Congregation Emanu-El is pleased to welcome you to our religious 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 shelichei tzibur, or lay leaders, and read from the Torah.
Morning minyan is held every Thursday beginning at 7:00 a.m. and ending by 8:15 a.m. This is an energizing, reflective and uplifting way to start your day. It also provides a place for those observing yahrzeit or saying Kaddish.
Shabbat services are held every Saturday, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending about noon. Rabbi Brechner delivers a drash (sermon), with an uncanny ability to relate the weekly Torah portion to current events. A small kiddush (lunch or snack) follows.
During the course of the year, Emanu-El’s Religious Services Committee is responsible for managing regular services and other religious observances and activities tied to Jewish holidays. Volunteers set the schedule for weekly Shabbat services, co-ordinate High Holiday Services, and are actively involved as lay leaders. They also co-ordinate the light-up of our Yahrzeit Memorial Board on a regular basis.
In a typical year, the Religious Services Committee puts on a spirited Megillat Esther, complete with kids’ carnival and adult dance, manages a well-attended Passover Communal Seder, holds all-night learning in preparation for High Holidays followed by contemplative and inspiring High Holy Day services, and organizes our annual public Chanukah menorah lighting at Centennial Square attended by hundreds.
All are welcome to our services. Feel free to join us on Thursday morning or Shabbat. Your Yiddishe neshama (Jewish soul) will thank you.
B’virkat shalom – with blessings of peace,
1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2J3 Canada
Office hours: Tues-Thurs 9:30-2:30