JFSVI requests gift card donations for Ḥanukkah 2019

JFSVI LogoDeadline December 15, 2019 — Every year Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island (JFSVI) runs Ḥanukkah gift donations and food drives, hand delivering gift baskets to over 40 families and individuals in our community who are struggling. Currently our client list is growing primarily due to the high cost of living in the Victoria area. This year we are promoting Gift Card donations by multiples of $18 (ḥay). Continue reading JFSVI requests gift card donations for Ḥanukkah 2019

A Public Menorah Lighting

CEE Hanukkah 2019 Blk Txt 1000Sunday December 22, 2019, from 5 pm, Centennial Square — In a world beset by politics and division, we ask you to shine your light. Share your own special brand of kindness, thoughtfulness and faith in one another. Shine your light to demonstrate your belief that together we are better, respect eases the journey and miracles do happen. Join Congregation Emanu-El for a joyous and raucous Hanukkiah lighting, illumine the path of hope amidst the darkness, and let your inner light shine. Continue reading A Public Menorah Lighting

Outreach needs your help!

outreach-hands-ss-1920-1030x579Outreach is Congregation Emanu-El’s offer of support when you or your family are in transition. It may be a birth, it may be grief, sickness, an accident or changes in personal status. Sometimes changes are joyous and sometimes you may really need care and support. Too often we think we need to go it alone when dealing with change, but what you may need is Outreach. Some services Outreach provides:
    • Cooked meals
    • Rides to appointments or to synagogue
    • A warm visit
    • An open heart to listen

 The Outreach committee will be there for you as much or as little as you want. If you or your loved ones or friends need support, please call us. You can reach the Outreach committee by calling the synagogue office at (250) 382-0615. The committee is fully committed to maintaining confidentiality.

The Outreach committee is made up of congregants helping congregants. And Outreach needs your help! We especially need people who can cook, drive, visit, check in by phone, and deliver food. If you want a periodic mitzvah or want to be part of the Outreach team, please contact jillswartz@gmail.com.


Candle lighting vigil and program

Day of remembrance

Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5:30 – 6:30 pm, First Metropolitan, 932 Balmoral Road (Corner Quadra St.) First Met & Grandmothers Advocacy Network invite you to a candle lighting vigil and program of poetry, music and story on Friday, December 6, 2019 marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Montreal massacre of 14 young women students at Ecole Polytechnique. Penny Tennenhouse from Congregation Emanu-El  will read our Prayer for Peace at this observance. All are welcome. Light refreshments to follow.

Eco-Veggie Potluck Dinner & Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Kabbalat Shabbat PGFriday, December 6, 2019, 5:45pm Doors Open, 6:00pm Shabbat Dinner, 7:00pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service — Bring a vegetarian or dairy dish to our potluck dinner along with your own dishes & utensils for dining (that’s the “eco” part!). We’ll supply the allah and wine for kiddush. The dinners are a great way to get to know each other and all are welcome. Services will begin promptly at 7 pm, following dinner – it’s OK to come just for services if you can’t make it to the dinner.
Kabbalat Shabbat is a spirited and joyful service with singing and storytelling lead by Rabbi Harry and the Shul‘s very own KabbaShabba band! Services will conclude at 7:45 pm with a tasty oneg dessert. Fun and meaningful for both kids and adults!
Please RSVP for the dinner at info@congregationemanuel.ca

Kiddush Honoring Leah Levi

Safta Leah

On Saturday, November 30, 2019 following services, the Reznick family invites the congregation to attend a kiddush luncheon in honour of our wonderful Leah Levi. With deepest gratitude and appreciation for all of her years running the best Hebrew School this side of the Rockies, for her dedication to Camp Miriam, and for making warm nurturing educational environments for our children.