Welcome to the Okanagan Jewish Community Association (OJCA)
*Above and Beyond movie and High Holiday tickets included in your membership*
Regular Hours :Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9-12
PLEASE NOTE- OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED MAY 26-29
Office will be OPEN MONDAY MAY 25 to help with any of your weekly needs.
To Arrange an appointment please email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Friday June 5th
Community Shabbat Dairy Potluck Dinner @ 5:30pm
Services to follow starting at approx 7:00pm
Saturday June 6th
Dairy Potluck lunch to follow
DATE: MAY 26, 2015
GUEST SPEAKER: DR.ANNA WARWICK SEARSExecutive Director/Okanagan Basin Water Board
HOW CLIMATE CHANGE WILL IMPACT OUR WATER USAGE IN THE VALLEY
“No watershed is an island: understanding Okanagan water in a time of change”
Anna Warwick Sears is the Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, a collaborative local government water agency. Raised in B.C., she received a PhD in population biology at the University of California - Davis. Before returning to Canada in 2006, Dr. Sears was Research Director of a watershed NGO in California. Dr. Sears is passionate about using science to solve real-world problems and building bridges with community stakeholders. She is active in Canadian grant making networks, and serves on the Board of Governors of the B.C. Real Estate Foundation. In her free time, Anna loves to explore the Okanagan valley, and cook dinner for friends.
When: Wednesday June 10th
Where: Grand 10 Cinemas
Price: OJC Member (2015/16) - Free
Non Members - $5 (in advance) $8 (at the door)
Synopsis: In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish
American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they
smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia
and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers not only
turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery
and renewed Jewish pride. ABOVE AND BEYOND is their story. The first major
feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the ’48 War, ABOVE AND
BEYOND brings together new interviews as well as stunning aerial footage to
present a fascinating, little-known tale filled with heart, heroism and high-flying
When: Sunday June 28th
Where: Okanagan Mission Activity Centre- 4398 Hobson Road
(also known as Sarsons Beach House beside Sarsons Beach in the Lower Mission)
OJC will supply the hamburgers and hot dogs. Please bring an item for the Potluck.
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.
Rabbi Shaul Osadchey
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: June 5-6 (Cantor Russ)
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