Thursday, October 18, 9 am – 5 pm Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street — Feeling depressed about the state of the world recently? Want to do something tangible about it at a local level? Come and learn the basic tools and philosophy of ‘broad-based community organizing’ at a workshop hosted by Greater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT), an alliance of 20 organizations including foundational member Congregation Emanu-El, who have committed to work together to tackle some of the toughest issues in this city. The Building Power for the Common Good workshop provides participants with an opportunity to learn how to work with their neighbors to bring about effective social and environmental justice.
The workshop scheduled for October 18, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm will be at Congregation Emanu-El synagogue. For congregants there is no charge for the workshop. (For information about childcare/travel bursaries, contact Flossie Baker at (250) 884-1347). For registration information…
There is a senior community organizer who is an impressive teacher coming up from Seattle for this workshop.
Themes covered in the workshop:
Why organize?– Examine the history, traditions, and values of our labor, faith, community and educational organizations.
Fundamental organizing skills– Learn tools to conduct individual relational meetings, listening sessions, research, negotiations and action to help obtain a concrete, winnable outcome.
Strengthening our institutions – Engage people systematically in a culture that is relational, action-oriented and reflective.
Problems vs. issues – Focus from general problems to concrete, winnable issues by
The Congregation Emanu-El co-ordinators for this event are Todd Litman, Andrew Gow and Ruth Schreier.
November 26 from 2 -5 pm: Register by November 22 — Congregation Emanu-El will offer a class on Self Defence for Women on Sunday, November 26 from 2 -5 pm. This class is for those who wish to learn how to enhance their own personal safety. The instructor Sheila, a black belt in TaeKwon with extensive training in Empowerment Self Defense provides a safe and trauma-sensitive environment, in which participants will learn the emotional, verbal and physical skills needed to protect themselves.
This class is empowering, positive and socially aware. It addresses the kinds of dangers that women are most likely to face statistically, including sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Participants will leave feeling confident in their ability to protect themselves.
Sheila, the instructor, is part of a global movement to reduce violence against women and other vulnerable groups.
Sheila welcomes girls over the age of 12 years, women, female-identifying, and gender non-conforming persons of all levels of ability and physical limitations to her class.
Date: Sunday, November 26 at 2:00pm-5:00pm
Place: Congregation Emanu-El Social Hall
Cost: Members – $10 for teens and students, $25 for adults and $30 for mother/daughter combos
Non-members – $15 for teens and students, $30 for adults and $40 for mother/daughter combos
Registration: Please register and pay through the Synagogue office at (250) 382-0615 on or before November 22.
Thank you, Sheila for generously donating your time and expertise, all proceeds will go to funding our new Youth Programs.
The Victoria Community Response Network (VCRN) has decided to
increase outreach and education sessions for community local groups working with seniors to prevent
elder abuse and neglect in Victoria, BC. The VCRN goal is to facilitate free workshops and information
sessions regarding the resources available in
the local community (i.e., abuse, neglect and self-neglect
awareness/prevention). We will hold an
information session for the leaders of seniors’
programs on Wednesday Dec 07th from 10-11:30am at the Central
Library in Victoria. Parking: below the Central Library and on View
Street Parkade (the first hour is free).
Please join us
for this dynamic event!
We invite you,
our local community groups to learn about the warning signs of abuse of older
adults and how to respond safely.
Signs and risk factors of abuse
True to life scenarios and videos to stimulate your awareness
provincial resources to prevent elder abuse
We look forward to seeing members of the Jewish community
represented at this important event.