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 Tuesday, April 19 to Friday, April 22 and will reopen on Tuesday, April 26.


Topic:          Border and Mobility Issues Straddling Canada and the United States

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Is the longest undefended border dividing Canada and the United States still really ‘undefended’? This talk presents and discusses the various policies implemented in borderlands straddling the international boundary line which organize both trade and mobility.

Speaker:    Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly

Dr. Brunet-Jailly is a professor in the School of Public Administration and in the European Studies Program at the University of Victoria. He is also the Director of UVic’s European Union Centre for Excellence, Director of UVic’s Jean Monnet Centre, and holds a Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Border and Region Policy. He is lead of 21st Century Borders, a $5.6 million research project. He has published work in comparative urban governance, governance and theorization of cross-border regions in 15 books and special issues of academic journals, and over 100 book chapters and articles. He holds an LLB from Paul Cézanne University, an MA in Political Science from University of Paris, and a PhD in Political Science from University of Western Ontario.

When:    Monday, May 9th, 12:00 to 2:00 pm

Where:   JCCV, 3636 Shelbourne Street

Sit down luncheon includes coffee or tea and dessert. Proof of vaccination is required.

Cost is $18.00, $15.00 for JCCV members.

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

Hamentashen on Sale at the JCCV Deli Starting Tuesday, March 15th (**SOLD OUT**)


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, March 15th until they are sold out. No preorders.

$9.00 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.

Jewish Learning Online (JLO)

Please join the JCCV for the initial offering of Jewish Learning Online (JLO) + virtual Discussion/Q&A.  We pair a video on a topic with a virtual discussion and Q&A lead by JCCV members and friends who are knowledgeable about the subject.  Our first JLO + virtual Discussion/Q&A features a recorded session offered by the American Jewish University on “Eradicating the Stigma of Addiction in the Jewish World.” 

Jewish stigmas around addiction and substance abuse often prevents people from addressing the problem and seeking treatment. Carl Erik Fisher, author of The Urge: Our History of Addiction, provides an authoritative, illuminating and deeply human history of addiction – a baffling and deeply misunderstood phenomenon.  He is joined by AJU’s Rabbi Sherre Hirsch as they discuss how Judaism has addressed addiction and how a more expansive nuanced and compassionate view can help combat this challenge.

To view the video, go to the American Jewish University ‘On Demand’ webpage at the link below. 
You will need to sign up and register. Please select Jewish Community Centre of Victoria as your Associated Organization and use the following Promotional Code to view the video for FREE. No credit card needed.
Once registered you will have unlimited viewing for 72 hours.
The Promotional Code to view the video for FREE is available through Friday, March 11th.

On Friday, March 11th at 11:30 am Pacific Time, Susan Mintz, Social Work Therapist; Lucy Nerenberg, Addiction Psychiatrist; Jennie Preuss, Child Psychiatrist (retired); and Larry Gontovnick, Pharmacologist (retired), will lead the discussion and answer your questions virtually. To register for the virtual Discussion/Q&A, click on the link below.

Following this event you will be invited to participate in an online survey to provide us with feedback.

If you have any questions about this program, registering to see the video, or attending the virtual Discussion/Q&A, please email the JCCV at jccv@telus.net.


Topic:         A Humorous History of British Columbia’s Highways

Speaker:    Dr. Patricia Roy, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Victoria

With the help of cartoonists and a few photographers, Patricia Roy will show how highways have been important in British Columbia’s political history and how highways have sometimes been sources of amusement.
She taught Canadian history at the University of Victoria for many years.  Most of her research has concerned British Columbia.  Her most recent books are Boundless Optimism: Richard McBride’s British Columbia (2012) and The Collectors: A History of the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives (2018).

When:    Monday, March 28th, 12:00 to 2:00 pm

Where:   JCCV, 3636 Shelbourne Street

Sit down luncheon includes coffee or tea and dessert. Proof of vaccination is required.

Cost is $15.00, $12.00 for JCCV members.

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

Next JCCV Live Webinar on Thursday, February 24th – Register Now

A free live webinar on Thursday, February 24th, 2022 from 10:00 to 11:00 am Pacific Time

Topic: Taking action for Planetary Health. But how?

