Experience Victoria's Jewish Roots
Visit our beautiful synagogue, the oldest Canadian synagogue in continuous use, and explore its unique history, architecture and restoration. From June to September Congregation Emanu-El offers tours of the synagogue lead by our knowledgeable guides--Shoshana Litman, Amber Woods and Sharon Fitch three days a week. This tour is a must for those interested in Victoria’s Jewish roots.
This year the synagogue is hosting a number of exhibits that can add value to your visit to Congregation Emanu-El.
View The Many Hands of the Chuppah exhibit which tells the story of what inspired the hands of a multigenerational group of 14 women — artists, quilters, and designers — to create a new wedding canopy (chuppah) in celebration of the 150th anniversary (2013) of the consecration of Congregation Emanu-El synagogue.
Experience the Encounters artwork that a group of artists of different genres produced as they explored the concept of divine-human interactions under the guidance of Rabbi Harry.
Visit the display case in the social hall containing items that illustrate Who We Are Now in contrast to the objects seen in the historical display cases elsewhere in the synagogue.
Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue Tours: 2018 Summer Schedule
For more information about Victoria’s early Jewish Community, there is the walking tour Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England. On this gentle 90 minute walk through the streets of Victoria you will hear the less often told stories of Jews, African Americans and Francophones.The tour highlights the Jewish place in the patchwork of Victoria’s multi-cultural experience.
Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England Walking Tours
The walking tour ends at Congregation Emanu-El 1461 Blanshard Street in time for a separate tour of the synagogue.
A Walking Tour of Jewish Victoria can be arranged at other times by request. To arrange, please contact Gary Cohen at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at https://discoverthepast.com/ contact-us/