POSTPONED – Kiddush honouring Zelda Dean

Zelda PostponedThis kiddush is postponed! The Reznick family invites you to a kiddush luncheon following the Shabbat service on March 14 in honour of Emanu-El’s own superhero, Zelda Dean. By day, Zelda is our wonderful office manager. By night (and by matinee) she is the extraordinary director and producer of Congregation Emanu-El’s very own theatre company, Bēma Productions. Force of nature? Superhero? BOTH! Her newest endeavour is the remarkable play, Survivors, by playwright Wendy Kout. This play, produced in collaboration with the Victoria Shoah Project, will tell the stories of Shoah survivors — in their own words — to middle and high school students throughout Vancouver Island and hopefully further, to students throughout British Columbia. (Please contact the office if you would like more information or to contribute to this project.) In the meantime, please give Zelda your love at the kiddush on March 14.

Honouring our fathers


Shabbat Yitro, February 15, 2020—This is the time of year when a group of us mark the yahrzeit of our fathers. We invite you to join us as we honour their memory at this special Shabbat service and the kiddush luncheon that follows.

Janis Diner Brinley, Steven Diner, Sharon Fitch, Janna Ginsberg Bleviss, Dan Goldberg, Sepora Mayim Jacobsen, Shoshana Litman, Isa Milman, Barbara Pelman, Jackie Saunders-Ritchie, Aaron Severs, Hanna Tiferet Siegel, Penny Tennenhouse, Sheila Tennenhouse.

Women on the Bimah: Commemoration & Kiddush

shl100331_hi 1000Saturday, February 8, 2020—Please join us on Saturday, February 8, 2020 for Shabbat Shirah services (Parashat Beshalaḥ) followed by a kiddush catered by Jaaqov & Rosalind and sponsored by Frances Rosenberg as commemoration of the struggle to achieve full participation of ‘Women on the Bimah’ at Congregation Emanu-El. This is the first Shabbat Shirah since the death of our beloved Laurel Nahshon z”l who ordinarily remembered our adoption of egalitarian services each year by chanting the Beshalaḥ haftarah. All are welcome.

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.