VIJFF Retro Drive-In Tickets ON SALE NOW!

Victoria International Jewish Film Festival
Retro Drive-In
August 23-25, 2020
Legacy Drive-In
Parking Lot 10, University of Victoria

The Victoria International Jewish Film Festival is a project of the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria.

Announcing the 6th Annual VIJFF, this year with two ways to see the best new Jewish films: a Retro Drive-In Theatre August 23-25 and a virtual film series in the fall. There will be something for everyone!

More info and purchase Retro Drive-In tickets at

POSTPONED!! JCCV FILM NIGHT on Monday, March 30th at 7:00 pm


Monday, March 30th at 7:00 pm

Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne St.

NEW WATERFORD GIRL (1999 Comedy, 97 mins)

DIRECTOR: Allan Moyle  STARRING: Nicholas Campbell, Mary Walsh, Andrew McCarthy, Liane Balaban and Tara Spencer-Nairn

The JCCV is proud to present New Waterford Girl! One of the best Canadian films of all time! Set in the Nova Scotia Town of New Waterford on Cape Breton, this is the story of a “troubled youth” desperate to leave her small sheltered Catholic community. Her outrageous scheme to fulfill her goals is the spotlight here. Unlike a lot of teen comedies, this is not a mere guilty pleasure to watch. The proof is in the laughter and spontaneous applause that erupts in response to a pitch-perfect script. This quirky, charming film is funny, generous, and exuberant! Viewing satisfaction guaranteed!

Please join us for a laugh out loud evening of cinema…schmoozing…discussing and having a good time! State of the Art projection, large screen & great sound! A classic cartoon and/or newsreel prior to the feature!

Snacks and cold drinks included. Admission by donation.

Dick de Ryk – Resident Movie Critic and Comic Book Aficionado


The Food For Thought Luncheon scheduled for Monday, March 16th has been postponed out of due precaution in keeping with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
Thank you for your Understanding.

Topic:        Managing Johnny Cash, as an Atheist Jew

Speaker:     Jonathan Holiff, Filmmaker                    

Join us for a fascinating conversation with filmmaker, Jonathan Holiff, whose 2013 documentary, My Father and The Man In Black,” chronicles the unlikely relationship between bad-boy Johnny Cash and his strait-laced manager, the late Canadian Saul Holiff.

Jonathan’s film is both a behind-the-scenes look at Johnny Cash’s troubled 1960s, as well as an examination of the father-son relationship; Saul was Jonathan’s father. The film also supplies the ending that was missing from the hit movie, “Walk The Line:” Johnny Cash’s conversion to fundamentalist Christianity. This will be the focus of the discussion.

At the height of the singer’s career, Johnny Cash was “born again.” The drama that followed between manager and star, which grew out of concern for Johnny’s recording career, saw faith and reason collide in spectacular fashion. When one man finds a new calling, the other has to choose between his job and his integrity.

Saul Holiff retired to Victoria in 1979. In 1983, enrolled as a mature student, he graduated with an Honours B.A. in History from the University of Victoria. In 2005, at the age of 79 and in ill-health, Holiff committed “rational suicide.”

This sit-down luncheon will feature clips from the film as well as recorded phone calls between the two men from the early 1970s.

When:    Monday, March 16th, 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 to reserve.

POSTPONED!! Jazz at the JCCV

Featuring Local Jazz Performers playing the music of Legendary Jewish Jazz Composers.
Admission at the door is $20, $15 for JCCV members. Coffee/Tea and dessert included.
Sunday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on March 22nd, April 26th and May 24th.


FOOD-FOR-THOUGHT LUNCHEON on Monday, February 17th

Topic:         Negotiating with Giants

Speaker:     Peter D. Johnston                    

Peter D. Johnston is a leading thinker and practitioner in the realm of negotiation, and the author of the international bestseller, Negotiating with Giants. A Harvard MBA, Peter has advised CEOs on critical transactions, guided senior government officials in the face of national conflicts and helped entire industries initiate and manage change. His knowledge and abilities have been formally recognized by the U.S. government for their positive economic and social impact. Peter has worked with clients around the globe on their most challenging negotiations — clients such as HSBC, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle, Suez, Johnson & Johnson, The United Nations and The World Bank.  As the Managing Director of NAI Limited, founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he has been featured in dozens of interviews by media including CNN, Fox Business News, The Globe and Mail, The Wall Street Journal and Oprah & Friends.

Negotiating with Giants is entertaining and any one of its six chapters will unveil insights you’ll want to pass along to a friend, colleague or family member.”
—- Business Class Magazine

When:    Monday, February 17th, 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 to reserve.

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


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

JCCV Walking Group February to May 2020 Schedule

JCCV Walking Group February to May 2020

A new series of walks begins on Friday, February 7th, 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

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 the February to May 2020 walking dates and venues:

February 7th      View Royal (M)
February 21st     Songhees to Chinatown, Hands of Time (E)
March 6th           Lambrick Park to Mount Douglas Beach (M)
March 20th         Fisherman’s Wharf & Inner Harbour (E)
April 3rd             Mount Tolmie Park Plus (M)
April 17th           Oak Bay Circuit (E)
May 1st               Cedar Hill to Playfair Park (M)
May 15th            Rithet’s Bog Plus (E-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 to reserve.