Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique

Ilan(August 17) — Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education Committee is pleased to present a talk at the synagogue on Thursday, August 17 at 7:00 pm by a former member of our shul, Ilan Avi Baron, about his new book, “Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique”. Admission is by donation.

Combining political theory and sociological interviews spanning four countries ‑ Israel, the USA, Canada and the UK, Ilan Zvi Baron explores the Jewish Diaspora/Israel relationship and suggests that instead of looking at Diaspora Jews’ relationship with Israel as a matter of loyalty, it is one of obligation. Continue reading Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique


Women’s League Calendar Diaries


Women's League DiaryWomen’s League Calendar Diaries for Conservative Judaism can now be ordered.  These new diaries are beautifully illustrated, pocket-sized, list our holidays, candle-lighting times, Birkat HaMazon and other information.

Please contact Barbara Walker at 250-592-2201 or e-mail her so she can order them so they may be received before the High Holy Days.

Shop Simcha for bar/bat mitzvah gifts

The Simcha Gift Shop at Congregation Emanu-El’s carries kippot, tallitot and bar/bat mitzvah journals and many other Judaica items.

The gift shop is located at Congregation Emanu-El at the southern end of the Social Hall.

You may shop during office hours: Tues-Thurs 9:30-2:30 or by appointment at:  SimchaGiftShop@gmail.com

We accept cash, cheques, and credit cards. Come check us out!

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C-E hosts The Canadian Jewish Experience

Until September, 2017


The Canadian Jewish Experience (CJE) is a volunteer initiative to celebrate Canada and the contributions made by Jews to the building of this modern country.

This work was undertaken in connection with Canada’s 150th anniversary, and reflects the pride and love which Canadian Jews have for this country. It includes an exhibit that Congregation Emanu-El is delighted to have the opportunity to display in the social hall until September, 2017.

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Daily synagogue tours this summer


Congregation Emanu-El, the oldest Canadian synagogue in continuous use, opens its doors to visitors. Every summer, many tourists visit our beautiful synagogue to explore its unique history, architecture and restoration.

This year, with our knowledgeable guides—Shoshana Litman, Amber Woods and Sharon Fitch—we have decided to give daily synagogue tours from Tuesdays to Thursdays. We are grateful to our guides for their enthusiasm and devotion to the delivery of an incredibly professional docent service.

It is a thrill to see how visitors are so fascinated by their visit to our shul. Please encourage your summer visitors to experience Victoria’s Jewish roots by taking one of our shul tours. If they wish to find out more about our unique local history, they can take a Victoria Jewish Walking Tour.

Synagogue Tours: Summer Schedule

June through

  • Tuesday: 10:30am, 12:00 (noon) and 2pm
  • Wednesday: 12:00(noon) and 2pm
  •  Thursday 10:30am, 12:00(noon) and 2pm
  • $10 cash for adults
  • $5 for youth (aged 12-18)
  • Free for children under 12
  • Short tours (when possible)
    by donation

Jewish Victoria Walking Tours

Wednesdays: 10:30am (rain or shine)

Gentle 90 minute walk: Starts at 26 Bastion Square (beside the former Maritime Museum): Ends at the synagogue’s front steps, 1461 Blanshard Street

  • $15.00 for
  • $13.00
    for students/seniors
  • Cash
    only please