Congregation Emanu-El is composed of an eclectic group of some 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.
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.
Fundraiser dinner and ḥaflah for the Rashid family
June 29, 6–8pm at Congregation Emanu-El
The Rashids – Ubaydah, Samar and Faruq – were not among the first 25,000 Syrian refugees accepted into Canada. As a result, their travel expenses were not covered by the Canadian government. They received a loan of several thousands of dollars, and must now repay it.
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Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service and Veggie Pot Luck Dinner
Friday, June 23, 7:00 pm, at the Brechners'
Come join us at Rabbi Harry and RaeAnn's home for a joyous and spirited Friday night service followed by a festive Eco-Vegetarian/Dairy potluck dinner. We promise great music, storytelling, dancing and a wonderful opportunity to connect with community and enjoy a great meal together. Read More >>
2017 Victoria Pride Parade
Sunday, July 9, from 12pm
It’s that time again - time to show our pride and our inclusiveness to the people of Victoria! In these troubled times, it’s good to have an opportunity to celebrate and let people know there is a place where everyone is welcome. Read More >>
"The rest is commentary"
Talk: Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the Making of the Modern Middle East
Sunday, May 28, 2 pm at Congregation Emanu-El
In the fifth talk in our series Sketches of Israel and the Middle East, Dr. Andrew Wender will explore the roles of Revolution and Counter-Revolution in the Making of the Modern Middle East.
Sponsored by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team, this series aims at increasing our members’ knowledge of Israel and the Middle East.
Shabbat drash: "Radical Redemption: Hopefulness in Leviticus"
Dr. Lincoln Z. Shlensky gave the Dvar Torah on the weekly parashah, Behar-Bechukotai (Leviticus 25–27), during Shabbat services on May 20, 2017. Read the drash here.
Board passes motion in response to the refugee crisis
On February 22, 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.