Eco-Veggie Potluck & Musical Kabbalat Shabbat

Kabbalat Shabbat PGFriday, October 19, 5:45 pm Doors Open, 6:00pm – Shabbat Dinner, 7:00pm – Kabbalat Shabbat Service — Bring a vegetarian or dairy dish to our potluck dinner along with your own dishes & utensils for dining (that’s the “eco” part!). We’ll supply the ḥallah and wine for kiddush. The dinners are a great way to get to know each other and all are welcome. Services begin promptly at 7:00 pm following dinner – it’s OK to come just for services if you can’t make it to the dinner. Services conclude at 8:00 pm with a tasty oneg dessert.

Please RSVP for the dinner at

Kabbalat Shabbat is a spirited and joyful service with singing and storytelling lead by Rabbi Harry and the Shul’s very own KabbaShabba band! Services conclude at 8:00 pm with a tasty oneg dessert. Fun and meaningful for both kids and adults, we hope you will join us for this wonderful inter-generational event.


Help the Homeless! Donate goods and/or funds!

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On Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Central Baptist Church, 833 Pandora Avenue, the Downtown Service Providers, as part of Homeless Action Week, will host PROJECT CONNECT, a one-day service fair that assists those struggling with homelessness and poverty, and includes foot-care, professional photographs, haircuts, information booths, and a lunch. We will serve anywhere from 500-700 people.

Project Connect needs goods and funds. Please help!

Project Connect welcomes the following goods:
Socks, underwear, scarves, toques, rain jackets, backpacks, bus tickets, notebooks and paper, Tim Horton’s gift cards, bandaids, Polysporin, razors, handheld USB chargers.

Project Connect welcomes financial donations which will be spent for the day by purchasing the listed  items or for the lunch. All cheques should be made out to The Our Place Society with “Project Connect” in the memo line.

Donation Drop Off Times at Anawim House at 973 Caledonia Avenue:
• Friday, October 5, 9:30 am -7:00 pm
• Saturday, October 6, 9:30 am -2:30 pm

If you wish to volunteer, please contact Michelle Later at Cool Aid at:

Leil Simḥat Torah

Kallot Simchah Torah

Monday, October 1, starting at 7 pm — Simḥat Torah is a joyous and spirited holiday.  It signals the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle and a time when we begin anew the cycle by reading from Genesis. We dance with our beloved Torah scrolls, sing and enjoy delicious food and drink.

We take this holiday as an opportunity to honour volunteers who have contributed in a significant way to furthering Jewish life at Emanu-El and in the larger Victoria community. Typically we look for individuals who show dedication and generosity of spirit and celebrate them at the Leil Simḥat Torah service. This year the Religious Services Committee has chosen to honor:

  • Sharon Fitch (Kallat Torah)
  • RaeAnn Brechner (Kallat Bereshit)

The service takes place on Monday, October 1, starting at 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served. BYOB!

Hoshaana Rabbah at the Brechners CANCELLED

IMG_5424Due to the death of Congregation Emanu-El family member, David Siegel Z”L,  Hoshaana Rabbah celebrations at the Brechners are cancelled.

Hoshaana Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot is a semi-holiday. Falling as it does on a Hebrew School Day this year (2018), Rabbi Harry and RaeAnn have extended an invitation to the Hebrew School students, their families and community members to join them at their sukkah for a festival service  at 11 am. Following service, the Brechners will host an Open House from 12 – 2 pm. For the address, directions or to RSVP, contact RaeAnn at 250-885-7552 or by email.

Adult Education 2018/19

Adult Education symbolThe Adult Education team invites you to examine the upcoming year’s program of classes, a lecture series and discussion groups. There are some old favourites and some new additions. The team is quite excited about the Exploring the Sephardi Legacy lecture series, and the new book and parashah discussion groups.
Beginning in the fall are the following:

  • Modern Hebrew
  • Morasha
  • Exploring the Sephardi Legacy
  • Mystic Moka
  • Ḥug Ivrit
  • Not-Your-Usual Book Club
  • Shiur al parashat hashavua

To review the program and obtain details …

NB We draw your attention to the new discussion group Shiur al parashat hashavua – a weekly study session (shiur) on the parashah (portion of the Torah) that will be read in the synagogue in the week ahead. This group will meet at Francis Landy’s home. If you plan to attend let Francis know by phone (250-370-1343) or by email (francis.landy@ualberta.)

Old Cemeteries Society tours Congregation Emanu-El Cemetery

13119047_1030145147060277_9165576666690625803_nSeptember 2, 2 pm — The Old Cemeteries Society will conduct a tour of Congregation Emanu-El cemetery on Sunday, September 2 beginning at 2 pm. This Jewish Cemetery is the oldest continuously operating cemetery in BC and has connections to many pioneers from Victoria and other places. Amber Woods, author of the OCS’s recent publication Guide to Victoria’s Jewish Cemetery, will explain the cemetery’s location and describe its people, symbolism and monuments. Meet at the main gates, Fernwood Rd. at the corner of Cedar Hill Rd. Men, please wear a hat.

Shared Motion: Science and Spirituality

Shared Motion

Sunday, June 24 2 pm at Congregation Emanu-El —  Dvora Levin will launch her new book of poetry titled, Shared Motion: Science and Spirituality on Sunday, June 24 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm at Congregation Emanu-El. Dvora and friends will read selections from her new book. Light refreshments will be served. Books will be available for purchase.

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