POSTPONED from Sunday, January 5, 2020 due to illness. Will announce new date when available. —The Emanu-El Adult Education Team invites you to the third presentation in the Alternative Realities in Judaism series when Lee Henderson will take a look at the life and work of the great 20th century Jewish writer Franz Kafka and his relationship to Tanakh, the tales of Rabbi Nachman, the Midrash, Kaballah, as well as contemporary secular political ideologies.
Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 4 pm at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard St. — The Emanu-El Adult Education Team invites you to the third presentation in the Alternative Realities in Judaism series when Lee Henderson will take a look at the life and work of the great 20th century Jewish writer Franz Kafka and his relationship to Tanakh, the tales of Rabbi Nachman, the Midrash, Kaballah, as well as contemporary secular political ideologies. Continue reading Kafka and Secular Jewish Mysticism
Early bird fees in effect until December 31, 2019 — What do a Juno nominated singer, an expert on Jewish women in early modern Amsterdam, a former drag queen turned rabbi, and another rabbi immersed in the North American Jewish Persian community have in common?
They are all presenting at Limmud Vancouver 2020! Spend a great weekend on Feb. 29 & March 1, 2020 upping your Jewish game and expanding your network. An exciting program is on its way! LimmudVan’20 received more than 70 proposals for presentations, and the program committee is busy sifting through them to produce a varied and interesting program. Early bird registration fees are in effect until December 31, 2019. Be sure to register early and get this great deal.
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Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street — Join Rabbi Harry Brechner for an interactive evening using art and drama to expand the sacred Torah narratives in a search for deeper meaning and insights. In the first part of the workshop we will experiment with hands on Midrash, using torn paper collage to unpack and explore stories from our Biblical ancestors. In the second half of the workshop we will employ techniques of “Bibliodrama” to flesh out poignant Torah narratives.
Rabbi Harry trained with Peter Pitzele the founder of Bibliodrama, a form of psychodrama that conjures up deep archetypes, often seeing Torah narrative through the lens of “a cast of internal characters,” allowing participants to traverse their inner worlds in search of personal insight and greater spiritual awareness.
This is the second presentation of Alternative Realities in Judaism series. Admission is by donation; light refreshments will be served.
Rabbi Harry did not disappoint those magic seekers who came to the synagogue last Sunday to hear about Magic and the Rabbinate. He explained how traditional and non traditional Jewish teachings had lead him to various life serving understandings; that it is all “g-d” – the good and the bad, compassion is a trusty guide, let your ego go, know what you are loyal to and be willing to go down the “rabbit hole”. He suggested that folk religion may offer life affirming ideas when classical beliefs and practices fail to offer solace. He explained that there are settings in which it is preferable to sing a niggun rather than recite a prayer or to hold a special object (amulet) rather than a siddur.
Thursday November 7, 2019 at 7 pm, Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street — The Victoria Shoah Project will commemorate Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), the beginning of the tragic history of attacks on European Jews, on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Congregation Emanu-El synagogue, 1461 Blanshard St., Victoria.
In recent years we have seen the unfortunate growth of attacks on minority groups and those who are “the other”. This highlights the need for us to stand together to protect and safeguard all peoples, regardless of religion, race, sexual orientation or other factors, which may make them targets of a hateful few. This year’s program is titled “Remembrance and Action”. It is a respectful remembrance of those who suffered on Kristallnacht and in the Shoah (Holocaust) as well as a reminder of how and why we, as a collective society, commemorate such tragic events. Remembrance is essential; however we also must act in tangible ways to protect all peoples in our diverse community. We are inviting political and law enforcement leaders as well as representatives from the diverse faith communities to join together at the commemoration to lead us in reading a Pledge of Mutual Respect and Support.
Please join us to remember the past and commit to take action a better future where we will respect and protect our neighbours, not remain silent in the face of any injustice against any person or group and work towards building bridges leading to unity and shalom (peace) in our own community and beyond.
Sunday October 27, 2019 at 4 pm — Rabbi Harry Brechner will open our Alternative Realities in Judaism series on Sunday October 27, 2019 at 4 pm at the synagogue with a presentation, Magic and the Rabbinate, in which he explores the use of amulets and healing rituals in the context of liberal and rational Judaism. He will delve into issues about the mechanics of prayer, Divine Providence, power of ritual and seeing sacred artifacts as a means of recognizing and invoking the magic interwoven with the ordinary aspects of our lives.