Ḥanukkah 2018: with lotsa ruaḥ

P1050585On December 9, 2018 an enthusiastic crowd gathered in Centennial Square to celebrate the final night of the Jewish Festival of Lights. Our youngest participants led the way at the public menorah lighting, and lit up the large Ḥanukkiah, designed by Ed Walker. Then the partying began in earnest, spurred on by the high-octane singing and passion of the Victoria High Rhythm and Blues Band. People danced with abandon to a long-play version of Havah Nagilah. Other Ḥanukkah favourites, along with a number of R & B tunes, followed. Attendees generously brought non-perishable items to support the food bank at St. John the Divine Anglican Church.

Huge Thank Yous go out to the many volunteers who stepped up to make this evening a rousing success. Todah rabah to Rabbi Harry who led by example, both with his spirited dancing and wise teaching about this year’s Ḥanukkah theme “The Light of Courage – Demonstrating Resilience in the Face of Hatred and Fear

For more photos… (Penny Tennenhouse & Frances Rosenberg)… and a ruaḥ video… (Frances Rosenberg) …

Avodah’s Latke Lunch at Our Place


A beautiful day as Avodah celebrated their sixth annual Ḥanukkah Big Latke Lunch with their friends at Our Place on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Avodah’s wonderful volunteers fried and fried and served and served hundreds of hot latkes, while they lit the candles on our fabulous ḥanukkiah, spilt dreidel and The Klezbians added to the joy with their freylekh klezmer music.

For more photos taken by Avodah member Penny Tennenhouse…

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The Light of Courage: demonstrating resilience in the face of hatred and fear

Hanukkiah 2018

Sunday December 9, 2018, from 5:00 pm at Centennial Square — Post Pittsburgh massacre of our brothers and sisters we gather our courage and show up. We show up for unity and for understanding. We show up to demonstrate that compassion and connection are the antidotes to the growing fear and separation in our world. Continue reading The Light of Courage: demonstrating resilience in the face of hatred and fear

Avodah sponsors 8 for 8: bring light to our neighbours

8 for 8

On or before December 9, 2018Avodah invites you to bring 8 items – one for each night of Ḥanukkah to the Menorah Lighting in Centennial Square, Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm or to the synagogue office during office hours. Continue reading Avodah sponsors 8 for 8: bring light to our neighbours

Emanu-El Youth Group Ḥanukkah Bash

Hanukkah BashSunday, December 2,  5 – 7 pm — All post-B’nei Mitzvah youth (grades 8-12) are invited to join us for a Ḥanukkah Party on December 2, between 5:00 and 7:00 pm in the Social Hall at the synagogue! Come and light the ḥanukkiah, have a party, and dance the horah. Bring a T-shirt for tie-dye, and don’t forget your appetite.. no latke must remain uneaten. See you there!

Scribbles from Hebrew school

HS Hanukkah BashEmanu-El Hebrew School ended 2017 on a high note with a joyful community Ḥanukkah Bash on December 10. The children were inspired by the numerous craft stations and excited by a musical flight around the world piloted by Major Conrad Flaps, clown and violinist extraordinaire. The party was awed upon landing by a beautiful lighting of the Noah’s Ark Ḥanukkiah and delicious latkes.

Simcha Todah Rabah

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Hebrew School by purchasing their Ḥanukkah goods through our Simcha gift store. We are looking forward to our Hebrew School’s main fundraiser in March, the Pesach Market. Please watch for upcoming info on Pesach Market dates; we’ll be selling all of your favourite holiday items!

And there was light

The greatest "kippukiah" in the world IRabbi Harry lead a lighted procession from the synagogue to Centennial Square where the Victoria High Rhythm and Blues Band were warming up the crowd…

This year the privilege of lighting the Ḥanukkiah went to the children at Congregation Emanu-El’s public lighting on December 19. As it was the last night of Ḥanukkah, there were lots of delighted children.

The children’s lighting, the music, the dancing, the communal spirit and the sufganiot brought joy to those brave comers who were undaunted by the weather. Todah rabah to Aaron and his team and Shout it out for Victoria High Rhythm and Blues Band who were fabulous.

To see the photos taken by Penny Tennenhouse and Frances Rosenberg…