On Tuesday September 28, 2021, we revelled in the great outdoors as we marked both the completion, and the beginning anew, of the cycle of Torah readings. An enthusiastic crowd gathered in Leah and Uri Levi’s lovely backyard to daven, chant Torah, and sing. Rabbi Harry led us through the festivities. We celebrated our Kallat Bereshit (Frances Rosenberg) and our Ḥatan Torah (Rabbi Louis Sutker) by calling them up for aliyot, and saying a few words about each of them. Read more about the event…
Religious Services Committee Kehillah Kodesh Emanu-El
Starting at 5 pm, Tuesday, September 28, 2021—Pre-registration required—Join us for a joyous, spirited evening outdoors in Uri and Leah Levi’s backyard to celebrate the completion of the Torah reading cycle and the joy at having the Torah. All ages are welcome. Many thanks to Uri and Leah for offering their backyard. Due to space constraints, we have limited the number of attendees to 30 so you MUST pre-register. Please note that registration is only complete when you receive confirmation from the office. As parking will be limited, please consider coming by other means or car-pooling.
As part of the evening’s festivities, we will take time to appreciate the contributions of two congregants. These individuals have shown dedication and generosity of spirit, and contributed in a significant way to further Jewish life at Congregation Emanu-El and in the larger Victoria community. This year, the Religious Services Committee has chosen to honour Frances Rosenberg and Rabbi Louis Sutker. We hope you will be able to join us for this year’s Simḥat Torah celebration! Don’t forget to register if you plan to attend.
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 email@example.com 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.
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“.
Monday, October 21, 2019 starting at 7:00 pm — 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 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 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
The end of the Sukkot festival is marked by two
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 Torah—a 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.