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.
Tish'ah Be’Av 2016
Saturday, August 13, 9:15pm & Sunday, Aug 14, 9:00 am
Tish’ah Be'Av--the ninth day of the month of Av—marks moments of destruction in Jewish history. It is the date that commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. This is the day that marks the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492 and many other tragedies that have befallen our people.
Torah Mantles Dedication
Saturday, July 23
On Shabbat Balak (בלק), we dedicated three of our beautiful new Torah mantles.
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Congregation Emanu-El Steps Up to Support Refugees
In late 2015, the Board of Congregation Emanu-El approved a motion to support sponsorship of a Syrian refugee family. Many of us were moved by the refugee crisis, conscious of our own history as Jews, with parents, grandparents or other relatives who came to Canada as refugees, fleeing terrible circumstances. We were reminded of their plight as we saw images of refugees trying desperately to find a better life.
Within three months, we raised over $50,000! As sponsors, we must provide for the family’s needs throughout their first year in Victoria. And we are now in a position to do that.
We were matched with a small family of three. It could be days, weeks, or months until the family arrives, with the possibility that it could take until early 2017.
Our great hope is that we have advance notice of their arrival. Yet it is a comfort to know that temporary accommodation so kindly offered by a generous couple will ease the immediate pressure to find housing, as we expect to have little lead time to undertake this difficult task.
We are most grateful to everyone who has supported our efforts thus far.
–Jean Dragushan, coordinator
Listen to a CBC interview with Jean Dragushan of Emanu-El on this topic.
"The rest is commentary"
Experience a guided tour of Canada's oldest synagogue, Congregation Emanu-el. Thursdays in July and August or 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.
Bema Productions Presents:
The Old Lady's Guide to Survival
August 28 to Sept. 4
This year, Bēma Productions’ entry in the renowned victoria fringe festival is written by Mayo Simon, directed by Zelda Dean.
All six performances are at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue’s own Black Box Theatre, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria.
Admission: $11 Adults; $9 Seniors & Students. Tickets are available through Intrepid or at the door.
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.