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
2nd Annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival
Nov. 12-15, 2016, Cineplex Odeon Theatre
Seven exciting programs over four nights!
Some events below are external initiatives not sponsored by Congregation Emanu-El.
High Holy Days 2016 / 5777 Service Schedule - Congregation Emanu-El
Monday, Oct. 17 Sukkot Day 1
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. In the next few days, 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 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.
"The rest is commentary"
Classic silent film The Golem set to new music
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7pm at UVic Cinecenta
Emanu-El members David Bodrug and Joseph Sheppard perform live electronic music to accompany a special screening of The Golem, the 1920 German silent film based on Chasidic folklore. Read more >>
Jewish "Art Salon" at Emanu-El
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2-4:30pm
Local Jewish artists Zelda Dean, Isa Milman, Phyllis Serota and Professor Professor of Music Dániel Bíro will discuss the influence of Judaism on their fields and in their own work. Moderated by Dr. Lincoln Z. Shlensky.
“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 >>
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.