Emanu-El Picnic Wrap-Up

IMG_8298 1000A group of nearly 50 congregants gathered on Ingrid Friesen’s beautiful Saanich farm on Sunday, July 12, 2020 for a picnic and a  wonderful face-to-face encounter. We enjoyed delicious central American food provided by Congregation Emanu-El’s own Benjamin de la Vega and family through his catering company, Pinto Xpress. While ensuring that social distancing was maintained we particpated in some very fun Latin dance lessons from Benjamin and his daughter Ariel! We all enjoyed getting to see each other in person. Our membership committee hopes to hold other similar events in the future! (For photos by Frances Rosenberg…)

Picnic at the Farm!

Picnic at the FarmSunday, July 12 2020, 12 – 3 pmPlease join us on Sunday, July 12, 2020 from 12 to 3 pm for a summer picnic at Still Water Farm in Central Saanich.

A Latin-themed afternoon, filled with ceviche, tamales, and salsa dancing!  There are gluten- and dairy-free options. Food will be prepared and served following COVID-19 protocols.  Food and beverages provided by the Membership Committee.

Please bring your own blanket or lawn chairs.  You may bring your own food (not for sharing). In following provincial guidelines, the gathering will be limited to the first 50 members who RSVP to icf@direct.ca.

Upon confirming your attendance, the address and directions will be sent to you.

We are looking forward to spending a relaxed Sunday afternoon with you!

Save the Date: Emanu-El Pub Night!

Fernwood Music Bingo 2 revision 700Sunday, November 17, 4-8 pm, at the Fernwood Inn — We’ve booked a room at the Fernwood Inn Pub for a fun evening together! Come schmooze, have a nosh and a brew. We will have time to mingle until 5:30, then music bingo from 5:30-7:30. Try your luck at winning a prize!  $20 will cover the cost of admission, your first beverage, and your music bingo cards. If you wish to purchase dinner, the full Fernwood Inn menu will be available. Continue reading Save the Date: Emanu-El Pub Night!

Synagogue Software Change Alert

Change AheadOn August 1, 2019, we initiated the movement of our synagogue data from one software system to another, a change precipitated by the buyout of our existing provider. We are presently verifying the data transfer.

Along with the change to our synagogue information management system, we were forced to change the system that we use for processing credit card and other direct payments.

What will this mean for the community? For a short period we will remove the online donation ability, i.e., until we can make all the necessary changes. We will set up the recurring monthly membership payments by electronic file transfer (EFT) and credit card in a new system which may result in slight changes to your account statement.

It is my hope that most of the changes will happen behind the scenes and proceed seamlessly. I provide you with this information so that you will be aware that these changes are occurring should you encounter something unusual in this regard. To facilitate the mentioned changes, online donations are unavailable presently; I will let you know when they are available again.

Thank you for your understanding,
Ellen Dragushan, Treasurer

A Gentle Reminder

We are now in our 2017–18 membership year.  If you
haven’t yet renewed
, please take a moment to do so.

Current members who pay by credit
card are automatically renewed.  Please
update your credit card information if there has been a change since last year.
You can call the office on Tues, Wed, and Thurs from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

you pay by cheque (made out to Congregation Emanu-El), it’s time to send these
into the office.

We very much
appreciate your continuing support and encouragement. Thank you for your
membership in our wonderful synagogue! 

Membership Fees 2015–16

Our 2015–16 membership year started on June 1st, and we are grateful for
your support of our Kehilah.  Your annual dues support our daily
operations, including heat, light, building maintenance, programs
& administration/rabbinic duties. 

Congregation Emanu-El has 200 family members—but as of as of July 1
2015, we have not received payment from 30% of you.   

If you pay by cheque, please send your membership contribution to the
office.  If your payments are monthly, quarterly or semi-annual, please
adjust them to be paid over the next eleven (11) months, given our May 31, 2016
end-of-membership year.

If you pay by credit card and have not received an automatic receipt
from us, your credit card could not be processed.  Please call the office
with your current credit card information. If your payments are monthly,
quarterly or semi-annual, please adjust them to be paid over the next eleven
(11) months, given our May 31, 2016 end-of-membership year.

Please call the office if you have questions about your membership.
 Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 9:30 to

Our “Adopt a Family” Campaign

We again are embarking on a crucial venture — the Adopt a Family Fundraising initiative.

Many of our families and individual congregants are affected and not able to afford paying the full suggested membership rate and/or Hebrew School fees. No Jewish person is ever turned away from being a member in our congregation or child turned away from Hebrew School due to finances. 

If you value Jewish life, Jewish learning and Jewish spiritual expression; If you value an egalitarian congregation that allows for equal access for all Jews; If you value your spiritual home here at Congregation Emanu-El, we need you to step up right now and join us in the Adopt a Family fund raising initiative. Help the congregation and help congregants. Put your values into action now.
Your gift touches many lives.

You may contribute via our website, or tel. the office (250) 382-0615 during regular business hours, Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. We accept Visa, Master Card, cheques and direct debit. 

Betodah Merosh. On behalf of your synagogue, we thank you in advance.