This program is postponed—Join us for a multi-media program celebrating the post holocaust renewal of Jewish Romanian culture using music, photos and conversations on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm in Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street. The presenter will be Julia Herzog and the accompanying musicians will be: Amy Paster, Rick Kool, Lucy Nerenberg, Sammy Herzog, Julia Herzog. Continue reading POSTPONED – Memory, Identity & the Romanian Shoah
The organizing committee for Rabbi Victor Reinstein’s visit to Victoria sends a todah rabah to the congregation for its warm welcome of Rabbi Victor at the shul and at Sunday’s moving lecture at the Jewish Community Centre. Continue reading Congregation gives Rabbi Victor Reinstein a warm welcome
Sunday, January 5, 11 am at Jewish Community Centre — Kolot Mayim invites the congregation to a talk by Dr. Suzanne Snizek on Suppressed Music during the Shoah on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 11 am in the Jewish Community Centre. Dr. Snizek is a professor of Music at UVIC, and an extremely accomplished concert flautist. Continue reading Suppressed music during the Shoah: Making the connection
Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 pm — Bell’Arte Music Drama is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform again Alice’s Gift: The Life and Music of Alice Herz-Sommer. Performances will take place on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Berwick Royal Oak, 4680 Elk Lake Dr, Victoria. Tickets ($25 each) can be purchased at alicesgift3.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.
Alice Herz-Sommer was born in Prague and lived through World War II playing piano recitals in Theresienstadt ghetto. At the time of her death, at 110 years of age, she was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor. This musical one act play written by Elisabeth Wagner and performed by Lina de Guevara with Elisabeth Wagner at the piano lasts for one hour. For details about the show see http://www.bellartemusicdrama.com/alices-gift/.
Thursday, June 6 at 7 pm, Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street — Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education team invites you to a talk “Facts vs Fiction: Essays on the Holocaust, Jewish Literature and Yiddish in Chava Rosenfarb’s Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays” by Dr. Goldie Morgentaler on Thursday, June 6 at 7 pm in the synagogue. Continue reading Facts vs Fiction in Chava Rosenfarb’s Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays
Sunday, May 5, 2019 11 am – noon, at the Victoria Jewish Cemetery — On behalf of the Victoria Shoah Project, we invite you to the annual remembrance of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). This year’s commemoration will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2019 11 am – noon, at the Victoria Jewish Cemetery on Cedar Hill Road (south from Hillside Ave.). Those who perished in the Holocaust will be remembered as real individuals, not mere statistics or collectively characterized as victims, as we also honour the strength and resilience of survivors.
At this year’s commemoration “From Generation to Generation” we will hear the moving and unique story of one family and that will remind us of so many other families. There will be music and songs of pre-war Europe to move us and also to remember the flourishing cultures in so many of the locations tragically upended by the Shoah. Representatives of Victoria’s Jewish youth community will add their voices to the remembrance and honouring and there will be a memorial prayer for those who perished.
For the safety of all people the lessons of the Shoah and events leading up to this tragedy cannot be forgotten. This past year’s killings at the Pittsburgh synagogue, the Christchurch mosque and the many other hate attacks reinforce this message. In today’s world we must not only remember the tragic events of the Shoah but must commit to never remain silent in the face of injustice or an attack targeting any person or group for their beliefs, religion, race, sexual orientation or disabilities. In this way we truly honour the memory of those who perished in the Shoah.
We invite you to share in this event with us. We welcome your presence and support as we gather to remember the past and look towards a future of peace and unity.
Sincerely yours on behalf of the Victoria Shoah Project,
Saturday, November 10 & Sunday, November 11 — Bell’Arte Music Drama is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform again Alice’s Gift: The Life and Music of Alice Herz-Sommer. Performances will take place on Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 11 at 2:30 pm at 2875 Tudor Avenue, Victoria V8N 1L6. Tickets $25 each can be purchased at alicesgift3.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006. For more information call 250-721-2121 or email email@example.com
This musical one act play written by Elisabeth Wagner and performed by Lina de Guevara with Elisabeth Wagner at the piano lasts for one hour. There will be a short “Question and Answer” session following each performance.
Alice Herz-Sommer was born in Prague and lived through World War II playing piano recitals in Theresienstadt ghetto. At the time of her death, at 110 years of age, she was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor. Besides having a remarkable story of a cultured upbringing, and a story of endurance and survival, Alice had an extraordinary ability to embrace life and the people she met. In the play, the audience is warmly invited into her living room and given the opportunity to hear some of her stories, her music and her simple but profound wisdom.