Zev Godfrey is Bar Mitzvah

Zev Godfrey - photo

Saturday, December 15 — Samuel Godrey and Pamela Hutchison invite the Congregation to a Kiddush luncheon after services on Saturday, December 15 in celebration of the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Zev.


Young Adults Jews and Brews: Ḥanukkah event!

Jews Brews HanukkahThursday, December 6 at 7:30 pm — Are you looking for more meaningful Jewish social interactions with like-minded people in a similar stage in life? Are you post-university/college and identify as a young professional?  Do you identify as Jewish, or enjoy the companionship/love of someone who is?  If so, you are welcome to our event!

First pint (or cider, if you’re gluten intolerant) is on us! Join us on Thursday, December 6, 7:30 pm at Swan’s Pub, 506 Pandora Avenue, Victoria when Congregation Emanu-El presents a “Young Professionals Jews and Brews – Ḥanukkah Event”.

We’ll light a menorah and schmooze over some brews. And we can chat about finding your own ‘miracles’ in your day to day life, finding and creating light in our own dark times, keeping your own traditions when assimilation sometimes seems easier, and other such topical discussions.

Please let Lindsey Lytle know if you are coming!

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

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.