VSHJ Silver Anniversary Celebration

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Saturday May 5, 7 pm Jewish Community Centre — The Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism (VSHJ) will mark its 25th anniversary with a Musical Gala and Desserts on Saturday, May 5, 7:00 pm at the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street, Victoria V8P 4H2.  The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra will provide music. Tickets are $15 at the door.

The music is a blend of klezmer with elements of swing and jazz, along with the sounds of Tin Pan Alley and the popular music of the day creating a whole new world of possibilities for the traditional music the Jews brought to North America.


Reinventing Yourself after Adversity

VSJH_160x165 Sunday, January 7 at 3:00 pm – Jewish Community Centre, 3636 Shelbourne Street — The Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism presents a panel discussion with: Moderator: Lon Wood, Writer and Retired Journalist
Panelists: Harriet Bull, Cancer Survivor
Ernie Tremblay, Legally blind, Royal Roads Graduate Student
Mary-Louise Meadow, Spousal Care Giver

Refreshments will be served – everyone welcome

For further information, contact Sharon Kobrinsky, Ceremonial Leader
Telephone: 250-474-7173; email: skobrinsky@shaw.ca

Syrian Refugee Family Sponsorship Update

February 19, 2016

We are awaiting
more information about the small family with whom we have been matched. The
last of our paperwork has been signed and submitted. The next step is for the
family to undergo security and medical screening. When that is complete, we
hope to hear more about their potential arrival date in Victoria.

If anything is
amiss with the family’s paperwork or a serious medical condition is discovered,
they could be delayed, or their application denied. If that happens, we will
work with the ICA, who will help to match us with another (likely larger)
family to sponsor.

In the meantime,
fundraising will continue into March to help us reach our goal.

Last Sunday –
Valentine’s Day – the Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism held a wonderful
event to help raise funds for our Syrian Refugee Family Sponsorship Project. In
addition to watching a delightful film, A Tickle in the Heart at the JCC,
those attending had an opportunity to participate in a chocolate-themed raffle.
The event raised over $1500 – a very impressive outcome. Thanks to Sharon
Kobrinsky
, Mona Acker (a member of our sponsorship group), and others from the
Society who worked hard in support of this project.

Please join us
for a lively fundraiser this Sunday, February 21st, 2:00 pm at the
synagogue. Four members of our congregation – all published poets – will read
original poetry. They will be joined by The Klez, who will play music
reflecting the essence of the poetry. Admission is by donation. Light
refreshments will be served.

Editor’s note: Photo is from an online source and not of the family in question

VSHJ Presents “The Klez”

Enjoy a medley of toe tapping, wildly rhythmical klezmer music, lovely Sephardic ballads, and traditional Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino folk songs, performed by the Victoria quintet The Klez. Desserts, coffee and tea will be served. Suggested donation of $10 for non-members. Everyone is welcome.

When: Sunday, February 22nd at 7:30 pm

Where: Jewish Community Centre Of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street

This event is supported in part by a community agency grant from the Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island.