Jewish Young Adults: High Holy Days Learning

CEE Young Adults HHD Learning 09262019 1000Thursday, September 26, 2019 7 – 9 pm at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria BC—If you identify as a Jewish, Jew-ish, Jew-curious, or friendly-with-Jews young adult, please join us at shul that evening for a relaxed discussion over a beer or cider. Rabbi Harry will deliver a teaching on finding meaning and understanding in the High Holy Days (Yamim Noraim). If you’ve ever wanted to understand the High Holy Days better (or have been afraid to ask questions about them) this is not to be missed! Bring your questions! For more information…

Hebrew School Fundraiser Apple Juice Still Available


Last Sunday Pardes Farm sold 29 two-liter jugs of organic Gravenstein juice in support of our wonderful Hebrew school. The juice disappeared so quickly that we’ve added 21 more bottles for sale.
There’s no more juice at the synagogue, so please contact Jill at to snag your own supply of this rich-tasting organic juice ($10 per 2 liter jug) while making a contribution to the Hebrew school at the same time.

High Holy Days 2019/5780 Service Schedule Congregation Emanu-El

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Saturday, Sept. 21 Leil Sliḥot

  • 7:00 pm “The Gates are Closing” (at the synagogue)
  • 8:30 pm Sliḥot Service

Sunday, Sept. 29 Erev Rosh Hashanah

  • 7:30 pm Ma’ariv Service
  • 6:39 pm Light candles

Monday, Sept. 30 Rosh Hashanah Day 1

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 4:30 pm Tashlikh (on beach at Cook & Dallas)
  • 7:41 pm Light candles

Tuesday, Oct. 1 Rosh Hashanah Day 2

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 7:39 pm Havdalah

Saturday, Oct. 5 Shabbat Shuvah

  • 9:00 am Service
  • Parashat Vayelekh וילך

Tuesday, Oct. 8 Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre

  • 5:30 pm Service
  • 6:20 pm Light candles

Wednesday, Oct. 9 Yom Kippur

  • 9:00 am Morning Service
  • 12:00 pm Yizkor (approximately)
  • 5:00 pm Minḥah followed by Nei’lah
  • 7:23 pm Fast Ends
  • 7:30 pm Community Break Fast

Monday, Oct. 14 Sukkot Day 1

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 7:13 pm Light candles

Tuesday, Oct. 15 Sukkot Day 2

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 7:12 pm Havdalah

Saturday Oct. 19 Shabbat ḥol Hamo’ed

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 7:04 pm Havdalah

Sunday, Oct. 20 Hoshana Rabba

  • 10:30 am Service at Rabbi Harry & RaeAnn Brechner’s home
  • 12:00 pm Open House at the Brechners
  • 5:56 pm Light candles

Monday, Oct. 21 Shmini Atzeret/Erev Simḥat Torah

  • 9:00 am Morning Service
  • 11:00 am Yizkor (approximately)
  • 7:00 pm Evening & Simḥat Service
  • 7:00 pm Light candles

Tuesday, Oct. 22 Simḥat Torah

  • 9:00 am Service
  • 6:59 pm Havdalah

All are welcome to attend!  May you and yours be inscribed for a healthy and sweet New Year ahead!


Kehilat Kodesh Emanu-El



Bēma initiates our Leil Sliḥot service with a reading of The Gates are Closing

The Gates are Closing Jewish 1000Saturday, September 21, 2019 7 pm — This year Congregation Emanu-El will introduce our Sliḥot prayers for the High Holy Days in an unusual way, a reading of the award-winning contemporary play, The Gates Are Closing. Beginning Saturday, September 21 at 7 pm preceding the traditional Sliḥot service, 10 members of the Jewish community will take the parts of a varied yet inspired minyan of Jews in the synagogue on Yom Kippur as they grapple with issues of identity, meaning, repentance and forgiveness.

This award-winning play had its first staged reading at the Jewish Repertory Theatre in New York in May 1986. Since then it has been presented in hundreds of synagogues and college campuses from Brooklyn to Beijing, including a signed performance by Temple Beth Solomon of the Deaf in Arleta, California.

Over the years many rabbis and congregations have treasured the play including Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, who described it as “a drama of great religious insight and nuance, instigating probably the most thoughtfully lively High Holy Day preparation our congregation ever had.”

The playwright, Merle Feld, is a widely published poet whose work frequently appears in anthologies and prayer books including the new Conservative High Holy Day Maḥzor Lev Shalem, the Siddur Lev Shalem, and the Reform Movement Women’s Torah Commentary. She is also the author of a popular memoir in poetry and prose, A Spiritual Life: Exploring the Heart and Jewish Tradition (SUNY Press, revised 2007) and a recent book of her poems, Finding Words (URJ Press, 2011).

Feld is moved and delighted that The Gates are Closing, written early in her career, has retained its urgency and spiritual power for such a vast audience nationally and internationally. “It feels miraculous to me that every fall these characters come to life again—in Philadelphia and San Diego, Youngstown and Nashville, Virginia, Arizona, San Antonio, Australia, and London—and that these characters continue to provide a gateway for Jews across the denominations who are searching for meaning.”

2019 Apples & Honey Cake Notice

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Order Deadline: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 — Rosh Hashanah is coming! Give apples and a honey cake to everyone on your Rosh Hashanah list and support programming for our Jewish youth. Honey Cakes are $18 each. Payment can be made by cheque, Visa or MasterCard. For security reasons, we do not accept credit card information by email or fax.
The order form can be downloaded here.
Please fill in the name and telephone number for all recipients. We want your recipient to enjoy fresh honey cake on Rosh Hashanah which begins on Sunday evening, September 29, making delivery before erev Rosh Hashanah difficult. We will phone everyone to inform them of your gift and arrange pick up. Limited deliveries will be made for those not attending services at Emanu-El or unable to pick up on Sunday, September 29 from 11:30am – 1:00pm.

Your completed order form along with payment can be mailed to the synagogue or put in an envelope in the synagogue office drop box. You can also telephone your order into the synagogue office at 250-382-0615 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.