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.
Sketches of Israel and the Middle East:
Environmental issues in Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7 pm
At Congregation Emanu-El
The third talk in the Adult Education series "Sketches of Israel and the Middle East" is a presentation by Dr. Richard Kool, associate professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at Royal Roads University, who will address the topic " 'A land flowing with milk and honey (Ex. 33:3)': Environmental issues in Israel and the Palestinian Territories."
Bema Productions presents:
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF SING-A-LONG
Two Performances Only!
Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC
Sunday March 26, 2017, 2:00 pm
Monday March 27, 2017, 7:00 pm
Join the klezmer band, The Klez, 20 members of the Gettin’ Higher Choir and 17 actors in a staged reading and sing-a-long of Fiddler on the Roof.
TICKETS available at TICKET ROCKET $22. Get your tickets early. There are only 150 available per performance.
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.
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.
"The rest is commentary"
Emanu-El extends solace to Masjid Al-Iman
In early February, our congregation's president, Aharon Ittah, extended solace to our Muslim neighbors over the recent Quebec slaughter of Muslims at prayer. The text of his letter and the response of the Masjid al-Iman can be read here >>
In the Rabbi's Own Words
In the wake of the attack on Masjid Al-Iman
If we understand the Exodus story as the eternal paradigm of liberation, we must also understand that this liberation archetype is entirely relevant and holds integral core messages for the here and now. Mitzrayim does not refer to contemporary Egypt. The word Mitzrayim holds the meaning tzar—narrow. Mitzrayim is the state of being enslaved. It is the place of absolute constriction; a loss of personal and collective liberation that verges on a loss of self. With this loss of self is a loss of perceiving one’s personal value as a being created in the Divine image; a loss of individuality and expression. 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.
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.