Your help needed for Back to Shul event!

BTS Volunteers WantedEmanu-El needs YOU to help ensure our Back to Shul event is a total success. We need help schlepping and setting up at the park. We will meet at the shul at 9:30 am to load tables, chairs, etc. and will arrive at the park about 10:15 am to unload and set up. Enthusiasm is the essential ingredient, youth and strength would be wonderful but not a requirement. If you’re happy to help, please call the office at 250-382-0615 or email our Synagogue Director, Betsi to sign up. Thank you in advance for your enthusiastic help.

Handel’s Judas Maccabeus

Friday, August 5, 2016 – 7:30pm (Doors 7pm)

Finale Performance: Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus. Come and hear some of Canada’s best emerging singers as soloists in this great work, along with 
full chorus and the Victoria Baroque Players, all led by brilliant British conductor Steven Devine, at the Alix Goolden Performance Hall.


  • $25 Adults (+tax)
  • $15 Seniors/Students (+tax)

Order by Phone:  250-386-5311, or in person at:  907 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC (Alix Goolden Hall Doors)

See the entire Summer Academy Concert Schedule here

Kabbalat Shabbat, June 24


Friday, June 24 (Eco Potluck at 5:45 pm; Services at 7:00pm)

Another amazing musical Kabbalat Shabbat experience for all ages

Join friends for a ruaḥ (spirit and energy)-filled evening of prayer, song, dance and storytelling. 

Start the evening right, enjoy a potluck meal before services. Bring a vegetarian/dairy main course and a small dessert along with your own dishes and cutlery. Label your dish with ALL ingredients. 

Please RSVP for dinner, too, so we’ll know how many tables to set up (RSVP not needed for services, only needed if you’re coming for dinner). 

Oneg dessert will follow services.

This will be a super fun and spiritually connecting service. Hope to see you all there.

Blind Love: A Holocaust Journey

Saturday, March 12th, 7:30pm, at the JCC (3636 Shelbourne St)

A special free screening of the moving documentary…

The Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island presents a special screening of Blind Love, a fascinating film that documents the journey of a group of visually impaired Israelis and their guide dogs as they participate in the March of the Living program in Poland.  After the film will be a panel discussion which will include the filmmakers.

FREE ADMISSION.  Donations always welcome. 

Oliver Swain musical benefit for Syrian refugees

Sunday, March 20, 3:00–4:30pm, at Congregation Emanu-El. 


At the instigation of local dialogue group If Not Now—When?, acclaimed folk musician Oliver Swain will perform on Sunday, March 20 in a
special benefit for Syrian refugee resettlement in Victoria. 

Everyone welcome to this righteous musical charity event! 

(Can’t come? Donations gratefully accepted!)

The Klez at Butchart Gardens


The Klez is delighted to be playing in the Victoria’s marvellous Butchart Gardens this summer.  
We will be taking the main stage in the big grassy field on Sunday, July 19th at 8 pm.  We hope to see you there.

  • Butchart rates:
  • Butchart 12 month pass :  $57.50

If you are not familiar with Butchart Gardens summer programs, may we recommend the season pass.  That gets you into Butcharts all year round, and into music every single night of the summer.  Come for dinner in one of the lovely restaurants.  Pack a picnic, arrive early, stake out your seats, eat your meal, stroll through the lush gardens and then return and enjoy the music.

Check out the wonderful line up of local and faraway talent scheduled for 2015 in the Butchart’s Summer Festival Calendar.

Jewish Soul Food Slam Down

Cooking Competition – A Real Winner


What fun for the 75 people who attended this event on February 17!  And what a rush to watch Rae Ann Brechner, Ellen Dragushan, Allan Mandell, and Aharon Ittah as they chopped, fried, cooked and served such delicious food.
Before a sold-out crowd, teams from Congregation Emanu-El and the London Chef prepared the meal.  

As they cooked, Solomon Siegel served up One-Jew Punch, created specially for the occasion (key ingredient – Manischewitz, of course).


From appetizers to the delicious rugelach made by Ellen Dragushan, the tasting opportunities kept coming.
With cheers and applause for both teams, the Emanu-El team was declared the winner by Rabbi Harry, the evening’s MC. Amid hoots of laughter, he reminded the crowd that they were “somewhat biased”.  
And the guests?  We all felt like winners!


Pesah Market, March 20–29

An Emanu-El Hebrew School Fundraiser


A wide selection of Kosher for Passover Dry Goods and Frozen Food

  • Seniors’ Shopping Only
    • Friday, March 20, 10 am to 2 pm

  • Open to All:
    • Sunday, March 22, 1–4 pm
    • Tuesday, March 24, 6–8 pm
    • Wednesday, March 25, 4–8 pm
    • Thursday, March 26, 4–8 pm
    • Friday, March 27, 10 am–2 pm
    • Sunday, March 29, 1–3 pm  
  • Simcha Gift Shop will be open
  • Cash and cheques only
  • Please bring shopping bags

If you are going to be away, placeyour order with Leah at 250-370-1246