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    Welcome to the Okanagan Jewish Community Association (OJCA)


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Regular Hours :Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9-12

To Arrange an appointment please email: or call 250-862-2305

If you require immediate attention then call: David Spevakow 250-317-5283

The OJCA is a Synagogue (Beth Shalom Synagogue) and Community Centre (OJCC) located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley in kelowna, British Columbia. With a diverse membership consisting of Jews with Orthodox, Conservative and Reform backgrounds, the Okanagan Jewish community has styled itself to conduct its services and celebrate holidays in an all inclusive fashion. As a result of the strength which this diversity brings, the OJCA has evolved to be a progressive Jewish community with a growing and enthusiastic membership. As well, the OJCA has historically maintained an active involvement and a strong presence in the mainstream of the culturally diverse Okanagan community at large.      



Philosopher's Cafe:

Title: Is there justification for society’s view of scientists as untrustworthy?

Speaker: Dr. Susan Jacobs-Kaufman, Professor Emerita, University of Alberta


Date: Wednesday September 30th

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: OJC

Price: Free

Topic:  “Eggs were considered to be bad for us. Now we are told they are OK. Currently, the bad guys are trans-fats and sugar. But for how long will those recommendations hold? People are confused. Polls suggest that increasingly, the public does not believe scientists. Witness the confusion over GMO’s, fluoridation of water, global warming, gluten intolerance etc. The reasons behind this are complex. I will examine the role of the scientists, the funding agencies, the scientific journals, the research institutions, the media and the lay public.”


About our Speaker: Dr. Jacobs-Kaufman received her B.Sc. from University College London, her M.Sc. from McGill, and her Ph.D. from UBC. After postdoctoral studies at Cambridge and l’Université de Lausanne, she moved to the University of Alberta where she was a professor in the Departments of Physiology and Medicine. Her research, which was supported by funding from CIHR, from the Heart and Stroke Foundation and from the Canadian Space Agency, centred on the control of volume, pressure and flows in the cardiovascular system. She retired to the Okanagan in 2012, although she returns the Alberta in the winter to visit her children and grandchildren and to bask in the sunshine!

Annual General Meeting:

Date: Tuesday October 6, 2015

Time: Registration at 6:30pm, Start time 7:00 p.m. 

Location:  Okanagan Jewish Community Centre  

*Please remember you must be a fully paid member to participate.

**Following the meeting will be a discussion open to everyone regarding the Gates of Peace Cemetery and Chevra Kadisha regarding the policies and procedures we should have in place moving forward.

Baking Classes:

Baking with Barb: Challah Secrets

Date: Sunday October 25

Time: 1:00pm

Baking with Rabbi Osadchey: Big Bad Latkes Texas Style

Date: Saturday November 21

Time: 4:30pm


Movie Night: "No Place on Earth"

Date: Thursday October 29

Time: 7:00pm

Location: TBA

Price: TBA (will be determined when location is decided)

Guest Speaker: OJC member Saul Katz (Saul's mother was part of this history).

Movie Synopsis: In October 1942, Esther Stermer, The matriarch of a Jewish family in the Ukraine, leads her family underground to hide from the pursuing Nazis – and stays nearly a year and a half. Their harrowing story of survival living in near total darkness in two cold, damp caves is like no other story ever told. It was life… Like No Place on Earth.


I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer and are beginning to gear up for the fall! I'm so happy to announce the Okanagan Jewish Community has an official Hebrew school teacher beginning this September, Dr. Nir Light! We are so grateful that he has moved into our community and can bring his expertise of the language and his tutoring background to our children.

Hebrew classes will be as follows:
K-3 from 3:30-4:30

Grades 4-7 from 4:30-5:30

We are looking for a full-time commitment
by families to attend weekly classes. Our first class will be a getting to know you session with Nir and an opportunity for our families to meet.

There will also be an additional Hebrew reading class through the week for students who wish to improve on their Hebrew reading. This class would be for older children who are nearing Bar/Bat Mitzvah age and need extra practice with Hebrew reading. Please email me if you are interested in this extra class for your child. Day of the week and times are flexible.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me,
Natalie Spevakow (Hebrew School Coordinator)

"A Childhood on the Move" by Rene Goldman
Now available at the OJC Gift Shop.
Rene is a long time member and friend of the OJC and we are thrilled to share his early-life journey with the community. Rene was a professor of Chinese history at the University of British Columbia. Now retired, he lives in Summerland BC with his wife Terry Dekur.
"Thus holding me kicking and screaming, that brute ran inside the station and towards the waiting train on the first platform, past Mama whom I saw being dragged over the station floor struggling and crying. The entire station was a scene of bedlam, with men, women, and children being pulled, shoved, and hurled into the train..."
Rene Goldman never saw his mother again. A Childhood on the Move is the heart-rending and exquisitely remembered story of the first 20 years of his life. As a child-survivor of the Holocaust, he was well cared for and carefully educated in France, but nothing could fill the hole in his heart left by the absence of his beloved mother and father.
Rene's book is $25 and available at the OJC gift shop.

Ask the Rabbi: Rabbi Shaul Osadchey

As part of the Bridging Mountains Project, Rabbi Shaul Osadchey has offered to reach out to our community for any questions we may have about Judiasim, The Torah, Israel or General Jewish Life. Please click here to contact Rabbi and don't be shy.






Gesher HaHar: Bridging the Mountains

A Pilot Project of Collaboration

Beth Tzedec Congregation & OJCA

Every Jewish community regardless of size or locale serves as an important thread woven into the tapestry of the Jewish People.  The diversity of the Jewish experience enriches Jewish religious and cultural practices as it expands the Jewish capacity to adapt to a rapidly changing world.  Beth Tzedec (Calgary) on the east side of the Canadian Rockies and the Okanagan Jewish Community Association (OJCA) on the western side share a common Jewish milieu in the setting of the independent and individualist spirit of Western Canada. 


NEXT BETH TZEDEC VISITOR: November 20-21 (Rabbi Osadchey)


The Benefits of Gesher HaHar: Pilot Project of Collaboration is that it enhances the resources of our smaller community so that it can be a viable setting for the celebration of Jewish life while it challenges the established to act on the important mitzvah of sustaining Klah Yisrael- Jewish Peoplehood.


Please click here for further details about our project or call David Spevakow: 250-317-5283