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.
Events & projects
Yom Ha-Zikaron and Yom Ha-Atzmaut
The Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island invites the Jewish Communities of Victoria and Vancouver Island to commemorate Yom HaZikaron (Israel's Memorial Day) and celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel's Independence Day) on Monday, May 5th at 7:00 pm at the Jewish
Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne St. This is a free event and everyone is welcome. See the poster here.
Spring 2014 Koleinu — hot off the press!
The Passover 5774 edition of Congregation Emanu-El's semi-annual bulletin, Koleinu, is out now and available for download here. It includes:
2014 Shabbat Child Care Fundraiser
Thank you for your continuing support for our Shabbat child care program. Can we count on you to help us reach our goal to raise $2000 by May 2014? Please send a check to the office or use this link to donate. Every dollar is very much appreciated.
Small & Mighty: the inspirational story of Avodah
This new multimedia presentation and accompanying presenter’s guide showcases our stories to inspire and inform others implementing their own social action initiatives.
"The rest is commentary"
Tune in to his first post — on Purim and Amalek.
Sefer Emanu-El — out now!
Sefer Emanu-El is an attractive 120-page, full-colour hardcover book describing the history of Victoria’s Jewish Community, our congregation, and our beautiful historic building. It will be a treasured memento. To purchase, please see the Sefer Emanu-El webpage.
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 2014 by donating.
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.