Kristallnacht 2017

Lorne U & Suzanne D

This year’s commemorative event for Kristallnacht took place on November 9, 2017 at Congregation Emanu-El synagogue and was attended by over two hundred people from various and diverse backgrounds. In addition to the Jewish community, the attendees included leaders from the Christian and Muslim faiths,  law enforcement, First Nations and government. Continue reading Kristallnacht 2017

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Save the dates for Emanu-El’s Shabbaton Weekend!

Rabbi Tsafi Lev
December 8 – 10 weekend – Together with the Religious Services Committee we are planning an exciting Shabbaton Weekend with a visiting Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Tsafi Lev who is Rabbi Harry’s study partner.

SAVE the DATES from Friday, December 8 to Sunday, December 10 and watch for more details.

The Original Deed opens this week: Win free tickets

Save our shul GMThe Original Deed, an historical drama about Congregation Emanu-El shul will be staged in the sanctuary on November 15 (with opening night reception), 16, 18 and 19 at 7 pm. Tickets are available at Ticket Rocket $20 for adults, $15 for students. and will be available at the door.

To win a pair of tickets to the last show on Sunday, November 19, enter the contest sponsored by the Jewish Independent newspaper. Just “share” and “like” The Original Deed on Facebook — the contest closes November 12 at 10 pm.

The Original Deed is a story about the struggle over the synagogue that starts between a father and son and spreads through the whole community, including the school kids.
For more on the play, read the feature article in The Jewish Independent:
http://www.jewishindependent.ca/what-if-shul-had-been-sold/

The Original Deed: Getting Family Right!

Sam AbelsonThe Original Deed, which will be staged November 15, 16, 18 and 19 at 7 pm in Congregation Emanu-El sanctuary, tells the story of an old man trying to hold onto his best memories, and to forget some of his worst, as he struggles to save his synagogue. But it’s really about family, the family of origin, the family we grew into, and the greater family beyond our relatives. Continue reading The Original Deed: Getting Family Right!

Kristallnacht 2017

Victoria Shoah ProjectThis year’s commemoration will take place on Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El synagogue. We will be remembering what took place on the evening of November 9, 1938. Kristallnacht targeted Jews solely for who they were with planned attacks of Jewish owned stores, buildings and synagogues in Germany and Austria while authorities did nothing to stop the assault.  The name Kristallnacht refers to the pieces of broken glass covering the streets but represents the broken lives, forever changed by this tragedy.

November 9, 1938 was only a hint of greater harm to come. The history of Kristallnacht reminds us of how quickly lives can be shattered. Kristallnacht is not only a painful scar in the pages of Jewish history, but a lesson for all humanity. All of us have a responsibility to respond promptly and loudly at the first appearance of injustices targeting any group. This message is particularly significant in today’s world when acts of irrational and violent prejudice are all too common.

Our program will remember all who perished in the Holocaust with a candle lighting ceremony by survivors, second- and third-generation descendants, as well as students and youth, representing our ongoing hope for a future of peace. In addition, the program will include a variety of other speakers, musicians and the reading of our Pledge of Mutual Respect and Support by politicians, multi-faith representatives and law enforcement leaders from the Victoria community and others in attendance.

Please join us to remember the past and envision a better future where we will respect and protect our neighbours, not remain silent in the face of any injustice against any person or group and work towards building bridges leading to unity and shalom (peace) in our own community and beyond.