Shabbaton Emanu-El

Rabbi Tsafi Lev

Friday & Saturday, December 8 & 9 — How can Judaism help each of us flourish as individuals? What will it take for our congregation to thrive for another 150 years?

Join us on Friday evening, December 8 and Saturday, December 9 for a congregational Shabbaton led by Rabbi Harry’s study partner, Rabbi Tsafi Lev who will help us explore and play with tools from the world of positive psychology, find points of integration within our personal lives and in the communal life of Congregation Emanu-El.

Rabbi Tsafi is deeply involved in exploring the nexus between Jewish practice and positive psychology. He has been studying and teaching this emerging approach to rabbis and congregations for several years now. Thanks to the generosity of a congregant, we have been able to bring Rabbi Tsafi to Victoria from his home in Los Angeles where he is the West Coast Rabbis Without Borders Coordinator, the Rabbinic Director of a Los Angeles Jewish High School and a teacher of Jewish bible and philosophy to rabbinical students.

Shabbaton Schedule

Friday, December 9

  • 5:30 pm Doors open for Pot Luck Dinner
  • 7:00 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service
    • Spirited Friday night service with Emanu-El’s own KabbaShabba band and story telling by Rabbi Tsafi Lev

Saturday, December 10

  • 9:00 am Shabbat Service
    • Parashat Vayeshev / פרשת וישב
    • Drash – Dreams and Visions: Rabbi Tsafi Lev
  • 12:15 pm Kiddush Luncheon catered by Jacqui Ittah
  • 1:15 – 3:30 pm Learning with Rabbi Tsafi LevImplementing Torah values and virtues that promote human flourishing and happiness
  • 3:30 – 7:00 pm Break
  • 7:00 – 10:00 pm Havdallah followed by Melaveh Malkah at Ruthi’s
    • We’ll have veggie pizza available and if you’d like to bring fruit/dessert to share – perfect. Tea and coffee provided, BYOB.
    • We’ll wrap up with schmoozing, a little more learning, music and song so bring your instruments, talents, poetry etc.

Cost: For the entire Shabbaton, including meals on Shabbat, the cost will be:

  • Members: $54, couples $90
  • Non-Members: $72, couples $126
  • Some scholarships available

Please register and pay in advance with the office at 250-382-0615. The synagogue office is open from Tuesday to Thursday 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Note: The Shabbat service and the Kiddush are, of course, open to all. Our Kiddush fund always needs help so please consider a donation if you don’t plan on registering for the Shabbaton.

Save the dates for Emanu-El’s Shabbaton Weekend!

Rabbi Tsafi Lev
December 8 – 10 weekend – Together with the Religious Services Committee we are planning an exciting Shabbaton Weekend with a visiting Scholar-in-Residence, Rabbi Tsafi Lev who is Rabbi Harry’s study partner.

SAVE the DATES from Friday, December 8 to Sunday, December 10 and watch for more details.

Shabbaton 2016 cancelled

The feedback from the congregation was that a retreat at the Bethlehem Centre would be too expensive. Consequently, we have decided not to have a Shabbaton this year. Instead, we invite the congregation to come together as we prepare for the High Holy Days for a Shabbat Shebang and a musical Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday, September 23. At the close of this Shabbat, Ki Tavo כי־תבוא, we will enter Leil Sliḥot with a program arranged by Rabbi Harry. We will provide the details for these events in a subsequent newsletter.