Brighton Feldman is Bar Mitzvah

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January 12, 2019— Steve Feldman and Kristen Sandborn invite the Congregation to join us for the Bar Mitzvah of our son, Brighton on Saturday, January 12, 2019.  A kiddush lunch will follow to celebrate with Brighton, family and friends.


An Invitation to Get High: Tu Bishvat Walk & Seder

TuBishvat 5779Sunday January 20, 2019 — Forget about tobacco, vapour products and marijuana. Imagine, for a moment, a method to get high….naturally. Come out and play on Tu Bishvat, and do something healthy for the planet and yourself.  Join us for an afternoon and soak in the sights, smells and beauty of Mill Hill Regional Park. This is a family-friendly event, and suitable for beginner and intermediate hikers. Dogs are welcome. Continue reading An Invitation to Get High: Tu Bishvat Walk & Seder

First Annual Readers Theatre Festival

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Weekend January 26/27, 2019Bēma Production’s next venture is an exciting weekend of Reader’s Theatre in January 2019. The festival will run in the now familiar Bēma “black box” which we create in Congregation Emanu-El‘s social hall. This style of theatre allows the audience to imagine the action from hearing the script read aloud without sets, costumes or props. The readers of the three festival plays have been carefully chosen through auditions from inside and outside the Congregation Emanu-El community. It will be a weekend filled with laughter, sadness and challenges. Please come and enjoy one play, or even all three. Tickets are now available at Continue reading First Annual Readers Theatre Festival

Victoria Foundation offers CEE Legacy Fund time-limited matching grant

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The Victoria Foundation has just offered us a time-limited opportunity to receive a matching grant of $2500. If the Foundation receives a donation earmarked for the Congregation Emanu-El Legacy Fund within the next week, our Legacy Fund will grow by $5000. If you are willing to step up, please notify Rabbi Brechner as soon as possible. Continue reading Victoria Foundation offers CEE Legacy Fund time-limited matching grant

Ḥanukkah 2018: with lotsa ruaḥ

P1050585On December 9, 2018 an enthusiastic crowd gathered in Centennial Square to celebrate the final night of the Jewish Festival of Lights. Our youngest participants led the way at the public menorah lighting, and lit up the large Ḥanukkiah, designed by Ed Walker. Then the partying began in earnest, spurred on by the high-octane singing and passion of the Victoria High Rhythm and Blues Band. People danced with abandon to a long-play version of Havah Nagilah. Other Ḥanukkah favourites, along with a number of R & B tunes, followed. Attendees generously brought non-perishable items to support the food bank at St. John the Divine Anglican Church.

Huge Thank Yous go out to the many volunteers who stepped up to make this evening a rousing success. Todah rabah to Rabbi Harry who led by example, both with his spirited dancing and wise teaching about this year’s Ḥanukkah theme “The Light of Courage – Demonstrating Resilience in the Face of Hatred and Fear

For more photos… (Penny Tennenhouse & Frances Rosenberg)… and a ruaḥ video… (Frances Rosenberg) …

Avodah’s Latke Lunch at Our Place


A beautiful day as Avodah celebrated their sixth annual Ḥanukkah Big Latke Lunch with their friends at Our Place on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Avodah’s wonderful volunteers fried and fried and served and served hundreds of hot latkes, while they lit the candles on our fabulous ḥanukkiah, spilt dreidel and The Klezbians added to the joy with their freylekh klezmer music.

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