Two states – a hopeful opinion!

A hopeful opinionOn Wednesday May 1, Tal Svoray, Israeli citizen and visiting professor from Ben-Gurion University spoke with clarity and hope at Congregation Emanu-El to an engaged but somewhat skeptical audience about why he believes Israel will pursue a solution to the Palestinian question, why two states is the only tenable answer and what the solution would involve.

Two is greater than One

Tal Talk PNWednesday, May 1, 2019, 7 pm, Congregation Emanuel, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria — Invited by Rabbi Harry, Tal Svoray, Professor, Ben-Gurion University, Department of Geography and Environmental Development currently in Victoria on Sabbatical will speak to us about current affairs in Israel on May 1, 2019 7 pm at the synagogue. Tal will speak to us, not as a “professor” but as a native of Israel, a member of the Six Day War baby boom, someone who is contemplating the fate of Israel over the next 100 years rather than just a few years or months, as one who considers the big clock ticking over Israel’s head is the “Palestinian question” and as one who believes in a two state solution.

 

Israel at 70: A Celebration

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Wednesday, April 18 starting at 4:45pm at the Da Vinci Centre 195 Bay Street  (at Wilson in Vic West) — The Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island invites community members to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence with an evening beginning with a Yom Ha’Zikaron ceremony followed by Yom Ha’Atzma’ut Festivities featuring a sumptuous Kosher Israeli dinner, music by the 7-piece Sulam Ensemble from Vancouver, a children’s choir, and Israeli folk dancing!

This event will take place at the Da Vinci Centre at 195 Bay Street (at the corner of Wilson and Bay). Doors open at 4:45pm. Tickets are now on sale and cost $20 each, $10 for students, and $50 for families.

Tickets are now available in Congregation Emanu-El synagogue office or CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Realizing Israel’s Potential: One Town at a Time

aug-18-cov.18.Ruth-Wasserman-Lande-IMG_6857-600x636Thursday, September 14, 7 pm: — Ruth Wasserman Lande will launch the annual VVIJF fundraising campaign on September 14 at 7 pm in the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria with a talk entitled Realizing Israel’s Potential: One Town at a Time. Lande is a respected Mid-East expert and former advisor to Shimon Peres z”l who rose through the ranks at the Israeli Embassy in Egypt. Continue reading Realizing Israel’s Potential: One Town at a Time

Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique

Ilan(August 17) — Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education Committee is pleased to present a talk at the synagogue on Thursday, August 17 at 7:00 pm by a former member of our shul, Ilan Avi Baron, about his new book, “Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique”. Admission is by donation.

Combining political theory and sociological interviews spanning four countries ‑ Israel, the USA, Canada and the UK, Ilan Zvi Baron explores the Jewish Diaspora/Israel relationship and suggests that instead of looking at Diaspora Jews’ relationship with Israel as a matter of loyalty, it is one of obligation. Continue reading Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique

“In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem”

Sunday, July 9, 7:00 pm

The JCC Victoria Discussion Group invites you to the
screening of the docudrama “In Our Hands the Battle for Jerusalem on
Sunday, July 9, 7:00 pm at Chabad Centre, 2955 Glasgow Street.

Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Six-Day
War, In Our Hands: The Battle for
Jerusalem
, tells the story of Israel’s 55th Paratrooper
Brigade and their role in liberating the Old City of Jerusalem in 1967. With
firsthand interviews and historical reenactments, this film focuses on the
soldiers who reunified Jerusalem and announced to the world, “Temple Mount
is in our hands.”

Admission is by donation ($10 suggested). Donations will go
to Beit Halochem Canada – Aid to Disabled Veterans of Israel (Canada) (https://beithalochem.ca/ )

Israeli World Jazz Duo

Thursday, June 8

Caravan World Rhythms presents the Israeli
World-Jazz Duo
Noam Vazana and Itamar Erez on Thursday, June 8, 8:00 pm at
Hermann’s Jazz Club, 765 View Street, Victoria.

Israeli singer and jazz pianist Noam Vazana’s hypnotizing
vocals breathe life into the ancient Ladino language. Together with Itamar
Erez’s virtuoso guitar, Noam’s infectious ballads bring together Sephardic and
Middle Eastern music with Jazz, Flamenco and Mediterranean rhythms.

  • Info & Tickets: www.caravanbc.com or call 778-886-8908  
  • Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/237091963433859/

Here are a couple of youtubes to give you a sense of the
headliner Noam Vazana. Her guest Itamar Erez is an accomplished
flamenco-world-jazz guitarist, based in Vancouver.

Here’s a video clip of Noam: