An Honour for Rabbi Harry

Photo by Penny Tennenhouse

Shabbat Service, August 27 Come celebrate Shabbat morning with Rabbi Harry at his investiture as an Honorary Member of the Order of the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia. Bishop Anna Greenwood-Lee will be our guest and will present this award at Emanu-El during the Shabbat morning service on August 27, which will be followed by a kiddush.  Rabbi Harry is being recognized for his work within the community.  We have so many reasons to be proud of our rabbi–come and share this simcha and stay for a delicious kiddush!

Bishop Anna Greenwood-Lee – Photo by Kevin Light/Diocese of Islands and Inlets

About the honour:
The Honorary Member was established to recognize individuals outside of the diocese for their contribution to their community that lies within the geographical area of the diocese. Their work exemplifies the ideals of the diocese.  


Lucia Bartleman – Tsartlip First Nation
Rabbi Harry Brechner – Congregation Emanu-El
Nazmudin G. Rayani – Jamaktkhana Mosque


Dr. Bonnie Henry, OBC, MD, MPH, FRCPC

Read more about the Order of the Diocese of British Columbia:

Summary of event details

  • Date: August 27, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Where: Emanu-El Sanctuary
  • Cost: n/a
  • Registration: n/a
  • Contact: n/a

Another Simcha on Shabbat August 27!

Shabbat, Aug. 27Zelda and Candace, who both retired during COVID, will be attending the Shabbat service and also the Special kiddush following the service.  (Corinne, who also retired, is attending her daughter’s graduation in Montreal
and sends her best wishes). Come to schmooze and catch up!  We’ve had many staff changes and retirements during COVID and we haven’t been able to get together to celebrate these shifts in our lives.

The Membership Committee has sponsored this kiddush to help give us some time together.

This Shabbat service will also celebrate Rabbi Harry’s investiture as an Honorary Member of the Order of the Anglican Diocese, so this Shabbat and kiddush offer many opportunities to share our appreciation of one another.  Everyone welcome!

Summary of event details

  • Date: August 27, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Emanu-El Sanctuary & Social Hall
  • Cost: n/a
  • Registration: n/a
  • Contact: n/a

A Thank-You Kiddush

Shabbat August 13, 10:00 a.m. – As a gesture of thanks to Congregation Emanu-El, Susan Glass is sponsoring a kiddush after the service on 13 August. All are welcome!
Susan’s daughter, Sarah Boivin, is leaving Victoria and moving to Montreal.
13 August is the first time Sarah will be davening Shacharit. Please come share the ruach and take this time to chat with Sarah and wish her well.

Summary of event details

  • Date: August 13, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Where: Emanu-El Sanctuary
  • Cost: n/a
  • Registration: n/a
  • Contact: n/a

Married in June? Come and Toast your Wedding Anniversary! Come for the Cake!

At Last! Toast your Anniversary Kiddush! We’re celebrating our special relationships with cake and a toast on Shabbat 18 June! June is a traditional month for weddings so come and toast your own anniversary, or the anniversary of special people in your life, at the kiddish following the service on Shabbat 18 June. We’ll have cake and prosecco with a light luncheon.

This kiddish is sponsored by our Membership committee, in order to celebrate our kehilah coming together again and to celebrate our many couples. At last! All are welcome!

At last!  The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clover
The night I looked at you

(At Last, written by Harry Warren, sung by Etta James)

It’s a month of celebrations!

  • Pride Kabba Shabba Potluck: Friday 17 June 6:30 PM Gonzales Beach (see article)
  • At Last! Toast your Anniversary Kiddish: Following the Shabbat service 18 June starting at 10:00
  • Aufruf and Kiddish: Come celebrate the marriage of Ellen Dragushan and Derek Campbell Shabbat 25 June

Aufruf of Ellen Dragushan and Derek Campbell–Come Celebrate!

Please join us for the aufruf of Ellen Dragushan and Derek Campbell on Saturday, 25 June, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM.  

Kiddush luncheon to follow services, with thanks to Ruthi Wicks for sponsorship.

All are welcome as we celebrate the forthcoming wedding of long-time Emanu-El community member Ellen Dragushan!

Ethan Goldberg is Bar Mitzvah!

Dan and Elisa are delighted to invite you celebrate their son, Ethan‘s Bar Mitzvah on Saturday 11 June, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  Please join the family for a kiddush luncheon following the service. If you are not comfortable with the larger than usual gathering in the Sanctuary, please join us on Zoom for this simcha.

Summary of event details

  • Date: June 11, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Where: Emanu-El’s Sanctuary
  • Cost: n/a
  • Registration: n/a
  • Contact: n/a

Congregation Emanu-El Shabbat Dinners Postponed

The Membership Committee was excited to offer a Shabbat Dinner Program to our members a couple of months ago. An unprecedented number of guests and hosts responded to our invitation to participate. 

Now, we’ve decided to pause out of an abundance of caution. We’ll wait until public health officials provide more encouraging news about gatherings. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait too long!

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.