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.
Congregation Emanu-El goes to Pot: A forum on marijuana
Tuesday, November 24 at 7pm at the Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street
Marijuana use seems to be well on the way to becoming mainstream, given the number of “pot shops” springing up all over our city. But what do we really know about the plant, the drug, the research, about the social and economic effects of its criminalization?
Whatever your opinion on the subject of marijuana use is, it is something about which, as responsible citizens, we should be reliably informed. That’s why Congregation Emanu-El is hosting this forum.
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Admission is by donation.
JCCV 2nd Annual Craft Fair
Sunday, November 29th, 2015
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Jewish Community Centre of Victoria
3636 Shelbourne St.
Unique items from local talented artisans; Jewellery, kids clothes, cards,
calendars, fleece throws, embroidery, doll clothes, soap creations,
wood creations and much more.
Chanukah gifts and baked goods sale.
Refreshments from the JCCV deli.
Synagogue Tours: Winter 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.