International Holocaust Remembrance Day Program

January 27, 2016, 4:00-5:30pm, Farquhar Auditorium Lobby, University Centre

As part of the 2nd Annual
Holocaust Awareness Week and to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance
Day on campus, Hillel BC in collaboration with the Jewish Students Association,
the History Undergraduate Society, the Jewish Federation of Victoria and
Vancouver Island, the Kristallnacht Commemoration Planning Committee from the
Victoria Holocaust Remembrance and Education Society, UVic Food Services, UVic
Multifaith Services and the Departments of History and European Studies are
holding a Special Presentation on January 27, 2016 from 4:00-5:30 pm in the
Farquhar Auditorium Lobby at University Centre. This is a free event.

Speakers include representatives from the
Jewish Students Association, the History Undergraduate Society, Carmel Tanaka on
behalf of Hillel BC, Dr. Kristin Semmens (Holocaust Educator) and a
representative from the Victoria Holocaust Remembrance and Education Society.

In addition to musical performances, there will also be a
candle lighting ceremony and the rebuilding of a symbolic broken window
involving student leaders, descendants of Holocaust survivors, UVic professors
who dedicate their lives to Holocaust Education, UVic Campus Security, UVic Administration,
as well as the Jewish, Multi-faith and international communities of Victoria. 

Lastly, there will be a week-long exhibit on display at
Mystic Market, a few steps away from the Lobby, featuring personal stories of
UVic students who are descendants of Holocaust survivors. Be sure to take a
look before or after the presentation.

Global Connections: Critical Holocaust Education in a Time of Transition

September 1–3, 2015, University of Victoria

A number of our community members are participating at this conference.

On Thursday, September 3, the morning session will be dedicated to Gidi Nahshon and include a presentation about the ongoing restoration of the Jewish community in Bardejov, the village where Gidi’s father and family came from. Attendance at the conference is free and all are welcome, but you do need to register online.

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Honouring Peter Gary’s Holocaust oratorio, June 25

Thursday, June 25, 7:30–8:45pm
The Jewish Community Centre, 3636 Shelbourne Street

Everyone is invited to an evening to honour Peter Gary’s oratorio, A Twentieth Century Passion, about the tragic effects of the Holocaust on six million Jews. 

The evening features a reading of the libretto (text), and an address by conductor, Barak Tal, from Israel, about the oratorio. It is expected that the premiere performance of A Twentieth Century Passion will be performed in Israel, in 2016 by an orchestra of 120 musicians, led by Mr. Tal. This year, Peter graciously gifted all rights to A Twentieth Century Passion to Yad Vashem, the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust in Jerusalem, Israel. 

Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day Event

Sunday, April 19 – 11 am,  Victoria Jewish Cemetery

Please join us for our annual commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) to remember those who perished in theHolocaust as well as recognize the strength of survivors and the lessons to be
learned for all peoples.

The service will include personal stories from
multiple generations — a Holocaust survivor and representatives of the second,
third and fourth generations — as well as an address in honour and memory of
second-generation survivor Gidi Nahshon z’‘l, to whom this year’s event is

The tragedy of the Holocaust continues to
reverberate through the generations and provides relevance for Jews and
non-Jews alike in today’s world. We hope you will join us to remember the past
and look towards a future of peace and unity.

Can one small street in Vienna change the memory of the Holocaust?

January 22 at the Legacy Art Gallery in downtown Victoria
Doors open at 7:00pm
This is a free event and open to the public.

This presentation is part of The City Talks, a distinguished lecture series hosted by the University of Victoria. It is the first of four public events this spring on the theme of Racism, Memory, and Politics in the European City.

This talk, by Barbara Kintaert, Documentarian and Community Activist, describes her grassroots project, Servitengasse 1938, in which a small group of activists in Vienna sought to research and remember the former residents of their own apartments, Jews displaced by the Nazi regime. The talk will draw this history to light and explore how residents of Vienna today are grappling with the past.

To learn more, visit

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.