Happy Passover (Pesach)




Dear Members and Friends:

The JCCV wishes you and your mishpocha a happy, hopeful and safe Passover (Pesach).

“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” Peter Marshall

The JCCV Deli will be closed from Thursday, April 6th to Friday, April 14th and will reopen on Tuesday, April 18th.



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Saanich Police Detective Constable Berle Zwaan, Financial Crimes Unit

Monday,  April 24th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
JCCV, 3636 Shelbourne Street

With the help of Saanich Police, empower yourself with practical techniques to increase your financial and technological safety skills to protect yourself and loved ones.

There are many types of fraud, with new ones invented regularly. Remaining cautious and aware is your best defense. It’s helpful to know that fraudsters use three powerful and effective things to get you to cooperate:

The hope of a benefit: “You’ve won a prize!” “This is a guaranteed investment!” “I love you!”

Fear: “You owe taxes.” “You will be arrested.” “Your loved one is in trouble.”

Your natural willingness to help: “Help us catch these crooked bank employees.” “Be our secret shopper.”

These are designed to manipulate your emotions, prevent you from thinking rationally, and make you take actions you normally would not.

Saanich Police Detective Constable Berle Zwaan has served almost 27 years as a police officer with the Saanich Police Department. He has worked in Patrol, Mountain Bikes, Child Abuse, Traffic, Financial Crimes, Administration and currently in the community Engagement Division doing Prevention with a specialty in Fraud Prevention.

The Saanich Police Department Financial Crimes Section is a part of the Detective Division of the Saanich Police. Three members work full-time on a variety of offences relating to fraudulent activity, usually focusing on cases where there has been a loss in excess of $5,000.00.

There are over 50 sections of the Criminal Code of Canada that deal with fraud-related offences. These offences require a substantial amount of time and a great deal of specialization in order for them to be thoroughly investigated. Referrals to the Financial Crime detectives are usually made after an initial investigation by uniformed officers.

Sit down luncheon includes coffee or tea and dessert.

Cost is $18.00, $15.00 for JCCV members.

Call or email the JCCV (250-477-7185, jccv@telus.net) to reserve.

Hamentashen on Sale at the JCCV Deli Starting Tuesday, February 28th


In celebration of the Jewish holiday of Purim, home-made Hamentashen will be on sale at the JCCV Lox, Stock and Bagel Deli on Tuesday, February 28th until they are sold out. No preorders.

$10.00 per half-dozen package of poppy seed, prune & date, and apricot filled Hamentashen.

The Deli is open Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Purim is on Tuesday, March 7th.

Special JCCV Live Webinar on Monday, March 27th – Register Now

A free one-hour live webinar on Monday, March 27th at 10:00 am Pacific Time.

Tara Ison Book Presentation of At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf

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At the Hour Between Dog and Wolf is the story of a Jewish child in WWII Vichy France forced to live “in hiding” as a Catholic orphan. The novel explores questions of identity and survival, and the influence of anti-Semitic, Fascist, and extremist ideologies.

Reception for the novel has been terrific – “Recommended Reading Winter 2023” from the Jewish Book Council, and recent starred reviews from Kirkus and from Foreward:

Tara Ison (https://taraison.com/) is the award-winning author of the novels A Child out of Alcatraz, The List, and Rockaway; the short story collection Ball, and the essay collection Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies.

Her short fiction, essays, poetry and book reviews have appeared in Tin House, O, The Oprah Magazine, Salon, Electric Literature, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Nerve.com, Black Clock, TriQuarterly, PMS: poemmemoirstory, Publisher’s Weekly, The Week magazine, The Mississippi Review, LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, and numerous anthologies. She is also the co-writer of the cult movie Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead. 

She is the recipient of 2020 and 2008 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships and a 2008 COLA Individual Artist Grant, as well as multiple Yaddo fellowships, a fellowship at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Study, a Brandeis National Women’s Committee Award, a Thurber House Fiction Writer-in-Residence Fellowship, the Simon Blattner Fellowship from Northwestern University, and a California Arts Council Artists’ Fellowship Award. She received her MFA in Fiction & Literature from Bennington College. She has taught creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Goddard College, Antioch University Los Angeles, and UC Riverside Palm Desert’s MFA in Creative Writing program. She is currently Professor of Fiction at Arizona State University.

Please click on the button below to register for the webinar.
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This is a free live webinar brought to you by the JCCV.

