Multicultural Fest 2022

May 8 2022, 10:30am-1:30pm: The North Park Multicultural Festival is a new initiative hosted by the North Park Neighbourhood Association in collaboration with Here Magazine, South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association, Fernwood NRG, and the Masjid Al-Iman Mosque.

This is a FREE quarterly family-friendly event where diverse communities gather and share culture through performances, arts, food, kids activities, and much more!

This event is a wonderful way to support local, try unique hand-crafted goods, and meet food producers, performers, & artisans from your community.

Please note that not all vendors accept card. Don’t forget to bring along a little cash so you don’t miss out on something amazing. Dogs on leash ARE allowed into the market space.

2022 festival dates

  • May 08th, 2022
  • July 24th, 2022
  • Oct 23rd, 2022
  • December 18th, 2022

See the North Park website for details, and to apply as a volunteer, vendor, or performer.

Summary of event details

  • Date: May 8, 2022
  • Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • Where: Royal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Ave
  • Cost: Free
  • Registration: n/a
  • Contact:

Benefit Concert for the Trees

Friday April 8, 4-5pm, at Esquimalt United Church (corner of Lyall & Admirals) – See a host of incredible performers from opera to cabaret, including singers Luke Wallace, Anne, Gary and Deanna Relyea, and Haida singer/drummer Kuu’laay, plus a ballerina, pianist and clarinetist. Admission by donation. Proceeds go towards Fairy Creek legal costs. Sponsored by Esquimalt United Church Justice Team and Elders for Ancient Trees. If you can’t make it in person, come by Zoom. Email for the Zoom link.

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Save the Date–Community Seder!

Out-of-the-Box Community Passover Seder in the Great Outdoors!

Join us as we relive and tell our ancestors’ story of the Exodus with a distinctly West Coast Twist

DATE: Friday 15 April (First Seder) 4:00 PM
WHERE: Elk/Beaver Lake

Get Ready for an interactive, playful, meaningful and liberating Passover Experience.

Watch for upcoming details and registration information for this family-friendly celebration.

Summary of event details

  • Date: April 15, 2022
  • Time: 4:00 PM
  • Where: Elk/Beaver Lake
  • Registration: TBA

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2022 was the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The theme this year was “VOICES FOR ACTION AGAINST RACISM”. The Anti-Racism and Equity Working Group is committed to share upcoming learning opportunities and resources for our community to take action against racism. As such, we’ve compiled a variety of events and resources to check out below!

For this event, committee members engaged in meaningful discussions on actionable steps against racism within the Jewish community in Victoria at the final discussion in the series by Kolot Mayim called Building Bridges: Celebrating Diversity in Jewish Life. A thought provoking and insightful discussion was led by Patricia Vickers & Rabbi Adam Cutler ‘Indigenous & Jewish Dialogue on Truth & Reconciliation’. In addition, members will be attending the events listed below. All are welcome to join us at these events or to attend our next meeting scheduled for April 18th at 6:30 pm, 2022. Please feel free to check out the most recent Koleinu for more details on our commitments and actions.  Please feel free to email if you have any questions or concerns.


  • Coconut Dreams – by Derek Mascarenhas
  • Night of Power – by Anar Ali
  • The Indigenous Experience: Global Perspectives edited by Roger Maaka, Chris Andersen



Podcasts to subscribe to:

ACT (Things you can do)

Purim 2022: A Backyard Event

Wednesday, March 16, 7:00pm – Purim, one of our most joyous festivals, approaches. Let’s come together in person this year and make a fuss. Costumes are encouraged. The theme is “Backyard Classy”—anything goes, from elegant evening wear to retro look or even something sassy. There will be a lively Megillah reading. Create a Purim-Shpiel (short, comedic skit)!

Celebrate Purim with Congregation Emanu-El. We’ve got some sweet prizes to give away! Lastly, we will provide a wine pairing with delish hors d’oeuvres. And, for sure, we will serve yummy hamantaschen. We will collect money for the vulnerable folks on Victoria’s streets. Funds collected will be handed out, along with some eats.

