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.


Summary of event details

Hebrew School Registration Information

Shalom Hebrew School Families,

We are excited to welcome everyone to Hebrew School at Congregation Emanu-El.  For those of you that are new to our community, we are the Co-Directors of Hebrew School: Noa Marnin Gilad  and Carolyn Blum. Both of us are trained teachers and have worked at Congregation Emanu-El’s Hebrew School for many years.  This is our second year as Co-Directors.

Our Hebrew School proudly focuses on building community.  Although this has been challenging over the past two years, we continue to strive to make Hebrew School a fun and welcoming place for children to meet their peers, celebrate their Judaism and collaborate on Tikkun Olam projects. This year we hope to include more family programming with Shabbat Dinners and other holiday celebrations.

Hebrew School is for children in Preschool to Grade 5.  The B’nei Mitzvah program is for students in Grade 6 and 7.  Hebrew School runs Sunday mornings from 10am to 1pm for all age groups including B’Nei Mitzvah.  Beginning on October 11th, students in Grades 1 to 6 have an enrichment program on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.  Grade 7 B’Nei Mitzvah students have private tutoring included in their program. 

Registration is now open for Hebrew School and B’Nei Mitzvah.  Please fill out the Registration Form  and Payment FormPlease note that it is our policy that no student be turned away due to lack of funds.  Please contact John Lavery at bookkeeper@congregationemanuel.ca if you would like to discuss financial assistance. Dates for the fall are included in this email. 

Our Toddler Time program will run for about one hour on Sunday mornings for parent and tot Hebrew fun.  Similar to last year, this program is geared for children ages 0 to 4 and will incorporate Hebrew songs and letters in an engaging way. Most Sunday mornings, Toddler Time will be held at the Synagogue.  New this year, we will be collaborating with an Early Childhood Program run through PJ Library that will be held once a month, every third Sunday, at the JCC.  Toddler Time is a free (by donation), drop-in program and there is no need to register.  If you are interested, please email us at the address below and we will communicate details with you.

Based on feedback from parents and students, we hope to have a small outdoor component this year on certain special days and increase indoor learning days.   We will also increase Hebrew focus on Sundays through fun activities and games. 

We are excited to bring back communal snack with families taking turns providing snack to share. Snack will be distributed safely with our best hygiene practices, and will be consumed together as a group after Bracha is recited.  A snack schedule will be sent out in the coming weeks.

For new families or anyone that might like a tour of the Synagogue, we will have a drop-in open house on Sunday September 11th from 10:30 to 11:30 am.  We look forward to meeting you, showing you around and answering any questions you might have.

For families that are interested in learning more about our Hebrew School, B’Nei Mitzvah and/or Toddler Time, please contact hebrewschool@congregationemanuel.ca. Please forward this information to any interested families that might not be on our email list.

We are looking forward to the coming year!

Shanah Tovah,
Carolyn and Noa

Sunday Hebrew School Dates for Fall 2022:

DateDetails/Location
Sunday, September 18thFirst Day of Hebrew School, 10am-12 noon; Inside
Sunday, September 25thNo Hebrew School – Erev Rosh Hashanah
Sunday, October 2ndHebrew School Inside, Regular hours 10am-1pm
Sunday, October 9thNo Hebrew School – Thanksgiving Weekend
Sunday, October 16thSpecial Sukkot Celebration, Outside Locations, Details TBA
Sunday, October 23rdInside 10am-1pm
Sunday, October 30thInside 10am-1pm
Sunday, November 6thInside 10am-1pm
Sunday, November 13thNo Hebrew School – Remembrance Day Weekend
Sunday, November 20thInside 10am-1pm
Sunday, November 27thInside 10am-1pm
Sunday, December 4thInside 10am-1pm
Sunday, December 11thLast Hebrew School of 2022; Inside 10am-1pm
Sunday, January 8thFirst Hebrew School of 2023; Inside 10am-1pm

Tuesday Hebrew School Dates for Fall 2022 (all Tuesday sessions are Inside):

DateDetails
Tuesday, October 11thFirst Tuesday Hebrew School, 3:30-5:30pm
Tuesday, October 18thSpecial Simchat Torah – Please join us! Details to come.
Tuesday, October 25th3:30-5:30 pm
Tuesday, November 1st3:30-5:30 pm
Tuesday, November 8th3:30-5:30 pm
Tuesday, November 15th3:30-5:30 pm
Tuesday, November 22nd3:30-5:30 pm
Tuesday, November 29th3:30-5:30 pm
Tuesday, December 6thLast Tuesday Hebrew School of 2022; 3:30-5:30 pm
Tuesday, January 10thFirst Tuesday Hebrew School of 2023; 3:30-5:30 pm

Apples & Honey(Cake) for sale soon

Rosh 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.) There will be a limited number of gluten free honey cakes available. Sales will begin next week.

This year’s fundraiser will follow our customary format. You will be asked to supply the name, phone number & email address of your giftees. 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 containing the names of all who gifted them apples and honey cake. We will notify Honey Cake gift box recipients of their gift by email and offer them the opportunity to let us know if they need help with pick up.

Please plan to pick up your order on Sunday, September 25, 2022, from 1:00–2:30 p.m.


Summary of event details

  • Date: September 25, 2022
  • Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Where: TBA
  • Cost: $18
  • Registration: TBA
  • Contact: TBA

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 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!

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 hebrewschool@congregationemanuel.ca 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: hebrewschool@congregationemanuel.ca

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):

email: hebrewschool@congregationemanuel.ca

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.