Kristallnacht 2017

Lorne U & Suzanne D

This year’s commemorative event for Kristallnacht took place on November 9, 2017 at Congregation Emanu-El synagogue and was attended by over two hundred people from various and diverse backgrounds. In addition to the Jewish community, the attendees included leaders from the Christian and Muslim faiths,  law enforcement, First Nations and government. Continue reading Kristallnacht 2017


Kristallnacht 2017

Victoria Shoah ProjectThis year’s commemoration will take place on Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El synagogue. We will be remembering what took place on the evening of November 9, 1938. Kristallnacht targeted Jews solely for who they were with planned attacks of Jewish owned stores, buildings and synagogues in Germany and Austria while authorities did nothing to stop the assault.  The name Kristallnacht refers to the pieces of broken glass covering the streets but represents the broken lives, forever changed by this tragedy.

November 9, 1938 was only a hint of greater harm to come. The history of Kristallnacht reminds us of how quickly lives can be shattered. Kristallnacht is not only a painful scar in the pages of Jewish history, but a lesson for all humanity. All of us have a responsibility to respond promptly and loudly at the first appearance of injustices targeting any group. This message is particularly significant in today’s world when acts of irrational and violent prejudice are all too common.

Our program will remember all who perished in the Holocaust with a candle lighting ceremony by survivors, second- and third-generation descendants, as well as students and youth, representing our ongoing hope for a future of peace. In addition, the program will include a variety of other speakers, musicians and the reading of our Pledge of Mutual Respect and Support by politicians, multi-faith representatives and law enforcement leaders from the Victoria community and others in attendance.

Please join us to remember the past and envision a better future where we will respect and protect our neighbours, not remain silent in the face of any injustice against any person or group and work towards building bridges leading to unity and shalom (peace) in our own community and beyond.

Kristallnacht Commemoration: An Evening of Remembering and Resiliency

Wednesday November
9, 2016, from 7 pm, 
at Congregation

The Victoria Shoah Project invites everyone to
our annual commemoration of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), marking the attack on Jewish institutions in Germany on November
9, 1938, which left broken glass covering the streets and broken lives, forever
changed by this tragedy.

The targeting of any people is a warning to every society to respect
and protect all ethnic or religious minorities. Please join us to
remember the past and commit to a better future where we will respect and
protect our neighbors and not stand by in the face of attacks on any group. 

The Victoria Shoah Project is a diverse group of Shoah survivors, descendants,
educators and caring individuals whose passion is to share innovative,
informative and inspirational ways to honor, commemorate and educate about the
Shoah and is sponsored by Congregation Emanu-El. 

See its Facebook page, or contact it by email

Kristallnacht commemoration


An Evening of Remembrance and Resiliency

Monday, November 9, 2015, from 7pm at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue

The Victoria Holocaust
Remembrance and Education Society invites you to our annual remembrance of
Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). This year’s program will include a
candle-lighting ceremony in memory of those who lost their lives in the
Holocaust, with candles being lit by survivors as well as second- and
third-generation descendants of family members who perished. There will also be
a diverse and multigenerational mix of presenters, musicians, readings and a
special, symbolic activity representing hope and resiliency.

For more information, email Elisheva
 or Micha Menczer, or see the Spiritually Speaking column in  The Times Colonist (or in the righthand sidebar of the front page of the online Times Colonist, under Featured Blogs – Spiritually Speaking.)

Kristallnacht Commemoration & Remembrance – Nov. 9

Congregation Emanu-El and the Victoria Holocaust Remembrance and Education Society invite you to join us for Kristallnacht Commemoration Services on November 9 at 7:00 pm at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria B.C.
To volunteer to participate as a Reader, please email Wendy Muscat-Tyler.  For more information, email VHRES.