Love Your Neighbour Benefit Concert

LYN Benefit ConcertWednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm), Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard St. — Enjoy the high energy klezmer band “The Klezbians”, Canada’s first ordained Maggidah (female Jewish storyteller) Shoshana Litman accompanied by Joe Hatherill, and tasty traditional treats. Help Avodah Social Action Group raise funds in support of its work of tikkun olam – “repair of the world”

Tickets $20. May be purchased online at,  reserved by phone at (250) 896-8069 or take your chances at the door.


Thank You to Our Donors – We Met Our Goal!

2e71940b-baf7-43ef-93a5-093b39f1dd42Late December donations to the Congregation Emanu-El Legacy Fund (hosted by the Victoria Foundation) mean we qualify for a last-minute matching grant from the Foundation. The Foundation will now add $2500 to Congregation Emanu-El Legacy Fund, which brings the fund total to $40,000. Continue reading Thank You to Our Donors – We Met Our Goal!

Victoria Foundation offers CEE Legacy Fund time-limited matching grant

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The Victoria Foundation has just offered us a time-limited opportunity to receive a matching grant of $2500. If the Foundation receives a donation earmarked for the Congregation Emanu-El Legacy Fund within the next week, our Legacy Fund will grow by $5000. If you are willing to step up, please notify Rabbi Brechner as soon as possible. Continue reading Victoria Foundation offers CEE Legacy Fund time-limited matching grant

A musical feast with Ken Lavigne Food Bank Fundraiser

Ken LavigneWednesday, November 21, 7:00 pmSt. John the Divine and Pacific Opera present “A Musical Feast with Ken Lavigne” on Wednesday, November 21, 7:00 pm at the Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road, Victoria.  $100/Person (Complementary Appetizers/Cash Bar); Patron Ticket: $150/Person (includes champagne reception with the artists at 6:00 pm) available only from Carol-Ann Zenger in the church of office of St. John the Divine 250-383-7169 ext. 226 or  Proceeds are to benefit the Food Bank at St. John the Divine.

Organic Apple Juice Hebrew School Fundraiser

From CastleRock Pardes  Farm — Made from a mixture of crisp Spartan, Red Delicious, MacIntosh and Granny Smith apples, this apple juice has been filtered and passed through UV cold pasteurization, retaining its exquisite complex taste and total nutritional value. The jugs can be frozen and imbibed throughout the year.  Fill your freezer!!
  • All proceeds will be donated to Hebrew School children.
  • Fundraiser price per 2 litre jug – $10
  • Please call Jill or Mike at 250-544-8870 or send an email to to arrange pickup at the synagogue.
  • You can also pick up juice this Sunday, October 14, from 9-9:30 a.m. or at 12:30 pm

We Did It!

ECC We did it

Thanks to so many members of our congregational family we have achieved our Emergency Capital Campaign goal. A huge Thank You to all the donors who through their action gave a strong voice of support to the progressive dynamic Jewish life that characterizes Congregation Emanu-El. By putting our money where our mouths are and making this campaign a success, we have shown that we are prudent stewards of this remarkable synagogue.
Now we have a new refrigerator condenser/compressor, new masonry around South side of the sanctuary, a new heating, cooling and ventilation system for our “new” building and are in the process of replacing the 15 year old “new” building’s roof.

Kol Hakavod – Hebrew kudos to the entire congregation and friends of our congregation.

Rabbi Harry & President Ruthi



Dance for the Children Fundraiser

Dance for ChildrenSaturday, September 29 7:30 – 10:30 pm at Saanich Silver Threads — Get out your dancing shoes and head for the Saanich Silver Threads, 286 Hampton Road, Victoria, BC V8Z 1H1 (near Tillicum Road) and Dance for the Children, a fundraiser for the Albergue Villa Pinal, a collection of buildings located inland from Melaque MX-JAL operated by Asistencia a la Familia, which serve as residences, a school, and a medical clinic for indigenous Mexicans families from the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca who migrate during the winter months to work picking crops in the fields around Melaque.

A number of Victoria residents including Emanu-El members Sid and Jen Tafler support this humanitarian project. To learn more about the project…

Doors will open for Dance for the Children at 7:15 pm, Salsa class at 7:30 pm, dance until 10:30 pm with DJ “Pachanguero”, class with John De Pfyffer, Latin and ballroom music, maybe some live too.  There will be other surprises like a little Zumba with Roz!

Admission is $12.  Please bring finger foods to share.  Food and drinks will also be available for sale.  Donations towards items for a Silent Auction are welcome.  For more information contact Connie at 1-250-709-1935 or email her at