Prayer Services
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Congregation Emanu-El is pleased to welcome you to our prayer services. We are a modern, Conservative, egalitarian and inclusive synagogue. Services are conducted by Rabbi Harry Brechner, in collaboration with our lay leadership. Both men and women lead the prayer services as shliḥei tzibur (lay leaders), and read from the Torah. Shabbat services are held every Saturday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending about noon. Morning minyan is held every Thursday beginning at 7:00 a.m. and ending by 8:15 a.m.

The Religious Services Committee (RSC) is a vital part of the heart and soul of spiritual life at Congregation Emanu-El. Our volunteers assume many responsibilities—from setting the schedule for weekly Shabbat services, to taking a leadership role in planning Jewish holiday events throughout the year.

Coordinating the High Holiday Services is a key annual function. RSC members also take an active part in leading weekly Shabbat services, e.g. davening Pesukei DeZimrah and Shaharit to Torah reading. Coordinating the light-up of the Yahrzeit Memorial Board on a regular basis is another role.

We meet monthly under the guidance of Rabbi Harry Brechner to discuss, learn, and wrestle with issues of prayer and halakhah (Jewish law), and to plan upcoming events.

In many of our efforts we benefit from the involvement of dedicated volunteers from the larger synagogue community who work hard to make Emanu-El a kehillat kodesh—a holy congregation, and dynamic and spiritual place in which to be.

​All are welcome to our services. Feel free to join us on Thursday morning or Shabbat. Your Yiddishe neshama (Jewish soul) will thank you.

Bevirkat shalom – with blessings of peace,

- Aaron Severs, Gabbai
Avodah Social Action
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We believe in outreach to the broader community through our congregation’s Avodah Committee. Members are committed to providing support to those with fewer resources, and are active in a variety of ways.

Avodah volunteers provide monthly “birthday cake and ice-cream” to Our Place, the main centre for homeless and poor people in Victoria. On Jewish holidays, they make latkes and homantashen which are eagerly anticipated by the 200 people who have regular need for the services of Our Place.

Avodah also supports affordable living in Victoria through provision of rent subsidies for homeless or at-risk families with dependent children. Additionally, this committee is responsible for Congregation Emanu-El’s Out of the Rain Program, which provides weekly night shelter to homeless youth. During the coldest months of the year, volunteers produce hot meals for the youth as part of this program.

Avodah is also the force behind frequent drives to collect clothing and food for Victoria’s most vulnerable populations.

Volunteers are always welcome.

To learn more, please contact Hannah Rabinovitch at 250-382-0615.
Youth Programs
The Congregation Emanu-El Youth Programs Committee offers programs for youth in two different age groupings:
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Kadima is our Middle School age program for preteens and teens in Grades 6, 7, and 8.
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United Synagogue Youth (USY) is our High School age program, for youths in Grades 9 through 12.
Both programs are affiliated with the United Synagogue regional and international Youth programs.

Our programming includes local, regional, and international events that promote positive Jewish identity, support leadership growth, and foster life long friendships and connections with other Jewish youth.

Each program has at least one local event per month from October to June. Membership and participation in our USY or Kadima chapters is open to all Jewish Youth living on Vancouver Island.
Cemetery & Funerals
Gravesite and Funeral Costs
The cost of the funeral is $10,500.00 for members and $13,500.00 for non-members. This includes confirmation that the next available site at the time of death will be given to you. It includes the entire funeral service, Chevra Kadisha supplies, the funeral home, hearse and all other relevant needs, as well as maintenance of the gravesite and cemetery in perpetuity. It also includes the rabbi’s services as well as all synagogue administrative services. It does not include transportation of the body beyond 40 kilometers, the head stone, or any special care required at the gravesite. The headstone unveiling ceremony, which occurs up to a year after the funeral, is also included. It is possible to make arrangements to purchase a pre-paid funeral through Sands Funeral Home.

Headstones can be ordered from:
Mortimer’s Monumental Works, 709 Kings Road, Victoria, B.C. (250) 383-6421
or
Stewart Monumental Works, 1403 May Street, Victoria, B.C. (250) 384-3452
Headstones are an additional $600 to $2500. They are generally put in place a year after the funeral. All headstones and grave coverings must be approved by the Congregation's Cemetery Committee. The Rabbi acts as a consultant with regard to headstone wording and proofreading.

Congregation Emanu-El has a longstanding arrangement with:
Sands Funeral Home
1803 Quadra Street
Victoria, B.C. V8T 4B8
(250) 388-5155
www.sandsfuneral.com

Please refer to our Cemetery and Funerals brochure for further information. You may feel free to contact Dr. Richard Kool, Jewish Cemetery Committee Chair, if you have questions.

Links
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The Jewish Community Centre of Victoria provides educational and recreational programming for the surrounding Jewish community and the general public.
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United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is the umbrella organization for all Conservative synagogues.
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Vancouver Hillel has facilities on B.C.’s three largest campuses: UBC, SFU and UVic. All three Hillel homes work side by side to fulfill Hillel International’s mission statement of providing Jewish students with Distinctively Jewish, universally human programs and facilities.
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The Jewish Museum & Archives of British Columbia, as governed by the Jewish Historical Society of British Columbia, is the preeminent and authoritative body for the collection and sharing of community memory of Jewish life in British Columbia.