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.
High Holidays Schedule and Information
Our High Holidays services and events information for 2015 / 5776 is now available. All are welcome to attend! Read more >>
Yom Kippur Break Fast
Once again we will have a communal Break Fast following Yom Kippur. Last year's event
was very successful, delicious and well-attended. In order to help make this happen again for 2015, we request your help. If you are able to donate funds to the Kiddush Fund (marked Y"K Break Fast) that would be much appreciated. Shana tova u'metukah to you and yours; may you have a sweet and healthy year ahead!
Bema Productions Needs Your Help!
Bema has just finished a very successful Fringe Festival theatrical run, playing to full houses. Community Theatre is what Bema is all about. The company is building community within Emanu-El and with the wider community beyond. All profit from ticket sales comes back to Emanu-El. But like any community – Bema can only thrive with your support. We need:
Koleinu Hot Off the Presses
The fall 2015 issue of Koleinu is now available. Koleinu is Emanu-El's newsletter with up-to-date information about our activities and events. Get it here >>
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"
Rabbi's Message for the High Holy Days
Jewish tradition has a blessing for everything; from going to the bathroom (we thank God and remember what an amazing gift it is that our body works) to hearing thunder (we invoke God’s presence and acknowledge that God’s power and might fill the world). A very curious blessing is the one which we say upon meeting a friend after a very long absence, over a year to be exact. In it we thank God for reviving the dead. This seems like a rather strange way to greet a friend—until you look at it from a different and, perhaps, more profound perspective. Friendships and relationships gain a life of their own. Individuals co-create the entity we call friendship. Friendship requires presence, and seeing a friend after a long absence, revives the life of that relationship. 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.
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.