UVic Event: Listening to Family Caregivers

Join Debra Sheets, host of the Call to Mind podcast, for an evening of listening and dialogue about caregiving, love and memory loss. In this free in-person and livestreamed event, a distinguished panel of experts will lead a discussion about
policy, research, supports and resources, and the challenges and rewards of caregiving.

Summary of event details

  • Date: May 18 2022
  • Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Where: UVic, Harry Hickman Lecture Theatre
  • Cost: none
  • Registration: calltomindpodcast.com/events
  • Contact: calltomindpodcast@uvic.ca

Stories of the Holocaust: Local Memory and Transmission

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7 pm—Please join us on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7 pm for the online launch of a newly created digital exhibit featuring ten stories told by local community members whose families were devastated by the Holocaust.

Students in the Holocaust and Memory Studies course offered by the UVic Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies worked one-on-one with community members from Victoria, Vancouver, and Salt Spring Island to prepare these unique stories of the Holocaust for presentation. The exhibit centers not only on the actual stories themselves, but also on notions of relationship building, storytelling and transmission, as well as memory work, inter-generational trauma, and active remembering.

To register for the event, visit http://bit.ly/uvicmemory
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Helga Thorson at helgat@uvic.ca.

Congregation gives Rabbi Victor Reinstein a warm welcome

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The organizing committee for Rabbi Victor Reinstein’s visit to Victoria sends a todah rabah to the congregation for its warm welcome of Rabbi Victor at the shul and at Sunday’s moving lecture at the Jewish Community Centre. Continue reading Congregation gives Rabbi Victor Reinstein a warm welcome

Defying Hatred: Responding to Antisemitism in Victoria

ideafest2019_header_logo 1.2Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 12:30 – 2:30 pm in the Arbutus Room in the UVic Cadboro Commons Building — Hate crimes against Jewish people are raising concern in Canada and around the world. Victoria is not immune, with the local synagogue enduring the 2012 desecration of its cemetery and hate letters stating “Jewry Must Perish.” How can we respond to antisemitism in ways that encourage community resilience in the face of hate? This workshop and small-group discussion with UVic scholars and community members aims to answer this question.
Facilitators: Margaret Cameron, Associate Dean, Humanities, UVic and Richard Kool, School of Environment and Sustainability, Royal Roads University
Presenters: Harry Brechner (Rabbi, Congregation Emanu-El), Matt James (Department of Political Science), Helga Thorson (Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies), Lynne Marks and Jordan Stanger-Ross (Department of History)
Ideafest is the University of Victoria’s week-long festival of research, art and innovation.

Volatile Attractions: Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash, and Managing a Music Legend

Cash Holiff LondonOn June 20, 2018 the University of Victoria Libraries held a special reception and movie screening of  My Father and The Man in Black (2013) to announce the new online exhibit Volatile Attractions: Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash, and Managing a Music Legend and to celebrate the acquisition of the Holiff Family archives. Items in the collection are available for viewing in the Special Collections Reading Room. To view the online exhibit…
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Robert Waisman: On Survival, Truth and Reconciliation

Holocaust Memorial MonumentMonday, June 11, 7 pm – 8.30 pm, David Strong Building C103 —  Holocaust survivor and educator Robert Waisman will share insights into a life dedicated to advocacy and peace-building in a special conversation with University of Victoria Chancellor Shelagh Rogers. Waisman will be recognized with an honorary degree at UVic’s convocation in June for his work as a community leader, philanthropist and former president of the Vancouver Holocaust Centre for Remembrance and Education.

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Weekly Menuḥah Meditation

MeditationFridays starting January 12 from 10:30 – 11:45 am — Join the new UVic Jewish Co-Chaplain, Julia Herzog (the other Jewish Co-Chaplain is Mike Goldstein) along with Dr. Stephanie Marchal for a weekly Friday morning meditation taking place between 10:30 and 11:45 am at the UVic Interfaith Chapel.

All are welcome to practice and learn together as different forms of Jewish meditation and contemplation are explored.  For more information, email jherzog@uvic.ca.

UVIC celebrates Hanukkah early

Happy Hanukkah for Hillel UVIC
Thursday, December 7 Join the UVIC Jewish chaplains, Hillel BC and University food services on Thursday, December 7 — 3:305:00 pm at University Centre in the Mystic Market for an early celebration of Hanukkah!
Following the ceremony enjoy live music by Kouskus and traditional Jewish food including potato latkes, jelly doughnuts and other treats.
Everyone is welcome!!! Free admission!

UVic needs Jewish Chaplain

Rabbi in classApplication due date: September 05, 2017 — The University of Victoria needs a part-time volunteer Jewish Chaplain who can provide on campus support for Jewish students who are far from home and seeking answers to their questions from a Jewish perspective. You don’t have to be a Rabbi to do this job. You just need to have a good heart; a reasonable working knowledge of Jewish values, culture, and ritual; good communication skills; openness to diversity in all its forms; and some free time. Continue reading UVic needs Jewish Chaplain

Holocaust Studies at UVIC


Mazal Tov to Noga Yarmar on her admission
to UVIC’s Holocaust studies stream MA program
Germanic and Slavic studies. Noga, a teacher at
the Synagogue’s Hebrew School, is one of a handful of students embarking on
this informative and important Holocaust studies program that brings together
the past, present and future.

The Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the
University of Victoria is pleased to announce that it will offer a new MA stream
in Holocaust Studies starting in September 2017. By adding Holocaust Studies to
the Department’s two existing graduate streams of Germanic Studies and Slavic
Studies, UVic will become the only graduate program in Canada to offer students
the opportunity to study Germanic, Slavic, or Holocaust Studies all within one
unified Department.

Students will have hands-on learning opportunities during
the two-year MA program in Holocaust Studies, including a semester abroad, a
practicum placement or summer co-op work term that can be completed in Canada or
Europe, and opportunities to work with Holocaust testimony through collaborations
with the USC Shoah Foundation and the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.

If you would like further information about this program,
please contact Dr. Charlotte Shira Schallié (schallie@uvic.ca) or Dr. Helga
Thorson (helgat@uvic.ca). If you are interested in contributing to an academic
scholarship or a mobility fund that would help alleviate the costs for students
to travel abroad, please contact Katherine Blake (kablake@uvic.ca), the UVic
Development Officer for the Humanities.

UVIC’s I-witness Field

UVic’s fifth I-witness Field School will take place in May
of 2018. So far sixty undergraduate students and seven graduate students have
had the opportunity to study the Holocaust through this University of Victoria
course. The field school explores
the ways in which the Holocaust is memorialized in Central Europe.  Following one week of intensive study at the
University of Victoria, participants spend three weeks in Central Europe
exploring various memorial spaces in at least four different countries
(Germany, Poland, Austria, and Hungary) — from the sites of former
concentration camps to the stumbling stone project, from former ghettos to
railway stations, from cemeteries to T-4 euthanasia sites, and from museums to

The course
attempts to bring together the past, present, and future through the acts of
remembering, comprehending, and imagining:
the horrific atrocities that occurred during the Holocaust, comprehending and comparing the ways the
stories of the Holocaust are told in four different countries today, and imagining a future beyond prejudice and
hate. If you are interested in helping UVic students afford this
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, please contact Katherine Blake (kablake@uvic.ca),
the UVic Development Officer for the Humanities.