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VSHJ Panel Discussion on Sunday, January 7th

Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism


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:

VSHJ Chanukah Celebration on Sunday, December 17th


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:


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:

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:
Or Edward Davidson (see below for contact information)

Edward Davidson, Membership Chair

Victoria Society for Humanistic Judaism

3636 Shelbourne Street,

Victoria BC     V8P 4H2


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 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