Kids Ḥanukkah Bash

Kids Hanukkah Bash 3December 10, 10 am – 12:30 pm — This year Congregation Emanu-El is offering a fantastic Kids anukkah Bash featuring an unforgettable performance by world renowned children’s entertainer Stuart Nemtin performing as Conrad Flaps  in a highly comical and silly Ḥanukkah extravaganza that takes Conrad Flaps around the globe lighting up Ḥanukkah for all.

  • What Else:  Arts and crafts, Ḥanukkah sing-along, latkes and the lighting of our special Noah’s Ark Ḥanukkah menorah.
  • When:  December 10: doors open at 10 am: performance at 11 am: event ends at 12:30 pm.
  • Where:  Congregation Emanu-El.
  • Who:  Young children and elementary school-aged children who are accompanied by an adult—including families who don’t have students in Hebrew School and folk who are feeling very childlike.
  • How:  Donations to help cover costs are greatly appreciated.
  • For More information: Rabbi Harry

Kids Purim Parade and Carnival


Cloudy but not raining allowed for a rollicking Purim
Parade on the morning of Sunday March 12. Many attended, some in costume.
In aristocratic attire Rabbi Harry and Rebbetzin RaeAnn presided over the

While the kids sat and stood in the carriage as it paraded from Pandora
Green to the synagogue to the accompaniment of the klezmer band headed by
Marian Segal, they were amazed by the adults and their antics. Inside the shul,
the kids joined in the retelling of the Esther story, various carnival
attractions and the eating of hamantaschen.

See photos by Frances Aknai and Penny Tennenhouse

Auditions held for boy and girl tweens for Janusz Korczak play

Thursday, March 16 and
Friday, March 17, Belfry Theatre

Callbacks Saturday, March 18

The Belfry Theatre is holding AUDITIONS for the roles of two young people for a mainstage production this fall.
Casting Personnel in Attendance:  Michael Shamata (Artistic Director,
    Belfry Theatre), Erin Macklem (Artistic Associate & Outreach
    Coordinator), Christian Barry (Director).      
This is a paid position, fee to be negotiated.

performance schedule available upon request):

  • First Day of Rehearsal: August 15th, 2017
  • Production Dates: September 12–October 10, 2017


This play tells
the true and inspirational tale of Dr. Janusz Korczak’s selfless journey to
bring safety to Polish-Jewish orphans within the Warsaw Ghetto.  His struggle to advocate children’s rights
and shelter his orphans from the horrors of the war ended with his death in
1942.  A powerful and true story of
beauty, heroism, and legacy in a world devoid of freedom and even the
necessities of life. 


  • Israel (age 12-14) is described as an
        anti-hero, traumatized, violent, hard to read, but with depths of warmth
  • Sara (age 10-13) is described as quiet and
        watchful, the character can play violin well but the actor may not need to.
         Please tell us if you are able to
        play the violin.


  • A reading copy of the script is available at the Belfry Box Office during business hours if you’d like to read the script  before submitting.
  • Please email Erin (contact info below) with a recent  photo, current age, height, school you will be attending in September, and  previous performance experience (if any).  Please include “CHILDREN’S AUDITION” in the subject line.
  • We would prefer someone with some stage  experience if possible.  People older than the stated age range but not too tall would be fine!
  • Due to the specific requirements of the roles, not everyone who submits will be seen.  We will be in touch either way.
  • The Belfry encourages performers from all cultures, races, ethnicities, and gender identities, mental and physical abilities to apply for an audition.

For more information please contact:

Erin Macklem,
Artistic Associate & Outreach Coordinator

by email or tel. 250-385-6835 ext 243

Sunday Jewish Art Program for Kids Ages 7 and Up

February 5, 19 and 26, 2–4 pm at the JCC


Kolot Mayim Reform Temple presents a Sunday Jewish Art
Program for Kids
ages 7 and up on February 5, 19 and 26, 2–4 pm, at the
Jewish Community Centre, 3636 Shelbourne Street, Victoria.  

The 3-session fee is $105 with all materials
included.  Course is being taught by
artist and art instructor, Susan Abrill.
Please email the instructor to register. 

View the program poster here.

The Art of Marc Chagall: a painting class for kids

November 13, 2-4 pm, at the JCC

It is not too late to register! 

