Emanu-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.
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!
The Emanu-El/Kolot Mayim Hebrew School is growing and
thriving thanks to our dedicated teachers and committed families. It has been
wonderful to see so many new families with young children join this year.
In November, we were very fortunate to have Gaylia Lassner
lead a wonderful ḥanukkiah-making workshop for our students. The children were
very proud of their clay creations which were glazed, fired, and ready to be
lit by the time Ḥanukkah rolled around. To add to the Ḥanukkah excitement,
our Tuesday students performed a play based on the classic book Hershel and
the Ḥanukkah Goblins for parents, grandparents, siblings, and peers. It was
an animated performance full of humour and the spirit of Ḥanukkah. We clearly
have some talented young performers in our midst (future Bēma Production actors
Emanu-El’s Pesach Market, a major fundraiser for our Hebrew
School, is steadily approaching. We would like to thank you in advance for
shopping at the market and supporting our children’s Jewish education. It takes
We are close to bursting at the seams with children as our congregation expands. We now have the biggest Hebrew School in recent memory. The energy and environment is full of excitement, energy and warmth. We work hard at ensuring that our synagogue feels like a second home to our children, full of care and nurturing.
Under Leah Levi’s wise and loving leadership, our faculty provides a creative and meaningful Jewish experience for all of our children. Our seasoned faculty craft child-centred experiential learning for our children. This year, some of our core teachers are now teaching the children of former students. We are truly living out the Jewish ideal of intergenerational community bonding—midor-l’dor, from generation to generation.
Our Membership Committee has hired a new care provider for Shabbat mornings—Leah Greschner. Leah comes back to us (she had her bat mitzvah here at Emanu-El) with great experience and skills as an educator. Leah is also teaching in our Ganon—the youngest class in the Hebrew school. Leah brings an ease and comfort to childcare.
Our B’nei Mitzvah program is also one of our largest in recent memory. We have a great crop of kids eager to learn about adult responsibilities, Jewish ethics and values while working diligently on Hebrew, prayer and Torah leadership skills. There is also a strong emphasis on learning how to give and receive support as part and parcel of community building. (Click here to see more pictures from our recent B’nei Mitzvah opening hike and trust activities on Mt. Wells.)
Shalom Daycare, in cooperation with our congregation, offers an incredible early childhood education program that has an Israeli “Gan Yeladim” (kindergarten) feel to it and has some remarkable enrichment opportunities for young children, including music/movement and storytelling. On Friday mornings
Rabbi Harry joins Shalom Daycare for “Shabbat Club"—a sweet and energetic celebration of the coming Shabbat full of stories, songs and a kiddie Shabbat oneg/Kiddush. Parents with children who are not at Shalom Daycare are strongly invited to join us Friday mornings at 11:00am. Our opening family and community Kabbalat Shabbat and pot luck dinner was an incredible joyful experience full of dancing, song and laughter. It also proved that we need a few more tables to fit us all in.
There will be childcare for the High Holy Days as well as opportunities for learning and youth dialogue. See the High Holy Day calendar for times and dates. Looking forward to all of us being together over the holidays. Shana Tovah u’mtukah
Mazal Tov to our Bible Contest competitors: Congregation Emanuel Hebrew School Grade 5 & 6 students took the top three places in the National Bible Contest English Division:
[Ana, Sammy, and Zev, after the announcement]
Their hard work was rewarded and brought recognition and honour to our school. We are so delighted!
Their parents have borne most of the costs of their participation in this wonderful experience. Please show how you appreciated their diligence, performance and integrity by making a contribution through the synagogue office to the Bible Contest. – Leah Lev
Congregation Emanuel Hebrew School has our biggest-ever contingent going to the National Bible Contest! Fifteen grade 5 & 6 students will be competing on May 14 and 15 in the English Division.
They have studied 23 chapters of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy and they are ready for questions about many topics—e.g., life for the Israelites in the wilderness; laws about how to treat the stranger, the blind, the deaf and the poor; laws about war; the Ve’ahavta; and where the prayer Ma Tovu comes from.
