Flu Season and Shabbat Child Care

If your child has symptoms of flu — coughs, sniffles, runny nose – please be kind to them and the other children and leave them at home. If they do have these symptoms they might be turned away from the child care room. We don’t want them, or their parents, to be disappointed. We look forward to seeing your child in shul when they are HEALTHY.

– Shabbat Shalom

Student Urgently Requires Accommodation

A young Israeli woman (3 years in Canada) has been accepted into a social work program at Camosun College (Lansdowne campus) that starts this month, and requires temporary accommodation for a month or two – such as a one-room suite in a house – ideally within easy reach of Camosun Lansdowne campus. Willing also to share rented accommodation.

If you can help Ellie, please email her or tel. 778-992-2121. Thank you.

Cleaning Contractor Needed

The Congregation Emanu-El House Committee is seeking a cleaning contractor to provide services to our buildings at 1461 Blanshard. The contract is based on a maximum of 38 hours per month at the rate of $17.85 per hour for hours worked.

Details are available by contacting Ed Fitch. Résumés are being accepted immediately for a decision in the week starting 20 January 2014. 

Honouring the volunteers of the Emanu-El Sesquicentennial


Ed Fitch & Barbara Pelman, Co-Chairs, of the E-E150 Committee, write:

On 11 January 2014, there will be a special Shabbat service and Kiddush in honour of all our wonderful volunteers who made the Emanu-El 150th Anniversary celebrations move from plans to reality to triumph.

As the year of our Sesquicentennial slips away we may be tired but we are satisfied and grateful that our plans excited, educated and motivated so many people from within Congregation Emanu-El and the community at large. By any measure we succeeded at our strategic goals to “educate, celebrate, commemorate”. Now it is time to thank the people who made it all possible.

The Shabbat morning services of 11 January 2014 will express the gratitude of Congregation Emanu-El for the devoted service of so many volunteers. Services will be followed by a Kiddush lunch where we can enjoy delicious treats and retell some of the stories of 2013.

Please join us to thank our volunteers for all their effort and for their assistance in the evident success of Congregation Emanu-El’s memorable anniversary.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Ed & Barbara

Grandma’s Brisket

by Sharon Fitch

Beulah Fitch, my beloved mother-in-law, was famous for her brisket. When she moved from Montreal to Nanaimo, she had to teach the butcher how to cut the cow to get a brisket.


  • 3 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 kg brisket
  • 2 cm water
  • Salt, pepper & garlic to taste


Place sliced onions in bottom of roaster with water.

Season meat and place on top of onions.

Roast covered at 350° F for 1.5 hours.

Check for doneness.

Connecting with Members from Up-Island


Congregation Emanu-El is pleased to have members who live north of the Malahat up to Campbell River. These members from Central Vancouver Island drive from 45 minutes to two hours to attend services or events at our shul.

The Membership Team is looking for Victoria hosts to invite out of town members for Shabbat and Yom Tov meals.

Our Central Vancouver Island liaison, Judy Honickman-Fuller, will let ‘up island’ members know when we have a list of Victoria members who would offer to host, and coordinate the introductions, as well as letting us know when there are ‘up island’ members coming to Victoria. 
Judy also suggested there might be Victoria members who would be willing to have ‘up island’ members stay overnight with them for Shabbat. If you are interested please contact Judy at judy.honickman.fuller@gmail.com or 250-244-6519.


2014 Child Care Fundraising Campaign

Thank you for your continuing support for our Shabbat child Care. Our children are well cared for by our dedicated child care provider. A mini 2014 child care fundraiser, to continue this valuable service for our youngest members, is being launched as of today. Our goal is to raise $2000.00 by May 2014. Can we count on you?
Send your donations to the Shul Child Care Fund today. Every dollar is very much appreciated. Thank you for your support.