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JCCV CRA Registered Charity Number: 138607643RR0001


Building Community through Live Music

Merrie Klazek, Associate Professor
Department of Music
Faculty of Fine Arts
University of Victoria

Monday, February 20th, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
JCCV, 3636 Shelbourne Street

Why is live music important? What are the various roles that people play and how does this translate into stronger communities and vibrant cities? Explore the connections between mental health, physical health and the various levels at which one can participate in the arts as either spectator, presenter or artist.

Canadian Trumpeter Merrie Klazek is active as a performer, teacher and recording artist in orchestral, chamber, solo, traditional and popular music. She holds a Bachelor of Music with distinction from her native Calgary, and a Master of Music, Pi Kappa Lamba from Northwestern University where she studied with the late Vincent Cichowicz.

Her musical travels have taken her around the globe with performance highlights including the Spoleto Festival Italy, Musik Contemporaire Strasbourg France, Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan hall, Stratford Festival, Hungary’s Niyrbator Festival, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, and the International Women’s Brass Conference.

She has appeared as a soloist with a variety of Canadian orchestras and ensembles. She has been the principal trumpet with the Thunder Bay Symphony, since 1999 and has held the same position with the Victoria Symphony (2005/06) and Orchestra London Canada (1996-99.) She has performed in the trumpet sections of Canada’s top orchestras and spent 14 years on faculty at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. In 2016, she joined the full-time faculty at the University of Victoria’s School of Music. Her teaching philosophy has its foundations in the Arnold Jacobs’ school of Wind and Song. As a chamber musician, she is a founding member of Brass Northwest in Thunder Bay, and currently also plays with Pinnacle Brass Quintet on the west coast.

Her solo recording entitled “Songs to the Moon” has been featured on TVO Studio 2 and on CBC Radio. She appears on numerous other recordings including four JUNO nominated albums, and is currently working on her second solo recording, which will highlight the trumpet in settings of various world styles in collaboration with renowned folk musicians.

Sit down luncheon includes coffee or tea and dessert.

Cost is $18.00, $15.00 for JCCV members.

Call or email the JCCV (250-477-7185, jccv@telus.net) to reserve.

JCCV Social Walks Resume Friday, January 13th

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JCCV Social Walks January – April 2023

Friday January 13: Hands of Time, downtown
Friday January 20: North Saanich, Patricia Bay
Friday February 3: South Oak Bay
Friday February 17: Gordon Head, Mount Douglas
Friday March 3: Colquitz River Trail (Saanich)
Friday March 17: Humboldt Valley, Beacon Hill
Friday March 31: Elk/Beaver Lake
Friday April 14: Royal Roads U
Friday April 28: Playfair Park

* 9 Fridays
* 9:30 a.m. start
* Fitness walks of up to an hour and a half at a steady pace
with built-in pauses
* Sharing the pleasure of trails, parks and pedestrian byways
* For safety and the need to stay together in one group, numbers of
participants may be limited
* Social time after the walks to be decided by the participants
To add your name to the master list, please send your contact information
to the volunteer leader at jccvwalkinggroup@gmail.com


Topic:       Dynamic Cities

Speaker:  Ms. Ashley Mickens
                 Graduate Student, Dept. of Biology
                 Faculty of Science, UVic

Monday, January 23rd, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
JCCV, 3636 Shelbourne Street

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The talk will focus on how cities impact the environment and how the process of urbanization has local, regional and global impact. Reasons why it is important to encourage sustainable initiatives in cities by highlighting some of the problems with rapid urbanization and issues such as green space, habitat fragmentation, biodiversity and climate change, will be discussed.
Organizations around Victoria that are implementing solutions will be highlighted.

Sit down luncheon includes coffee or tea and dessert.

Cost is $18.00, $15.00 for JCCV members.

Call or email the JCCV at 250-477-7185 or jccv@telus.net to reserve. Maximum of 50 people.

JCCV Gift Shop Open the next two Sundays (Dec. 11th and 18th) from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm

The JCCV gift shop is open Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm and is well stocked with all your Chanukah shopping needs; chanukiahs (candle and LED), fancy and traditional candles, dreidels, chocolate gelt, decorations, kids games, books, and lots more.

The JCCV gift shop will also be open the next two Sundays (December 11th and 18th) from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. The 1st Chanukah candle is lit on the night of December 18th.

The JCCV wishes you a very Happy Chanukah.