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.
Mystic Mocha – new location
Mystic Mocha will be taking place on Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at Discovery Cafe at 664 Discovery Street, Victoria.
Jewish Ghost Stories
Sunday, November 27, 7:30 pm at the Synagogue
To round out Jewish Art Month, we are delighted to welcome Reb Simcha Raphael who will engage us with his knowledge of Jewish folklore concerning the afterlife. Using the storytelling traditions of Jewish folk religion, he will guide us into the invisible worlds populated by ghosts, lost souls, haunting spirits, dybbukim, and heavenly angelic guides. Read more >>
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.
Following this momentous arrival, the family was driven to their bright, beautiful apartment, which our group furnished and outfitted with great care and respect. Members of our group have been helping with immediate needs: bank account, phone service and internet, food shopping and the like.
Our support of the family has only just begun as we continue in the days ahead to ensure the family’s well-being over the next year.
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.
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.
"The rest is commentary"
In the Rabbi's Own Words
Remaining true to our values in turbulent times
In last week’s Torah portion Lekh Lekha and this week in Parashat Vayera, Abraham is tested. Abraham goes through a difficult trial where he is stripped down to his essence and is thrust into an experience that requires him to draw on his deepest internal resources and faith. Our tradition understands Torah as entirely eternal and absolutely relevant—which means that it must awaken something within each of us, something powerful, to teach us about our lives in the here and now. Read more >>
Public Menorah Lighting at Centennial Square
December 26, 2016, 5:00 pm
Once again, we will gather to celebrate the Festival of Lights. There will be singing, live music, traditional doughnuts, and lighting of a large Hanukkah menorah.
More details to follow.
All are welcome!
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.