Kolot Mayim Reform Temple is offering The Art of Marc Chagall—a mixed age painting class for ages 7 and up! Sunday, November 13. 2-4 pm at the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne St.
No experience necessary- we will learn about Chagall together at the beginning of class. $30 per session. To register call or text 250-532-2982.
Taught by Susan Abrill– owner of Art Stars for over 10 years, artist, language specialist, MA and UVic teacher. Her knowledge as a teacher and exhibiting artist gives children a unique experience to learn how to paint like Chagall and learn about one of the most famous Jewish painters in the world.

Kids at Emanu-El

We are close to bursting at the seams with children as our congregation expands. We now have the biggest Hebrew School in recent memory. The energy and environment is full of excitement, energy and warmth. We work hard at ensuring that our synagogue feels like a second home to our children, full of care and nurturing.

Under Leah Levi’s wise and loving leadership, our faculty provides a creative and meaningful Jewish experience for all of our children. Our seasoned faculty craft child-centred experiential learning for our children. This year, some of our core teachers are now teaching the children of former students. We are truly living out the Jewish ideal of intergenerational community bonding—midor-l’dor, from generation to generation.

Our Membership Committee has hired a new care provider for Shabbat mornings—Leah Greschner. Leah comes back to us (she had her bat mitzvah here at Emanu-El) with great experience and skills as an educator. Leah is also teaching in our Ganon—the youngest class in the Hebrew school. Leah brings an ease and comfort to childcare.


Our B’nei Mitzvah program is also one of our largest in recent memory. We have a great crop of kids eager to learn about adult responsibilities, Jewish ethics and values while working diligently on Hebrew, prayer and Torah leadership skills. There is also a strong emphasis on learning how to give and receive support as part and parcel of community building. (Click here to see more pictures from our recent B’nei Mitzvah opening hike and trust activities on Mt. Wells.) 

Shalom Daycare, in cooperation with our congregation, offers an incredible early childhood education program that has an Israeli “Gan Yeladim” (kindergarten) feel to it and has some remarkable enrichment opportunities for young children, including music/movement and storytelling. On Friday mornings 

Rabbi Harry joins Shalom Daycare for “Shabbat Club"—a sweet and energetic celebration of the coming Shabbat full of stories, songs and a kiddie Shabbat oneg/Kiddush. Parents with children who are not at Shalom Daycare are strongly invited to join us Friday mornings at 11:00am. Our opening family and community Kabbalat Shabbat and pot luck dinner was an incredible joyful experience full of dancing, song and laughter. It also proved that we need a few more tables to fit us all in.

There will be childcare for the High Holy Days as well as opportunities for learning and youth dialogue. See the High Holy Day calendar for times and dates. Looking forward to all of us being together over the holidays.
Shana Tovah u’mtukah

– Rabbi Harry

Peace, Salam, Shalom summer camp

London Interfaith Peace Camp

Join the Ahlulbayt TV Toronto team as they visit the
London Interfaith Peace Camp. This camp is no ordinary summer camp! While
enjoying the camp’s activities, the kids get an opportunity to interact with
Christian, Jewish and Muslim children. Thus, they get to know each other as
people first and build new friendship. 

Let’s see what the campers have to share
about their experiences! Visit

Purim at Emanu-El: Kids Carnival & Indoor Campfire

Wed., March 23, 5:30pm

Our guarantee – A family fun Purim for one and all!!
We start at 5:30pm with a Kids’ Carnival in the Social Hall – booths, kiosks, face painting, a Purim Spiel etc. 
Of course, delicious food is on the menu, too.  This includes: home-made pizza, hamantaschen, finger foods, snacks, and schnapps.
Then at 7:00 pm  there is a Megillah Reading (in English and Hebrew) in the sanctuary.
Grab a grogger and join in a joyous celebration of the retelling of Megillat Esther!
Following this is the first ever Indoor Campfire at Emanu-El (not to be missed!).  
There will be singing of favourites from the 60s, 70s and more, accompanied by a trio of talented musicians.
BYOB and lots of spirit.  Dress casually.  Costumes are optional, but encouraged.

Back by popular demand – Wild Play!

Sunday, June 14, from 10:45am onwards
All youth from Emanu-El, ages 11–17, are invited to participate in this fabulous ropes course. If you’ve never been – this is your opportunity. Check out their site at:

We have funds (from Apples & Honey) to cover all kids for the ropes course as well as pizza after—however, since we must commit a minimum number to be discounted as a group, please know there will be a $20 cancellation fee per person if your child drops within 24 hrs of the event.

Parents, too, are invited to participate, at $10 each (same $20 cancellation fee).

Please RSVP to me by Friday, June 5 if you’d like to take part in this fun event.

Shabbat Shalom