Victoria MultiFaith Society offers “Lunch & Learn” series in October


On September 29, 2016, Dr. Michael Hadley, a multidisciplinary scholar and Associate Fellow with the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at UVic, launched the new Victoria Multifaith Society Lunch & Learn series of talks about Islam, the Unitarian Church, Christianity, and the Bahá’i faith, respectively, to be held every Thursday at noon throughout October, in the Chapter Room at Christ Church Cathedral, 930 Burdett Avenue

These will be followed by a second series of faiths, planned to begin in February 2017. In all, the faith ​traditions that we anticipate being represented include Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Bahá’í, Unitarian, First Nations, Buddhist and Sikh​. 

The purpose of this series is to present introductory information about faith communities that exist in the Victoria region and to present this in an abbreviated way to people who may live or work in the downtown area, both to those of faith or of no faith

  • All are welcome! Please pass along this message; poster attached.
  • Bring a bagged lunch; coffee and tea to be provided.
  • Parking is available – ​The Chapter Room of Christ Church Cathedral is easily accessed from the car park on Burdett Ave. (map link below).


  • Oct. 6: Islam:  Imam Ismail Mohamed Nur    
  • Oct. 20: Unitarian:  Rev. Shana Lynngood
  • Oct. 13: Christian:  Rev. Ansley Tucker
  • Oct. 27: Bahá’í:  Garry Antinuk          

​Each week a speaker representing a faith community will present pertinent aspects of his or her religion for up to 25 minutes and will consider questions or comments from the floor for a further 5 or 10 minutes: 

  • 12:00 Arrive
  • 12:10 Introduction of the Speaker 
  • 12:15 – 12:40: Speaker presentation
  • 12:40 – 12:50: Questions / comments 
  • 1:00 pm: Session close

Each talk will be structured as follows:

  • The essence of my faith
  • A VERY BRIEF history
  • Core beliefs / key concepts
  • Principal practices / customs
  • Holy books / texts
  • Recommended reading​

The Klez at Oak Bay Rec

Friday, October 7, 7:30pm


The Klez performs on Friday, October 7 at the Upstairs Lounge, Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee Street, Oak Bay

The Klez play the celebratory Jewish music of Eastern Europe and the haunting music of the Sephardic Jews who were driven out of Spain in 1492. This is music filled with love and longing, minor chords, and heartfelt joy!

  • Doors open 6 pm (come early, join us for dinner & drinks); music begins 7:30pm
  • Fully Licensed Bar & Restaurant. 
  • Advance Tickets $15 available at Ivy’s Bookshop, Oak Bay Recreation Centre 250-595-7946 or online at Tickets $20 at the door

Photography: Seeing 101

Feb 4 to
Mar 10 7:00 – 9:00pm

This course is suitable for photographers
of all interests and skill levels, whether utilizing a smartphone, a state-of-the-art DSLR or a traditional film-based camera. 

Over the six sessions
we will explore two basic facets of picture taking: enhancing your
observational skills and integrating core principles of composition while
capturing your image. 

The goal is to help you make both increasingly intuitive
and less overtly conscious choices.  We
will also examine why outsiders often recognize and document their new
environment more effectively than their home-bred counterparts. Are we lulled
into complacency by the “normalness” of our day-to-day surroundings? How do we
as photographers attune our senses as well as make the crucial differentiation
between normal and mundane?  The key
learning objective is to see your surroundings in a new light, and in doing so,
you may also realize potential projects in your midst.

  • 6 sessions on Thursdays
  • Location: Clearihue Building, University of Victoria
  • Course: Photography: Seeing 101 (ASVA097 2016S C01)
  • Instructor: Gerry Schallié
  • Expected Class Size: 15

Kosher Meals Now Available at the JCCV Deli


The Jewish Community Centre of Victoria Lox, Stock & Bagel Deli has started bringing in individually pre-packaged Kosher Meals from Classic Impressions Catering in Vancouver. Classic Impressions is an off-shoot of the Vancouver Kosher Food Warehouse and is BC Kosher (BCK) certified. Meal selections include:

  • Grilled Chicken Breast in Thai Curry Sauce with Veggies and Rice Pilaf
  • Asian Grilled Chicken Breast with Roasted Couscous and Veggies
  • Grilled Chicken Breast in Balsamic BBQ Sauce with Couscous and Veggies
  • Vegetarian (Mock Meat) Souvlaki with Lentil Rice Pilaf
  • Vegetarian Pasta Bolognese

Meals cost $15.00 and are available for dine-in or take-away. There are also Pareve desserts for $4.00.

The JCCV Deli is open Tuesdays to Fridays, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

For more information, call 250-477-7185 or email

A Community Hanukkah Celebration for Peaceful Co-Existence

You are invited to a community Hanukkah celebration for peace and co-existence, with candles, songs, dancing, stories, dreidels and latkes!

  • Saturday, December 20 5:30–8pm
  • At Congregation Emanu-El Victoria, BC
  • Vegetarian Potluck (latkes provided!).
  • All Ages Welcome!
  • Sponsored by If Not Now, When?

This kid-friendly and adult-pleasing party will also raise funds for Yad be-Yad (“Hand In Hand”) Jewish-Arab School in Jerusalem, a model of co-existence.

Featuring: songs and sing-along with the Victoria Jewish Community Choir and music and dancing with The Klez band!

Please bring a vegetarian dish to share (with ingredients noted), and your own plates and cutlery. Let us know who’s coming.

“A Great Latke Was Eaten There…”