Love Your Neighbour Benefit Concert

LYN Benefit ConcertWednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm), Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard St. — Enjoy the high energy klezmer band “The Klezbians”, Canada’s first ordained Maggidah (female Jewish storyteller) Shoshana Litman accompanied by Joe Hatherill, and tasty traditional treats. Help Avodah Social Action Group raise funds in support of its work of tikkun olam – “repair of the world”

Tickets $20. May be purchased online at,  reserved by phone at (250) 896-8069 or take your chances at the door.


Tikkun Leil Shavuot 2019

Speak Truth 2Saturday June 8 at 7:30 pm in Congregation Emanu-El Sanctuary — See below for program

  • Trans Mountain Pipeline
  • SNC-Lavalin Affair
  • Anti-Muslim and Anti-Refugee Attacks
  • Youth for Climate Action

In each of the above situations, individuals or groups of people have spoken out and taken action, at times in defiance of government, large corporations, or simply the status quo. Individuals spoke up in the face of silence, bullying, hatred and greed. The people’s courage, vulnerability, and being true to themselves may have been critiqued by others.

On June 8, please join us for a lively and illuminating evening of study in honour of the revelation of Torah at Mount Sinai. The hope is to explore from a Jewish lens what it means to be an agent of positive change challenging the established order to bring more shalom, more justice, and more holiness to our world. We are privileged to have with us a stellar line-up of educators who will share their truths and insights about how Torah intersects and remains timeless and relevant in our modern world. May the truth and power of this special evening move you!!

  • Rabbi Harry Brechner Faith in Action, Personal Growth and Integrity, Social Justice as a form of Practice
  • Andrew Gow  Race, Religion and Ethnicity in the Face of Right Wing Populism; How Jews, Moslems, and People of Colour can Counter the Far Right in North America and Europe
  •  Julia Herzog The Power and Place of Personal and Family Narratives in our Inner World
  • Francis Landy  Reflections on my recent trip to Israel with the New Israel Fund; In search of hope and shalom
  • Frances Rosenberg “The wave of the great stream of life swallows the voices of those without property and power – without echo.” Remembering Hedwig Dohm (1831–1919) on the centenary of her death
  • Devorah Stone An Artist’s Show and Tell
  • Rabbi Louis Sutker A Mystical Interlude
  • Michael Tripp  Inter/Intra Generational Equity, Insights from 50 Years on the Front Line

Refreshments aka coffee, snacks and of course, delicious cheesecake will be served. All are very welcome!

Facts vs Fiction in Chava Rosenfarb’s Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays

MorgentalerThursday, June 6 at 7 pm, Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street — Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education team invites you to a talk “Facts vs Fiction: Essays on the Holocaust, Jewish Literature and Yiddish in Chava Rosenfarb’s Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays” by Dr. Goldie Morgentaler on Thursday, June 6 at 7 pm in the synagogue. Continue reading Facts vs Fiction in Chava Rosenfarb’s Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays

VIJFF Special Festival Preview

Tel Aviv on FireSunday, May 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm — As an early kick off to our 5th Jewish Film Festival scheduled for November 2-5, 2019, the Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) will hold a special festival preview on Sunday May 26 at 7:30 pm at the Vic Theatre. The program will feature the film Tel Aviv on Fire (2018) followed by a 30 minute talkback with cinema scholar Maurice Yacowar.
Tickets: $11 general and $8 students & seniors until May 19, and $13/$10 thereafter. The evening also includes a raffle for two festival passes for Nov. 2-5, a $200 value. Tickets are $5 or five for $20.
For more information and tickets…

Open Hands: Fine Art Silent Auction and Jewellery Sale

HH Silent AuctionMonday/Tuesday May 27/28 3 – 8 pmOpen Hands is having a Fine Art Silent Auction and Jewellery Sale Monday, May 27 and Tuesday, May 28, Chapel Gallery, St. Matthias Church, 600 Richmond Road, Victoria V8S 3Y7 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm to raise funds for Eritrean Refugee Family sponsorship.  Silent Auction closes at 7:00 pm on May 28.  Music and refreshments will be available both days.  For more information call 250-598-2302.

OPEN HANDS: Victoria BC Group Sponsors Eritrean Refugee Family


Open Hands is appealing to you to help us bring a family of six, currently living precariously as refugees in Israel. The father, mother, and 5 year-old child fled from war-torn Eritrea 10 years ago, walking through Sudan to Egypt, and then to Israel. Three additional children have been born in Israel. We need your help to raise funds to support the family during their first year in Victoria. Donations over $10 will receive a tax receipt. Continue reading OPEN HANDS: Victoria BC Group Sponsors Eritrean Refugee Family