After over 100 years we can now listen to “The Charge at Dawn” composed by Victoria’s own Judge Samuel Davies Schultz, the first Jewish judge in Canada.
Click here to find out more about Judge Schultz; musician, composer, journalist, pitcher and former Vice President of Congregation Emanu-El (1897 to 1902).
Amber Woods came into possession of an original copy of the published score from a descendant. Before donating it to the Jewish Museum and Archives, she made a copy. After a couple years of false starts, she found Jan Stirling, who performs the piece on piano.
To hear the piece:
Many thanks to Amber Woods for her remarkable research. Her rigorous scholarship is a gift to our community that gives us precious information as well as a sense of continuity with our past.
To see more of Amber’s work, and to explore more Jewish history in Victoria, click:
The Victoria Jewish Community Choir’s Journeys in Jewish Music series will celebrate Passover with a musical seder on Zoom on Monday, April 18, 2022 (the fourth night), at 7 pm PDT. We won’t be eating—but singing! Outstanding presenters from the Journeys in Jewish Music series will share traditional and original seder–related Passover songs from various traditions. You are welcome to celebrate through wine, singing, listening, dancing (while muted for technical reasons).
We feel privileged to welcome the following friends of our series: Rabbi Hanna Tiferet, Rabbi Louis Sutker, Hazzan Rob Menes, Dr. Judith Cohen, the World Music duo, Kouskous (Gary Cohen & Amber Woods), Moshe Denburg of Tzimmes and songwriter Carol Sokoloff. They will share remarkable music including traditional songs, sung yearly, as well as some humorous, Sephardic and contemporary melodies.
Mark the calendar, tell your friends, and even have a little gathering. Warm up your voice and get ready to sing along as we celebrate the spirit of Pesach through its wonderful music. A Musical Passover Seder is free of charge (though donations to the choir are appreciated). Everyone is welcome.
Anyone who has previously registered for a Journeys in Jewish Music talk will be notified with the zoom link for this program. To register please send a note to this email: JewishMusicTalks@gmail.com.
Friday April 8, 4-5pm, at Esquimalt United Church (corner of Lyall & Admirals) – See a host of incredible performers from opera to cabaret, including singers Luke Wallace, Anne, Gary and Deanna Relyea, and Haida singer/drummer Kuu’laay, plus a ballerina, pianist and clarinetist. Admission by donation. Proceeds go towards Fairy Creek legal costs. Sponsored by Esquimalt United Church Justice Team and Elders for Ancient Trees. If you can’t make it in person, come by Zoom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
Amati String Studio presents a fiddle theatre show written and arranged by Congregation Emanu-El member, Noa Paster. Including lots of great Chanukah music, this show is performed by Noa and 5 other young violinists.
Join ZigZag for an afternoon of music for families! These short performances are ideal for all ages, and perfect for young families! Featuring violin, keyboard, harp and voice, this delightful & energetic musical holiday review is sure to make you smile and clap along!
Choose from 4 performances this weekend. Family ticket prices. Vaccine Passports and masks mandatory. Limited capacity seating for each show.
Join Congregation Emanu-El member, Noa Paster on an Irish adventure this weekend. Performing music from Ireland and around the world on fiddle, piano, harp & in song, Noa is joined by two friends for her own musical, theatrical St. Patrick’s Day review. The show is an all ages show, 40 minutes long. Tickets at www.eventbrite.ca. All shows are at Skam Satellite Studio 849 Fort Street.
This program is postponed—Join us for a multi-media program celebrating the post holocaust renewal of Jewish Romanian culture using music, photos and conversations on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm in Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street. The presenter will be Julia Herzog and the accompanying musicians will be: Amy Paster, Rick Kool, Lucy Nerenberg, Sammy Herzog, Julia Herzog. Continue reading POSTPONED – Memory, Identity & the Romanian Shoah
Wednesday, February 19, 7:30 to 9:00 pm—Here is the link to the music binder (the binder works best if you download the pdf and read it with an adobe reader) for the Jewish Music Jam with Rabbi Matt and Kouskous (Gary Cohen and Amber Woods) on Wednesday, February 19, 7:30 to 9:00 pm at Congregation Emanu-El. Bring your instrument, music or just come and listen and keep a beat with some egg shakers. Some music will be provided.
Here are the “notes”Rabbi Matt has provided for the “keeners”!
Sage Tea is a gathering of Emanu-El elders who come together twice a month for tea, torah and discussion at 2 pm at Adele Vernon’s home. Come join old and new friends for an afternoon of schmoozing, learning, connecting and some nosh. Bring nothing other than an open mind and a desire to socialize. Please RSVP to Adele at 778-440-4096. If you need help with transportation, please let Adele know and we will do our best to find you a ride.
Sunday, January 5, 11 am at Jewish Community Centre — Kolot Mayim invites the congregation to a talk by Dr. Suzanne Snizek on Suppressed Music during the Shoah on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 11 am in the Jewish Community Centre. Dr. Snizek is a professor of Music at UVIC, and an extremely accomplished concert flautist. Continue reading Suppressed music during the Shoah: Making the connection