The 7th annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) will introduce its 2021 program with a Feel-Good Film Festival running June 6-10, 2021, in VIJFF’s virtual cinema (https://watch.eventive.org/vijff). The Feel-Good Film Festival aims at creating a shared experience with the cathartic effects of comedy.
In addition to presenting two feature-length comedies and a heartwarming documentary, the program opens with specially-curated stand-up comedy. The opening night live-streamed comedy event is from 7:30-8:30 pm on June 6, 2021, and hosted by NPR’s Ophira Eisenberg, a Canadian Brooklyn-based comedian who will be joined by three other hilarious comedy acts. For your shared experience to go beyond the screen, we are also offering special snack boxes (nosh boxes) crafted by Spinnakers and a “support local” initiative encouraging purchases from favourite local shops. Festival participation is by donation. Visit vijff.ca for more information.
The spring Feel-Good Film Festival complements the VIJFF’s more expansive main fall festival, which will present seven films, narratives and documentaries. The VIJFF is a program of the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria (JCCV).
August 23 – 25, 2020, Legacy Drive-In Parking Lot 10 University of Victoria—Announcing the 6th annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF), this year with two ways to see the best new Jewish films: a Retro Drive-In Theatre August 23 – 25, 2020 at the Legacy Drive-In, Parking Lot 10, University of Victoria and streaming films in the fall (schedule TBA). There will be something for everyone.
Tickets for the Retro Drive-In Festival are on sale now. Space is limited to 50 vehicles per screening, so don’t delay in securing your spot. The drive-in tickets are $36 per vehicle, and you can bring as many people that will legally fit into your car for the price of a single ticket. Even better, the ticket price also includes a Nosh Box full of treats (feeds 2). The drive-in film schedule, film trailers, film descriptions and drive-in FAQ are on the website now.
For more information on the festival or on how to become a festival supporter (charitable contribution means a great deal to us because ticket sales and grants provide only part of our budget) visit vijff.ca or contact Deborah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can someone’s mind be opened in an hour? An American college student is stranded in a hookah bar in Israel—a country he’s been taught to despise. He collides with a sharp-witted Israeli, and as they clash he discovers some harsh realities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and that it is a world which isn’t as clear cut as he thought. How can you make winning moves in a game where there are no rules? Continue reading Bēma presents: Peace Talks (Online)
The Emanu-El Play Club held a Zoom reading of Kevin Kerr’s play Unity (1918) on Thursday, July 25, 2020. The club followed up their reading with a debriefing on the next Monday. Unity (1918) takes place in the fall of 1918, when a world ravaged by four years of war was suddenly hit by a mysterious and deadly plague—the “Spanish Flu.” The setting for the play is a small town in Saskatchewan. Our members were profoundly affected both by the reading experience and by the content of the play which raised themes and depicted experiences highly relevant in our COVID-19 world. Continue reading Unity (1918): then and now!
Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 pm — Bell’Arte Music Drama is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform again Alice’s Gift: The Life and Music of Alice Herz-Sommer. Performances will take place on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Berwick Royal Oak, 4680 Elk Lake Dr, Victoria. Tickets ($25 each) can be purchased at alicesgift3.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006. Alice Herz-Sommer was born in Prague and lived through World War II playing piano recitals in Theresienstadt ghetto. At the time of her death, at 110 years of age, she was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor. This musical one act play written by Elisabeth Wagner and performed by Lina de Guevara with Elisabeth Wagner at the piano lasts for one hour. For details about the show see http://www.bellartemusicdrama.com/alices-gift/.
November 1 – 3, 2019, McPherson Playhouse — Congregation Emanu-El member, Noa Paster will appear as Katarina, a gifted young violinist sent to study music at the Pietà orphanage in Venice with the great composer Antonio Vivaldi in a theatrical adaptation of Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery presented by Kaleidoscope at the McPherson Playhouse from November 1 – 3, 2019. It’s Carnival time, magic is in the air and mystery unfolds as Katarina enlists Giovanni, the gondolier, to help in her search to discover her past. For tickets…
Preliminary meeting on Monday, October 28, 7–8:30 pm at Congregation Emanu-El — Art, like the Torah, is meant to be interpreted. Come use your interpretive skills in conversation about plays and their meaning. Instead of asking whether we like or dislike a play, we will investigate how meaning is constructed, and ask questions about the play’s intentions and resonance. Continue reading Play Club
May 9 to 23, 2019, Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street— Bēma Productions is proud to present our 2019 Mainstage production, the Canadian Premiere of We Are The Levinsons by Wendy Kout. The story details the phenomenon of the “sandwich generation” — adults caring for both children and aging parents — through the lens of one family’s momentous year. Continue reading Bēma Productions: We are the Levinsons
March 13 to March 24, 2019 — Emeritus Editor Jonathan Stoppi continues to pursue a life of crime. To catch him in the act, head for St. Luke’s Players production of Sherlock Holmes and the Spinsters of Blackmead running from March 13 to March 24. 2019 at St. Luke’s Church Hall, 3821 Cedar Hill Cross Rd., Victoria BC. Jonathan assures me that it is a crime scene to die for! For tickets etc…
November 10 – 12, 2018: 3 performances only — Bēma Productions, in collaboration with Langham Court Theatre, proudly announces a remount of the play Lessons previously presented at Congregation Emanu-El in April 2018.
Saturday November 10 7.30 pm
Sunday November 11 2.00 pm
Monday November 12 7.30 pm
Performances at Langham Court Theatre, 805 Langham Court, Victoria.
Lessons is a thoughtful, compelling play about finding faith and love in a sometimes violent and alienating world. Lessons is performed by Christine Upright (last seen as Edna in Bēma’s Prisoner of Second Avenue) and Alf Small (Horowitz and Mrs Washington). Zelda Dean directs. When Ben finally decides to have a Bar Mitzvah (at his age!) he hires Ruth, a Rabbi who’s lost her faith, to tutor him. The two characters forge a friendship as they each search for healing and forgiveness while wrestling with their own deep-rooted problems. Lessons is a touching, funny and poignant drama that asks the question: Can we find healing and forgiveness when our beliefs are questioned?
“Small and Upright are magnificent as Ben and Ruth, with a naturalistic acting style that compels careful attention—not a moment of this two hour play is wasted.” – Janis La Couvee
Proceeds of these performances will be donated to The War Amps. TICKETS: $23 – available online at www.langhamtheatre.ca or by phone at Langham Court box office 250-384-2142.