Welcome to the Okanagan Jewish Community Association (OJCA)
Office 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.
Please join us for services led by Rabbi Osadchey
Friday March 4 7:00pm
Saturday March 5 10:00am
Please join us for services led by Cantor Russell Jayne
Friday April 14 7:00pm
Saturday April 15 10:00am
Date: Monday March 7th
Date: Friday April 22
Location: Summerhill Pyramid Winery
The Penticton Museum & Archives is pleased to present a new temporary exhibit:
More Than Just Games, Canada & the 1936 Olympics
The 1936 Olympics presented the world with an agonizing choice. For the first time, a prestigious international sporting event was to be held in Nazi Germany, notorious for its brutal persecution of Jews and other minorities. Nations and individual athletes, particularly Jewish athletes, had to make a choice; to participate and validate a repressive government or to boycott and waste years of training and effort? More Than Just Games tells the story of this fascinating episode in the history of sport, with an emphasis on the Canadian experience. Even today, many questions remain about the relationship between sports and politics and the lessons learned from the most controversial Olympics ever held.
More Than Just Games, Canada & the 1936 Olympics was produced by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with Canadian scholars Richard Menkis and Harold Troper. The exhibit brings together photos, documents, film clips and memoirs to tell the little-known story of the Canadian boycott debate and Canada’s participation in the 1936 Olympic Games.
On display in the R.N. Atkinson Gallery from December 2015 to March 2016
More Than Just Games was produced by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
The Penticton Museum & Archives would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Okanagan Jewish Community Centre in hosting this exhibit.
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: TBA
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.