Congregation Emanu-El is composed of an eclectic group of some 200 families who come together to create a dynamic and spiritual expression of Jewish life. It is a place of love and growth where deep friendships are forged and nourished. We believe in connecting people to one another and to their Jewish roots and traditions, as well as nourishing feelings of community, security and belonging.
News & Events
Some events below are external initiatives not sponsored by Congregation Emanu-El.
Presentation: The Jewish Cemetery in Victoria 1859–2016
Findings of a recent UVic research study
Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Join members and friends of the Congregation Emanu-El, the Old Cemeteries Society and students and faculty from the University of Victoria for an evening discussion on current research being done in and about Canada’s oldest Jewish cemetery. Read More >>
Sketches Of Israel And The Middle East
Arabic Hebrew: How Modern Israelis Really Speak
Sunday, February 5, 2pm, at Congregation Emanu-El
“Arabic-Hebrew” has become such an integral part of everyday speech that most Israelis are unaware that many words they commonly use are Arabic. Anyone seeking to gain a true knowledge of modern spoken Hebrew, or to understand Israelis when they’re speaking, must acquaint themselves with this side of Hebrew that does not appear in any siddur or even in Hebrew language textbooks.
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Congregation Emanu-El Steps Up to Support Refugees
At long last, our Syrian refugee family – mother Samar, father Ubaydah and four-year-old son Faruq – touched down at the Victoria airport on Thursday, September 22 at 10:30 pm.
Following this momentous arrival, the family was driven to their bright, beautiful apartment, which our group furnished and outfitted with great care and respect. Members of our group have been helping with immediate needs: bank account, phone service and internet, food shopping and the like.
Our support of the family has only just begun as we continue in the days ahead to ensure the family’s well-being over the next year.
So much of this effort has been made possible through the extraordinary generosity and caring of Congregation Emanu-El and the community. To each and every one who has contributed in a myriad of ways…our sincere gratitude.
–Jean Dragushan, coordinator
Listen to a CBC interview with Jean Dragushan of Emanu-El on this topic.
Experience a guided tour of Canada's oldest synagogue, Congregation Emanu-El. Thursdays, June–August, and at other times by prior arrangement.
Synagogue Tour: 1:00–1:50 p.m.
Walking Tour: 2:00–3:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit our Synagogue Tours page.
"The rest is commentary"
Bēma Productions presents:
From Door to Door
Order tickets now for shows January 14, 15, 17, 19, & 22
Bēma Productions is thrilled to present the third offering of their third season: the drama From Door to Door by James Sherman, starring Pam Miller, Christine Upright and Katya Delancey. Zelda Dean directs. From Door to Door is a heartwarming, bittersweet comedy about three generations of women. The Times-Colonist calls it a "smart, funny play." Read more >>
In the Rabbi's Own Words
Remaining true to our values in turbulent times
In mid-November’s Torah portion Lekh Lekha and the following week in Parashat Vayera, Abraham is tested. Abraham goes through a difficult trial where he is stripped down to his essence and is thrust into an experience that requires him to draw on his deepest internal resources and faith. Our tradition understands Torah as entirely eternal and absolutely relevant—which means that it must awaken something within each of us, something powerful, to teach us about our lives in the here and now. Read more >>
Rabbi Harry's Welcome Message
Rabbi Harry Brechner, who has been Congregation Emanu-El's rabbi since 2001, welcomes anyone interested in the Congregation's many activities and community events, including prayer services.