Sage Tea

Sage TeaSage Tea is a gathering of Emanu-El elders who come together twice a month for tea, torah and discussion at 2 pm at Adele Vernon’s home. Come join old and new friends for an afternoon of schmoozing, learning, connecting and some nosh. Bring nothing other than an open mind and a desire to socialize. Please RSVP to Adele at 778-440-4096. If you need help with transportation, please let Adele know and we will do our best to find you a ride.

Renewing Jewish spirituality after the holocaust

Jewish Spirituality1000Sunday, February 23, 2020, 4 pm at Congregation Emanu-El—The Emanu-El Adult Education Team invites the community to attend the fifth presentation in the Alternative Realities in Judaism series featuring Rabbi Daniel Siegel discussing Renewing Jewish Spirituality after the holocaust on Sunday February 23, 2020 at 4 pm. Entry is by donation: light refreshments will be served.

There is little doubt that the combination of the European tragedy, the creation of the State of Israel, and the growing awareness of the need to transcend tribalism have combined to mount a strong challenge to traditional forms of Jewish identity. In this session, Rabbi Daniel Siegel will guide us as we look at ways to renew our Judaism with a particular emphasis on Ḥasidism and neo-Ḥasidism.

image-assetRabbi Daniel was the Rabbinic Director of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and is currently the Rabbinic Director of ALEPH Canada. As the founding director of the Integral Halachah Institute, he organizes teleconferencing classes, edits and publishes the teachings of Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and others, is the editor of Siddur Kol Koreh and other resources for prayer. As the first Dayan in ALEPH, he responds to questions and has written extensively on halachic issues. His writings can be found in his blog and in the ALEPH ReSources Catalogue (alephcanada.ca). He has served the ALEPH Rabbinic Program as Associate Dean, teacher, and director of studies. He is a trained mediator and is deeply involved in his local, Hornby Island community.

He is married to Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel, the father of Noah, Shefa, and Elisha, and grandfather to Eden and Avna.

 

 

Kafka and Secular Jewish Mysticism

Kafka postponed!POSTPONED from Sunday, January 5, 2020 due to illness. Will announce new date when available. —The Emanu-El Adult Education Team invites you to the third presentation in the Alternative Realities in Judaism series when Lee Henderson will take a look at the life and work of the great 20th century Jewish writer Franz Kafka and his relationship to Tanakh, the tales of Rabbi Nachman, the Midrash, Kaballah, as well as contemporary secular political ideologies.

Kafka and Secular Jewish Mysticism

Lee & Kafka 1000

Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 4 pm at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard St.  — The Emanu-El Adult Education Team invites you to the third presentation in the Alternative Realities in Judaism series when Lee Henderson will take a look at the life and work of the great 20th century Jewish writer Franz Kafka and his relationship to Tanakh, the tales of Rabbi Nachman, the Midrash, Kaballah, as well as contemporary secular political ideologies. Continue reading Kafka and Secular Jewish Mysticism

Why addicts don’t stop using

P1050680 (2)Rabbi Harry welcomes Dr. Ramm Hering who provided an insightful talk on ‘why addicts don’t stop using’ to a group of congregants and guests last Wednesday at the synagogue. Many attendees expressed appreciation for the perspective on addiction and the opioid crisis that he provided. Todah Rabah, Ramm! As a tangible expression of thanks to the Lekwungen People for allowing us to assemble for worship, study and play on their lands, a portion of the donations collected at this talk will be given to the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.

Addicts: Why don’t they just stop using so they would stop dying?

Ramm HeringWednesday, December 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street — Dr. Ramm Hering will discuss “Addicts: Why don’t they just stop using so they would stop dying?”

Introduction: Medical science has developed a much better understanding of the neurobiology of addiction. Implementing evidence based policies is our best hope at decreasing the effects of the opioid crisis. But why is this such a challenge?

About Dr. Hering:

Dr. Hering is the Medical Director, Addiction Medicine for Island Health. He spearheaded the development of the Addiction Medicine Consult Service for Island Health and was the driving force behind the creation of a Rapid Access Addiction Clinic in Victoria. Dr. Hering serves as the Victoria Site Director for the British Columbia Centre on Substance Abuse (BCCSU) Addiction Medicine Fellowship program and works as a clinical consultant on various BCCSU projects.

Dr. Hering completed BSc and MSc (Neuroscience) degrees at McGill University, followed by his MD at the University of Calgary and a Family Medicine Residency at Dalhousie University. He then obtained a Diploma in Public Health – Health Services Management Stream and completed a Clinical Fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto.

  • Sponsored by the Emanu-El Adult Education Team.
  • Contact Heshi at heshi@me.com if you have any questions.
  • Entry is by donation: light refreshments will be served.

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Chanting Torah 2020

Torah

New course starts January 7, 2020 — Have you ever thought of learning to chant from the Torah?  Perhaps you have a family event, or the anniversary of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah approaching?  Or, you know how to read from the siddur and follow the prayers on Shabbat, but want to deepen your Jewish practice? If so, this course may be for you!
This beginner course unlocks many of the mysteries surrounding chanting or leyning Torah. It presents both the theoretical foundation plus practical hands-on sessions designed to learn the musical notes (“trop”) essential to singing from our holy book. The course is designed for beginners – or those who’d like a refresher – and who have a basic level of fluency in reading Hebrew and musicality.

Date:  Tuesdays January 7 – May 19, 2020
Time:  7:00 – 8:30 pm
Sessions:  15
Location:  Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria
Cost:  $118 synagogue members; $149  non-members
Prerequisite:   Hebrew Literacy 1 and 2, or equivalent
Resource (extra):  KINNOR Trope Trainer
http://www.kinnor.com/product-trope-trainer.html
Teacher:  Aaron Severs
For questions or more information:  please email Aaron at seversa@gmail.com or phone him at 250-475-0686.

Creative Midrash

Creative MidrashSaturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street — Join Rabbi Harry Brechner for an interactive evening using art and drama to expand the sacred Torah narratives in a search for deeper meaning and insights. In the first part of the workshop we will experiment with hands on Midrash, using torn paper collage to unpack and explore stories from our Biblical ancestors. In the second half of the workshop we will employ techniques of “Bibliodrama” to flesh out poignant Torah narratives.

Rabbi Harry trained with Peter Pitzele the founder of Bibliodrama, a form of psychodrama that conjures up deep archetypes, often seeing Torah narrative through the lens of “a cast of internal characters,” allowing participants to traverse their inner worlds in search of personal insight and greater spiritual awareness.

This is the second presentation of Alternative Realities in Judaism series.  Admission is by donation; light refreshments will be served.

A magical moment

IMG_0323-001Rabbi Harry did not disappoint those magic seekers who came to the synagogue last Sunday to hear about Magic and the Rabbinate. He explained how traditional and non traditional Jewish teachings had lead him to various life serving understandings; that it is all “g-d” – the good and the bad, compassion is a trusty guide, let your ego go, know what you are loyal to and be willing to go down the “rabbit hole”. He suggested that folk religion may offer life affirming ideas when classical beliefs and practices fail to offer solace. He explained that there are settings in which it is preferable to sing a niggun rather than recite a prayer or to hold a special object (amulet) rather than a siddur.

Play Club

Play Club

Preliminary meeting on Monday, October 28, 7–8:30 pm at Congregation Emanu-El — Art, like the Torah, is meant to be interpreted. Come use your interpretive skills in conversation about plays and their meaning. Instead of asking whether we like or dislike a play, we will investigate how meaning is constructed, and ask questions about the play’s intentions and resonance. Continue reading Play Club