JCCV FILM NIGHT on Monday, January 27th at 7:00 pm

JCCV FILM NIGHT

Monday, January 27th at 7:00 pm

Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne St.

GALAXY QUEST (1999; 102 mins.)

STARRING: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell & Tony Shalhoub

Galaxy Quest, the beloved Star Trek like TV series, has been cancelled 20 years earlier and the acting crew cling to their careers appearing at Science Fiction/Comic Conventions and electronics store openings. When a distressed inter stellar race mistakes the show for “historical documents” Captain Jason Nesmith and his crew of has-beens are unwittingly recruited to save them from a genocidal warlord.  Galaxy Quest has become one of the ultimate cult classics with numerous laugh out loud scenes. If you haven’t seen this highly enjoyable comedy get ready to have an amazing good time and if you have seen it “Never give up. Never Surrender!”

Please join us for a fun evening of cinema…schmoozing…discussing and having a good time! State of the Art projection, large screen & great sound!

Snacks and cold drinks included in the $10 price of admission. $8 for JCCV members.
A classic cartoon and/or newsreel prior to the feature!

Dick de Ryk – Resident Movie Critic and Comic Book Aficionado
Contact: eegabeeva@shaw.ca

JCCV Walking Group 2020 Winter and Spring Schedule

JCCV Walking Group January to May 2020

A new series of walks begins on Friday, January 10th, 2020, and continues, rain or shine, on alternate Friday mornings through till May, 2020. Walkers set off at a lively pace at 9:30 a.m. from different spots in the Greater Victoria region. The aims are good health, camaraderie and an appreciation of nature and local history. The leader has created a variety of easy (E) and moderate (M) routes taking 60 to 90 minutes for the group to enjoy. There is no need to commit to the series, just come when you can. Below are the dates and venues. To find out specific meeting places and more details each time, please put your name on the list by emailing volunteer leader Juliet Simon at jhsimon@shaw.ca.

New walkers are welcome to add their names to the list at this time.

Walks are free for JCCV members; $2.00 drop in fee for non-members.

Below are this season’s (January to May 2020) walking dates and venues:

  1. Friday January 10th. The Gorge Waterway (E)
  2. Friday January 24th. Cedar Hill Chip Trail (M)
  3. Friday February 7th. Songhees to Chinatown: Hands of Time (E)
  4. Friday February 21st. Rithet’s Bog Plus from Royal Oak (E)
  5. Friday March 6th. Mt. Douglas Beach from Lambrick Park (M)
  6. Friday March 20th. [Leader and Venue t.b.d.]
  7. Friday April 3rd. Oak Bay Circuit (E)
  8. Friday April 17th. Mount Tolmie Park (M)
  9. Friday May 1st. Playfair Park Garry Oak Meadow (E-M)
  10. Friday May 15th. John Dean Park (M)

JCCV Displays ‘The Jewish Presence During the Klondike Gold Rush 1897-1918’

The traveling exhibit ‘The Jewish Presence During the Klondike Gold Rush 1897-1918’ will be on display at the JCCV from January 7th to 31st. Visitors will learn, while the hope of striking it rich drew thousands upon thousands to the Klondike during the gold rush, most had left the region within five years, many as poor as when they arrived. The exhibit of three panels, a booklet and videos, was created by the Jewish Cultural Society of Yukon.

The first panel, called “Gold Fever Strikes,” begins, “It was at Schwabacher’s dock on Seattle’s Elliott Bay that the steamer Portland arrived on July 17, 1897, with her ‘ton of gold’ that electrified the world and sparked the Klondike gold rush. Soon thousands would leave that dock and others on their way to Alaska.” It notes that the Schwabachers – Abraham, Sigmund and Louis – who founded their Seattle merchandising business in 1869, had been born “in Germany of Jewish heritage” and “they left to escape the oppression of Bismarck.” The rest of the panel highlights several Jews who were involved in supplying goods and transportation to Yukon.

The second panel – “Life in the Klondike” – relates some of the stories of successful, and not so successful, Jewish prospectors and merchants. For example, “Louis Brier, a native of Romania, followed the rush and provided grubstakes to prospectors on a percentage basis. He eventually left for British Columbia with what he called ‘a rather bulging bankroll,’” it notes.

One of the less happy outcomes is that of the Shudenfreis. Among the first Jews to arrive, in fall 1897 to Dawson City, Solomon and Rebecca Shudenfrei came to the Klondike without their children. By September 1898, Rebecca had left and, soon after a fire in March 1899 that destroyed many of the city’s homes and businesses, including Solomon’s hotel, Solomon also left. The loss of the hotel was a mixed blessing, according to a letter he wrote: “I only lost all I had, which is not much, and I was glad that the fire occurred so that I could get rid of all my bed-bugs, which I could not do otherwise … the loss is not so great when you come to consider that we would have to remove the building anyhow by May 1, and [that] would have been a great expense to me…. The whole town is on the buy, and all my acquaintances are not any better off than I. This is the only consolation we have.”

The second panel also touches upon other aspects of life at the time – religious observance, politics, the Jewish cemetery and crime (of which Jews, as much as anyone else, were among the victims and perpetrators). The third panel, “After the Gold Rush, Where Did They Go?” provides brief descriptions of where some 15 Jews went after the rush was over.

