Kafe & Kibitz

kafe kibitzSunday March 1, 2020 from 10:10 – 11:30(ish) am — We are excited to invite parents and caregivers to our next discussion group on environmentalism, climate crisis and parenting on Sunday March 1, 2020 from 10:10 – 11:30(ish) am in the Atrium at 808 Yates Street. We are building on our last wonderful conversation about Judaism and the Environment. Continue reading Kafe & Kibitz

Tu Bishvat 5780: Plant a sapling!

March of the Saplings 1000Let’s do something good for our city and planet. In celebration of Tu Bishvat (the New Year of the Trees), Congregation Emanu-El, in collaboration with the City of Victoria, is holding a communal tree planting event. Our goal is to plant scores of trees!
Following tree planting, you are invited to attend an inspirational Tu Bishvat Seder at 12:00 noon in the synagogue. Continue reading Tu Bishvat 5780: Plant a sapling!

An Honour for One of Our Own

Ed Fitch PortraitCongregation Emanu-El Board member Ed Fitch [otherwise known as Major-General Edward Fitch (Ret’d)], was recently appointed Honourary Lieutenant-Colonel (HLCol), 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.  This is a significant volunteer assignment for Ed whose long and distinguished military career is replete with accomplishments.
The Canadian Rangers are a part of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reserves working in remote, isolated and coastal regions of Canada. They act as the eyes and ears of the remote areas they cover, and provide an essential support to CAF national security and public safety operations within Canada. Their motto is ‘Vigilans‘, meaning ‘The Watchers.’

HLCol Fitch was instrumental in extending the 4th Canadian Rangers Patrol Group from British Columbia into Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba in the late 1990s through the early 2000s while he was Commander of Land Forces Western Area (now the 3rd Canadian Division).

Congregation Emanu-El congratulates HLCol Fitch and wishes him all the best in his new assignment.

“What has the future ever done for me?”

Peggy RickOn Sunday, March 10 at Congregation Emanu-El in his talk about Unsustainability & Vancouver Island, Rick Kool remarked that we might not see significant results from effective sustainability efforts during our lifetime and that the “What has the future ever done for me?” (WFDM) attitude is a stumbling block to an effective communal approach to the environmental challenges we face. Pictured above are Peggy Wilmott (GVAT) and Rick Kool as they discuss the sustainability challenge with the audience. For more photos taken by Penny Tennenhouse & Frances Rosenberg…

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.




Environmental issues in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

Join us on Wednesday, March 1st at 7 pm at the Congregation
Emanu-El synagogue, for the third talk in our series Sketches of
Israel and the Middle East
when Dr.
Richard Kool will address the topic “… a
land flowing with milk and honey (Ex. 33:3)”: Environmental issues in Israel
and the Palestinian Territories.

Although smaller in area and length than Vancouver Island, Israel
is a place that receives far more attention from people around the world. While
religion and politics attract global interest primarily, Israel and the
Palestinian Territories have significant environmental issues, ones that seem
as intractable as the political and religious ones that generate most
international concern. This presentation by Dr. Richard Kool, who has
participated in various Israeli environmental projects, will look at the
serious environmental issues facing those living in Israel and the Palestinian
Territories, and the work that is being done by Israelis and Palestinians   together to improve conditions for all.

Dr. Richard
Kool is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability
at Royal Roads University. He was invited to be part of Israeli environmental
projects first in 2003, and then in 2014, where he attended the Batsheva de
Rothschild Workshop on Initiatives in Science and Education for Improving the
Kidron/Nar Basin
 and consulted with the management and staff at the
Memorial Gardens and Nature Park at Ramat HaNadiv near Zikhron Ya’akov.

by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team, this series aims at increasing our
members’ knowledge of Israel and the Middle East. Contact Heshi at heshi@me.com if you have any questions.

Entry is by
donation: light refreshments will be served.