JFS Saanich Green Market

Sunday August 7 – Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island is running a farm-fresh produce market this Sunday, August 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. outside the Jewish Community Centre on 3636 Shelbourne St. This market is for everyone but particularly for those individuals and families that need a boost at this time of high prices and inflation.

On August 7th we will feature a variety of fresh berries from Gobind Farm, free range eggs from Rabbit River Farm, spray free vegetables from Sun Wing Tomatoes and wonderful live music with a kosher BBQ lunch. Our produce is from local farms and what we pay-you pay! Please bring your own grocery bag. For your convenience we accept debit, credit, and cash.


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JFS Saanich Green Market

Sunday July 17 – Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island is running a farm-fresh produce market this Sunday, July 17th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm outside the Jewish Community Centre on 3636 Shelbourne St. This market is for everyone but particularly for those individuals and families that need a boost at this time of high prices and inflation.

On July 17th we will feature a variety of fresh berries from Gobind Farm, free range eggs from Rabbit River Farm, spray free vegetables from Sun Wing Tomatoes and wonderful live music with a kosher BBQ lunch. Our produce is from local farms and what we pay-you pay! Please bring your own grocery bag for all those berries! For your convenience we accept debit, credit, and cash.


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JFS Saanich Green Market

Sunday July 10 [date changed] – Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island is running a farm-fresh produce market on the first and third Sunday of every month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm outside the Jewish Community Centre on 3636 Shelbourne St. This market is for everyone but particularly for those individuals and families that need a boost at this time of high prices and inflation. The market is this Sunday, July 10th (instead of July 3rd) due to circumstances beyond our control that closed the 3600 block on Shelbourne Street last week.

On July 10th we will have a variety of fresh berries from Gobind Farm, free range eggs from Rabbit Tree Farm, spray free vegetables from Sun Wing Tomatoes and more! 100% of our produce is from local farms and what we pay-you pay! Please bring your own grocery bag.


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Music on the Green

June 12, 3 to 5 pm — Meet your neighbours during an afternoon of bicycle-powered music hosted by the Victoria Downtown Residents Association. Invite your friends, grab a blanket or a lawn chair, and bring along a picnic!

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  • Date: June 12, 2022
  • Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Where: Harris Green Park (Pandora between Cook and Vancouver)
  • Cost: Free
  • More information: https://www.victoriadra.ca/events

Saanich Green Market

Opens Sunday, June 12, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm — Farm-Fresh, Affordable Food for the Whole Community

Individuals and families can take advantage of this market’s low cost of local fresh produce. For a year, the market will take place twice a month on a Sunday. The goal is not to make a profit, but to use the same funds to purchase low-cost produce for the next market.

It’s primarily a market for those with low to moderate incomes. Produce will be sold at close to wholesale prices. Payment will be taken via cash, debit card, or e-transfer.

Jewish Family Services was recently accepted into the Good Foods Organization by the Community Food Centres of Canada. We are joining 270+ organizations representing communities across Canada and beyond, all working together towards a healthy and fair food system.


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TD Victoria International Jazz Fest: Call for Volunteers

This summer, Congregation Emanu-El member Sunny Lewis is working at the Victoria Jazz Society, helping put together the 39th TD Victoria International JazzFest (June 24 to July 3). She writes:

I want to welcome the Congregation Emanu-El community to join me by volunteering at JazzFest. As Jewish people, we know the power that music has to bring us together.

TD JazzFest making its return after two challenging years gives me hope that we can once again build community through the celebration of live music. Volunteers receive free access to all presentation series shows (subject to availability) and the opportunity to choose a Royal Theatre or McPherson Playhouse concert to attend as well. In addition to the free shows, each volunteer gets an invitation to the volunteer appreciation party, a t-shirt, and the opportunity to gain experience and meet new people.

Volunteers are the heart of TD JazzFest and however you would like to help out, from artist hospitality to green team to first aid and many more options, we would be delighted to have you. I look forward to working with some of you this summer.

For those of you who wish to learn more or take part in the comeback of one of Vancouver Island’s longest running music festivals, you’re welcome to call me at the office at 250-388-4423 or you can reach the volunteer coordinator at volunteer@jazzvictoria.ca.


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  • Date: June 24 to July 3, 2022
  • Where: Various venues in Victoria
  • Cost: Volunteers receive free access to all presentation series shows (subject to availability)
  • Registration: volunteer@jazzvictoria.ca
  • Contact: 250-388-4423

Photo Contest, Naturally

  • What: Capture an image – with a camera – of a natural phenomenon around you that you think requires preserving. NO images of people, please.
  • When: February to May. Deadline: 27 May 2022.
  • Windfall: Two (2) extraordinary homemade desserts (delivered on Fridays).
  • Why:  To highlight and share ideas of what, in nature, we should pay attention to in our attempts to protect the living world, so that we and our environment may thrive.
  • Who: Open to ALL ages.

           Please limit submissions to four (4) photos per week.

  • Where: Photos will be posted anonymously on a Kudoboard until 27 May 2022. 

Photos will be visible for viewing on Kudoboard. DO NOT SUBMIT DIRECTLY TO KUDOBOARD! PLEASE SUBMIT TO emanuelsnaps1461@gmail.com

VIEWING ONLY: https://www.kudoboard.com/boards/Bi2Lddq5

Once a week, an image will be published – anonymously – in the Emanu-El Newsletter until the contest is complete (27 May 2022). 

  • Winner: To be announced 3 June 2022, just before Shavuot.
  • Weighers: Judges are Nadin Boeno, Graham Dragushan, Rick Kool, Tillie Stanger-Ross, Julie Wittrock

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Speaking of Normal – An Evening of Stigma-Busting Comedy

Speaking of Normal poster

January 12, 2022: The Wellness Institute and Project L’Chaim are excited to host “Speaking of Normal – An Evening of Stigma-Busting Comedy” on January 12th for the greater Vancouver Jewish Community.

The event will be hosted by TSN personality Michael Landsberg and will feature comedy by the counselor and stand-up comic David Granirer and his team of comics from Stand Up for Mental Health.

This event will bring the community together for a night of fun while raising mental health awareness and removing the stigma around mental health. 

Register for free at wellnessinstitute.org/speakingofnormal


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Thank You Bēma for Until the Flood!

Thank you, Bēma & partners for bringing Until the Flood to Congregation Emanu-El. I felt privileged to witness the exposure of the many faces of racism—everyone on stage used a personal camera customized from their own psychological, educational and cultural parts. The multifaceted nature of anti-black racism was moved front of stage. As I had recently watched the movie Mississippi Burning, this play addressing contemporary events prompted me to realize that the difference in racism between then and now was only in the veneer. For those wanting to talk about racism, Until the Flood provides a strong departure point. Congratulations to the cast and the companies for their solid delivery of this important theatrical work.

Frances Rosenberg
Congregation Emanu-El