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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

VSHJ Yom HaShoah Film on Saturday, April 22nd

Saturday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm

Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne St.

Film Screening in Honour of Yom HaShoah

“Finding Leah Tichotsky”

In the summer of 2007, Stanford University student Sarah Golabek-Goldman traveled to Poland to teach English in the village of Zakliczyn, Poland. While there, she visited the towns where her family lived before World War II to search for Poles who remembered her relatives. In the village of Jasionowka, Sarah discovered the gravestone of her great-great-grandmother, Leah Tichotsky. Finding Leah Tichotsky explores Polish-Jewish relations as well as one filmmaker’s personal journey to discover her family roots. Through her eyes, Finding Leah Tickotsky provides a perspective on one of the most painful periods in history and serves as a reminder of the extraordinary contributions Jews made to Poland over nine centuries.

Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!

VSHJ Passover Seder on Tuesday, April 11th

Everyone is welcome to join our annual community Passover celebration at the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria (3636 Shelbourne St.) on Tuesday, April 11th.

Doors open 5:00 pm, Seder begins 5:30 pm sharp.

Our Passover Seder includes a traditional Passover dinner, a non-traditional, humanistic haggadah, and lots of singing and schmoozing. 

The cost is $25 for VSHJ members; $35 for non-members; $15 for students, low income individuals, and children 6 – 12 years. Children under 6 years free. Family maximum (2 adults and children 12 years and under) is $75 for members and $90 for non-members.

A play corner for young children will be available if requested.

Please bring your own wine.

Registration is limited to the first 50 persons. So to ensure seating, please confirm your participation as soon as possible. Registrations will be cut off as soon as 50 people have been registered, or on Tuesday, March 28th whichever occurs first.

The registration form is available below:

VSHJ Pesach Seder Notice and Registration Form 2017

Contact Harriet Bull for further information at (250)888-6192 or harrietbull1@gmail.com.

VSHJ Talk on Saturday, March 25th

WhenSaturday, March 25th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
WhereJewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street
 
Aging Cleverly
How to keep our balance as we age. A few brain games to enhance our word finding and memory skills, some practical strategies for navigating the forgetful terrain of old age, a few songs about aging with humour and acceptance, and lots of shared brainstorming about aging cleverly, with vibrant energy, mental clarity, purpose, and delight.
 
Nomi Kaston, M.Sc., is a Speech Language Pathologist in private practice, here in Victoria.
She earned her Master of Science degree at McGill University, in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her Masters thesis was a study of communication patterns in families of people with Aphasia, the loss of language due to stroke or brain injury. She has served on a Brain Injury rehabilitation team, and served many people with age-related problems in memory, word finding, and interpersonal communicating. Her greatest credential for addressing this topic, though, is that she turned 65 this month, and is taking lessons in gracious, clever aging from her own parents, Murray and Eleanor Enkin. Nomi will entertain us and inspire us to live all the days of our life.
 
Refreshments will be served.
Everyone is welcome.

VSHJ Celebrates Purim and International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 11th

VSHJ Celebrates Purim and International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 11  from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street.

Tell about a woman that you admire and give a short account of her life, not more than 10 minutes.  She can be famous or not, dead or alive, Jewish or not Jewish.  She may be your mother or grandmother.

Please contact Freda at fpknott@gmail.com or 250-381-5120 with the name of the woman you will honour.

In honour of Purim we will serve hamantashen.  If anyone wishes to wear a costume, please do so.

Bring something to donate to a women’s shelter.

VSHJ Jewish Music Night “From Mendelssohn to Garfunkel” on Saturday, February 25th

The Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism presents “Celebrating Two Centuries of Jewish Composers” featuring some of Victoria’s finest musicians.

Join us on February 25th at 7:30 pm at the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria on 3636 Shelbourne Street (Doors open at 7:00 pm). Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Tickets are $15. Net proceeds to charity. Seating is limited; so get your tickets soon at the JCCV, Tuesdays thru Fridays between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Or, call Edward today at 250-383-5881. It will be an evening to remember!

Click below to see the full details in the event poster

VSHJ Jewish Music Night Poster (17-02-25)