The exhibit includes a booklet, as well as four videos, each about eight minutes long. They centre on the finding and re-dedication of the Jewish cemetery in Dawson City in 1998. One video shows the finding of the cemetery, which was established in 1902 but fell into disrepair as the Jewish presence in the area disappeared; one video covers the cemetery’s restoration; and one the July 31, 1998, re-dedication ceremony, which included many guests, including then-deputy prime minister Herb Gray, who spoke at the ceremony. (Gray passed away in 2014.) The fourth video, explains the document about the exhibit’s setup, the CBC TV coverage of the arrival of a Torah, the first time in history that Shabbat services were held in Whitehorse, a little tour of Dawson City, and the re-dedication services.”

That Torah, in 1998, was only the second to have been brought to Whitehorse – the first having been brought during the gold rush. With the re-dedication, the Dawson City Jewish cemetery, Bet Chaim (House of the Living), once again became a place where Jews can be buried.

Many thanks to Rick Karp, President of the Jewish Cultural Society of Yukon, for kindly lending the mobile exhibit for display at the JCCV.

FOOD-FOR-THOUGHT LUNCHEON on Monday, January 20th

Topic:           Wills, Estate Planning, End of Life Decisions, and Estate Administration

Speaker:      Charlotte A. Salomon, Q.C., Lawyer with McConnan Bion O’Conner & Peterson Law Corp., Victoria, BC

Charlotte received a Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) degree from York University in 1992 and a Law Degree (LL.B.) from the University of Victoria in 1995. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1996. Charlotte provides her clients with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of wills, estate administration, and personal injury litigation. She also practises in property transactions.

When:    Monday, January 20th, 12:00 to 2:00 pm

Where:   JCCV, 3636 Shelbourne Street

Sit down luncheon includes coffee or tea and dessert.

Cost is $15.00, $12.00 for JCCV members.

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

JCCV Gift Shop Open this Sunday, Dec. 22nd from 10:30 am to 2:00 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, fancy and traditional candles, dreidels, cards, kids games, books, and lots more.

The JCCV gift shop will also be open this Sunday, December 22nd from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm, just hours before the first Chanukah candle is lit.

The JCCV wishes you a very Happy Chanukah.

LATKE MANIA at the JCCV Deli

LATKE MANIA starts on Tuesday, December 3rd and runs until Friday, December 20th.

Drop into the Lox, Stock & Bagel Deli for traditional Chanukah potato latkes with apple sauce and sour cream.

Eat in or take out; $12.00 for 3 large potato latkes with sour cream and apple sauce.

Also, drop into the JCCV gift shop, well stocked with all your Chanukah shopping needs; chanukiahs, fancy and traditional candles, dreidels, cards, kids games, books, and lots more.

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JCCV FILM NIGHT on Monday, November 25th at 7:00 pm

JCCV FILM NIGHT

Monday, November 25th at 7:00 pm

Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne St.

 ALL THAT JAZZ (1979; 123 mins.)

Directed by: Bob Fosse            Starring: Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange

All That Jazz ranks among the best musicals ever filmed with eye-popping production numbers and sensational singing and dancing.
Roy Scheider plays Bob Fosse in this Academy Award winning film.
Dazzlingly presented, this electrifying story about the perils of pushing yourself too hard is filled with Fosse’s legendary song and dance choreography.
All That Jazz is an unmistakable classic in its field, full of talent and originality!

Please join us for a fun evening of cinema…schmoozing…discussing and having a good time! State of the Art projection, large screen & great sound!

Snacks and cold drinks included in the $10 price of admission. $8 for JCCV members.
A classic cartoon and/or newsreel prior to the feature!

Dick de Ryk – Resident Movie Critic and Comic Book Aficionado
Contact: eegabeeva@shaw.ca

FOOD-FOR-THOUGHT LUNCHEON on Monday, November 18th

Topic:           Robot Butlers: Is this the Future of Robot Technology?                                                         

Speaker:     Dr. Nigel Livingston, School of Public Health and Social Policy, Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria

Dr. Livingston’s research interests are disability, assistive technology, policy and practices with respect to individuals with disabilities and their families, and disability supports and services. He founded the University of Victoria Assistive Technology Team, now CanAssist, an organization of the University of Victoria that is dedicated to helping people with disabilities improve their quality of life and to increasing awareness of disability issues.

When: Monday, November 18th from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

Where: Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street

Sit down luncheon includes coffee or tea and dessert. Cost is $15.00. $12.00 for JCCV members.

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

5th Annual VIJFF Starts This Saturday, November 2nd!!

The 5th annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) starts this Saturday, November 2nd and runs through to Tuesday, November 5th at The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St.

Festival passes and individual film tickets, including the opening night film and reception, are still available.

For more information or to purchase festival passes and individual film tickets, please visit vijff.ca.

The annual VIJFF aims to enhance our audiences’ enjoyment of films with Jewish themes and related content from around the globe. We celebrate these films as explorations of Jewish culture and as artistic expressions of broadly shared human values.