Introducing Rani Earnhart

Rani Earnhart - PhotoA warm welcome to Rani Earnhart, who is joining us as our new Kitchen Coordinator, taking care of preparing many of our Kiddush meals and snacks.  Rani previously owned the Bagga Pasta deli in the Fairfield plaza.  She currently runs her own catering business, called Left Coast Catering, which provides meals to various social and environmental activist groups around Victoria as well as Jewish community events.  She also volunteers with the Mustard Seed’s commercial processing kitchen, which uses waste food from grocery stores and turns them into prepared hot meals for the Mustard Seed’s Queens Avenue location. Rani is the chair of Victoria’s chapter of Fair Vote Canada, a lobbying group dedicated to electoral reform that results in more effective democratic government. When not busy in the kitchen, Rani enjoys hiking and gardening. Rani is very pleased to have the opportunity to serve Victoria’s Jewish community. Please drop by the kitchen and say shalom to Rani.

A weekend of memory and remembrance with Rabbi Victor Reinstein (January 25 & 26, 2020)

Rabbi Reinstein

Shabbat Service and Special Kiddush
Please come and celebrate with us on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Congregation Emanu-El as we welcome Rabbi Victor Reinstein back to the congregation he led for many years. Rabbi Reinstein is visiting from Boston. He will give the drash during our Shabbat service. Following services, there will be a special Kiddush in his honour. We hope you will join us for this happy event and have a chance to either reconnect or connect for the first time with Rabbi Reinstein.

We welcome donations to cover the cost of this Kiddush. Please contact the synagogue office at 250-382-0615 if you wish to contribute to this special occasion.

Tell Them Not to Hate
On Sunday January 26, at 2 pm at the JCC, Victor Reinstein will give a speech: “Tell Them Not to Hate” — Words of Witness and Sacred Imperatives. In recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, he will reflect on the first commemorations of the Shoah Victoria, when our congregation included many survivors. “Their words,” Rabbi Reinstein recalls, “seared into our collective consciousness . . .  we sought to honor our survivors. In the process, we were strengthened and given hope.”

Following his lecture, members of the University of Victoria’s Defying Hatred Project will share the results of their research on communal memory, history, and resilience.

With thanks from the Religious Services Committee, The Shoah Project, and the Defying Hatred Project.

A ‘Welcome Bon Voyage’ Kiddush

Welcome Bon Voyage 2Saturday, January 18, 2020—Helene Kadziora and President Ruthi invite the congregation to join them for a special ‘Welcome Bon Voyage’ kiddush luncheon following services on January 18, 2020 welcoming our temporary Rabbi Matt Ponek, his wife Melina and children Orion and Sephira and bidding bon voyage to Rabbi Harry and RaeAnn as they embark on a three month sabbatical.

Celebrating our siddurim – a special kiddush

lev-shalem-web-002Saturday, December 21, 2019 — It’s hard to believe, but this December marks two years that we’ve had our new prayer books. The Lev Shalem (A full heart) offers user-friendly and gender-neutral language. There is also comprehensive commentary – from both modern and more traditional sources.”Printed in 2016, this is a new kind of prayer book and the latest to be released by the Rabbinical Assembly.” Continue reading Celebrating our siddurim – a special kiddush

Kiddush Honoring Leah Levi

Safta Leah

On Saturday, November 30, 2019 following services, the Reznick family invites the congregation to attend a kiddush luncheon in honour of our wonderful Leah Levi. With deepest gratitude and appreciation for all of her years running the best Hebrew School this side of the Rockies, for her dedication to Camp Miriam, and for making warm nurturing educational environments for our children.

Kiddush recognizing those who have supported the grieving

Grieving WomanPlease join together following services on Saturday, November 9, 2019 for a kiddush luncheon in gratitude and recognition for all the heartfelt and generous support that the Congregation Emanu-El community has given to grieving families this past year — in which the fabric of community and the cycle of life have been so tenderly and spiritually held. This kiddush luncheon is in memory of Cabe William Crossman z”l, son of Sarah Corrin and Lyndon Crossman.