Pesach Market 2022

Pesach products will be available again this year. Orders for matza, gefilte fish, horseradish, blintzes, grape juice, chocolates, macaroons and much more are being placed.  As in the last two years, you will be able to complete an order form and either pick it up at the Shul or have it delivered.  The order form and pick up times will be shared in coming newsletters, although we are aiming for orders due in last week of March and orders available in the first week of April.

Stay tuned!

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 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!

From Carolyn and Noa: our Hebrew School Co-Directors

Shalom Congregation Emanu-El Hebrew School Families,

Note updated information in red.

Welcome to Congregation Emanu-El Hebrew School 5782! We hope you have had an enjoyable summer and were able to reconnect with some family and friends. We are the new Co-Directors of Congregation Emanu-El Hebrew School and we, along with our wonderful teaching staff, are excited to see the beginning of Hebrew School approaching. The first day of Hebrew School will be September 19, 2021, on the land of the Lekwungen (lək̓ʷəŋən) people—specifically at Beaver Lake Park.

After meeting with the COVID-19 Committee, we decided that to best protect our students, staff and community from COVID-19, we should avoid large indoor gatherings. This fall, all Sunday Hebrew School classes (10 am–1 pm) will be held weekly, OUTSIDE, until further notice.  As of now, due to the smaller enrolment, Tuesday classes (3:30 – 5:30 pm) will be inside for students in grades 1-6.  We are excited to welcome your children to our outdoor program at Beaver Lake Park, on the land of the Lekwungen (lək̓ʷəŋən) people.  Please email with any questions or concerns.

Hebrew School is for pre-Kindergarten (age 4) to Grade 5. Students in Grades 6 and 7 will be in the B’Nei Mitzvah class. Students in Grade 7 will have tutoring on Tuesday afternoons; Grade 6 B’nei mitzvah students will have Hebrew enrichment and inquiry projects on Tuesday afternoons.

This year we are excited to offer a Toddler Time! Program for children aged 3 and under. Caregivers and their children can join a one-hour program from 10:15 to 11:15 am on Sunday mornings. These families are welcome to begin the morning with the Hebrew School group at 10 am for a community Havdalah. If you are interested in participating in this free (by donation) toddler program, please let us know by email:

If you would like to be a part of the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) for Hebrew School, email us and we will get things started as soon as possible. The first PAC Meeting will be on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at 7:30 pm.

We are looking forward to connecting with your children in person!

For our online Registration Form: CLICK HERE

For our Online Payment Form: CLICK HERE

Google Calendar of Hebrew School Dates (dates will also be emailed upon registration):


Thank You, Leah!

Last Sunday, some of our long-standing Hebrew School teachers, helpers and Rabbi Harry gathered on Zoom to watch as a parcel was delivered, and to say thank you to our dear Leah Levi for her 30 years of dedicated and loving leadership of the Congregation Emanu-El Hebrew School.

Leah knew something was happening—we had to make sure she’d be at home—but she had no idea what. Her face, as she unwrapped the parcel, read the words of the dedication and saw Noga’s beautiful calligraphy, was alive with delight.  It was evident she was deeply moved.

Even though we could not hug her as we longed to do, we had the pleasure of seeing the love and appreciation in her eyes. Thank you, Leah, for all you have given us.

Pesach Market

CEE Pesach MarketMarch 29 to April 1, 2020—Please support Congregation Emanu-El’s Hebrew School fundraiser by shopping for your Kosher for Passover supplies. We offer a wide selection of goods for Kosher for Passover Dry Goods and Frozen Food.

Market dates:

  • Sunday, March 29   1 to 4 pm
  • Monday, March 30   4 to 8 pm
  • Tuesday, March 31  10 am to 3 pm
  • Wednesday, April 1 4 to 8 pm

If you are going to be away, place your order with Leah Levi at 250-370-1246.

Simcha Gift Shop will be open during Pesach Market hours.
Cash and cheques only.
Please bring your own bags.

Tinokot (Baby) Time

Tinokot Time 1000Sunday, February 23, 2020 9:30 – 10:30 am—Have children under three-years-old? Let’s get together! You and your little ones are invited to our first Tinokot Time for singing, playing and schmoozing from 9:30am-10:30am on Sunday, February 23rd.

We will join the Hebrew School families for their regular Havdallah from 9:30am-10am and then go up to the Shalom Daycare for our own toddler-centered song circle and free play until 10:30 am. No need to RSVP. Contact Jen Karmona ( or Melina Ponak ( with questions.

Hebrew School Director plans resignation

Leah Levi

February 7, 2020

Dear Congregants,

Our beloved Hebrew School Director, Leah Levi, has let us know that she will resign from her position at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. While we are glad that she will have the freedom and flexibility to enjoy visiting with family and friends from around the globe, we will miss her dearly.

Leah has been teaching at Congregation Emanu-El’s Hebrew School for over 30 years and has been the school’s director for the last 20 of those years. The dedication that Leah has shown to the children and families has been nothing short of inspiring. She has a deep love for this community that is expressed through everything she does. We are very grateful for Leah’s strong, thoughtful and caring leadership over these many years. Leah has shared that she will be continuing in her role as the Camp Miriam Registrar, ensuring that our kids have a nurturing and fun camp environment to return to each summer.

As a result of this information, a hiring committee has been formed to work on recruiting a new director. To start this process, we thought it would be a good idea to reach out to our congregants. We need your help!  If you know of anyone that has experience and may be interested in filling the Hebrew School Director position, please email Avishai at by Feb 28th. We appreciate your help.


The Hebrew School Committee

Kafe & Kibitz resumes

kafe kibitzSunday, January 19, 2020, 10:15 am to noon,  710 Pandora Avenue lobby—Kafe & Kibitz is back! Come schmooze with other parents in a warm & welcoming environment. For January 19, the theme is “Judaism and the Environment.” Dr. Rick Kool, who teaches at Royal Roads University in the School of Environment and Sustainability will join us. Parents are welcome to bring young children along. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Karmona at ( We look forward to engaging conversation, laughter, reflection, support, and, of course, caffeine. Everyone is welcome, including  non-members—feel free to spread the word. Find us online at the Jewish Families Greater Victoria Facebook group.