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Tu B’Shvat @ VSHJ on Sunday, January 27th at 2 pm

Please join us as we celebrate Tu B’Shevat, also known as the “New Year for Trees” and now considered the ‘Jewish Arbor Day” or the “Jewish Earth Day”, at the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne St., on Sunday, January 27th at 2 pm.

We will have a sedar where we eat different types of fruits; with shells, with pits, edible inside and out, and we drink white and red fruit juices to reflect on our connection with the trees and the earth throughout the four seasons of the year.

After the sedar, Misty MacDuffee, a biologist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, will give a presentation on the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipeline proposals within the context of Raincoast’s research and their role as interveners at the National Energy Board hearings. Misty’s talk will be followed by a showing of REFLECTIONS: Art for an Oil-Free Coast, a short film created by RCF that premiered at the Vancouver Film Festival in October 2012.

Everyone is welcome.




Former VSHJ Member Subject of VFF Film

Former VSHJ member, Saul Holiff, is the subject of the upcoming Victoria Film Festival (VFF) film My Father and The Man In Black directed by his eldest son Jonathan. The film is showing at the Empire Theatre #6 on February 3rd at 6:45 pm and February 9th at 4:30 pm.

Saul Holiff was a Canadian Jew born in London, Ontario on June 22, 1925. He was country-music singer Johnny Cash’s manager for 14 years before moving to Victoria. Saul and his wife Barbara were VSHJ founding members. Saul passed away in Nanaimo, B.C. on March 17, 2005.

More details on this film and the VFF 2013 program can be found online at