Please help!


An unfortunate thing has happened to one of our Hebrew School families. Sadly, on Friday evening they experienced a fire in their home and lost much. They are temporarily living in the home of one of our congregants. We want/need to give them as much support as we can. Any financial assistance would be greatly appreciated. All contributions should be sent to the synagogue for the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund/Fire.
We would appreciate a quick response as we hope to provide help immediately. For any questions, please contact Rabbi Harry or Betsi Boeno or call the synagogue office: 250 382-0615


Pasta Dinner – Youth Group Fundraiser

pasta dinner 2Sunday, February 18 5:30 pm, Emanu-El Social Hall — Emanu-El Youth Group is happy to invite you to an Italian themed dinner. On the menu – Pasta, garlic bread, salad and dessert.*
Doors open at 5:15 pm at Congregation Emanu-El. Kids under 4: no charge Kids 4-10: $6 Ages 11 to 99: $8

RSVP to Noa — by February 14.

* Vegan and GF options will be provided if request made with RSVP.

The teens will do the cooking, serving and cleaning. We look forward to seeing you all. This fundraiser will help future activities for teens in our community.

Syrian family fundraiser dinner a success

Three Miracles for Our Syrian Family


The first miracle: the June 29 Syrian fundraiser dinner/ḥaflah was a culinary treat and financial success. We raised nearly enough funds to pay off government loans for both families. Thanks to all who attended and made generous donations.

second miracle:
 Last week, Ubaydah, Samar and Faruq were
interviewed and accepted as new members of the Tyee Housing Co-op. This will
provide housing security for the Rashid family, and reduce their monthly rent
expense considerably. Timing is excellent, as they will move in five weeks
before our sponsorship period ends. 
third miracle:
With the burdensome government loan nearly
resolved, and housing security achieved, we have been fervently hoping Ubaydah
could meet the next great challenge – an initial full-time job. And he has done
just that.  On
July 4, Ubaydah had a job interview, and on July 5, he started work. What a
marvellous ten days for this family!

“Song of Poets”

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 2pm


A lively and thought provoking fundraiser for Congregation Emanu-El and for its Syrian Refugee Family Sponsorship Project on Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 pm (Doors open at 1:30 pm.) Admission is by donation. Light refreshments will be served.

The program will feature original poetry by Judith Castle, Dvora Levin, Isa Milman and Barbara Pelman who are published poets, and music by The Klez, reflecting the essence of the poetry. 

For more information, see our website, tel.  250-382-0615 or by email

JCC Fundraising Dinner, Sunday, June 8

June 8

Olive Grove Restaurant, 4496 West Saanich Rd

  • Cocktails (cash bar) at 5:30 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm
  • Fabulous buffet menu with lamb, fish, chicken, ratatouille, side dishes, salads and desserts
  • Draw Prizes
  • Tickets $50 each (includes a $36 tax deductible receipt from the JCCV)

For more information email Edie Reckon at the JCC or tel. 250-477-7185.