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.
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Events & projects
What fun for the 75 people who attended this event on February 17! And what a rush to watch Rae Ann Brechner, Ellen Dragushan, Allan Mandell, and Aharon Ittah as they chopped, fried, cooked and served such delicious food.
Before a sold out crowd, teams from Congregation Emanu-El and the London Chef prepared the meal. As they cooked, Solomon Siegel served up “One-Jew Punch”, created specially for the occasion (key ingredient – Manischewitz, of course).
From appetizers to the delicious rugelach made by Ellen Dragushan, the tasting opportunities kept coming.
With cheers and applause for both teams, the Emanu-El team was declared the winner by Rabbi Harry, the evening’s MC. Amid hoots of laughter, he reminded the crowd that they were “somewhat biased”.
And the guests? We all felt like winners!
Purim Pizza & Pyjama Party
Calling all B’nei Mitzvah students and teens to help run the carnival booth; email Rabbi Harry for more information.
All are welcome!
"Bet" You Can Read and Speak Hebrew
NEW START DATE!
Intermediate Modern Hebrew Conversation group
Have you reached a high beginner-intermediate level in your Modern Hebrew skills? A newly formed Modern Hebrew conversation group can help you deepen and expand those skills.
Using a learner’s Hebrew newspaper and other materials, Dahlia Beck, a native Hebrew speaker with years of experience as an ESL teacher, will lead reading and conversation on a wide variety of topics as well as help you work on Hebrew grammar and vocabulary.
Each lesson projected to be 90-120 minutes (14 sessions in all).
Cost: $120, to include all course materials
Day: Tuesdays, 7 pm, March 3 through June 9, 2015 (no class March 24)
Location: call for details - 250-508-7475.
Register by cheque or credit card at the shul office (1461 Blanshard) or pay online.
All registration must be completed by Tuesday, March 3.
For any questions, please contact Dahlia Beck at email@example.com or Heshi Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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"
In Memory of Gidi Nahshon z"l
There are multiple levels of mourning in Jewish custom.
After a death the closestrelatives (sibling, spouse, parent and Gd. forbid child) are considered directmourners. The first stage before a loved one’s body has been cared for iscalledanninut. This is a period of shock. My experience as anonen, someone in anninut, has felt surreal, as if I was watching a film of my life and seeing myself in the film but not really living it. In this period of surreal shock, it is understood that the direct mourner (to be) is in a very tender emotional place and is therefore exempt of any religious obligations. Read more >>
Guest Dvar Torah by Dr. Lincoln Z. Shlensky
on parashat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18), Shabbat services, February 14, 2015. "Mishpatim crystalizes a more complex and profound aspect of the Israelites’ collective transformation into a nation than the reciprocal testing of trust found elsewhere in Exodus. This other transformation is the birth of the Israelite nation as a truly free community reliant not on visible or empirical proofs but on a deeper form of covenantal trust rooted in the development of social responsibility..." 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.
2014 Restoration of the 1863 sanctuary Emanu-El of Victoria
The interim report of the committee overseeing the restoration of our 1863 synagogue was released on July 23, 2014. The report provides fascinating insights that will appeal to history and architecture buffs, and it demonstrates the extraordinary lengths to which the restoration project has gone in preserving the original look and feel of our historic building. Read the report >>
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.