Welcome to the Okanagan Jewish Community Association (OJCA)
Regular Hours :Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9-12
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.
The following services and times are approximate.
Everyone is Welcome:
Attending High Holidays should not be a financial burden and we would like all to have the opportunity to join together as a community. If you would like some assistance then please contact either David Spevakow or Seymour Zidle as part of our Means Committee: email@example.com
Annual General Meeting will be held on:
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.
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.
Our first class begins MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st at the times mentioned above.
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)
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