Screening of “The Golem” with live music accompaniment

Emanu-El members David Bodrug and Joseph Sheppard perform live electronic music to accompany a special screening of The Golem—the 1920 German silent film based on Hassidic folklore.  That a film that drew from, and remained faithful to, a Jewish folk story became one of the more popular films of that decade illustrates how integrated Jewish communities were in German society at the time.  

The Golem is considered a classic of German Expressionist Horror, along with films such as Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Cagliari.   The Golem story is also thought to have influenced Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  

To provide cultural and historical context, the film will be introduced by Dr. Peter Gölz and Tatiana Dickson of UVic’s Department of Germanic and Slavic studies.  The soundtrack will be performed on an enhanced sound system, and feature dark ambient and drone music well-suited to the horror themes and tensions in the film.  Additionally, the Victoria International Jewish Film Festival will have a table set up in the lobby with information about this year’s film festival—and tickets and passes will be available for pick-up or purchase.  

The presentation starts at 7:00pm at Cinecenta in the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria.  Regular Cinecenta admission rates apply:  $7.75 non-members, $6.75 Cinemagic Members, $5.75 for Seniors and Students.

This presentation is made possible thanks to the support and collaboration of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, the Garden City Tape Music Society, Cinecenta, the Victoria International Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island.

Blind Love: A Holocaust Journey

Saturday, March 12th, 7:30pm, at the JCC (3636 Shelbourne St)

A special free screening of the moving documentary…

The Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island presents a special screening of Blind Love, a fascinating film that documents the journey of a group of visually impaired Israelis and their guide dogs as they participate in the March of the Living program in Poland.  After the film will be a panel discussion which will include the filmmakers.

FREE ADMISSION.  Donations always welcome. 

Change of Film: ‘Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler’


CHW (Canadian Hadassah-WIZO) presents an award-winning documentary film, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler on Saturday, November 15 at 7:00 pm, Jewish Community Centre, 3636 Shelbourne Street, Victoria.  Donations welcomed. 

This film is the remarkable story of Irena Sendler, a social worker who was part of the Polish underground during World War II and  arrested by the Nazis for saving the lives of nearly 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto.

For information email Sharon Fitch or tel. 250-381-1166.