Zigzag’s Irish Adventure

Zig Zag Irish Adventure 1000Join Congregation Emanu-El member, Noa Paster on an Irish adventure this weekend. Performing music from Ireland and around the world on fiddle, piano, harp & in song, Noa is joined by two friends for her own musical, theatrical St. Patrick’s Day review. The show is an all ages show, 40 minutes long. Tickets at www.eventbrite.ca.  All shows are at Skam Satellite Studio 849 Fort Street.

POSTPONED – Memory, Identity & the Romanian Shoah

Memory postponed 1000This program is postponed—Join us for a  multi-media program celebrating the post holocaust renewal of Jewish Romanian culture using music, photos and conversations on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm in Congregation Emanu-El,  1461 Blanshard Street.  The presenter will be Julia Herzog and the accompanying musicians will be: Amy Paster, Rick Kool, Lucy Nerenberg, Sammy Herzog, Julia Herzog. Continue reading POSTPONED – Memory, Identity & the Romanian Shoah

Jewish Music Jam Binder

Jewish Music

Wednesday, February 19, 7:30 to 9:00 pm—Here is the link to the music binder (the binder works best if you download the pdf and read it with an adobe reader) for the Jewish Music Jam with Rabbi Matt and Kouskous (Gary Cohen and Amber Woods) on Wednesday, February 19, 7:30 to 9:00 pm at Congregation Emanu-El.  Bring your instrument, music or just come and listen and keep a beat with some egg shakers.  Some music will be provided.

Here are the “notes”Rabbi Matt has provided for the “keeners”!

The Tishrei Niggun

Hava Nagila

Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

Sage Tea

Sage TeaSage Tea is a gathering of Emanu-El elders who come together twice a month for tea, torah and discussion at 2 pm at Adele Vernon’s home. Come join old and new friends for an afternoon of schmoozing, learning, connecting and some nosh. Bring nothing other than an open mind and a desire to socialize. Please RSVP to Adele at 778-440-4096. If you need help with transportation, please let Adele know and we will do our best to find you a ride.

Suppressed music during the Shoah: Making the connection

SnizekSunday,  January 5, 11 am at Jewish Community CentreKolot Mayim invites the congregation to a talk by Dr. Suzanne Snizek  on Suppressed Music during the Shoah on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 11 am in the Jewish Community Centre. Dr. Snizek is a professor of Music at UVIC, and an extremely accomplished concert flautist.  Continue reading Suppressed music during the Shoah: Making the connection

Jewish Community Choir welcomes new singers

Carol thanks the audience!
Carol thanks the audience!

Next rehearsal Tuesday, December 10, 2019 —The Jewish Community Choir welcomes new voices to join our friendly, non-auditioned choir. We meet regularly to enjoy singing from a vast repertoire of Jewish music, accompanied by a gifted pianist. We sing both sacred and secular songs from Jewish composers, from centuries past to the modern day, including synagogue music as well as Yiddish and Israeli folk and songs from Broadway and popular songwriters. We sing in English, Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish and Ladino (or Judeo-Spanish) – all transliterated into English language syllables. We are non-denominational and welcome all, including non-Jews. The ability to read music or prior choir experience, while helpful, is not required.

Our weekly rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue. We next gather on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. If interested please contact our choir Director, Carol Sokoloff at 250-385-3378 or
casjazz@islandnet.com.


What a blowout benefit!

On June 19, a Love Your Neighbour Benefit Concert was held in the Congregation Emanu-El sanctuary for support of our Avodah Social Action Group.  We were privileged to have The Klezbians as our musical headliner, and they did not disappoint. Audience members enjoyed and sang along, too, during the various Eastern European Jewish folk tunes offered up.  In addition, Maggidah (Jewish female storyteller) Shoshana Litman, accompanied by Joe Hatherill on piano, enraptured the audience with both stories and songs. The musical group Kouskous also made a guest appearance.

It was a fun, inspiring, and memorable evening.  Monies raised will go towards the many worthwhile social action/social justice projects that Avodah sponsors in the homeless and marginalized community.   Loving one’s neighbour means providing these services with compassion, dignity, and respect for the whole individual.

Lastly, a big todah rabah (thank you) goes out to our performers, volunteers – and generous audience.  Click here to view photos taken by Penny Tennenhouse.

Wonderment: Explorations of Jewish Mysticism through Electronic Music

June30-ForNewsletterJune 30, 2019, 8 – 10 pm (Doors open 7:30 pm), Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria — Presented by the Garden City Electronic Music Society, this electronic music event will feature ambient and atmospheric electronic explorations inspired by Jewish mysticism, presented in quadraphonic sound. Artists include Dominion of Being (Joseph Sheppard & Heather Mitchell), and Surrounded By A Radiance (David Bodrug). Admission by donation. This event is supported by grants from the BC Arts Council, Capital Regional District, the City of Victoria and the Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island. For information: 236-882-2326


The Mahler Project

Mahler Project imageJune 1, 2 & 9, 2019, Wood Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music — Your newsletter online design editor and “diva wanna be”, Frances Rosenberg, is completing an intensive song performance project for singers aged 30+ on the works of Gustav Mahler and Alma Mahler. Please consider attending the final concerts for this project. Program includes Gustav Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer, Rückert lieder, Songs & Airs from Youth including Songs from Des Knaben Wonderhorn; Alma Mahler – 5 Songs. Admission by Donation.
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