On Sunday, February 9, 2020 a passionate crowd gathered at Beacon Hill Park (Lover’s Lane, near Cook and Dallas). Both young and old put shovels into the moist earth and planted saplings to celebrate Tu Bishvat, the Jewish New Year of the Trees. Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock and Maple saplings found new homes. Continue reading Emanu-El plants 24 saplings
Greater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT) is a growing alliance of civic organizations working for the common good that currently has about two dozen member organization representing more than 50,000 individuals and in which Congregation Emanu-El is an active member. The GVAT process is not geared towards demonstrations or protests but to pinpointing issues that all member organizations can fully support and for which GVAT will advocate for a say in policy decisions— and for which GVAT will hold our political leaders accountable. Continue reading Update on GVAT activities
On Saturday, January 4, 2020 — Join us for the presentation of the Ralph Barer Community Service Award. The Ralph Barer Community Service Award was established in 2005 by Ralph Barer’s family to honour his memory and his outstanding dedication and service to the Victoria Jewish Community. It is presented every two years to two Congregation members who, like Ralph, have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community.
It is a great pleasure to announce that this year’s recipients are Leah Levi and Frances Rosenberg. To honour them and their invaluable work in our community, we will celebrate with them along with members of Barer/Sturmwind family on Shabbat, January 4, 2020. There will be a presentation of the award during the service, which will be followed by a catered Kiddush.
Please plan to attend — this is a wonderful opportunity to express our love and thanks to Frances and Leah.
On Saturday December 28, 2019 — Join us following services on Saturday, December 28, for a kiddush luncheon sponsored by an anonymous donor in honour of all those who bring light into our lives.
With gratitude, Congregation Emanu-El acknowledges the support of the Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island Society (JFVVI). Grants from the JFVVI this year have been awarded to support initiatives by the following:
- Congregation Emanu-El
- Congregation Emanu-El Adult Education
- Congregation Emanu-El AVODAH Social Action Group
- Congregation Emanu-El Hebrew School
- Bēma Productions
- The Jewish Community Choir of Victoria
- The Victoria Shoah Project
November 24, 2019 from 2 – 4 pm — Greater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT) invites members of the participating organizations to register for the Delegates Fall Assembly scheduled for November 24, 2019 from 2 – 4 pm at the Edelweiss Club, 108 Niagara Street, James Bay so that you can:
- Hear progress reports from our Action Research Teams on Affordable Housing and Mental Health and Addictions.
- Modify and vote to approve or disapprove proposed campaign proposals.
- Meet and network with GVAT members from other organizations, some very new.
- Sign up to join any of our action research team or our communications team.
- Hear about and join our new Climate Change Action Research Team.
Congregation Emanu-El is a participating organization, so congregants may register for the assembly.