Congregation Emanu-El is composed of an eclectic group of some 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.
Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Tuesday, May 30, 2017— 8pm till dawn
A Special Evening to Discover, Explore and Wrestle with Torah and Jewish Themes.
This program will feature all-night learning, in celebration of the moment where we all stood at Mt. Sinai to receive Torah. Come and join us and stay for as little or as long as suits your schedule. We have an awesome line-up of teachers to inspire and challenge your beliefs. In addition, there will be delicious dairy desserts, coffee, tea and other goodies to keep you going!
The evening will start at the synagogue where we will meet, socialize and learn until about midnight. We then migrate to a private home in Fernwood area and night owls will certainly be in their element. The evening continues and will conclude with Shaḥarit service at about 5:00 a.m.
All are welcome.
Please see below our tentative line-up of creative learning –
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"
Talk: Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the Making of the Modern Middle East
Sunday, May 28, 2 pm at Congregation Emanu-El
In the fifth talk in our series Sketches of Israel and the Middle East, Dr. Andrew Wender will explore the roles of Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the Making of the Modern Middle East.
Sponsored by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team, this series aims at increasing our members’ knowledge of Israel and the Middle East.
Shabbat drash: "Radical Redemption: Hopefulness in Leviticus"
Dr. Lincoln Z. Shlensky gave the Dvar Torah on the weekly parashah, Behar-Bechukotai (Leviticus 25–27), during Shabbat services on May 20, 2017. Read the drash here.
Board passes motion in response to the refugee crisis
On February 22, 2017, the Board of Congregation Emanu-El passed the following motion:
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.
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.
Ḥug Ivrit is back!
Starting Tuesday, April 25, 7:00–8:30 pm
Ḥug Ivrit is on Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Dahlia's home. Participation is by donation.
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.