Israel at 70: A Celebration


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
, 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) ( )

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: or call 778-886-8908  
  • Facebook Event page:

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:

Talk: Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the Making of the Modern Middle East

Sunday, May 28 at 2 pm


Sketches of Israel and the Middle East series

Join us on Sunday, May 28th at 2 pm in Congregation Emanu-El
synagogue, for the fifth talk in our series Sketches of Israel and the Middle Eastwhen Dr. Andrew Wender will explore
the roles of Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the Making of the Modern
Middle East

The political geography of the Middle East seems to exemplify the
pivotal, ongoing role of revolutions in (re)constructing the modern world. To
take just a few illustrations, consider how states like Egypt and Iran have
been forged by revolutions and how the now-100 year-old Russian revolution has
had myriad reverberations throughout the region. Though today, in the
tumultuous wake of such processes as the 2011- Arab uprisings, the recent
consolidation of power by a figure like Turkey’s Erdogan, and broader global
dynamics ranging from geo-strategic rivalries to discontented populism, it is
especially challenging to assess the whipsawing forces of revolution and
counter-revolution. Applying new thinking about the nature of revolution,
Andrew will offer a critical vantage point on emerging significances for the

Dr. Wender is an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of
Victoria with a cross appointment in the Departments of Political Science and
History.  His teaching and research
interests include worldwide, historical and contemporary intersections among
politics, society, law, and religion; Middle East politics and history; and
comparative political thought.

  • Sponsored
    by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team, this series aims at increasing our
    members’ knowledge of Israel and the Middle East. Contact Heshi if you have any questions.
  • Entry is by donation: light refreshments will
    be served.

Environmental Issues in Israel: Follow-up crowdfunding campaign


I want to share an exciting initiative to a project that I
have been working on in partnership with Richard Laster, (Professor of
Environmental Law at the Hebrew University. I hope it will be of interest to you!

– Dr. Richard Kool, Associate Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University

“There is an unfolding humanitarian and environmental crisis
taking place in the West Bank due to untreated sewage. The Kidron/El Nar Valley
is at particular risk where at least 15 million cubic metres of untreated
sewage is dumped annually. This is the equivalent of 6,000 Olympic swimming
pools of hazardous waste. The Valley is home to a population dependent on
agriculture and tourism to make a living, is the site of a diverse group of
important historical and religious sites, and is the entryway to the Dead Sea.
All of these unique characteristics of the Valley are threatened by the
wastewater crisis.

As part of its larger plan to address the crisis in the
region, Richard Laster and the Kidron Basin Initiative (KBI) have
partnered with Shurook to work toward an immediate solution and needs your support.
We are building an innovative, low-tech treatment plant to treat the wastewater
of local residents. The total cost of the project is $300,000, the
majority of which will be supplied by institutional grants. To begin
construction and generate further interest from institutional donors, we are
asking for an initial sum through a crowdfunding campaign which will be matched
by KBI funds.

We will be running the crowdfunding campaign until
Wednesday, March 22, World Water
Day. This year’s theme is “Wastewater” and the importance of
reducing and reusing it. We are excited that our project fits within this
larger global initiative and that worldwide attention is being focused on this
critical issue.

Please visit our crowdfunding campaign, which explains in
greater detail the work we are doing and why your help is needed. Your donation
to this project will go a long way!”

Isa Qasim


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VIP 3 Building, Tawfeeq Zayyad Street, Al-Bireh, Ramallah

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