VIJFF to Hold Special Screening of Ben-Gurion: Epilogue on June 3rd at 7:30 pm at the Vic Theatre

The Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) will launch its fourth season with a special pre-festival screening of the new film Ben-Gurion: Epilogue on Sunday, June 3rd, from 7:30-9:00 pm, at the Vic Theatre.

The 70-minute documentary is based on recently discovered archival interviews with Israel’s founding prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. Five years after he retired from decades of political life to live on a small kibbutz in southern Israel, Ben-Gurion reflects on a variety of topics, both personal and political, in all of his brilliant and worldly complexity.
Sitting for these remarkable and long-lost interviews in 1968, Ben-Gurion reflects strikingly, in English, on his years in power. He reveals his pride, but also his qualms, about Israel’s path as a nation since its establishment in 1948. The film offers neither judgment nor celebration, but allows Ben-Gurion to reflect on topics ranging from his arrival in Palestine and desire to reinvent Jewish life, to his very modern understanding of the Bible, and his pragmatic but sometimes deeply unpopular political decisions.
“To see the documentary Ben-Gurion: Epilogue is to understand with greater insight the dilemmas and struggles of the early Jewish leaders of the young state of Israel,” said Lincoln Z. Shlensky, the VIJFF’s director.  “As violence continues to permeate Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians and its neighbours, and as Israeli society increasingly is riven with social and religious conflicts, Ben-Gurion’s interviews in 1968 offer the remarkable portrait of a self-reflective leader unafraid to discuss his own sense of resolve alongside his doubts.”

The June 3rd screening is a special event that will serve as a pre-launch for the fourth Victoria International Jewish Film Festival, which will take place November 3-6, 2018, at the Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St., in Victoria.

Tickets for the screening are $8 and are available at the festival website: VIJFF.ca.
The VIJFF is presented by the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria.

Food For Thought Luncheon on Monday, April 16th

Topic: Harassment and Human Rights:  Problem, Response and Remedy

Speaker: Dr. Barbara Whittington, Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, University of Victoria

Dr. Whittington has worked for many years to address the complicated issue of sexual harassment and to develop workable responses in policy and practise.  There are many shades of grey in this work and its important that the policy responses that organizations develop don’t also become part of the problem.

When: Monday, April 16th 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 $12.00

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

JCCV FILM NIGHT on Monday, April 9th at 7:00 pm

THE THIRD MAN (1949), 107 minutes

Written by Graham Greene, Directed by Carol Reed, Music by Anton Karas

Starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli and Trevor Howard

The Third Man is a British cinematic icon. An undisputed all time classic, the film features some of cinema’s most memorable set pieces… the chase through the sewers…the enormous Ferris Wheel…the elm-lined cemetery…Anton Karas’ zither score. This movie is a world wide phenomenon in itself…in the top 3 of all time!!

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

Snacks and cold drinks included in the $10 price of admission.

Always a classic cartoon and 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, March 19th

Topic: The Elephant in the Room: Politics and Social Media in America

Speaker: Dr. Janni Aragon
Director of Technology and Integrated Learning
Department of Political Science
University of Victoria

This talk covers current events in U.S. politics paying special attention to social media.

When: Monday, March 19th 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 $12.00

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

JCCV Fun at Chess – 2nd Offering

JCCV FUN AT CHESS – 2nd OFFERING

Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne St.
Thursday, March 15th to Thursday, May 10th, 10 am to 12 noon

Fun at Chess is a social, recreational program that provides fun for those who want to learn and play the game at a relaxed pace and comfortable level. It will also benefit experienced players who want to advance their skills.

The first offering of chess began on January 18th and will end on March 8th. The program will continue with a second offering of eight sessions beginning March 15th and ending on May 10th. Sessions are held on consecutive Thursdays from 10 am to 12 noon, except for Thursday, April 5th.  Attendance at all sessions is encouraged but an occasional missed session will not significantly hinder participants.

Chess sets are supplied by the JCCV for use in the program.

Charles Bonder will again lead the sessions.

Fee for the 8 sessions is $25 for JCCV members, $35 for non-members.

Advanced registration for the 8 sessions is required. 

Contact the JCCV at 250-477-7185 or jccv@telus.net to register.

Contact Charles Bonder at recchess99@yahoo.com for further info.

Managing End of Life Choices Symposium on Sunday, March 4th

Managing End of Life Choices Symposium

Sunday, March 4th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street

This symposium will be a time to look for resources to help us confront the many questions that end-of-life decisions pose for our parents and ourselves.

Guest Speakers:
Dr. Stefanie Green, Medical Assistance in Dying
Dr. Susan (Jodie) Anderson, Victoria Hospice
Charlotte Salomon, Q.C., McConnan Bion O’Connor and Peterson

Presentations will conclude with a panel of Jewish clergy and lay leaders, followed by a Q & A. You will also be able learn more about the local Chevrah Kadisha, Jewish Cemeteries, Victoria Jewish congregations, and funeral homes.

$15 per person includes kosher lunch.
Call the JCCV at 250-477-7185 or email jccv@telus.net to register.
$18 per person at door.

Click here to view and/or download the Managing End of Life Choices Symposium Flyer

JCCV FILM NIGHT on Monday, March 12th at 7:00 pm

THE SINGING REVOLUTION

2006 (87 minutes); Narrated by Linda Hunt

An inspiring and gripping film:
The story of how feelings became songs, songs became a national voice, and voice became action. A single nation…a million voices…the fall of an empire.
Imagine the scene in “Casablanca” in which the French patrons in Rick’s Cafe began singing “La Marsellaise”…and you’ve only begun to imagine the force of “The Singing Revolution”.
Truly an uplifting piece of cinema!

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

Snacks and cold drinks included in the $10 price of admission.

Always a classic cartoon and newsreel prior to the feature!

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