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VSHJ Talk on Sunday, February 18th

Sunday, February 18th at 3:00 pm
Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street.

Rani Earnhart, Chair of Greater Victoria Fair Vote Canada chapter, will be presenting a program on Proportional Representation Electoral Systems and leading a discussion on this topic.
Fair Vote Canada is a non-partisan nation wide organization dedicated to education on electoral reform.  The upcoming referendum in British Columbia on electoral reform makes this a timely topic.
Rani will discuss some history of the electoral system in British Columbia, what we know about the upcoming referendum, the reasons why this is important to BC citizens as well as the benefits that have been achieved by countries using various forms of Proportional Representation.

Please join us for this timely and informative topic.  Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

VSHJ Tu B’Shevat Celebration on Sunday, January 28th – Special Guest Speaker TJ Watt from Ancient Forest Alliance

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”.

We will have a seder 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 seder, our guest speaker will be Environmental Activist, TJ Watt of the Ancient Forest Alliance. He will be giving us a 30 minute presentation on the struggle to protect ancient forests in British Columbia.  He will be presenting slides showing the magnificent trees. 

Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

When: Sunday, January 28th from 3 pm – 5 pm
Where: Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street

VSHJ Panel Discussion on Sunday, January 7th

Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism

Presents

Reinventing Yourself After Adversity

Sunday, January 7th, 3:00 pm

Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street

Refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome.

a panel discussion with

Moderator: Lon Wood, Writer and Retired Journalist

Panelists: Harriet Bull, Cancer Survivor;  Ernie Tremblay, Legally blind, Royal Roads Graduate Student;

                     and Mary-Louise Meadow, Spousal Care Giver

for further information, contact Sharon Kobrinsky, Ceremonial Leader

Telephone: 250-474-7173; email: skobrinsky@shaw.ca

VSHJ Chanukah Celebration on Sunday, December 17th

VSHJ CHANUKAH CELEBRATION – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 3:30 PM AT THE JCCV

Celebrate the 5th day of Chanukah with candle lighting, potato latkes and donuts, music by Gary and Amber (Koukous: Jewish Music to Feed the Soul!) and a Chanukah play directed by Rani Earnhart. Bring along your chanukiah and candles. Anyone who wants to participate in the Chanukah play, please arrive at 3:00 pm for a short rehearsal.

Everyone is welcome.

VSHJ Presents “Religious and Cultural Intolerance: How Do We Respond?”

The Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism (VSHJ) presents:
Religious and Cultural Intolerance: How Do We Respond?

Sunday, November 5th, 2017, 3:00 pm
Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street

Refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome.

A panel discussion:

Moderator:

Dr. Robert Oppenheimer, PhD. Psychologist with experience in cross-cultural dialogue and trauma counselling, Victoria Shoah Project Representative.

Esteemed Panel:

Dr. Charlotte Shira Schallié, PhD. Associate Professor and Director, European Studies Program in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, University of Victoria.
Julius Maslovat. Holocaust Survivor.
Dr. Farouk Mitha, PhD. Islamic Scholar, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria
The Rev. Michelle Slater, MDiv. Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care, Oak Bay United Church.

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

VSHJ Havdalah Ceremony and Potluck Supper on October 21st

Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism invites you to a Havdalah Ceremony and Potluck Supper on Saturday October 21st  at 4:00 pm

At the JCCV, 3636 Shelbourne Street, Victoria BC    V8P 4H2

Following the Havdalah ceremony, Sharon Kobrinsky will lead a discussion on Shabbat and Havdalah:

  • What can it mean to Humanistic Jews?
  • How can we celebrate it?
  • The significance of ceremonial traditions to Humanistic Jews

Please bring along:

  • a food item to share (a main item … ideally vegetarian, or a salad, some vegetables or a dessert (fruit?)).
  • if you prefer wine with your evening meal, please bring it.
  • your thoughts about Humanistic Judaism and Rituals / Holiday Observances
  • a friend who might be interested

Challah will be provided.
RSVPs are not required.

For more information please contact, Sharon Kobrinsky, Ceremonial Leader. Email: skobrinsky@shaw.ca
Or Edward Davidson (see below for contact information)

Edward Davidson, Membership Chair

Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism

3636 Shelbourne Street,

Victoria BC     V8P 4H2

email: EdwardDavidson115@gmail.com

cell or text:  250-383-5881

VSHJ Celebrates Jewish High Holidays

The Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism, a Community of Cultural Jews, will celebrate the high holidays in a secular/humanistic way with services led by Ceremonial Leader, Sharon Kobrinsky and our resident musicians, Gary Cohen and Amber Woods (Kouskous: Jewish Music to Feed the Soul!).

Please join our celebration of Rosh Hashanah on Thursday, September 21st at 5:00 pm with secular/humanistic readings and music. A wonderful potluck supper will follow.

Please join our Yom Kippur service on Saturday, September 30th at 6:30 pm in the secular/humanistic tradition. This is always a very moving ceremony. We will break the fast with a wonderful potluck supper.

There is a suggested fee of $20.00 per holiday for non-members; reduced fee for low income people and students. Everyone is welcome.

Venue:  Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne St.

Contact:  Sharon Kobrinsky; 250-474-7173 or skobrinsky@shaw.ca for more information and to RSVP

VSHJ Welcome Back Mixer and Potluck Supper on Sunday, September 10th

VSHJ Welcome Back Mixer and Pot Luck Supper

Sunday September 10th,  3:30 – 6:00 pm 

Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne St.

We will have a Welcome Back Mixer facilitated by VSHJ member Rani Earnhart. Come and share your thoughts on local, national, international events. How have they affected you? What are your priorities for the coming year? Join us for a pot luck cold supper following the discussion.

Everyone is welcome.

VSHJ Annual General Meeting on Saturday, June 17th

Annual General Meeting

Saturday, June 17th at 12:00 pm (noon)

Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street

Light buffet lunch, followed by a short business meeting for the presentation of the financial report, other reports, and the election of directors. Afterwards Freda Knott will talk about her trip to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.

Everyone is welcome!

VSHJ Shavuot Event on Saturday, May 27th

It’s Shavuot – the giving of the Torah.

Come and share an interesting story, a special book, a favourite film or play.

Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

When: Saturday, May 27th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Where: Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street