Saanich Green Market

Sunday, Sept. 18 – Please join us for another exciting event at the Saanich Green Market, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Live music, fresh local produce at affordable prices, Kosher BBQ, fresh pastries, socializing and more… Everyone is welcome!

Summary of event details

  • Date: September 18, 2022
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: 3636 Shelbourne Street
  • Cost: n/a
  • Registration: n/a
  • Contact:

South Island Powwow

Friday, 30 September – The South Island Powwow is an opportunity to recognize Survivors and their families in the spirit of reconciliation. Through song and dance, we will celebrate traditional Indigenous cultures and resiliency.

We believe September 30th is a day to reflect and celebrate our culture. For this reason, we will only be hosting intertribal dance groups, with no competition. We will sing and dance together, not against one another. This is a time to memorialize our past and future. 

We look to hold space and honour our residential school, day school, and 60s scoop Survivors and their families. Celebrate Indigenous cultures that colonization tried to erase, and showcase our strength and resilience. While bringing people together, for celebration and to build bridges amongst all Nations. 

Where: Royal Athletic Park 1014 Caledonia Ave, Victoria, BC, Canada
When: September 30th, 2022

Schedule of Events:

Doors open | 10:00 a.m.
Opening ceremony | 11:00 a.m.
Grand entry | 12:00 p.m.
Intertribal dances
Category dancing
Grand Entry | 6:00 p.m.
Intertribal dances
Category dancing
Retirement of colours | 12:00 a.m.

Cost: Free to attend

Summary of event details

  • Date: September 30, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
  • Where: Royal Athletic Park 1014 Caledonia Ave, Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Cost: Free to attend
  • Registration: n/a
  • Contact: n/a

GVAT Homes for All Community Assembly

Sunday, 2 October – On October 2, all 26 member organizations of Greater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT) will come together in person for the first time and demonstrate our collective power to the broader community. Congregation Emanu-El is excited to be part of this big action event.

What is this Assembly about?
The deepening housing crisis touches so many people in our communities, from those experiencing homelessness to young families, single parents, workers, students, and seniors. Everyone deserves a home where they can live in security and within their means. This is a basic human right! Municipal elections are taking place on October 15. At the Assembly, GVAT will be asking mayoral candidates in the region to commit to bold policies that will preserve and create new non-profit and affordable housing for all our neighbours.

What will happen during the Assembly?
We will hear stories from people impacted by the housing crisis, then do a roll call of all member organizations – to show our strength and solidarity. Mayoral candidates present will be asked to pledge support for our asks.

What are we asking of our parishioners?
Show up at Christ Church Cathedral on October 2! Bring your family and friends. The higher the number of participants, the better we will convince the politicians that there is strong support for local governments to champion bold policies to quickly develop non-profit and affordable housing.

Why should you be there?
Even if you are securely and adequately housed yourself, think of all the people who aren’t. Can your children and grandchildren afford to live near you? Do you have friends residing in older rental buildings who live in fear of renoviction or demoviction? Can the people whose services you rely on (eg. healthcare providers) find housing in core Victoria? Are you a business owner who cannot find workers, because there is no affordable housing for them close by?

Covid safety:
All participants will be required to wear masks for the 1 ½-hour duration of the event. No refreshments will be served.

Please put October 2 on your calendar. The event will also be livestreamed via GVAT facebook. Join at
Any questions on the Assembly can be addressed to
Click here to see what the GVAT Affordable Housing Action Research Team has done thus far.

Summary of event details

High Holidays at Congregation Emanu-El 5783/2022

This year, we will not require pre-registration to attend our High Holiday Services.  However, if you would like to attend the Breakfast following Yom Kippur, please RSVP so that we can anticipate numbers.  If you would like to attend High Holiday Services but are not a member (or perhaps your membership has lapsed) please contact the office.   

Regarding COVID:  As we’ll all be in close quarters and the services are long, please wear a mask.  They are not required, but we all appreciate the shared effort. Please also wash/sanitize hands before entering the Sanctuary and try to avoid shaking hands.  It’s a joy that we can be together more freely this year and some simple things will go a long way toward keeping us healthy. 

Photo by Penny Tennenhouse

Outdoor Services Rosh HaShanah Day 1:  Along with our traditional Services in the Sanctuary, we have added an outdoor Rosh HaShanah Day 1 Alternative Experiential Service at St. Ann’s Academy, 835 Humboldt Street in the Orchard.  Rabbi Harry will be leading this Experiential Service, beginning at 1:00 p.m.  All are welcome.  Carolyn Blum and Noa Marnin, our Hebrew School Directors, will be leading a Children’s Service at St. Ann’s beginning at 3:30 p.m.   Everyone is welcome at Tashlich beginning at 5:00 p.m., below Dallas Road at Cook Street.  The Hebrew School will walk together from St. Ann’s.  Please see our full schedule. 

Wishing everyone a year of sweetness,
Susan Holtz, Administrator

High Holidays Schedule 2022

Leil Selichot Zoom only Saturday 17 September 8:30 p.m.Topic: Leil Selichot
Time: Sep 17, 2022 08:30 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 837 8666 4492
Passcode: 741779
Erev Rosh Hashanah Zoom only Sunday 25 September 6:00 p.m.Topic: Erev Rosh HaShanah
Time: Sep 25, 2022 06:00 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 890 4870 5019
Passcode: 699369
Rosh Hashanah Day 1
Monday September 26
(Traditional) Sanctuary, 10:00 a.m.
Topic: Rosh HaShanah Day 1
Time: Sep 26, 2022 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 821 5409 0943
Passcode: 703228

(Alternative) St. Ann’s Academy Orchard, Humboldt Street (in person only) Monday 1:00-2:30 p.m. 26 Sept.

