Show of support makes reader proud

I think it is high time someone speaks up for the Jewish community

I was born and raised in Amsterdam (the city of Anne Frank and her family). We really cherished our Jewish friends and neighbours. In the ‘30s, many came to our city from Germany and were very welcome.

I think it is high time someone speaks up for the Jewish community, since Canada seems to be the only country on the side of Israel, their homeland. May I say with respect they did not choose, they were chosen like the royals.

On Jan. 8 I had the opportunity once again to be with the Jewish community. It was beautiful to see the large turnout and feel the atmosphere of love that I thought ‘this is my Canada.’

Some 50 years ago I had the opportunity to work daily with young people of all nationalities. I always thought Canadians stood head and shoulders above the rest. That is how as a young woman I chose to come to Canada.

I came to the conclusion that Canadians and Jewish people have a lot in common. I just hope other cities and Canada as a whole take note and follow Victoria’s lead.

Thank you for the privilege to live among you. Once again I congratulate myself for choosing this country.

It is on days like Jan. 8 I presume that it must feel good to be our creator.

Wilma Johannesma

Victoria

 

 

Just Posted

Saanich crash victim leaves behind pregnant wife and young son

The death of a Saanich man has left behind a grieving widow,… Continue reading

PACE concert raises $6,500 for Langford family

Cathy Shotton recently donated her kidney to her daughter, Nicki

Cigarette butts the main culprit in lagoon beach cleaup

Thousands of butts were picked up by the Greater Victoria Green team recently

West Shore fireworks courses start next week

Course required for mandatory permit

VicPD officers hurt in separate weekend incidents

Both altercations involved aggressive individuals encountered by police

Popular Halloween costumes of 2017

The Joker, Game of Thrones characters and more are on the list as some of the most popular costumes in Victoria.

Nanaimo man assaulted, tied up and robbed at his home

Incident occurred about 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23 at a home on Beverly Drive

B.C. school trustee calls LGBTQ school program ‘weapon of propaganda’

Chilliwack’s Barry Neufeld, a representative for the BCSTA, published the comments on his Facebook page

B.C. casino accused of illegal activity follows rules: operator

B.C. had launched review after concerns about money laundering at River Rock casino in Richmond

Opponents of LGBTQ program to file human rights complaint against Surrey School District

District denied Parents United Canada right to rent Bell Performing Arts Centre for rally next month

Red hot Vikes women to host playoff opener

UVic Vikes This Week: basketball season kicks off at home

Ex-employee describes alleged sexual assault by B.C. city councillor

Complainant was a teen during the alleged 1992 incident

Amazon gets 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

Submissions were due last week. Online retailer has said tax breaks and grants would be factors

Sean O’Loughlin named Victoria Symphony’s Principal Pops conductor

American composer has built a career working with some of music’s biggest names

Most Read