All the world is a narrow bridge


Sunday, October 15, 2 pm — Barbara Pelman will launch her third collection of poetry, Narrow Bridge. Join Barbara for readings with cello accompaniment by Maria Wang and a performance of the title inspiring song by Josie Davidson. Continue reading All the world is a narrow bridge

Book Launch: “What Makes You Happy”

Sunday, March 27, 2:00–4:00 pm

You are
invited to attend the launch of Ruth Simkin’s newest book, What Makes You Happy on Sunday, March 27, 2:00–4:00 pm, at the
Synagogue.  All of Ruth Simkin’s books
will be available for sale.  For more
information email Ruth or phone her at 250-477-2222.

Editions celebrates a new release of short stories, memories and fictions, by
Ruth Simkin.  What Makes You Happy is a diverse collection of stories, some true,
some fiction, some fantasy told by the inimitable Ruth Simkin, author of The Jagged Years of Ruthie J.  This new
volume of stories includes Jewish and feminist themes, but it is the childlike
voice of wonder at a world both tragic and magical that touches the
reader.  Laugh-out-loud funny in some
places and raw or tender in other, What
Makes You Happy
deals with the large and small dramas of human existence

Simkin is a retired physician living and writing in Victoria, and welcomes
everyone to this book launch.

Book launch: “Holocaust Memory”

Sunday, March 13, 3:00 pm, at Congregation Emanu-El


A book launch of Witness: Passing the Torch of Holocaust Memory to New Generationsby Eli Rubenstein, organized by the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies.

The launch includes a silent auction to support participants in the 2016 I-Witness Field School, a program which brings UVic students to Europe for field research at Holocaust sites. There is no charge for this event, but donations are welcome. 

For more information: email Helga Thorson, Chair Germanic and Slavic Studies, UVic or <; />

(Photo by Lauren Petersen)

Folkshul Book Launch: “The Sephardi Journey”


Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 7 p.m., at Congregation Emanu-El, Toronto Author Sarah Taieb-Carlen presents: The Sephardi Journey: Sephardi Contributions Throughout History

This book describes the history of harmonious and peaceful coexistence during which the Sephardim prospered and flourished in Muslim lands, as well as the sufferings of the Jews under Islam. The author pays respect to the Jewish communities that lived through oppression and persecution, without abjuring their faith. She hopes that memories of shared history can permit greater understanding between Jews and Muslims, who have so much in common.

Sarah Taieb-Carlen was born and brought up in Tunisia, in a large traditional family. She was educated at the Sorbonne (Paris), the London School of Economics, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Toronto. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology at York University where she presently teaches at the Division of Social Science.