Course change: Aleph Through the Looking Glass

Due to insufficient registrations by the required deadline, the original five-session course has been cancelled in favour of a single session to be held on Thursday, February 19, from 6:00 pm, that is projected to be 2–3 hours long.

  • Cost:$30, to include a copy of Orr-Stav’s book of the same name
  • Web description of book
  • Day: Thursday, February 19, at 
  • Location:Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street

You can register online, or pay by cheque at the synagogue office during regular office hours.


For any
questions about the course, please email Jonathan or Heshi Olson.

Tallit Making Workshop

Monday, Jan 26, 7pm

Come and make a tallit for yourself or a loved one, or consider making another one for yourself.  No sewing skills are needed.  There are people who will sew for you.  We will meet 3 times: in January, February and March.  The first meeting is on Monday, January 26, 7:00 pm at 1135 McClure Street.  

You don’t need to bring anything to this first meeting.  2nd and 3rd meeting dates to be announced.  Contact Charlotte Sutker to let her know you are coming by email or by tel. 250-361-1698.  Cost:  $18 plus cost of the materials that you will choose.

Spring Hebrew Literacy Class

Biblical Hebrew Level II with Gidi Nahshon

**Monday evenings at the Synagogue, 7-9pm, starting March 17**

This course is designed for the individual who is familiar with the Hebrew alphabet and has a basic reading knowledge of Hebrew. You will focus on comprehension of Biblical Hebrew, through study of grammar and vocabulary, while continuing to develop your reading skills. The text draws on passages from Jewish literary sources. You will also learn various Hebrew melodies.

For fees and further information, please email Lesley Lymbery or tel. 250-479-2350 to register.

Course: Introduction to Torah (note new dates!)


In October 2013, we welcomed home our two heritage Torah scrolls in an inspiring ceremony. For 2014, how about taking the next step and making it personal. That is, have you ever thought of learning to chant from our holy book? If so, this course may be for you!

The 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 the Torah.

The course is designed for beginners – or those who’d like a refresher – and who have a basic level of fluency in reading Hebrew.

New Dates:  Mondays, January 27 – June 2, 2014

  • Time:  7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
  • Sessions:  15
  • Location:  Social Hall, Fisher Educational Centre, Congregation Emanu-El
  • Cost:   $99  synagogue members
  • $118 non-members

Resource (extra):  Chanting the Hebrew Bible (Student Edition) by Joshua R. Jacobson

Teacher:  Aaron Severs

For questions or more information:  please email Aaron, or tel. 250-475-0686.