slowly, as poetry needs to be read. For those of you, who missed the event, check out Penny’s fabulous photos, and there will be books sold in the gift shop and in bookstores around the city.

Barbara Pelman