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.
High Holy Days 2016 / 5777 Service Schedule - Congregation Emanu-El
Sunday, Oct. 2 Erev Rosh Hashanah
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.
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.
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"
“Renewal and Reconciliation”
By Rabbi Harry Brechner
Rabbi Harry's article, “Renewal and Reconciliation,” appears in the Sept. 17, 2016, edition of the local Times-Colonist newspaper. It deals with teshuvah, which he defines as reconciliation, and mechillah, which he speaks of as re-engagement with the world." Read more >>
Another Celebration of Jewish Music
Sept. 25, 2016, 2:30 pm
The Victoria Jewish Community Choir performs Another Celebration of Jewish Music at Congregation Emanu-el Synagogue. The concert features Jewish music from ancient to modern, East to West, from the synagogue to the stage.
Mystic Mocha restarts
Fridays, 12:30, from Sept. 16
at Café Union Pacific, 537 Herald Street
Come explore the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Harry. Together we will mine classical Kabbalistic and Hassidic commentaries to find personal insights and spiritual nourishment, as we search for deeper meaning and understanding. Grab a nosh and join Rabbi Harry for this weekly learning.
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.
Dvar Torah Ekev
Dr. Lincoln Z. Shlensky gave the guest Dvar Torah for parashat Eikev on August 27, when Rabbi Harry was on vacation. Dr. Shlensky is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Victoria. You may read Dr. Shlensky's drash here.
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.