2022 Tish’ah Be’Av

Saturday August 6, 8:00 p.m. – Services to be held in-person in the Sanctuary.

Tish’ah Be’Av – the ninth day of the month of Av – marks moments of destruction in Jewish history. It is the date that commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. This is the day that marks the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492 as well as many other tragedies that have befallen our people.

There is a teaching in Talmud, in Tractate Yoma, that the Second Temple was destroyed by sin’at ḥinam– baseless hatred. We are entering Tish’ah Be’Av this year at a time of war, a time of suffering and a time of anxiety. Join with your congregation in commemorating Tish’ah Be’Av in a spirit of ḥesed ḥinam—free-flowing love.

Tish’ah Be’Av falls on Saturday night (August 6). We will begin with evening services, the chanting of Eikhah (Lamentations) followed by traditional liturgical poems of a yearning for Jerusalem rebuilt. Services will begin at 8:00 p.m. (Note: Shabbat ends 9:37 p.m.)

May this season of escalating tensions and violence soon end. “May we see a day when war and bloodshed cease and humankind will not again know war.” May our prayers and commitment to ḥesed ḥinam lead on towards that day.

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Tikkun Leil Shavuot 5782: Navigating Conflict & Holy Arguments

Saturday, June 4, 2022, starting at 8 pm — Join us (in-person or virtually) for an evening of lively discussion and deep learning as we delve into the concept of ‘Dispute for the Sake of Heaven’ (Machloket l’Shem Shamayim).

We are living at a time of deep divisions and polarization. Come uncover together what Torah tradition teaches us about conflict and how to use conflict and dispute as a tool for greater strength and shalom.

This our first time back together for Tikkun Leil Shavuot with its traditional Torah learning and Maariv, (evening prayer) service since the beginning of the pandemic. We look forward to great snacks and discussion. 

If you are a cheesecake baker, you will have the opportunity to enter a special contest where we will compare, contrast, lovingly judge and enjoy a variety of cheesecake.

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A note about Shavuot Festival Service

Shavuot Festival Service including Yizkor will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2022, starting at 10 am.

– This will be an in-person service only.

– There will not be a service on Shavuot Day 2.

Summary of event details

  • Date: June 4, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 pm
  • Where: In person at Congregation Emanu-El or by Zoom
  • Zoom link: Click to open Zoom meeting (full meeting details above)

Changes to COVID-19 policy for Religious Services

Summary of Changes (please also read the complete message from the Board)

  • Pre-registration no longer required.
  • Masking strongly encouraged (particularly when singing) but not mandatory.
  • Proof of vaccination no longer required. Adults, if unvaccinated, please test for COVID before attending Emanu-El events.
  • On Shabbat, please continue to enter through the Social Hall doors (security protocols remain)
  • Please continue to respect personal space and hand hygiene guidelines.

From Emanu-El’s Board of Directors:

As we return to more in-person events, please help us to keep everyone healthy. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Congregation Emanu-El has taken a careful approach. The Rabbinical Assembly for Conservative Judaism reminds us that Jewish law requires that we take appropriate measures to preserve life and health, for ourselves and for everyone else. Although religious services were exempt from the provincial restrictions governing in-person gatherings for the last several months, Emanu-El upheld the importance of pikuach nefesh by enforcing the vaccine mandate, requiring masking, and ensuring appropriate distancing for all our in-person events.

As we enter a new phase of the pandemic and with the current absence of any regulatory requirements for these measures, we have decided to discontinue enforcing them. Nonetheless, the health and safety of our entire community remains paramount. Recognizing the fluidity of public health COVID-19 guidelines, this policy will be reviewed periodically by the board.

Effective April 16 2022:

  • We will not require proof of vaccination. We hope that everyone attending in-person events has been vaccinated as per current medical recommendations.
    • Adults: if you are not fully vaccinated, please be kind enough to take a COVID-19 test prior to attending any in-person synagogue events. Rapid tests are available for free for anyone over 18. If you are symptomatic for COVID-19 or any other illness, please help keep our community safe and stay home. 
  • We will reduce masking to optional but recommended, in particular for the sanctuary where due to singing with prayers, masking (except when leading the service) is strongly encouraged.
  • We will eliminate our current capacity limit and the related required physical distancing.

We recognize that people will have different levels of comfort with close socializing; please be respectful of other peoples’ choices and comfort zones.

We look forward to seeing you all and to enjoying in-person events, including kiddushim after services. May we go from strength to strength.

Purim 2022: A Backyard Event

Wednesday, March 16, 7:00pm – Purim, one of our most joyous festivals, approaches. Let’s come together in person this year and make a fuss. Costumes are encouraged. The theme is “Backyard Classy”—anything goes, from elegant evening wear to retro look or even something sassy. There will be a lively Megillah reading. Create a Purim-Shpiel (short, comedic skit)!

Celebrate Purim with Congregation Emanu-El. We’ve got some sweet prizes to give away! Lastly, we will provide a wine pairing with delish hors d’oeuvres. And, for sure, we will serve yummy hamantaschen. We will collect money for the vulnerable folks on Victoria’s streets. Funds collected will be handed out, along with some eats.

Space limited to 50 people. Double vaccination required. To register: info@congregationemanuel.ca. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Religious Services Committee

Summary of event details

  • Date: March 16, 2022
  • Time: 7:00pm start
  • Where: Location given on registration
  • Cost: optional donation
  • Registration: info@congregationemanuel.ca

Help Make a Minyan on Thursday mornings

Your Thursday morning minyan needs you. Some weeks we do really well and have a minyan plus, while others are more challenging and we fall short.

There are several folks in the community who rely on this weekly service to say Kaddish for loved ones.  In addition, it’s just a low-key, quiet and meditative way to start your day.
Your presence counts!!
Please plan to join us on Thursdays—even if it’s once per month.  Service starts at 7:00 am, and ends by 8:15 am.
Todah rabah in advance,
Your Religious Services Committee
Congregation Emanu-El

Tuesday Evening Services

There has been interest expressed by congregation members to hold weekly evening Minḥah/Ma’ariv services. This interest arose following the conclusion of the Shloshim held in memory of Gidi Nahshon z"l.

Your Religious Services Committee is pleased to announce that arrangements are underway to hold weekly Tuesday evening services. These services will be hosted on a rotating basis at the homes of our congregants.  Services will begin at 7 pm and will be followed by some learning.

The first two sessions are as follows: 

  • Tuesday April 21: Home of Laurel Nahshon, 1259
    Revercomb Place
  • Tuesday April 28: Home of Genevieve and Eric
    , 1734 Kingsberry Crescent

If you wish to add your name to be a host or wish to attend the Tuesday services, please email the coordinator Jill Swartz at or phone her at 250-544-8870.
This is an opportunity to offer a minyan to mourners wishing to recite the Kaddish as well as an opportunity to meet and mingle in a more intimate environment.

Hope to see you there. 

– Religious Services Committee

The first Tuesday Evening Service will be held on April 14 at 7:00 pm at the home of Genevieve & Eric Brandt,1734 Kingsberry Crescent.