OJC had our very first family-oriented Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, January 28th at an early time of 6 pm, to allow young families and children to attend. Thanks go to Rabbi Tom for this great idea to attract the young folk at a time and a level that they can most appreciate. Many families were in attendance on ZOOM, along with several of the ”more mature” members of the Community. Kudoos to all that attended.

OJC presented the 2nd of our movies in our Film Festival on Saturday evening, January 29th on the ZOOM platform. The title, ”You Will Not Play Wagner” told of an intergenerational conflict with the long-term traditional prohibition of not playing Wagner’s works in Israel. The conflict was between a young Israeli conductor and an American survivor of the Holocaust. Very intriguing film. Interesting discussion followed after the screening between members of the audience.

Thank-you to Barb Pullan for again leading OJC in our Annual Tu B’Shevat online seder. A great evening of meaningful readings and videosongs all relevant to Nature and the Environment. Everyone enjoyed the 4 cups of delicious wine, accompanied by fruits and snacks. What an enjoyable evening together celebrating the New Year of Trees. Already looking forward to next year Barb!

Thank you to the 17 OJC members and 54 guests from across Canada who attended our co-sponsored event on the “Sepharad – the Greatest Story Never Told”. Very professionally presented and informative for all who attended. Special thanks to the Jewish Heritage Alliance for co-sponsoring this event together with OJC. Great exposure for both JHA and OJC across Canada.

OJC Community enjoyed the 8 days of Communal Menorah lighting from November 28th through December 5th – first night led by Evan Orloff and the subsequent nights by Rabbi Tom. Good participation with about 21 computers on board each night. Accompanied by songs and stories. A very nice way for the Community to get together enjoying each others’ company!

Thank-you to Laura McPheeters for hosting and David Spevakow for the technical details involved in OJC’s 3rd Israeli Cafe. A phenomenal and very diverse selection of videosongs were submitted for the enjoyment of our members. Eighteen computers were on line for this great evening of entertainment. Keep your eyes open for #4 in a few months. One of our more successful cultural programs for sure!

All who attended Steven Finkleman’s online photo journey of the Jewish Diaspora on Sunday, November 7th, 2021, enjoyed a rapidly-moving presentation of his travels to visit the Jewish sites in Poland, China, Morocco and India. Entertaining and educational – lots of positive comments on the quality of the presentation. Keep on travelling – these days, mostly online.

Six OJC members are excited to have created their own ceramic menorahs under the guidance  of  Fern Helfand (OJC member) at her new, Clayline Pottery Studio. The artists are  looking forward to returning in a week to paint and glaze their creations.  The menorahs will  then be fired and ready in all their colourful splendour, for candles on the first night of Hanukkah. (November 28)

OJC was treated to a “live, musical discussion” on the Many Faces of Jewish Music given by Moshe Denburg of the Tzimmes band in Vancouver on Sunday evening, October 24th. Fifty-three computers joined from Vancouver, through Kelowna and into Toronto for this event. It was a great discussion accompanied by both audiotapes and actual live music performed by Moshe on his guitar. A truly excellent, entertaining and educational lecture.

What a beautiful Fall “Walk and Meet’ for members and friends of OJC. The event took place on a beautiful and warm Sunday, October 17th at Mission Creek Park. Attended by 30 persons, it was great to meet new members, and of course, everyone enjoyed the Timmie’s coffee, donuts and muffins. What a beautiful day – enjoyed by all.