UVic Event: Listening to Family Caregivers

Join Debra Sheets, host of the Call to Mind podcast, for an evening of listening and dialogue about caregiving, love and memory loss. In this free in-person and livestreamed event, a distinguished panel of experts will lead a discussion about
policy, research, supports and resources, and the challenges and rewards of caregiving.

Summary of event details

  • Date: May 18 2022
  • Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Where: UVic, Harry Hickman Lecture Theatre
  • Cost: none
  • Registration: calltomindpodcast.com/events
  • Contact: calltomindpodcast@uvic.ca

Outreach Gifts for the Community!

For the month of May, Jean and Graham Dragushan are sponsoring the Shabbat Gift Bag Program in honour of the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Ellen.

Shabbat Gift Bags are being delivered to community members every month. This warm-hearted project began as an Outreach initiative to reach congregants in need of connection or support on Shabbat. The project is growing, and the Outreach Committee hopes to reach every member of the community over the next few months. If you would like to volunteer or support Outreach in their many projects, please contact the shul office, 250 382-0615.

Meal Train for Leah & Baby Jack!

Leah gave birth to a beautiful son, Jack, on April 13th. Leah’s partner lives in Alberta, and needs to return there for work in early May. Leah could use some extra support to ensure that she is nourished (in every sense) during these first few exhausting weeks of motherhood. Leah does have some specific dietary requirements so please be sure to read the instructions prior to cooking. She is also very happy to receive Thrifty Food gift cards, which she uses to order food online.


Welcome to our community Jack and Mazel Tov, Leah!

Photo Contest, Naturally

Our Photo Contest Continues!

This week’s selection

I want to go where the leaves are burning,
Burning in scarlet and gold;

“Leaves,” by Lillie Belle Dimond

Israeli-Palestinian Joint Memorial Day Ceremony

Join the largest Israeli-Palestinian peace event in history. On May 3, 2022, we will gather to call for peace, freedom, and human rights for all. The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony is hosted by Combatants for Peace and The Parents Circle–Families Forum, and we are proud that Emanu-El is an official sponsor this year. Register today.

Join Us At www.afcfp.org/memorial

Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, is a solemn day on which Israelis remember those they have lost in the years of war and conflict. Traditionally, the Palestinian narrative is erased, leading both sides into deeper despair. By acknowledging the pain of those living on the other side, the Ceremony offers us all the choice to walk a new path: the path of respect, equality, freedom – and ultimately peace. In this time of immense anxiety and separation, the upcoming Joint Memorial Day Ceremony offers hope for a better future.

Summary of event details

Multicultural Fest 2022

May 8 2022, 10:30am-1:30pm: The North Park Multicultural Festival is a new initiative hosted by the North Park Neighbourhood Association in collaboration with Here Magazine, South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association, Fernwood NRG, and the Masjid Al-Iman Mosque.

This is a FREE quarterly family-friendly event where diverse communities gather and share culture through performances, arts, food, kids activities, and much more!

This event is a wonderful way to support local, try unique hand-crafted goods, and meet food producers, performers, & artisans from your community.

Please note that not all vendors accept card. Don’t forget to bring along a little cash so you don’t miss out on something amazing. Dogs on leash ARE allowed into the market space.

2022 festival dates

  • May 08th, 2022
  • July 24th, 2022
  • Oct 23rd, 2022
  • December 18th, 2022

See the North Park website for details, and to apply as a volunteer, vendor, or performer.

Summary of event details

  • Date: May 8, 2022
  • Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • Where: Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Ave
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: n/a
  • Contact: markets@npna.ca

Photo Contest, Naturally

Our Photo Contest Continues!

and a deeper silence
when the crickets

Leonard Cohen, “Summer Haiku,” from The Spice-Box of Earth

Changes to COVID-19 policy for Religious Services

Summary of Changes (please also read the complete message from the Board)

  • Pre-registration no longer required.
  • Masking strongly encouraged (particularly when singing) but not mandatory.
  • Proof of vaccination no longer required. Adults, if unvaccinated, please test for COVID before attending Emanu-El events.
  • On Shabbat, please continue to enter through the Social Hall doors (security protocols remain)
  • Please continue to respect personal space and hand hygiene guidelines.

From Emanu-El’s Board of Directors:

As we return to more in-person events, please help us to keep everyone healthy. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Congregation Emanu-El has taken a careful approach. The Rabbinical Assembly for Conservative Judaism reminds us that Jewish law requires that we take appropriate measures to preserve life and health, for ourselves and for everyone else. Although religious services were exempt from the provincial restrictions governing in-person gatherings for the last several months, Emanu-El upheld the importance of pikuach nefesh by enforcing the vaccine mandate, requiring masking, and ensuring appropriate distancing for all our in-person events.

As we enter a new phase of the pandemic and with the current absence of any regulatory requirements for these measures, we have decided to discontinue enforcing them. Nonetheless, the health and safety of our entire community remains paramount. Recognizing the fluidity of public health COVID-19 guidelines, this policy will be reviewed periodically by the board.

Effective April 16 2022:

  • We will not require proof of vaccination. We hope that everyone attending in-person events has been vaccinated as per current medical recommendations.
    • Adults: if you are not fully vaccinated, please be kind enough to take a COVID-19 test prior to attending any in-person synagogue events. Rapid tests are available for free for anyone over 18. If you are symptomatic for COVID-19 or any other illness, please help keep our community safe and stay home. 
  • We will reduce masking to optional but recommended, in particular for the sanctuary where due to singing with prayers, masking (except when leading the service) is strongly encouraged.
  • We will eliminate our current capacity limit and the related required physical distancing.

We recognize that people will have different levels of comfort with close socializing; please be respectful of other peoples’ choices and comfort zones.

We look forward to seeing you all and to enjoying in-person events, including kiddushim after services. May we go from strength to strength.

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemoration Event: “Personal Stories of Remembrance and Repair”

The Victoria Shoah Project invites you to attend our Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) commemoration on Sunday, May 1st, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, at the Victoria Jewish Cemetery on Cedar Hill Road (south from Hillside Ave.).  Those who perished in the Holocaust will be remembered as real individuals, as we also honour the strength and resilience of survivors.

This year’s theme is ““Personal Stories of Remembrance and Repair.”

We will hear family stories of survivors and those who perished, through readings from a a Holocaust-centered play, and a new memoir by Isa Milman, a member of Victoria’s Jewish community.  

We will include music and songs from that era to move us and remind us of the flourishing cultures in so many locations that were tragically upended by the Shoah. Memorial prayers and reflections will help us to think about how we can act today.

We invite you to share in this event with us. We welcome your presence and support as we gather to remember the past and look towards a future of peace and unity.

Summary of event details

Photo Contest, Naturally

Our Photo Contest Continues!

This week’s selection

“… Perilous beauty–
and already Jane is digging out
her colored tennis shoes,
one mauve, one yellow, like large crocuses.”

Louise Glück

The House on Marshland