Emanu-El Caring and Sharing Fundraising Auction

CEE Caring Sharing Auction logo 1.3COVID-19 has brought many changes. We are all relying more on family, friends and neighbours to help, inspire or entertain us. Could you offer something to fellow congregants during this COVID-19 crisis? What if you could help the synagogue at the same time? Continue reading Emanu-El Caring and Sharing Fundraising Auction

Hebrew School Fundraiser Apple Juice Still Available


Last Sunday Pardes Farm sold 29 two-liter jugs of organic Gravenstein juice in support of our wonderful Hebrew school. The juice disappeared so quickly that we’ve added 21 more bottles for sale.
There’s no more juice at the synagogue, so please contact Jill at jillswartz@gmail.com to snag your own supply of this rich-tasting organic juice ($10 per 2 liter jug) while making a contribution to the Hebrew school at the same time.

Organic Gravenstein Apple Juice Sale: Hebrew School Fundraiser

apple_juice_14Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 12 pm —Organic Gravenstein apple juice grown at Pardes Farm in Saanich! $10 for 2 litres.

  • Usually we have a mix of apples in our juice, but this year, the Gravensteins were plentiful, so we’ve pressed an early batch of juice solely made up of our prize-winning Gravensteins.
  • Come out and try it. Support the Hebrew school. You can also write to Jillswartz@gmail.com and we’ll set aside some bottles of juice for you to pick up at the Hebrew School sale, Sunday, September 15 at noon.

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 www.eventbrite.ca,  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 carolann.zenger@stjohnthedivine.bc.ca.  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 mikecgoldstein@gmail.com 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