JFVVI Hosting Virtual Talk by Tamar Levi

The Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island is pleased to host a virtual talk on Tuesday evening, April 12th at 7:00 pm via Zoom.

Topic:  The Contemporary Focus of the Jewish Youth Movements, and their Active Involvement with Ukrainian Refugees.

Speaker: Tamar Levi 
Tamar grew up in Victoria, BC and attended Camp Miriam (and the Congregation Emanu-El Hebrew School). She was an active member of Habonim Dror North America while completing her degree at McGill University. 

She made aliyah in 2010 and joined Dror Israel’s Kibbutz Eshbal as a member and educator. She worked in World Habonim Dror coordinating Israel programs for many years before transitioning into coordinating activities for Habonim Dror’s sister movement in Israel, Hanoar Haoved v’Halomed. Additionally, she leads educational trips to Poland and facilitates workshops on the Holocaust. She has been serving as a Central Shlicha for Habonim Dror North America since August 2021, in Philadelphia, PA.

Please register in advance for this virtual event by clicking on the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkd-mqqDItH9du4HJkaCLa6P1K-0zipZpS

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

Summary of event details

Community Security Training

Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island

The Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island (JFVVI) is working with the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) to enhance security for our community.

A reported increase of anti-Semitic incidents across Canada in 2020 and 2021, and the January 2022 hostage taking of members of a Texas Temple, are clear indications of the need for more vigilance, awareness and knowledge to ensure we can protect our loved ones and our community.

The JFVVI invites you to join us for an introductory virtual workshop on Security and Community Safety. 

The training is being offered twice:

·      Tuesday February 22, 2022 at 10AM and

·      Tuesday March 1, 2022 at 2PM  

The training will last approximately ninety (90) minutes including time for questions and answers. This training will be facilitated by a representative of the Vancouver Jewish Federation who brings years of experience and hands on knowledge to their presentation. This is an introductory workshop open to all members of the Jewish Community residing on Vancouver Island and surrounding region.

It is the desire of the JFVVI that this training will result in a core group of individuals who will want to join us to establish a Jewish Community Security Watch Team. The Watch Team will consist of volunteers from all interested Jewish community groups within the JFVVI umbrella. The Watch Team will assist our member organizations and local law enforcement authorities by providing passive and active security monitoring of our community, facilities and special events. The Watch Team will help our member organizations arrange for security assessments of buildings and pre-planning for special events even when hosted in a third-party location.

Interested individuals will be required to register and provide confirmation of their affiliation to a JFVVI member organization. Once vetted they will receive an email link to their chosen day (attendees will only be able to select one of the two days currently being offered).

Please register: https://forms.gle/K7qoRPjm9RkKR77DA

Summary of Event Details

  • Dates offered:
    • Tuesday February 22, 2022 at 10AM or
    • Tuesday March 1, 2022 at 2PM
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Register: Security Training Signup

JFVVI Grants and Scholarships deadline extended

JFVVI 2019The deadline is extended to May 31, 2020 at 11:59 pmThe Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island (JFVVI) Grants and Scholarships forms for allocations have been revised for the 2020 application period.  Please read the forms carefully and note the new email address on the form for queries and submission of your application.  Guidelines for each funding program are contained in the forms. Application forms for all three of JFVVI’s funding programs are now available. Continue reading JFVVI Grants and Scholarships deadline extended

JFVVI seeks Executive Director

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The Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island (JFVVI) is seeking an Executive Director. The Executive Director is the sole employee of the Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island (JFVVI) and is a part-time position with flexible hours.

The successful candidate will have the following skills or the ability to learn:

  • Business administration, public administration or communications or marketing
  • Experience with day to day bookkeeping entries and running financial reports using  Quickbooks and Excel
  • Working with the Board of Directors and reporting to the President
  • Experience with Social Media
  • Email distribution software (Constant Contact), CRM (Customer Relations Management)
  • Coordination with Government and Community Agencies or Organizations
  • Ability to set time lines for special events and projects
  • A deep understanding and sensitivity to Jewish Heritage, Culture and community dynamics

If you are interested in applying for or obtaining additional information, please email:
executive@jewishvancouverisland.ca or email Selma at archie4@shaw.ca  or call (250) 588-3947  before August 30, 2019

