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.
JEWISH REFUGEES IN SHANGHAI, CHINA 1938 – 1945
Date: Tuesday November 24
Mitch Bloom will present a talk on the history of how European Jewish Refugees found sanctuary in Shanghai at a time when no other country would accept them.
Mitch, who has visited the Shanghai Jewish ghetto, will describe how the Jews traveled to Shanghai, how they adjusted to life in Shanghai, their relationship to the Japanese who controlled Shaghai, and the impact of the end of the war in the Pacific.
He will also address the question of why the Japanese protected the Jews at this time. The answers may surprise you.
Some of you may remember Mitch who was a long time member of the Okanagan Jewish Community and now resides in Washington.
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Join us December 4th and 5th as we welcome Cantor Russell Jayne back to our community to celebrate the Sabbath and launch the begining of Chanukah:
Friday December 4th
Community Shabbat Dinner - 5:30pm
Evening Services - 7:00pm
Saturday December 5th
Morning Services - 10:00am
Dairy Potluck lunch to follow
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)
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: December 4-5 (Cantor Russel Jayne)
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
SID SEGAL- A TRUE MENSCH: 1952-2015
It is with heavy hearts that we are informing you of the passing of a dear friend and OJC member, Sid Segal, on Wednesday, November 4, 2015.
Sid was raised in Winnipeg and practised law in Regina Saskatchewan before retiring
to Kelowna in 2002 and becoming an active member of the Okanagan Jewish Community.
He was President of the OJC from 2006-2007 and involved in many aspects of the Community,
always willing to help out where needed. Sid was also a very valuable member of our golf tournament committee for many years. His attention to detail, positive attitude and warm smile will be dearly missed.
We extend our sincerest condolences to his wife, Cindy and their children Alissa and Mitchell.
Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
Donations in Sid’s memory may be made to the Okanagan Jewish Community, 102 Snowsell St N Kelowna, BC V1V 2E2
or to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, 2268 Pandosy St., Kelowna, BC V1Y 1T2.