Through modern technology, the students will write the exams in Vancouver, although the contest will take place in Toronto. In between the exams on Sunday we look forward to participating in Festival Harikud and the Israel Fair at the Vancouver JCC.
This trip is a wonderful opportunity for the students to spend time together outside of Hebrew School. It also gives them a chance to be part of a larger Jewish community for a couple of days and, of course, learn a little Torah.
The cost of the trip is being borne by the parents, so any contribution you wish to make will help those parents who find the cost beyond their budget. Please mark Bible Contest in the Memo on your cheque and submit it to the synagogue office.
Thank you to the Synagogue Board and to Victoria Jewish Federation for supporting the students in their Torah learning.
off to a great start at Congregation Emanu-El/Kolot Mayim Hebrew School!:
end of January, a number of our wonderful teachers travelled to Vancouver to attend Limmud, a weekend of Jewish learning.
On Feb. 7th, our Hebrew School
participated in the Victoria Multifaith Society’s Family Fair where the
children had a table where they created their own tzedakah boxes. On Feb. 19th,
Kolot Mayim’s Rabbi Shimon Moch engaged our families with spirited storytelling
and singing at a potluck Shabbat.
March 6th, Leah’s students wrote the Regional Bible Exam; those that
qualify will go to Vancouver in May to participate in the National Bible
Contest. On that same Sunday, we held our Purim talent show where the children
had fun performing for their peers with harp, guitar, and piano playing,
singing, dancing, magic tricks and jokes. For the finale, Rabbi Harry told the
story of Purim through puppetry and invited the children to the synagogue’s annual Purim Family Carnival on March 23rd.
Last Tuesday the students
presented their 3D tabernacle models and wowed parents with their biblical
knowledge. After saying a special blessing created by the children, everyone
enjoyed a fun mac ‘n’ cheese ritual meal.
the coming months, parents and students will be pitching in to support the
synagogue sponsored Syrian refugee family by collecting gently used toys. And don’t forget that our annual Passover
Market, an important Hebrew School fundraiser, is coming up April 8-17th.
Please help our school flourish by volunteering for the event and buying all of
your favourite Pesach goods at Emanu-El Synagogue. Many thanks in advance for
Hebrew School has gotten off to a fantastic start. Congregation Emanu-El and Kolot Mayim again have joined their schools to provide a warm, rich, and vibrant Jewish education to children of our community.
This year we have been blessed with our best enrolment: more than 50 children! The Hebrew School also is blessed with an amazing group of dedicated, nurturing teachers. We began the year with a welcoming picnic and to round off the High Holidays, several families went to Camp Miriam to celebrate Sukkot.
Now with Hannukah around the corner, we are planning a party on December 6th. We invite families to join us at 10:30am at Congregation Emanu-El, where we will celebrate the festival of lights with latkes, games, storytelling, and, of course, Hanukkah menorah lighting! Please email Leah Levi to RSVP.
Made from a mélange of Spartan, Red Delicious, Mutsu 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!!
Net proceeds will be donated to Emanu-El children and youth programs.
Price per 2 litre jug – $6.50
3 jugs for $18 Chai!!
Please email Jill or Mike or tel. 250-544-8870 to arrange pickup at the synagogue or delivery. You can also pick up the juice this Sunday, October 25th, at 12:30 pm. This offer is available until November 3rd or until all is sold.
Congregation Emanu-El and Kolot Mayim are sponsoring a Hanukkah Workshop for all Hebrew School students and families with children who are pre-Hebrew School age. We would love to have families who are not part of the Hebrew School join us to start our Hanukkah celebration.
Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Congregation Emanu-El; please enter through the door to the “new” building;
What? Crafts, singing, dancing, ḥanukkiyah lighting, dreidel playing and treatsThere is no cost. Just come and join us for some fun.
RSVP to Leah Levi so we know how many people to expect.
SIMCHA GIFT SHOP WILL BE OPEN FROM 12:00 – 1:00 ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14TH. There are lots of candles and dreidel, some decorations, and ḥanukkiyot, all at very reasonable prices