Emanu-El Launches 2019 Summer Tours

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday 12 – 1 pm, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria BC — Every summer, many tourists visit our beautiful synagogue, the oldest Canadian synagogue in continuous use, to explore its unique history, architecture and restoration with our  knowledgeable guide, Amber Woods.  It is a thrill to see how visitors are so fascinated by their visit to our shul. Please encourage your summer visitors to experience Victoria’s Jewish roots by taking one of our shul tours. If they wish to find out more about the Jewish experience in early Victoria, we recommend the gentle walking tour Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England.

Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue Tours: 2019 Summer Schedule

  • Months: June 4 – August 29, 2019
  • Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Hours: Noon to 1 pm
  • Cost: Adults & Youth (aged 12-18): $10: Children (Aged 6-11) $5 (Cash only)
    • Free for children under 6

Drop in for a quick peek from 10 am to noon and from 1-2 pm by donation.

Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England Walking Tours

  • Months: June 1 – September 8
  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Hours: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • Cost: Adults: $20 Seniors: $15 Students: $13 Children (6-11): $10 Families: $50
  • Location: This tour starts outside the Visitor Info Centre, 812 Wharf Street at Government Street.

Note: Tours take place rain or shine.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 12 – 1 pm, June 4 – August 29, 2019  

Polin: First Visit to My Ancestral Land


An illustrated talk and reading by Isa Milman, onSunday, January 11, 2015 at 2 pm, at the Sanctuary of Congregation Emanu-El.

Isa Milman stepped foot in Poland for the first time in April 2014—a country with a thousand year Jewish history that ended in blood, smoke and ash at the midpoint of the twentieth century. Or so she thought.

She went to Poland in search of lost poems and family history, and came back with discovery.

Through photographs and excerpts from her memoir-in-progress, she will present her impressions of how Poland remembers its Jewish past, and welcomes the emergence of a new Jewish presence.

Isa Milman is a writer and visual artist who has called Victoria home since 1996. Each of her three books has won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry.