Finding Joy in an Upside Down World

Megillah reading, Thursday, February 25, 7 pm, Shaḥarit with Megillah reading, Friday, February 26, 8 am—Please join Congregation Emanu-El on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 7 pm for a night of animated and joyous Megillah reading, and the opportunity to swap the medical masks for some real masquerading and colourful costumes. We’ll share some of your Purim-Shpiels throughout the evening. Let your wild and crazy side emerge. Feel free to dine on delicious appies, hamantaschen, or other food and drink, with your family (or social bubble). Let’s reclaim and celebrate joy in a world turned upside down. All are welcome.

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Finding Joy in an Upside Down World

Deadline Shpiel submissions, Friday, February 12, 2021, Megillah reading, Thursday, February 25, 2021, 7 pm—Let’s take a deep dive into the Purim pool for some frolic and fun. Although this year we will be celebrating Purim a little differently, we can still take time during the lead-up to this joyous holiday to find the humour in the meshugas, the absurdity and uncertainty of our daily lives.

In the weeks before Purim, we invite you to create a video Purim-Shpiel—a short skit or parody (aim for 2 min) about the ups and downs you experience in family or with friends. Design a piece of self-mockery, kvell about a new skill you have learned or are learning during lockdown, or just share in your own creative way something that helps to highlight the levity and joy of Purim. Please send your Purim-Shpiels by Friday, February 12, 2021. Contact Susan at sholtz@congregationemanuel.ca for instructions on how to upload your submission.

Please join Congregation Emanu-El on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 7 pm for a night of animated and joyous Megillah reading and the opportunity to swap the medical masks for some real masquerading and colourful costumes.  We’ll share some of your Purim-Shpiels throughout the evening. Let your wild and crazy side emerge. Feel free to dine on delicious appies, hamantaschen, or other food and drink, with your family (or social bubble).

This year, let’s reclaim and celebrate joy in a world turned upside down.
All are welcome.

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Ssh! Don’t tell the secret meaning of Purim!

Purim Secrets 2Sunday, March 1, 2020, 7-9 pm at Congregation Emanu-El—Why do we wear masks on Purim? Why do we party and drink alcohol? Why did the early rabbis say that Purim will be the only holiday that exists in the messianic era, when all other holidays are gone? And, most of all, why has all this juicy information been kept secret for so long? Join Rabbi Matt Ponak for a mystical look at the inner dimensions of this ancient holiday. This class is a spiritual preparation for Purim, a holiday that takes us beyond good and evil and into the unity of all existence.  This event is for teens and adults only.

‘Twas a “wonder”ful Purim…

I speak from my heart!On Wednesday March 20, Emanu-El celebrated Leil Purim in grand style. Participants young and old showed up fully attired. Our gathering included “women” with matching blue hair and dresses, some in imperial/palatial garb, tux and top hat, and even a sexy police officer.  And,  who can forget the appearance of Wonder Rabbi?  There was a make-up artist on hand, and a karaoke machine for the post-megillah festivities.
Our youth did us proud with their wonderful megillah reading and their costumes and make-up.  Many other people stepped up to read from the scroll of Esther with fun, flair and passion.
Finally, as with any Jewish event, we were treated to delicious foods: hamantaschen, salads and mini pizzas. Thanks to Penny Tennenhouse we have a wonderful pictorial record of the event.

Purim Carnival

PJ-Library-Purim-Carnival-March-10-Web2Sunday, March 10, 2019 10 am to 12 noon, Jewish Community Center, 3636 Shelbourne Street — The Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island, PJ Library, PJ Our Way & Congregation Emanu-El invite everyone to a Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Jewish Community Center of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne Street. This is a free Family Event featuring carnival games, magician, costume parade, hamantashen, snacks and drinks. Come in costume and win a prize! For more info or to volunteer, please email PJ@jewishvancouverisland.ca

Cookies for Purim

Cookies photoFebruary 28 — Bake or buy delicious cookies for distribution through Victoria Dandelion Society to people living on the street. Proper observance of Purim includes Matanot l’evyonim (gifts to the poor).

As this most joyous holiday approaches we are calling on bakers, buyers and cookie monsters to bring your treats to the synagogue on or before Wednesday, February 28, or in March to Penny Tennenhouse’s home.

Thank you and Hag Purim Sameaḥ from Avodah Social Action Committee.

Purim Pizzajama Party

It's a Purim-001Wednesday, February 28 starting 5:00 pm — As the month of Adar approaches, our joy increases in anticipation of the holiday of Purim. We invite the congregation to join us for a Purim Pizzajama Party at the synagogue on Wednesday, February 28 starting at 5:00 pm.

We encourage families to come in their pajamas for pizza that we will serve up with a dose of Purim shpiel from our Rabbi Harry.

A Megillah reading at 7 pm in the sanctuary will follow the pizza party. After our Megillah reading, the joy will continue with a welcoming and musical kumsitz, indoor campfire and sing-along. All voices and musical instruments welcome.

A second Megillah reading will take place the following morning during our Thursday Minyan service which starts at 7 am.

Ḥag Purim Sameaḥ from the Religious Services Committee!