Yom Kippur Break Fast

Break the Fast

Wednesday September 19, 8:10 pm — After the ecstatic intensity of Nei’lah, the final closing prayers of atonement as the gates are closing, and a spirited Havdalah, there will be a delicious break fast catered by Yaaqov and Rosalind – so expect tasty nutritious and comforting food.  As usual all are welcome. Donations to cover the costs of feeding everyone are also welcome. Looking forward to reconnecting at this prayerful and meaningful time.
Todah rabah in advance for your cooperation.  Shanah Tovah U’Metukah to you and yours. May you have a sweet and healthy year ahead!


Building Power for the Common Good Workshop

GVAT imageThursday, October 18, 9 am – 5 pm, Congregation Emanu-ElGreater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT), of which Congregation Emanu-El is a founding member will present this workshop which uses a tried and tested framework for bringing about transformative change on October 18, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm at our synagogue Through exploring the traditions and values of our labour, faith, community, environmental and educational organizations, we’ll learn how to create strong foundations to be able to hold government and corporate interests in Greater Victoria to account. There is a senior leader coming up from Seattle for this workshop. He’s an inspirational speaker so don’t miss this event. Register early as the workshop scheduled for September is already fully subscribed. For registration information…  The Congregation Emanu-El co-ordinators for this event are Todd Litman, Andrew Gow and Ruth Schreier.
Preregistration is necessary.

Preparing for the High Holy Days

September 1, 8:30 pm Leil Sliḥot & September 6, 7 pm High Holy Days Workshop — Details follow…

Leil Sliḥot – a night of asking Divine Source for forgiveness and repentance

Saturday, September 1 starting at 8:30 pm

Join with your Emanu-El family for a screening of the documentary film “To Forgive…    Divine” a powerful film produced by Hilary Pryor in 2005. This film, which we will follow with a facilitated discussion, opens up deep questions about the core meaning of forgiveness. Directly after the film and dialogue we will enter our sanctuary for Sliḥot prayers followed by the traditions of hatarat nedarim and hatarat klallot, rituals for letting go of unfulfilled promises and nullifying negativity prior to Rosh Hashanah.

High Holy Days Orientation Workshop

Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

This workshop is designed to offer congregants new to Jewish prayer practice a glimpse into the wisdom and intentions of the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur liturgy but is open to all congregants. The workshop will also explore ways for making the High Holy Day experience a connecting and meaningful personal experience.

2018 Apples & Honey Notice

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Order Deadline: Wednesday, September 5 — Rosh Hashanah is coming! Give apples and a honey cake to everyone on your Rosh Hashanah list and support programming for our Jewish youth. Honey Cakes are $18 each. Payment can be made by cheque, Visa or MasterCard. For security reasons, we do not accept credit card information by email or fax.  

The order form can be downloaded here. Please fill in the name and telephone number for all recipients. Addresses will be needed for all recipients not attending Rosh Hashanah services. Your completed order form along with payment can be mailed to the synagogue or put in an envelope in the synagogue office drop box. You can also telephone your order into the synagogue office at 250-382-0615 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All orders MUST be received by Wednesday, September 5.


Emanu-El Congregant Recognized as Health Care Hero

BC Health Care AwardsDr. Ramm Hering, physician lead for primary-care substance use with Island Health, was awarded a 2018 Golden Apple in the Provincial Health Care Hero Category.  Ramm, his wife Carolyn and their children are active members of our congregation and Ramm is a member of the Hebrew School Parent Committee, his wife, Carolyn is  a Hebrew School teacher.

By passionately and effectively advocating for improved services for patients dealing with substance use and addiction, Dr. Hering has inspired his colleagues to work together to develop new programs and create an efficient, client-centered system of addiction services”.

Mazel Tov to Dr. Hering! Read more…

JFSVI Annual General Meeting

JFSVIThursday, August 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm — If you are interested in learning more about the Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island (JFSVI) and its important work within Victoria and the communities of Vancouver Island, please check out our website: JFSVI.ca and join us for our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the  Jewish Community Centre of Victoria at 3636 Shelbourne Street.
For a copy of the meeting agenda and more information, please contact president@jfsvi.ca.

From the President – Rental Policy

Rental PolicyAfter considerable research the Congregation Emanu-El Board of Directors has adopted a rental policy for all our facilities. This action is a response to our growing membership, our increasing number of activities and our need to cover costs.
We encourage all members to continue to use our congregational home as they have in the past. As members, they will be charged a nominal fee that covers our basic expenses (utilities and custodial services) for venue use.

To book an event at the synagogue, please contact our Synagogue Director, Betsi Boeno at 250-382-0615. Or while she is on holiday during July and August, please phone the office at the same number.

Let your friends and associates know that our venues are available for private rentals. We have separate pricing for Jewish community groups, not for profit organizations, private functions and events. A copy of the full rental policy with fee structure is available from the office. With some training, our new high quality projector and our state of the art sound system are available for use during an event.
Do think about Emanu-El for your next family sima and celebration.
We wish everyone a safe and fun summer,
l’shalom, Ruthi Wicks