Return to In-Person Worship Services

Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 10 amIt’s not a dream nor is it a fantasy!
Dr. Bonnie Henry’s announcement on May 25, 2021, signalled the possibility of a return to “in-person” worship services in British Columbia. Our plan is to start small, and to build slowly and safely. During the past year, we have missed seeing you “in-person” and davening together in our beloved sanctuary.

We are pleased to announce that we will hold our initial post-lockdown sanctuary Shabbat service on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 10 am. As this is the first step in BC’s staged re-opening process, we can only accommodate 35 people. Preregistration is required, along with adherence to all health and safety protocols.

If you would like to attend, please REGISTER by emailing before Friday, June 18, 2021, at 3:30 pm.
The service will be broadcast on Zoom.

Rabbi Harry and Aaron Severs

Shabbat Service in the Sanctuary

PHOTOsanctuarysocial distancing 1000If you are longing for a return to our beautiful sanctuary for a soulful Shabbat service this is your opportunity. Our COVID-19 response team has determined that we can return to services. Susan Holtz has been working tirelessly on the details required for us to return safely. Please keep in mind that in order to reduce risk and maintain safety, things will need to be different. We will do our utmost to craft an experience that holds the essence of our prayer service. We are super excited to host our congregation back in our spiritual home.

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Special Outdoor Shabbat Morning Service: Parashat Koraḥ

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Saturday, June 27, 2020 10:00 am in Government House Grounds—Come and reconnect in person with friends for a spirited, casual, participative prayer and Torah learning experience.

If you wish to attend, please register as soon as possible HERE. Continue reading Special Outdoor Shabbat Morning Service: Parashat Koraḥ

Shabbat service 101

November 19 starting at 10:00am

  • What:  A special learners service with Rabbi Harry. This will be condensed service where we will learn about some of the essential prayers and focus on the intentions of the service in a ruaḥ-filled ambience.
  • When:  Shabbat Morning, November 19 starting at 10:00am
  • Where: Congregation Emanu-El sanctuary
  • For Whom:  Everyone, families, individuals, anyone who wants to learn about Shabbat morning service or deepen their experience.
  • Why:  Because traditional liturgy is not user-friendly or always accessible.  This is an opportunity to deepen our connections to prayer and each other.
  • How:  A mix of learning, dialogue, song and interactive Torah reading

Shabbat Service, Saturday, December 13

Avodah is very pleased to have Jennifer Mortimer, coordinator of the Out of the Rain Youth Night Shelter Program, give the drash at our upcoming Dec. 13 Shabbat service.  

Congregation Emanu-El participates in this program, providing shelter and hot meals at our synagogue one night each week to homeless youth during the cold winter months. 
Also joining us from Beacon Community Services will be Elaine Venables, Director of Children’s Programs and Counselling Services. We are grateful to Jenn and Elaine for their outstanding leadership and partnership with Avodah and Congregation Emanu-El in carrying out this important program.