From Camp Miriam to Dror Israel: A Journey of Aliyah

Hannah Faber
Thursday, March 7, 7 pm at JCC Victoria — The Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island (JFVVI) – United Jewish Appeal presents From Camp Miriam to Dror Israel: A Journey of Aliyah with Hannah Faber on Thursday, March 7, 7:00 pm at the JCC Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street.
Though she grew up in Calgary, Hannah attended Camp Miriam, a Habonim Dror summer camp on Gabriola Island, each summer since the age of ten. She was first exposed to Dror Israel during a gap year leadership program, while working as a youth leader for 4th graders in Tel Aviv. Over the next 4 years while studying at UVic, Hannah remained an active member of Habonim Dror North America, led a youth group in Victoria, and took on various leadership roles at Camp Miriam, including educational director for summer 2018. Hannah decided to make Aliyah and join Dror Israel, where she is currently responsible for the youth movement branch at Kiryat Yam.
Hannah is a great example of how Jewish Federations influence community developments at home and abroad through investments in youth and young adults.  JFVVI’s United Jewish Appeal contributions support Dror Israel’s after-school program for at-risk youth in Haifa, Jewish Summer Camp Scholarships, and provided Hannah with an Israel Experience Grant.Please join us for Hannah’s talk on her work with Dror Israel, her choice to make Aliyah, and how her journey has led her to become meaningfully engaged in Israeli society and living what she views as an authentically Jewish life.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

JFVVI announces a book program for children aged 8 to 12

PJ Our Way

Building on the success of PJ Library, which gives the gift of Jewish children’s books each month to more than 100 children in Victoria and Vancouver Island, Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island (JFVVI) announces the new program PJ Our Way (for Jewish children aged 8 to 12) which allows participants to select one of four books every month, giving them more choice on their journey toward being life-long readers while introducing them to Jewish ideas.

PJ Our Way books are provided at no cost to families because of generous contributions from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and PJ Alliance partners.

As part of the program, PJ Our Way participants can write book reviews, take quizzes and polls, and watch kid-created book trailers and author interviews. The PJ Our Way website pjourway.org provides these new avenues for discussion.

For more information or to sign-up directly, go to pjourway.org/Canada.

CIJA Victoria Grassroots Consultation

CIJA Grassroots Consultation - PictureThursday, January 25 7:00 – 9:00 pm — The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is excited to announce its next round of community consultations coming to Victoria on Thursday, January 25th.

From confronting BDS and strengthening ties with Israel, to enhancing Jewish community security and empowering social services agencies, everything CIJA accomplishes is because of community engagement from each of Canada’s vibrant Jewish communities. This is an opportunity to be part of CIJA’s work; to make your voice heard.  Members of the Victoria and Vancouver Island Jewish communities are invited to participate in a grassroots community consultation at the JCC on January 25th.

  • When: Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Where: Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street, Victoria BC, V8P 4H2
  • Please RSVP to info@jewishvancouverisland.ca or by phone to 250-370-9488.

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

JFVVI invites grant applications

Deadline: April 30th, 2016

The Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island is pleased to announce that applications for 2016 grants and scholarships are now online!

The Federation’s mandate is to assist the vulnerable, to strengthen Jewish education and identity, to support Israel, to advocate on behalf of the Jewish community and to continue community development. Whether you need some help sending your children to a Jewish Summer Camp, or have a great idea that would benefit the community – Jewish Federation would like to hear from you!

There are three categories of allocations funding available:

Community Agency Grants are issued to Canada-Revenue-Agency-approved charities. Projects can be initiated by lay leaders who have a great idea and partner with an agency.

Israel Experience / Jewish Experience Grants are issued to individuals who are attending programs in Israel and elsewhere that provide a meaningful Jewish educational experience that fosters Jewish identity and / or a connection to Israel.

Summer Camp Scholarships are awarded to families who need help in sending their children to Jewish summer camp. The funding is issued directly to the Camps who apply the amount to camp tuition fees.

For more information, please see the Federation website

The deadline for applications is April 30th, 2016.

HAPPY CHANUKAH from the United Jewish Appeal

As we commemorate the rededication of the Temple and light candles this week, may you all enjoy the celebrations with family and friends at home and in the community.

Our Island campaign is still on and if you wish a tax receipt for this year, donations will be accepted until December 31.


If you have already done so, we thank you.

Please continue to be part of Jewish life here, in Israel and in the world.

In appreciation,

Morris Bleviss and Janna Ginsberg Bleviss,
Campaign Co-chairs.