Please join us for this solemn and beautiful Holocaust remembrance ceremony, followed by a discussion with Mr. Graeme Stacey, KSS teacher and expert on genocide and its role in historical, contemporary, and future society.

Sunday, May 5th


at the OJC


old fashioned kaffe sign in black and white

Did you know the kaffehaus was once the centre of musical and intellectual exchange across Europe and North America?

In honour of that storied history and this chilly weather, we’re turning the OJC into a cozy and intimate café.

Come hear live music from Kelowna’s own Trish Dalgleish, nosh on tasty yiddishe baked goods and hot drinks, and unwind in the welcoming ambiance of this centuries-old Jewish social meeting place.

Trish Dalgleish at the piano

Join us on February 17th at 7pm!



We are delighted to welcome back Rabbi Schachar Orenstein from Montreal for our first Shabbaton weekend of 2024!

Join us on Friday evening, February 16th, at 6 pm for an Oneg Shabbat potluck dinner followed by a lively Kabbalat Shabbat service! The Rabbi brings his charisma back to the bimah on Saturday morning, February 17th, for an engaging morning service and a potluck kiddush luncheon.

A great friend of the OJC, Rabbi Orenstein’s musical and philosophical approach to Judaism is always delightful. We’re really looking forward to his visit, we hope you are, too!


This wonderful Shabbaton weekend is sponsored in part by a generous donation from the Zacks Family Charitable Foundation.
A lone tree grows in the sunshine of a meadow

Please join Barb Pullan for a Tu B’Shevat Seder on Sunday, January 28, 2024

beginning at 3:00 pm

in person at the OJCC

Help us celebrate the New Year of the Trees

During the seder, we will be tasting a variety of fruits that are grown in Israel

and drinking wine/grape juice in a specific order.

Please RSVP by Thursday, January 25, so we know how much food and beverage to provide.



Call Anne at the office:


Anne Marie Johnston speaks to a rapt audience at the OCJ

A Presentation of Remarkable Courage

On November 5th, the OJC hosted an evening commemorating Yad Vashem honourees. It happened at a fitting moment in time, when history is on the verge of repeating itself (yet again). It is critical that we continue to remind ourselves of the public attitudes that allow aggression and persecution to flourish, and more importantly, the situations where humanity wins out.

How fortunate we were to hear Vernon’s own Anne-Marie Johnston speak of her memories of the Holocaust in Holland. Mrs. Johnston’s family hid two Jewish women throughout the war, and her parents, Harry and Josephina Bindels-Jongen, were recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.

“We are not our brother’s keeper, we are our brother’s brother.”

Mrs. Anne-Marie Johnston and her family's Yad Vashem medal

Her story is heartbreaking and inspiring: though she was only 6 years old, Anne-Marie’s father refused to shield her from the political situation, instilling in her the idea that has guided her life, “We are not our brother’s keeper, we are our brother’s brother.” We learned how the German invasion affected all Dutch lives, Jewish and gentile, and of the bravery of Anne-Marie’s parents and others involved in the Resistance. From the secret songs all of the children on her block learned to use as a warning when the Nazi soldiers were coming near, to the nuns who regularly provided refuge to the neighbourhood men in order to avoid forced conscription, Anne-Marie painted a picture of a community that took her father’s creed to heart.

There are so few witnesses to the atrocities of the Holocaust still alive to tell their stories. What an honour for the OJC audience to hear about Anne-Marie’s experiences in person, told with an awe-inspiring wit, conviction, and even humour. Todah rabah!

We also watched a video highlighting the work of another Yad Vashem recipient, Aristide de Sousa Mendes. As Portuguese consul-general to France, he secretly saved the lives of tens of thousands of individuals by issuing visas in direct defiance of orders. As a result of his actions, he suffered political and professional disgrace, and estrangement from his family. His bravery was not recognized by his own country until a few years ago. Generations of Jewish families are alive because of his sacrifice.

Thank you to Steven Finkleman and to friends of the OJC Gail and Chris Mobbs for helping to coordinate this wonderful evening.

This program is generously supported by a grant from the Isaac and Sophie Waldman Endowment Fund

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Rabbi Jonathan Infeld and Lissa Weinberger

OJC is excited to announce our very first Shabbaton weekend with guests Rabbi Jonathan Infeld from Congregation Beth Israel, Vancouver and his wife, Lissa Weinberger.

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY, August 11:

6:00pm –  OJC’s fish dinner with potluck dairy and vegetarian dishes. FAMILY FRIENDLY Kaballat Shabbat service to follow led by Rabbi Infeld.

SATURDAY, August 12:

10:00am –  Shabbat morning service, followed by a luncheon as usual. Fish will be supplied along with similar potluck side dishes.

7:00pm – Rabbi will be giving a presentation of his recent visit to Krakow, Poland to explore his “Galician” roots.

SUNDAY August 13:

10:00 – 11:30 –Lissa Weinberger will be leading a children’s program from PJ Library accompanied by a light Havdallah brunch.

CLICK HERE to register for the Havdalah Brunch for families with kids ages 0-10.