Jewish Community Centre of Victoria and Kolot Mayim Reform Temple

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The Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, located at 3636 Shelbourne Street, is home to a variety of Jewish organizations. Much like other JCC’s throughout the province, the diversity of people and programs that come together in this one building make it a cooperative, neutral space for all Jews. The JCC facilitates connections between the congregations, youth groups and community members as the community centres throughout the province all do. 

Housed in the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria since the late 1990’s, Kolot Mayim is home to the Reform contingent of Victoria’s Jewish community. The small size of Kolot Mayim, about 100 members, lends itself to the very warm, welcoming environment the members have created over the years.

 

Kolot Mayim offers a religious school program that was originally established independently, but later combined with Congregation Emanu-El’s Hebrew school in order to increase class size and provide more opportunities for social connections with other Jewish children. This, along with being located within the JCC, is a perfect example of the unique way in which the Jewish community of Victoria functions and works with the smaller size of some congregations.