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
Bema Productions presents:
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF SING-A-LONG
Two Performances Only!
at Congregation Emanu-El
Sunday March 26, 2017, 2:00 pm
Monday March 27, 2017, 7:00 pm
Join the klezmer band, The Klez, Gettin’ Higher Choir and 17 actors in a staged reading and sing-a-long.
Tickets $22. www.ticketrocket.co
Some events below are external initiatives not sponsored by Congregation Emanu-El.
Passover 2017/5777 times at a glance
POA for sale of ḥametz
Deadline: Sunday April 9, 12:30 pm
Congregants wishing to dispose of ḥametz before Passover 5777 in accordance with Torah and rabbinical law, must complete the online form and submit it to the office before Sunday April 9 12:30 pm.
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Pesach Market Dates and Hours
March 24–April 2
Come in for beautiful Seder plates, Elijah Cups, Matzah covers, new design tablecloths and many more Passover items. Read More >>
Help support our Hebrew school by volunteering at the Pesach Market! Email Rachel Fisher at for details.
Passover 2017 Communal Seder
Tuesday, April 11, 6:00 pm
Seats are starting to sell quickly. \Don’t delay – reserve today!!
Our annual Passover Seder will occur on the second night of the holiday.
As in years past, this is a family-friendly affair, and we expect to have congregants and guests of all ages. Rabbi Harry Brechner will lead us through the Passover Haggadah with his special flair, wisdom, and good humour. The evening promises to be joyous, festive and memorable.
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"The rest is commentary"
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.
Sketches of Israel and the Middle East
Join us on Sunday, April 2nd at 2 pm at the Congregation Emanu-El synagogue, for the fourth talk in our series Sketches of Israel and the Middle East when Dr. Dániel Péter Biró will describe his work in the Mediterranean Voices project in 2013-2014. 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.
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.