My Big Fat Greek Shabbat

My Big FatFebruary 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm — Please join us for a delicious Greek Shabbat dinner at the Hillel house on Friday, February 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. There will be delicious food, amazing students and live Greek music provided by our local Kouskous duo.

  • $6 admission for students
    $8 for community members

Please RSVP to Ora at ora@hillelbc.com

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Shabbat Services Childcare

We are very
pleased to announce that Childcare during Shabbat Services and High Holidays
began on September 10, 2016 for children aged 2 to 6 years. You can be sure
that they will be well taken-care of and entertained by our new Childcare
facilitator, Leah Greschner

Leah grew up in
Victoria. She attended Lakehead University in Ontario where she studied
psychology. She travelled to South Korea and taught English for a year. She has
18 years of experience with children. Always passionate about working with
children and youth, she most recently managed a youth centre in the Kootenays.
Leah has worked as a community support worker, a behaviour therapist, a
residential supervisor and an outdoor educator. She is excited to be a part of
the community at Congregation Emanu-El again. She looks forward to meeting your
little ones.

Our childcare
services are free of charge. They will be held upstairs in Shalom Daycare’s
place between 10 am and noon during Shabbat Services.

Synagogue Shabbaton

September 23-25, 2016

Save the Date!! The congregational retreat is a time for us to bond as a community through prayer, music, learning, lots of play and great food.  A congregational retreat is a huge undertaking.  If you are interested in participating next fall, please email RaeAnn Brechner.  Please also let us know if you are happy with the rustic ambiance of Camp Miriam or if you would prefer a different venue.

Shabbat Club for Tots

From February 26

Join Rabbi Harry and Gan Shalom for
a Tot Shabbat experience on Friday mornings at 10:45 at
Congregation Emanu-El/Gan Shalom.

All children under five accompanied
by an adult/parent are welcome.

Join us for a fabulous Oneg Shabbat
(Shabbat celebration) with music, dance and movement, Torah stories and
ruaḥ-spirit!  Did we mention homemade
ḥallah?

This new Jewish enrichment programme begins February 26.

Shabbat Shebang

Come join Hebrew School families, Hillel Students, Rabbi Harry, RaeAnn, Nejama and friends for a spirited joy filled Shabbat experience—Friday, December 5 at 6:00pm at Congregation Emanu-El

We start with Happy Hour, followed by Shabbat Dinner.  Dinner is a modified eco-kosher potluck.  The synagogue takes care of Shabbat accoutrement wine, ḥallah….Rabbi Harry and some volunteers will prepare our main course—a down home Cajun Tuna Riverboat Gumbo File.  

You supply your own plates, utensils, bowls, napkins etc…  You also bring a dairy or vegetarian side dish to add to the potluck.  (If you do not have a kitchen and do not have utensils—not to worry, we will have an assortment of compostable disposals and there is always enough food) 

After Dinner we will have a soulful, spirited Kabbalat Shabbat experience led by our very own Nejama and RaeAnn.  Services will be led in a camp-song leading style and accompanied by guitar and percussion. Expect dancing.   Rabbi Harry will do some kid friendly teaching/story telling.

After Kabbalat Shabbat we will return to the social hall for ice cream sundaes followed by Birkat HaMazon (grace after meals) 

Why:  Shabbat is a time for expansive joy.

Who:  Everyone is welcome we ask that folk make a minimum donation of five dollars per person to cover some of our costs.  This is a pilot program- let’s make it a huge success!

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Catch the Spirit at Shabbat Shebang

Friday evening, September 19, 7:30pm

join friends for a joyful family style and playful Kabbalat Shabbat experience at Emanu-El the synagogue that could.  Experience shabbat joy through music, dance, storytelling and lots of ruaḥ with Nejama, RaeAnn and Rabbi Harry. 

Happy Hour begins a 7:30, a rocking Friday night service at 7:45 followed by an ice cream sundae kiddush.  (please note that this is an apres dinner experience)