The Latest on Israel Today

FL Trip Talk 1000POSTPONED — Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education Team invites you to join them on Wednesday, September 18 at 7 pm for a presentation by Dr. Francis Landy on “The Latest on Israel Today”. Admission is by donation; refreshments will be served.

In May 2019, Emanu-El member and Torah reader Francis Landy, took part in a study tour in Israel organized by the New Israel Fund, which gives grants to about 70 Israeli human rights and civil society organizations. Francis’ group had the opportunity to speak to and go on tours with representatives of 11 or 12 of the sponsored agencies. The overwhelming impression was of the urgency and intensity of the problems facing Israel, and the many wonderful people and groups who are working together to make Israel a more hopeful and more sustainable society, across its many political and cultural divisions.

Highlights included a visit to Givat Haviva which has an arts centre and a centre for Arab-Jewish education, an afternoon spent with Segal from the African Migrants’ hotline centre, wandering around South Tel Aviv, and a day in Jaffa with Re’ut, an Arab-Jewish youth cooperation network. And, of course, the food!

Francis Landy

 

 

Francis Landy is a biblical scholar who has recently made his home in Victoria, after a career of over thirty years at the University of Alberta. He has published a number of books and many articles, and is a specialist in the poetry of the Hebrew Bible.  He is a member of Congregation Emanu-El synagogue.

 

 

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/ )