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.
Eco-Vegetarian Pot Luck Shabbat Dinner
Friday April 1
Shabbat Dinner starts @ 5:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services begins @ 7:00 pm
Pesach Market at the Synagogue: April 8 to 17, 2016
One-stop shopping for: matza, blintzes, chicken, gefilte fish, horseradish, herring, cheese, chocolates, juice, marshmallows, olives, macaroons, jams & jelly, salami & hot dogs, gluten free products and many other Pesach items. We have it all at our Hebrew School Pop-Up Market.
This is our main Hebrew School fundraiser. You’ll have a chance to shop and schmooze with other community members while helping our community's littlest members: the kids!
Seniors’ Shopping Only
Friday, April 8 10 am to 2 pm
Open to All
Sunday, April 10 1 pm to 4 pm
Tuesday, April 12 6 pm to 8 pm
Wed., April 13 11 am to 2 pm AND
6 pm to 8 pm
Thursday, April 14 4 pm to 8 pm
Friday, April 15 10 am to 2 pm
Sunday, April 17 1 pm to 3 pm
Care to Volunteer? If so, please contact Rachel Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org for shifts from April 5th to April 17th.
Oliver Swain benefit huge success
Renowned local folk musician Oliver Swain gave a benefit concert in support of Emanu-El’s Syrian refugee resettlement project on Sunday, March 20, 2016. The local Jewish dialogue group on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict If not now, when?, which includes many Emanu-El members, organized the event. The concert was a huge success... Read more>>
PASSOVER 2016 COMMUNAL SEDER
Friday, April 22, 2016, 6:30 pm.
Our annual Passover Seder will occur on the 1st 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 a joyous, festive and memorable occasion.
“Early Bird” seat prices, paid by April 8:
After April 8, seat prices are as follows:
Deadline Date for Reservations is Tuesday, April 19.
ALL SEATS MUST BE PRE-PAID and RESERVED IN ADVANCE. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT PAYMENT THE NIGHT OF SEDER.
Please use the order form here to request your Seder tickets.
Post-Secondary Education Students
Reserve by April 8
Students currently enrolled in Post-Secondary Education are welcome at Congregation Emanu-El’s Communal Seder at no cost. You must reserve with the Synagogue by email or by phone (250-382-0615) before April 8 as seats go very quickly.
For further information about the Seder, contact the Shul Office at 250-382-0615.
There is only one opportunity a year to cross the Sea of Reeds with Rabbi Harry. Don't miss out on the journey. Seats are filling up quickly and this joyous event sells out every year. Please contact the shul office and place your order before April 19.
Congregation Emanu-El Steps Up to Support Refugees
In a unanimous decision on November 23, our Board approved a motion to support sponsorship of a refugee family. Please consider what you can do to support our response to the refugee crisis. There are two ways to donate:
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 June, July and August or at other times by prior arrangement
Lunch: 12-1 p.m.
Synagogue Tour: 1-2 p.m.
Walking Tour: 2-3:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit our Synagogue Tours page.
"The rest is commentary"
Torah Mantle Dedication
Saturday March 19th
Come and see the new Torah covers. Join us for this once in a lifetime event, and help make history!!
WHAT: Five beautiful and inspiring Torah covers designed by Phyllis Serota will be revealed and dedicated.
WHEN: Saturday March 19, 2016. Shabbat service starts at 900 AM;.Torah service commences at 1015 AM. Shabbat Zachor morning service.
WHERE: Congregation Emanu-El.
Cannabis and the Rabbi: Reflections on a Most Unusual Forum
By Judith Stamps, Reprinted from: Canabis Digest
On November 24, 2015, I had the unique privilege of speaking at a forum on cannabis held at Congregation Emanu-El, the conservative Jewish synagogue in Victoria BC. The event was planned and hosted by the congregation’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Harry Brechner. On the panel with me were Dieter MacPherson, president and executive director of Victoria’s oldest compassion club, the Victoria Cannabis Buyers’ Club, and Dr. Arnold Schoichet, one of a small percentage of BC’s 12,000 physicians willing to provide patients with a recommendation for cannabis. Moderating the panel and the ensuing group discussion was congregation member Richard Kool, associate professor of environmental studies at Victoria’s Royal Roads University. Read more in Cannabis Digest >>
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.