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.
Some events below are external initiatives not sponsored by Congregation Emanu-El.
Emanu-El's Got Pride
Synagogue Tours: Winter-Spring 2015
Experience a guided tour of Canada's oldest synagogue, Congregation Emanu-el. Fall tours are conducted on the last Sunday of the month. For more information, please visit our Synagogue Tours page.
"The rest is commentary"
Message for Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day)
Have you ever met someone and right from the start his person pushes your buttons and you don’t even know why? You immediately experience an uncomfortable static, tension and sometimes even conflict. There is no rational reason for how you feel, and generally the feeling is mutual. Often it feels as though you have known this person for a long time, and that your distaste for one another runs deep. Rabbi Yosef Chayim of Baghdad—a.k.a. Ben Ish-Ḥai, a 19th century rabbi, mystic, halakhist (expert on Jewish law) and leader of the Baghdadi community—had an explanation that I find fascinating and edifying. 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.
2014 Restoration of the 1863 sanctuary Emanu-El of Victoria
The interim report of the committee overseeing the restoration of our 1863 synagogue was released on July 23, 2014. The report provides fascinating insights that will appeal to history and architecture buffs, and it demonstrates the extraordinary lengths to which the restoration project has gone in preserving the original look and feel of our historic building. Read the report >>
A Year of Wonderful Celebration
Congregation Emanu-El celebrated, in 2013, its 150th year sitting at the corner of Pandora and Blanshard in Victoria. It was a year for commemoration, celebration, and education. We worked hard on the restoration so that our beloved synagogue would last another 150 years and more. Please consider assisting our ongoing restoration efforts in 2015 by donating.