2022 Apples & Honey Notice

Deadline Wednesday, Sept. 14Rosh Hashanah is coming! Give apples and a honey cake to everyone on your Rosh Hashanah list and support programming for our Jewish youth. Honey Cake gift boxes are $18 each. All cakes are parve (dairy free), baked in Emanu-El’s kosher kitchen. A gift box with apples and a honey cake costs $18 (we will issue a tax receipt for $12 per box). Payment by credit card. There will be a limited number of gluten free honey cakes available.

This year we will follow our customary “giving” protocol which spreads joy among the community and maximizes the funds raised for our youth programs. You will be asked to supply the names, phone numbers and email addresses of those to whom you wish to send an apples and honey cake greeting. Additionally, you may choose to send a cake to anyone who sends one to you. We will prepare a gift box for each giftee with a greeting message containing the names of all who gifted them apples and honey cake.

CLICK HERE to order your cakes

If you need help with ordering, call the Office at (250) 382-0615. All orders must be received by noon on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

We will notify Honey Cake gift box recipients of their gift by email.

The boxes will be available for pickup on Sunday, September 25, 2022, between 1–2:30 p.m.

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Fairway Market Cards Available in the Shul Office!

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Congregation Emanu-El fundraiser!

Get an empty/blank Fairway Market card from the Emanu-El office. Load at any check-out counter at any of the 10 Fairway Market Stores on Vancouver Island, using any means of payment.  

5% of your purchases will be donated to Congregation-Emanu-El at no additional cost to you.   

To get your card please contact the office: info@congregationemanuel.ca

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 – $15 or 3 jugs for $40.
  • Please email Noa or Carolyn at hebrewschool@congregationemanuel.ca to order the juice.
  • Juice can be picked up at the shul on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 between 9:30 and 11:00 am, or between 3:15 and 5:45 pm. These are our preferred pick-up times; as an alternative for Hebrew School Families only, juice could be picked up at Hebrew School on Sunday, October 24, 2021.
  • Delivery is available upon request. Delivery volunteers are welcome!

Support our Youth Group as they Do the Loop for youth

Sunday, September 26, 2021Congregation Emanu-El Youth Group invites you to support and/or join them on Sunday, September 26, 2021 when they will saddle up for Threshold Housing Society’s Do the Loop bike/walk/run fundraiser. Our Youth Group, under the guidance of their coordinator Adele Mark, will bike around Victoria to raise money for Threshold Society, which provides safe housing and services for youth at risk of homelessness. Want to donate to our Youth Group team? Click here! 

Introducing Club Lev

Dear Congregants,
Our sustainable fundraising plan for a balanced budget annually is called Club Lev. We are asking those who can pay a little more to do so. This is how we can continue our tradition of not denying membership to anyone who cannot presently afford to pay the regular dues in full. It will also create stability for the future.
And that brings me to our eponymous mascots, two new Levs in our kehillah. Their beautiful faces remind us of why we donate—we must keep our traditions strong, l’dor v’dor. Thank you to both these Levs for agreeing to be the Honorary Chairs of Club Lev!

I also want to send a special public note of appreciation to the many people who have already joined: Rabbi Harry and RaeAnn Brechner, Chanah Caplan, Graham & Jean Dragushan, Ilan Handelsman and Katie Stafford, Rick Kool and Enid Elliot, Roxanna McKenzie Simons, Solomon Michaels and John Costello, Annette Rose, Solomon Siegel, Lincoln Shlensky and Caren Zilber Shlensky, Ilana and Jordan Stanger-Ross, Adele Vernon, Ruthi Wicks and one anonymous family donation. We are receiving donations with gratitude, and apologize if this list remains incomplete at the time of publication.

You, too, can be an illustrious member of Club Lev … for the annual cost of $1200. For many of us that is more than we can afford. That is fine! But for those of us who can give that additional amount without difficulty, please do so. We are working on a special thank-you for later in the year. Club Lev Members receive the benefit of knowing they are giving the extra dollars necessary to keep the shul budget balanced. When you think about everything Congregation Emanu-El does and is, your gift is in fact enormous, and enduring. Thank you.

If you are able to join, you may do so by calling the office at (250) 382-0615 or CLICK HERE to donate online. If you have any questions or want to be in touch you can reach me at (250) 813-3233.
Thank you
Sam Godfrey
President, Congregation Emanu-El

Please Keep Using Your Smile Cards!

communitysmilecardinsetEach time your Smile Card is used, Thrifty Foods automatically donates 5% into Congregation Emanu-El’s Smile Card Account. This revenue stream has proven important. Your combined efforts have helped us earn funds for synagogue projects—we were able to cover travel costs for Hebrew School students participating in a Canada-wide bible contest, to purchase a new digital phone system, and to install a new fire alarm system. Thank you so much for continuing to use your cards!

In May this year, we were approved to use our Smile funds to acquire office furniture for Susan and Rabbi Matt’s pending offices.

It’s full steam ahead despite COVID 19. We’ll re-apply for the Smile Card program next spring, and if approved, we may get a higher funding limit—that funding limit depends on how much you use your cards. The more our members use the cards, the better. So please pitch in!

Need a card – for you or someone else in your family? Please email Susan Holtz: sholtz@congregationemanuel.ca  and she’ll mail you one. To load the card, take it to your local Thrifty Foods store.  At either the service desk or checkout counter, use your Debit, Visa or Master Card to put as much money on the card as you want. Then use your loaded card to pay for groceries.  It’s as fast as using “tap” on your debit or credit card. The cashier runs your card through, and gives you your grocery receipt, which also shows how much is left on the card.


We Did It!

Caring & Sharing We did it 1000Our on-line auction was both fun and successful. Corrine and Zelda are still working hard to tally the final numbers – initial calculations are that we raised just under $10,000.
The success of our Caring and Sharing Auction is a tribute to our members’ support for Congregation Emanu-el.  A big vote of thanks to those who generously contributed items and to those who bid!
Jean Dragushan
Fundraising Chair

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.