Cate and Daniel Brachman are Bnei Mitzvah

Cate & Daniel B'Nai Mitzvah - photoJudy Brachman invites the Congregation to a Kiddush luncheon after services on Saturday, October 20 in celebration of the Bnei Mitzvah of her children, Cate and Daniel.


A Todah Rabah Kiddush for all


Saturday, July 7 — Ruthi and Alexandre are saying THANK YOU to our super caring community for all the support, food, affection and love showered on Ruthi during the last few months and for the many unsung gestures of kindness, generosity and support our community provides when needed.
Thank You, Everyone. Please come and enjoy!

The Ralph Barer Community Service Award

Emanu El. RSC 1.2

Ralph Barer moved to Victoria in 1952 with a young family and immediately immersed himself in the affairs of Congregation Emanu-El. At that time, the community was small, with only a handful of active members.

No matter how big or small the task, Ralph could be counted on to take care of it, often quietly behind the scenes. Organizing yearly Passover orders; editing and publishing the newsletter Koleinu for many years, sometimes almost singlehandedly; repairing small wooden chairs for the preschool; taking linen to be laundered and returning it ready for the next Kiddush; and countless other glamour-less tasks were carried out without fanfare or a need for recognition.

Ralph was, remarkably, an active and dedicated member of the board for over 50 consecutive years. During this time he provided leadership, continuity, and stability. While exercising diplomacy in dealing with contentious issues that arose over the years, he never hesitated to stand up and express his views, even when he knew they would be unpopular. These views were always driven by an interest in what was best for the community, and his own sense of integrity. Ralph played instrumental roles in searching out, interviewing, and hiring teachers and rabbis, and was one of the major forces behind ensuring that our historic building was retained for the Victoria Jewish Community.

To honour Ralph’s memory and his outstanding dedication and service to the Victoria Jewish Community, his family established The Ralph Barer Community Service Award which is presented to deserving Congregation members who embody Ralph’s spirit of exceptional commitment to community.

Morris, Denise (Sturmwind), Daniel, Philip and Steven Barer