Contributing To Congregation Emanu-El

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The Congregation Emanu-El community is sustained by contributions from members of the synagogue, the larger Jewish community, and the public. These contributions help support the upkeep of our wonderful heritage building, allow us to continue offering exciting community events, and make possible our efforts to provide for the spiritual and physical needs of our members and extended community.

Whether you are celebrating a simḥah, commemorating the passing or yahrzeit of a loved one, or simply wish to help sustain our community, please consider donating generously to one of our worthy funds.
Below is a description of our existing charitable funds—click a button to go to the relevant donation form.
For more information about donating, or to establish a new fund or if you are considering making a bequest or major donation, please contact Rabbi Harry Brechner or call the office at (250) 382-0615.
We are deeply grateful for contributions of any size; because sustaining a shul, as an old Yiddish proverb goes, "takes a shtetl."
NOTE: due to change in our membership software, the donation links below are temporarily disabled.
We hope to have revised links some time in August 2019.
In the meantime, please contact the office directly
by phone or email to make a donation.
Thank you for your patience.
- Congregation Emanu-el
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General Shul Fund

Directly Sustaining Our Synagogue

Donations to this fund help meet the operating and administrative costs for Congregation Emanu-El, and supplement the annual income from membership fees, which cover only half of the Shul’s operating expenses. General Shul Fund donations enable the synagogue provide critical programs and services to members.

Avodah Social Action

Avodah—Congregation Emanu-El’s social action group—was created to serve those most in need in Victoria, particularly poor and homeless youth, adults and families. We work closely with local agencies to determine and provide services that are wanted and needed.

Avodah's outreach includes:

• Participation in the Out of the Rain Youth Night Shelter.
• A monthly birthday party at Our Place for the street community.
• Rent Supplement Fund, which provides monthly subsidies to families who desperately need help in paying their rent; in partnership with the Burnside Gorge Community Association.
• Distribution of socks to homeless people in Victoria.

Hebrew School

Your support is important in helping us sustain our goal at Congregation Emanu-El Hebrew School to create knowledgedable committed Jewish adults

Giving the students opportunities to interact with other Jewish children of all ages, thus helping them to create their own community within the larger Jewish community;
Exposing the students to the basics of being Jewish by studying Torah, biblical and modern Hebrew, the holidays, and modern Jewish history;
Developing a strong sense of values and ethics based on Jewish sources.
Our Hebrew School is egalitarian.
Thank you for your support.

Kiddush Fund

Your funds enable us to provide a small tasty Kiddush on a regular basis after Shabbat service. This is an ideal opportunity for congregants to relax, schmooze and to enjoy good food.


The Outreach Committee's mandate is short-term assistance to congregational members who might otherwise find themselves temporarily overwhelmed by the demands of life-changing events such as the birth of a child, change of employment, illness or death in the family.

We send cards, make phone calls, provide meals and arrange transportation.

Donations supplement volunteer work, through the purchase of ingredients to make meals or the purchase of greeting cards and stamps.

We hope to stabilize members' lives, extending hands and hearts to support and comfort.

Rabbi’s Discretionary

The Rabbi's Discretionary Fund provides aid to individuals and families in need, both locally within our community. It helps put food on the table for those in need, it helps families with overwhelming expenses such as rent, clothing, medications, and always works in a private and respectful way.

Thank you for your support.


Donations to the Yahrzeit Fund are directed to the Religious Services Fund, which supports Yahrzeit observance by congregants throughout the year through reminder letters, weekly announcement of the upcoming Yahrzeits, maintenance of the Yahrzeit Memorial Board and through the Religious Services Committee’s attention to the Thursday morning minyan and Yizkor observance throughout the year.

Emergency Capital

Our synagogue needs your help. We have been blessed and lucky that our new building, the Fisher Educational and Cultural Building, has offered us incredible program space and allowed our congregation to grow both in numbers and in educational, spiritual, cultural and recreational activities. We are a dynamic flourishing community learning to successfully navigate space issues without compromising the quality of the programs we deliver to a diverse and growing congregational family.
However, after 15 years of use our “new” building shows dramatic signs of wear and tear and, in some crucial places, systems breakdown. We have multiple building issues that must be fixed now.