Congregation Emanu-El is composed of an eclectic group of 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.
The Use of Animal Figures in Medieval Jewish Manuscripts
Tuesday, May 24, at 7:00pm, at the synagogue
One of the most fascinating genres of illustrated manuscripts from the Middle Ages is the bestiary. These manuscripts were part animal natural histories―real and imagined—and part didactic allegories about righteous human behaviour. While most medieval bestiaries are distinctly Christian, many Jewish medieval manuscripts used animals in a similar way. Read more >>
The Revelation Project
Sunday, June 5, 2016
The Gala Opening of The Revelation Project will be held on the evening of Sunday, June 5, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the synagogue.
The show is the culmination of five months of study with Rabbi Harry on the topic of Revelation: the receiving of Torah and the concept of revelation itself - what is revealed, what is hidden, what is known at a soul level, what cannot be known. Read more >>
Congregation Emanu-El Steps Up to Support Refugees
In a unanimous decision on November 23, our Board approved a motion to support sponsorship of a refugee family. Please consider what you can do to support our response to the refugee crisis. There are two ways to donate:
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 in June, July and August or at other times by prior arrangement
Lunch: 12-1 p.m.
Synagogue Tour: 1-2 p.m.
Walking Tour: 2-3:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit our Synagogue Tours page.
"The rest is commentary"
Torah Mantle Dedication
Saturday March 19th
Come and see the new Torah covers. Join us for this once in a lifetime event, and help make history!!
WHAT: Five beautiful and inspiring Torah covers designed by Phyllis Serota will be revealed and dedicated.
WHEN: Saturday March 19, 2016. Shabbat service starts at 900 AM;.Torah service commences at 1015 AM. Shabbat Zachor morning service.
WHERE: Congregation Emanu-El.
Cannabis and the Rabbi: Reflections on a Most Unusual Forum
By Judith Stamps, Reprinted from: Canabis Digest
On November 24, 2015, I had the unique privilege of speaking at a forum on cannabis held at Congregation Emanu-El, the conservative Jewish synagogue in Victoria BC. The event was planned and hosted by the congregation’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Harry Brechner. On the panel with me were Dieter MacPherson, president and executive director of Victoria’s oldest compassion club, the Victoria Cannabis Buyers’ Club, and Dr. Arnold Schoichet, one of a small percentage of BC’s 12,000 physicians willing to provide patients with a recommendation for cannabis. Moderating the panel and the ensuing group discussion was congregation member Richard Kool, associate professor of environmental studies at Victoria’s Royal Roads University. Read more in Cannabis Digest >>
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.