JCCV Library October Reads

Below are a few JCCV Library suggestions for your borrowing and reading pleasure:

  • The Dawn of Hope by Geneviève De Gaulle Anthonioz. A niece of General De Gaulle was in the French Resistance. Captured, imprisoned and later shipped to Ravensbrück, she was liberated in 1945. Some 50 years later she yielded to her family’s urging to write her memoirs and we now have this slim hard-cover volume on our shelves.
  • I was a Child of Holocaust Survivors – text and illustrations by Toronto artist Bernice Eisenstein. This book won a Canadian Jewish Book Award in the category of Memoir (2006).
    “Moving, funny, utterly compelling…”  – Toronto Star
    “An emotional and aesthetic triumph” – Canadian Jewish News
  • My Mother’s Kitchen: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and the Meaning of Life by Peter Gethers. The author decided to learn to cook after his mother, Judy Gethers, daughter of celebrated New York restaurateur of Ratner’s, had had a stroke. He wrote this “funny, moving memoir” as a tribute to her.
  • Winnipeg historian and mystery writer Allan Levine is now represented on our shelves by the following:
    History: Scattered Among the Peoples (2002) 10 portraits of diaspora cities of great cultural importance, including Amsterdam, Paris, St.Petersburg.
    Mystery: The Bootlegger’s Confession (2016) A Sam Klein Mystery, set in 1922 Winnipeg
  • The Story of ‘Britain’s Schindler’ who saved 699 children from the Holocaust, Nicholas Winton and the Rescued Generation (2002) by Muriel Emanuel and Vera Gissing. This self-described ‘ordinary man’ was the subject of British broadcast journalist Esther Rantzen’s documentary Winton’s Children.

Please come into the JCCV Library and look for these and many other intriguing titles on our shelves. Stock up on Jewish-themed reading for these darker autumn evenings!

Food For Thought Luncheon on Monday, October 22nd

Topic: Global Corruption: An Issue We Should No Longer Ignore

Speaker:  Dr. Gerry Ferguson, Distinguished Professor, University of Victoria, Department of Law and Justice

This talk identifies the extent of global corruption and the devastating impact it has on poverty,  gender inequality, economic development, and political and legal stability. This talk also identifies steps that must be taken to combat corruption and bribery.

When: Monday, October 22nd 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 Lively Walking Group 2018-2019 Season


JCCV Lively Walks, 2018-2019 Season

Join the group for some lively-paced pre-planned walks that take place, rain or shine, on alternate Friday mornings from 9:30 to approx. 11:00. We set off from a wide variety of places in Greater Victoria. Suitable for reasonably fit people, these walks offer a chance to explore some well-known and some lesser-known routes in good company, with an optional cafe stop afterwards. Please, no dogs.

Walks are labelled E for Easier (flat or shorter) or M for Moderate (with some hilly parts or stairs, or longer).

No need to commit to all walks; come when you can, and walk at your own risk. Below are this season’s dates and probable venues:


  1. September 28th Gorge Waterway  E
  2. October 12th View Royal M
  3. October 26th Oak Bay E
  4. November 9th Broadmead M
  5. November 23rd Inner Harbour  E
  6. December 7th Cadboro Bay & UVic M
  7. December 21st Sidney E


  1. January 11th  Beaver Lake E
  2. January 25th  Ten Mile Point M
  3. February 8th  West Bay Walkway   E
  4. February 22nd  Rockland   M
  5. March 8th  Saanich     E
  6. March 22nd  Layritz/Logan Parks     M
  7. April 5th  Oak Bay    E
  8. April 19th  John Dean Park     M
  9. May 3rd   Cedar Hill and Playfair Parks      E-M
  10. May 17th  Witty’s Lagoon 2-Hour Hike and Lunch

If you wish to be on this season’s list – and a NEW list is being taken – to find out where to meet each time and details about the route, please send your name, phone number and email address to volunteer leader Juliet Simon at jhsimon@shaw.ca.

JCCV Food Kiosk at the 150th Saanich Fair this Labour Day Weekend

The JCCV community outreach program with the JCCV Food Kiosk will be participating at the 150th annual Saanich Fair over the Labour Day long weekend, from Saturday, September 1st to Monday, September 3rd. The JCCV Food Kiosk has been participating at the Saanich Fair for more than 20 years.

The JCCV Food Kiosk will be serving your favourite Jewish deli foods, including hot pastrami sandwiches, all beef hot dogs, bagels with cream cheese and lox, and cheese blintzes. There’s also wonderful homemade pies and chocolate cake for dessert.

The Saanich Fair is located on the Saanich Fairgrounds at 1528 Stellys Cross Rd. in Central Saanich. There is tons of free parking, and the #75 Bus stops right out front.

Information on the Saanich Fair, western Canada’s oldest agricultural fair, can be found on the Saanich Fair website at http://saanichfair.ca.

Please plan on attending the Saanich Fair and drop on by the JCCV Food Kiosk to say hello and nosh on your favourite Jewish deli foods.

JCCV Deli Summer Closure

The JCCV Lox, Stock & Bagel Deli will close for the summer after lunch at 1:30 pm on Friday, June 29th and will re-open at 11:30 am on Wednesday, September 12th.

Please visit the JCCV Food Kiosk at the Saanich Fair on the Labour Day weekend for your favourite pastrami sandwiches, kosher all-beef hot dogs, cheeze blintzes, bagels with lox & cream cheese, and much, much more.

Have a wonderful summer!!

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