Congregation Emanu-El is composed of an eclectic group of nearly 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.
A Year of Wonderful Celebration
2013 marks an eventful year for Congregation Emanu-El, its 150th year sitting at the corner of Pandora and Blanshard in Victoria. This is a year for Commemoration, Celebration, and Education. It is also a year to restore and maintain the building so that it will last another 150 years.
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Hakhnasat Torah הכנסת תורה
On this special occasion on November 20, 2013 we welcomed back to our sanctuary the two heritage sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls) that have undergone meticulous restoration in London, England. These priceless 300-year-old scrolls were rededicated amidst much simhah, fanfare and integrity. Our ritual scribes, Marc Michaels and Aviela Barclay, were present, too – and completed the mitzvah of writing a Torah scroll. Continue reading >>
As first published in The Bulletin, June 3, 1982: "When we began our project in 1978 to restore Victoria’s Synagogue, now Canada’s oldest standing synagogue, all of us knew that we had taken on an immense project and that the chances of failure were greater than the likelihood of success…" Continue reading >>
L'Dor va-Dor Photo Wall
Please come visit our exciting new photo wall now up in the social hall. The idea for the photo wall came from Janna Ginsberg, who saw a similar one at the Jewish Contemporary Museum in San Francisco... Continue reading >>
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Rabbi Harry's Welcome Message
Folkshul: Letters from the Lost
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2–4 pm
As part of our Folkshul (Community Learning at Emanu-El) series, award-winning author, Helen Waldstein talks about her fascinating book: Letters from the Lost. On March 15, 1939, Helen Waldstein’s father snatched his stamped exit visa from a distracted clerk to escape from Prague with his wife and child. As the Nazis closed in on war-torn Czechoslovakia, only letters could reach Canada through the barriers of conflict. The Waldstein family received these letters as they made their lives on a southern Ontario farm where they learned to be Canadian and to forget their Jewish roots.