(Children’s) St. Ann’s Academy Orchard, Humboldt Street (in person only) Monday 3:30-4:15 p.m. 26 Sept.

Tashlich Dallas Road below Cook Street (in person only) Monday 5:00 p.m. 26 Sept.
Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Sanctuary
Tuesday 27 September 10:00 a.m.
Topic: Rosh HaShanah Day 2
Time: Sep 27, 2022 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 881 8809 1984
Passcode: 164813
Shabbat Shuvah Sanctuary Shabbat 1 October 10:00 a.m.Topic: Shabbat Morning Service
(recurring link) 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada) Every week on Sat, until Dec 10, 2022, 15 occurrence(s)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 824 1330 9293
Passcode: 929054
Kever Avot Jewish Cemetery Sunday 2 October 1:30 p.m.(in person only) Kever Avot and Zachor Wall Dedication
Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Sanctuary Tues. 4 Oct. 6:00 p.m. (Doors 5:30 p.m.)Topic: Erev Yom Kippur/ Kol Nidre
Time: Oct 4, 2022 06:00 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 850 1881 9211
Passcode: 371244
Yom Kippur Morning Service Sanctuary Wednesday 5 October 10:00 a.m.Topic: Yom Kippur Morning Service
Time: Oct 5, 2022 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 849 3410 0752
Passcode: 851344
Yom Kippur Minchah/ Neilah/Breakfast Sanctuary Wednesday 5 Oct. 5:30 p.m. 
(Havdalah 7:30 p.m.)
Topic: Yom Kippur Minchah/ Neilah
Time: Oct 5, 2022 05:30 p.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 892 2309 8348
Passcode: 606383
Sukkot Day 1 Sanctuary Monday 10 October 10:00 a.m.Topic: Sukkot Day 1
Time: Oct 10, 2022 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 853 5498 3163
Passcode: 928958
Sukkot Day 2 Sanctuary Tuesday 11 October 10:00 a.m.(in person only)
Hoshanah Rabbah TBA Sunday 16 October(Details TBA.  Newsletter and online calendar)
Shemini Atzeret/ Yizkor Sanctuary Monday 17 October 10:00 a.m.Topic: Shemini Atzeret (Yizkor)
Time: Oct 17, 2022 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 857 3434 1826
Passcode: 185486
Leil Simchat Torah Sanctuary Monday 17 October 7:00 p.m.  (In person only)
Simchat Torah Sanctuary Tuesday 18 October 10:00 a.m.(In person only)

High Holy Days 2022 Koleinu Edition

To see the High Holy Days 2022 Koleinu edition, CLICK HERE (NB: Some Koleinu
links only work if you download the PDF file to your computer and use an application like Adobe Acrobat to read the file.) Many thanks to the contributors, and especially for the enthusiasm that accompanied their submissions. Enjoy! Shanah Tovah U’metukah!

Unveiling for Helen Caine z”l

Please join us in remembering Helen Caine.

The unveiling of Helen’s headstone will take place on Sunday 11 September 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at the Emanu-El Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Delta Hotel downtown (100 Harbour Road) in the Pacific Suite.

Reception guests can simply enter and park in the Delta Hotel parkade, and will be provided an exit code at the reception

Summary of event details

  • Date: September 11, 2022
  • Time: 1:30 p.m.
  • Where: Emanu-El Cemetery; Delta Hotel
  • Cost: n/a
  • Registration: n/a
  • Contact: n/a

Tanakh Shiur Resumes

Tanakh Shiur resumes Tuesday 13 September 7:00 p.m.—on Zoom
Contact the office to register.

In this shiur, we work through the text of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible) closely, to try to understand what these ancient writers were trying to say and how they made sense of their history and their world. No prior knowledge is required, but be prepared for an intellectual adventure! At the moment, we are reading the last chapters of the book of Isaiah (chapters 61-66) and when we finish that we will go on to the book of Kings.

Welcome Leah Nessie

Arielle Brown and Mark Stephenson announce with joy the safe arrival of Leah Nessie.  Sweet little Leah is named after her maternal great-aunt and her great grandmother, two amazing women from whom Leah will no doubt inherit qualities of kindness, strength, love of family and faith.  Proud grandparents are Rick and Jo-Anne Brown of North Vancouver and Joe and Cindy Stephenson of Victoria. 

Memory Café Victoria

This social program is designed for people with early stage memory loss or dementia and their care partners. Couples attend together and each week will include a short, fun activity led by the facilitator, tea/coffee and refreshments, followed by a chance to play table tennis, billiards, games or just socialize with others. A great way to make friends and meet people also going through this incredible journey. Resource and educational information will be available. Space is limited, so please register!

$125 per couple/8 weeks
Gordon Head Rec. Center, 4100 Lambrick Way, Teen Center Room

Registration Required:
Debra Sheets, Ph. D, RN, School of Nursing Univ. of Victoria
Ph: 250 853 3947 Email:

Sept. 13 – Nov. 1, 2022 Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Summary of event details

  • Date: Sept 13 to Nov 1
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Where: 4100 Lambrick Way
  • Cost: $125 per couple
  • Registration: Phone- 250 853 3947 Email-
  • Contact: Debra Sheets