Underwear challenge off to a great start

Underwear challenge

Avodah thanks all the people who have responded to our challengeThis is a great start but more is needed. Please take the opportunity of receiving a tax receipt for your financial donation or leave new underwear in the Avodah box near the kitchen. This will help Avodah meet the needs of our vulnerable friends in Victoria.

With the dark and rainy season upon us clothing essentials are needed now more than ever. Avodah has begun distributing underwear to the following: Out of the Rain youth sleeping at the synagogue and to clients of Sandy Merriman House, Peers, Women’s Transition House, Anawim House and Our Place Shelter at First Metropolitan.

As we lead up to anukkah and the holiday season, let us re-dedicate ourselves to helping out those who are less fortunate.

A Public Menorah Lighting At Centennial Square

Hannukah 2017 eNL graphic
Tuesday December 19, 2017 5:00 pm —  Meet at synagogue or join us at 5:30 pm at Centennial Square

2017 was filled with headlines that could serve to divide us.  Bullying, bigotry, racism, and stories of white supremacy made the news.  Fear of those who appear as “the other” seemed to have taken hold.

Hanukkah means dedication and commemorates the Jews’ historical struggle for religious freedom. We are dedicating ourselves to accepting each other regardless of how we look, how we pray and whom we love.  Let tonight be a first step on the path to not only accepting the other, but also celebrating one another’s unique gifts.

Congregation Emanu-El will meet at the synagogue and walk to Centennial Square in a procession of light.  Bring your own light sticks, lighters, headlamps, flashlights – anything that glows! The event at Centennial Square will start around 5:30 pm.  If it’s easier for some folks, just meet us at the square.

We will light one of BC’s largest Hanukkiot and dance and groove to the remarkable music of the Victoria High Rhythm and Blues Band.  Traditional festive doughnuts will be served up, along with a good measure of connection and sharing of Jewish customs.

All are welcome!

For more information: Contact Congregation Emanu-El

(T: 250-382-0615 or E: info@congregationemanuel.ca )

Shabbaton Emanu-El

Rabbi Tsafi Lev

Friday & Saturday, December 8 & 9 — How can Judaism help each of us flourish as individuals? What will it take for our congregation to thrive for another 150 years?

Join us on Friday evening, December 8 and Saturday, December 9 for a congregational Shabbaton led by Rabbi Harry’s study partner, Rabbi Tsafi Lev who will help us explore and play with tools from the world of positive psychology, find points of integration within our personal lives and in the communal life of Congregation Emanu-El.

Rabbi Tsafi is deeply involved in exploring the nexus between Jewish practice and positive psychology. He has been studying and teaching this emerging approach to rabbis and congregations for several years now. Thanks to the generosity of a congregant, we have been able to bring Rabbi Tsafi to Victoria from his home in Los Angeles where he is the West Coast Rabbis Without Borders Coordinator, the Rabbinic Director of a Los Angeles Jewish High School and a teacher of Jewish bible and philosophy to rabbinical students.

Shabbaton Schedule

Friday, December 9

  • 5:30 pm Doors open for Pot Luck Dinner
  • 7:00 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service
    • Spirited Friday night service with Emanu-El’s own KabbaShabba band and story telling by Rabbi Tsafi Lev

Saturday, December 10

  • 9:00 am Shabbat Service
    • Parashat Vayeshev / פרשת וישב
    • Drash – Dreams and Visions: Rabbi Tsafi Lev
  • 12:15 pm Kiddush Luncheon catered by Jacqui Ittah
  • 1:15 – 3:30 pm Learning with Rabbi Tsafi LevImplementing Torah values and virtues that promote human flourishing and happiness
  • 3:30 – 7:00 pm Break
  • 7:00 – 10:00 pm Havdallah followed by Melaveh Malkah at Ruthi’s
    • We’ll have veggie pizza available and if you’d like to bring fruit/dessert to share – perfect. Tea and coffee provided, BYOB.
    • We’ll wrap up with schmoozing, a little more learning, music and song so bring your instruments, talents, poetry etc.

Cost: For the entire Shabbaton, including meals on Shabbat, the cost will be:

  • Members: $54, couples $90
  • Non-Members: $72, couples $126
  • Some scholarships available

Please register and pay in advance with the office at 250-382-0615. The synagogue office is open from Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Note: The Shabbat service and the Kiddush are, of course, open to all. Our Kiddush fund always needs help so please consider a donation if you don’t plan on registering for the Shabbaton.

Drama meets history: a $60,000 offer for the shul

Deed Cast and Crew
Cast and crew of The Original Deed (Photo: Penny Tennenhouse)

“I am two of your characters.” An animated Ben Levinson approached me after the final performance of The Original Deed last Sunday. “I was the one who crawled up into the attic and I was one of those who searched for land for a new shul.” Continue reading Drama meets history: a $60,000 offer for the shul

Introduction to Torah 2018

Have you ever thought of learning to chant from the Torah?  Perhaps you have a family event, or the anniversary of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah approaching?  Or, you know how to read from the siddur and follow the prayers on Shabbat, but want to deepen your Jewish practice?   If so, this course may be for you!

Continue reading Introduction to Torah 2018

JCC Victoria Annual Craft Fair

Craft FairSunday, November 26 — The Jewish Community Centre (JCC) of Victoria’s 4th Annual Craft Fair will take place on Sunday, November 26 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria (3636 Shelbourne Street)

The JCC’s Annual craft fair features unique items from talented local artisans, a Hanukkah Gift Table, baked goods and refreshments from the JCCV Deli.  Admission is FREE.