Congregation Emanu-El is composed of an eclectic group of more than 250 households 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.
2017 Tish’ah Be'Av
Monday, July 31, 8:00 pm & Tuesday, Aug 1, 7:00 am
Tish’ah Be'Av—the ninth day of the month of Av—marks moments of destruction in Jewish history: of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492, and many other tragedies that have befallen our people.
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2017 Pride was Awesome!
July 9, 2017
Congregation Emanu-El, accompanied again by the band, the Klezbians, took part in this year’s Victoria Pride Parade on Sunday, July 9. Along the way, led by Rabbi Harry, synagogue members and parade observers danced the hora to the music of the Klezbians.
View photos by Lincoln & Caren Shlensky, Penny Tennenhouse, Frances Aknai and Frances Rosenberg.
Congregation Emanu-El hosts
the Canadian Jewish Experience
The Canadian Jewish Experience (CJE) is a volunteer initiative to celebrate Canada and the contributions made by Jews to the building of this modern country. This work was undertaken in connection with Canada’s 150th anniversary, and reflects the pride and love which Canadian Jews have for this country. This work includes an exhibit that Congregation Emanu-El is delighted to have the opportunity to display in the social hall until September, 2017.
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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.
"The rest is commentary"
Solid Tools for Spiritual Seekers
Rabbi Harry shares his spiritual guides—Divine Source; Compassion; Self-deprecation; Core values; Loyalty: and “Down the Rabbit Hole”—in an article that appeared in the Times-Colonist of July 1, 2017: "I have five 'spiritual guides' who I invoke on a regular basis. They keep me grounded, honest and hopefully, a bit balanced. These guides reflect aspects of my personal theology and are deeply influenced by Jewish wisdom and teachings. I want to share them with you because I sense that they are universal and are solid tools for spiritual seekers." Read More >>
Board passes motion in response to refugee crisis
In early 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.