4th Annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival


Starts November 3, 2018 7 pm — It’s almost here: the 4th annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival (VIJFF) scheduled from November 3 to 6, 2018 at The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St. With screenings of acclaimed Jewish-themed films from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Israel and the United States, the festival starts with The Cakemaker and an opening night reception at the Union Club with live music, a glass of bubbly & tasty sweet bites. Continue reading 4th Annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival


Human Rights from a Faith Perspective: Victoria Multifaith Society AGM 2018


Sunday October 28  2 – 4:30 pm Victoria Multifaith Society 2018 AGM will include a keynote address on Human Rights from a Faith Perspective (details below), as well as an annual activity report, upcoming activities, partnership updates and refreshments.

Our keynote speaker for this year’s AGM is Moussa Magassa, who has been nominated for the Muslim seat of the Victoria Multifaith Society. Moussa Magassa is the Human Rights Education Advisor for the UVic Dept. of Equity and Human Rights. His areas of interest include human rights education, global and transformational leadership, ethics and social justice activism, social transformation and peacebuilding, and immigration and refugee studies. Moussa is a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at UVic. He holds an M.A in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University in Victoria, and a BA (Hons) in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies from the Kwazulu-Natal University, South Africa.

The AGM will be held from 2:00 to 4:30 pm, Sunday, 28 October, at the Ismaili Jamatkhana, 1250 Esquimalt Road, Victoria. Parking is at the rear of the building, off Park Terrace. There is no charge.

VMS membership can be renewed at the AGM or at any other event, at $10 per year for an individual member, or $50 per year for an organization or faith group. 2017 AGM minutes can be found here.

Yom Kippur Break Fast

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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…