The science is clear: we must act, and without delay, to respond to climate change, pollution and to the loss of biodiversity. The environment has become a direct threat to the health and survival of human beings. There is an urgent need to transform our societies so that they contribute to improving the environmental and social conditions on which our health depends.
Where to start? How to take into account social and environmental determinants in an integrated and holistic way in all actions that affect our daily lives?
The concept of planetary health connects the human system and the natural environment on which we depend. Applying this concept in all our actions would allow us to respond to environmental challenges, while improving health, reducing inequalities and social injustices and improving the prosperity of our societies. During this presentation, we will see how the framework for planetary health developed by Brousselle and McDavid (2021) can guide, in a dialogical way, the development and implementation of projects, programs and policies in all areas of application. We will see how this framework can be used by everyone, without the need for particular expertise, thanks to simple tools to support the development of projects, programs and policies. Adopting such an approach would also make it possible to respond in an integrated manner to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and to the new Geneva Charter for Well-Being of the WHO.

Speaker: Dr. Astrid Brousselle, Professor & Director, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria

Professor Brousselle is also the convener of the group UVic in the Anthropocene. She contributes to the analysis and development of theories and methods in evaluation that she applies to various areas of research in public health and health system organization. She is particularly interested in contributing to the eco-social transition for creating more sustainable and healthy societies. During 2011 and 2016, she held the Canada Research Chair in Evaluation and Health System Improvement at the Université de Sherbrooke (Quebec). In her career, she has published over 80 scientific articles and books. In 2017 she received the recognition Mention coup de coeur of the Jean-Pierre-Bélanger Prize from the Quebec Public Health Association (ASPQ) for her public positions defending the public healthcare system.

Please click on the ‘Register’ button below to register for this webinar.

This is a free live webinar brought to you by the JCCV.

Donations to the JCCV are always welcome. To donate, please click on the ‘Donate’ button below.
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JCCV CRA Registered Charity Number: 138607643RR0001

JCCV Social Walks Resume Friday, February 4th

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JCCV Social Walks 2022
February – April

A new series of 7 enjoyable walks is planned for 6 Fridays and 1 Thursday, starting on Friday February 4th, 2022. Each walk will take between 60 and 90 minutes. Start time is always 9:30 a.m. Rated ‘easy to moderately easy’ and requiring only a good pair of walking shoes and layered clothing, the walks will deepen our knowledge of parks and trails in the greater Victoria area. You can expect some stops to look at heritage and natural features.

Social time afterwards is not planned in advance but will be decided by the group based on the prevailing Covid rules.

If interested in joining any walk, please email your volunteer leader Juliet during the week preceding each walk to receive details of the meeting place. Looking forward to seeing you on the walks!

February 4: West Bay Walkway, Songhees
February 18: Fairfield & Rockland
March 4: Tod Inlet: Place of the Blue Grouse
March 18: Gorge Waterway
April 1: Elk/Beaver Lake Provincial Park
Thursday April 14: Hatley Park, Royal Roads U.
April 29: Gordon Head, Tyndall Pk. to Mount Douglas Pk.

Next JCCV Live Webinar on Thursday, January 27th – Register Now

Topic: Alina Adams Book Presentation of “The Nesting Dolls: A Russian-Jewish Family Saga”

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“The Nesting Dolls is a vividly rendered, sweeping historical novel. Alina Adams deftly portrays three generations of women, beautifully weaving their coming of age stories about love, sacrifice, family, and ultimately survival. I absolutely devoured this compulsively readable gem of a novel.” (Jillan Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of The Lost Letter and In Another Time).

“A moving saga of three generations of women determined to triumph over the forces of history no matter the cost. The Nesting Dolls is memorable story of courage that is both inspiring and bittersweet.” (David R. Gillham, New York Times bestselling author of City of Women and Annelies).

“The author’s wry Soviet-Jewish humor enlivens the well-developed characters, who make fatal mistakes as well as selfless sacrifices. This is a satisfying, life-affirming saga.” – Publisher’s Weekly.

Thursday, January 27th, 2022 from 10:00 to 11:00 am Pacific Time.

Speaker:  Alina Adams, Author

New York Times best-selling author, soap opera insider, and pioneer in online storytelling, Alina Adams, was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated with her parents to the U.S. at age seven, where she learned English by watching American soap operas at their home in San Francisco. Alina lives in New York City with her husband and their three children (ages 4, 8, 12). She has written about her interracial, interfaith and intercultural family for Interfaith Family Magazine and The Forward and has written columns and articles for dozens of publications. Her full biography can be found on Alina Adams Media.

Please click on the ‘Register’ button below to register for this webinar.

This is a free live webinar brought to you by the JCCV.

Donations to the JCCV are always welcome. To donate, please click on the ‘Donate’ button below.
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JCCV CRA Registered Charity Number: 138607643RR0001