Join us for a COVID-19 compliant Simḥat Torah celebration

Sunday, October 11, starting at 10 am—This year, let us bring as much joy to ourselves, our congregation and our tradition by dancing with Torah on the South Lawn at Craigdarroch Castle on Sunday, October 11, 2020 starting 10 am. COVID-19 means we need to innovate new ways of celebrating and bringing joy. And so, this year we will dance with mini Torah scrolls, stuffy Torah scrolls, and holy books as we bring some love and honour to Simḥat Torah. This is an intergenerational family event. As we are limited to 50 participants, please register with Zelda at info@congregationemanuel.ca or by phone (250) 382-0615. Let’s close this festival cycle with lots of ruaḥ (spirit). Park in the neighborhood, and join us on the South Lawn. There will be no public washrooms available on site.

For safety information for participants…

Simḥat Torah is a joyous and spirited holiday. It signals the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle and a time when we begin the cycle anew by reading from Genesis. We take this holiday as an opportunity to honour volunteers who have contributed in a significant way to furthering Jewish life at Emanu-El and in the larger Victoria community. Typically we look for individuals who show dedication and generosity of spirit and celebrate them at the  Simḥat Torah service. This year the Religious Services Committee has chosen to honour all “Congregation Emanu-El Kehillah (members) and Friends.

Erev Simhat Torah

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Monday, October 21, 2019 starting at 7:00 pm — Simat Torah is a joyous and spirited holiday.  It signals the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle and a time when we begin the cycle anew by reading from Genesis. We dance with our beloved Torah scrolls, sing and enjoy delicious food and drink.  We take this holiday as an opportunity to honour volunteers who have contributed in a significant way to furthering Jewish life at Emanu-El and in the larger Victoria community. Typically we look for individuals who show dedication and generosity of spirit and celebrate them at the Erev Simḥat Torah service. This year the Religious Services Committee has chosen to honour:

Eric and Genevieve Brandt

The service takes place on Monday, October 21, 2019 starting at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. BYOB!

Simḥat Torah

Oct. 24, 7:00pm

Simḥat Torah marks the end of
the annual Torah reading cycle, and is the holiday where we celebrate the start
of reading the Torah anew from Genesis. This is a joyous and spirited event. We
dance with the Torah scrolls, sing, and have great food and drink.

We also celebrate those who have
volunteered in our congregation and in the Victoria Jewish community at large. Generally,
we choose two individuals who exemplify this dedication and generosity of
spirit. The year 2016 is no exception. We of the Religious Services
Committee feel privileged to honour two people who have contributed
significantly to enhancing Jewish life at Congregation Emanu-El and beyond. The
honourees chosen are –

  • Annette Wigod – for
    Kallat Bereshit (Bride of Genesis)
  • Rick Kool – for Ḥatan
    Torah
    (Groom of Torah).

Please mark this date on your
calendars and plan to join us to celebrate not only these two individuals, but
a remarkable and animated holiday, too. Light refreshments will be served. All Are Welcome

Moadim l’Simḥah – Have a Joyous Holiday
Season

– Religious Services Committee

Shmini Atzeret & Simḥat Torah

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The end of the Sukkot festival is marked by two
holidays: 

The first is Shmini Atzeret, which closes the festival.  It is like
the final brunch after a great family simḥah.
At Shmini Atzeret our Divine Parent asks us to linger a bit longer and
spend some more intimate time together.
The holiday is also marked by Yizkor.
It is an opportunity
for us to elevate the experience of the empty chair at holiday times.  It is a way for us to formally remember and
connect with loved ones who were deeply missed during the holiday.  Shmini Atzeret begins Sunday evening with
candle lighting at 6:27.  We have
servicesthe following morning, beginning at 9:00am.  Yizkor will begin at approximately 11:00 on
Monday
.
Following Shmini Atzeret
is Simḥat Toraha joyful celebration marking the completion of our annual
Torah reading cycle.  

The holiday is
marked by raucous dancing with our Torah scrolls.  Each year there are two people chosen to take
the final aliyah of our annual reading and the first aliyah of the new
cycle.  The honour is given to
congregants who embody Torah values and service to community.  This years recipients are Graham and Jean
Dragushan
.  Come pray with your legs and
dance with our Torahs and honour two very special people.  There will be finger foods and desserts, and
we ask that you bring your own libations.
Services on the night of Simḥat Torah being Monday evening at a time TBA. We also have services the following morning
at 9:00am.  This is your opportunity to
begin the new year with an aliyah and a big dose of simḥah.