Space limited to 50 people. Double vaccination required. To register: We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Religious Services Committee

Summary of event details

  • Date: March 16, 2022
  • Time: 7:00pm start
  • Where: Location given on registration
  • Cost: optional donation
  • Registration:

Congregation Emanu-El AGM 2022

7:00 PM Wednesday 23 March 2022

Our Annual General Meeting will take place (via Zoom) on Wednesday, March 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Voting Members will receive an email and an AGM package that will include information about what you will need to do in order to attend and vote.

For more information, contact the office by email or by phone at (250) 382-0615.

Summary of event details

  • Date: Wednesday 23 March 2022
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Where: Zoom
  • Registration: Voting Members were sent an email for registration
  • Contact:

Kabba Shabba is Back!

Friday February 25, 6:00 PM on Zoom – Pump up your ruach (spirit) and put on your indoor dancing slippers and get ready for a super fun interactive Kabbalat Shabbat experience replete with singing, dancing, storytelling and meditative prayer.  

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Emanu-El Shabbat Dinners Moving Forward Again!

The Membership Committee is keen to resume matching hosts and guests for Shabbat dinners.  We paused our Shabbat dinner program briefly, and believe we can now move ahead.

A number of hosts are “in” and happy to host one, two or more guests. People who would like to attend a dinner will be welcomed to their Shabbat table. 

It’s a great way to get to know other members of Emanu-El and create some space between the hectic flow of the week and the beginning of Shabbat!

Are you fully vaccinated and boosted?  We’re still taking names of hosts and guests.  Contact Zoe at or telephone the shul office: (250) 382-0615.

Biblical Hebrew 101

Hosted by Or Shalom in Vancouver: Join Arabic-Hebrew translator and seasoned Biblical Hebrew expert Rahel Halabe in a rigorous beginners study of the language as it is found in the Tanakh. Using her Biblical Hebrew the Practical Way method and materials, all you’ll need to bring to the table is the ability to comfortably read Hebrew with vowels—no requirement to understand what you’re reading! By the end of this course, you’ll be ale to apply what you’ve learned to Jewish prayer at and outside of shul, become more familiar with the vocabulary of Torah, and have an opportunity to continue learning with Rahel as you master the sacred language of the Jewish people.

Important notes:

Biblical Hebrew 101 with Rahel Halabe requires up to 3 hours of homework between sessions.

These 10 sessions are just the beginning – so you can keep the learning going over several seasons! First class: Sunday 20 February 2:00 – 4:00 PM

If you are unsure of whether your Hebrew level is appropriate for this course, please contact Rahel at Rahel also offers a free review, if you’d like a quick refresher before the course begins:

Required materials:

You will need to purchase the Hebrew The Practical Way set in order to participate in this class. First-time buyers will enjoy a 25% discount from Magnes Press. This publisher is located in Jerusalem, so delivery is not instantaneous. While you await your printed copies, Rahel will provide PDFs to the class.

If you own an iPad, you have the option to buy the electronic version. This version is not user-friendly on laptops or iPhones.

You’ll also need the following reference book. Check used book shops, conventional bookstores, and to procure your copy.

  • A Concise Hebrew And Aramaic Lexicon Of The Old Testament: Holladay, William L.: 9780802834133

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Historical Quests – Isa Milman & Menachem Kaiser

Sunday February 6, 5pm: In Partnership with the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, join Isa Milaman and Menachem Kaiser in this exploration of their latest works, moderated by Dr. Abby Wener Herlin.

ISA MILMAN / Afterlight: In Search of Poetry, History and Home
Finalist for the 2021 National Jewish Book Awards.
MENACHEM KAISER / Plunder: A Memoir of Family Property and Nazi

Winner of the 2021 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Non-Fiction
Moderator: Dr. Abby Wener Herlin


ISA MILMAN has previously published three books of poetry—each of which won a Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry. Afterlight is her debut memoir and first foray into creative non-fiction. She lives in Victoria, BC. In 2013, still grieving the death of her mother, Isa embarked on a heartwrenching journey to unravel a family mystery—the whereabouts of her aunt’s long-lost poems, published in Poland in the early 1930s—which evolved into a broader investigation of her family’s life before, during, and after the Holocaust.

MENACHEM KAISER holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and was a Fulbright Fellow to Lithuania. His writing has appeared in numerous prestigious journals and he lives in Brooklyn, NY.
From a gifted young writer, the story of his quest to reclaim his family’s apartment building in Poland‚ and of the astonishing entanglement with Nazi treasure hunters that follows.

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