Emanu-El Launches Summer Tour Program

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Every summer many tourists visit our beautiful synagogue, the oldest Canadian synagogue in continuous use, to explore its unique history, architecture and restoration. From June to September we offer tours of the synagogue on a regular schedule. Our knowledgeable guides—Shoshana Litman, Amber Woods and Sharon Fitch— conduct tours three days a week.

We are grateful to our guides for their enthusiasm and devotion to the delivery of an incredibly professional docent service. It is a thrill to see how visitors are so fascinated by their visit to our shul. Please encourage your summer visitors to experience Victoria’s Jewish roots by taking one of our shul tours. If they wish to find out more about the Jewish experience in early Victoria, we recommend the gentle walking tour Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England.

Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue Tours: 2018 Summer Schedule

  • Months: June through August
  • Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Hours: 12 pm (noon) and 2 pm
  • Cost: Adults: $10  Youth (aged 12-18): $5 (Cash only)
    • Free for children under 12

Short tours (when possible) by donation.

Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England Walking Tours

  • Months: June through August
  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Hours: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • Cost: Adults: $15 Seniors: $13 Students: $13 Children (6-11): $8 Families: $35
  • Location: Start outside 26 Bastion Square (Burnes House)

Note: Tours take place rain or shine.

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Daily synagogue tours this summer

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Congregation Emanu-El, the oldest Canadian synagogue in continuous use, opens its doors to visitors. Every summer, many tourists visit our beautiful synagogue to explore its unique history, architecture and restoration.

This year, with our knowledgeable guides—Shoshana Litman, Amber Woods and Sharon Fitch—we have decided to give daily synagogue tours from Tuesdays to Thursdays. We are grateful to our guides for their enthusiasm and devotion to the delivery of an incredibly professional docent service.

It is a thrill to see how visitors are so fascinated by their visit to our shul. Please encourage your summer visitors to experience Victoria’s Jewish roots by taking one of our shul tours. If they wish to find out more about our unique local history, they can take a Victoria Jewish Walking Tour.

Synagogue Tours: Summer Schedule
2017

June through
August

  • Tuesday: 10:30am, 12:00 (noon) and 2pm
  • Wednesday: 12:00(noon) and 2pm
  •  Thursday 10:30am, 12:00(noon) and 2pm
  • $10 cash for adults
  • $5 for youth (aged 12-18)
  • Free for children under 12
  • Short tours (when possible)
    by donation

Jewish Victoria Walking Tours

Wednesdays: 10:30am (rain or shine)

Gentle 90 minute walk: Starts at 26 Bastion Square (beside the former Maritime Museum): Ends at the synagogue’s front steps, 1461 Blanshard Street

  • $15.00 for
    adults
  • $13.00
    for students/seniors
  • Cash
    only please

Synagogue Tours begin June 2

Visit Congregation Emanu-El, Canada’s oldest surviving
synagogue. Explore this beautiful site’s unique history, architecture and
restoration with maggidah (Jewish storyteller) Shoshana Litman. All the information is at http://www.congregationemanuel.ca/tours.html

Groups of 20 or more can also enjoy a delicious Jewish style lunch before
touring the synagogue (with advance notice), prepared with finesse by Marc
Fagen
of Veggie Fast Foods.  
After your synagogue tour, join Gary Cohen for an easy 90 minute walk that
winds through downtown from the synagogue’s front steps to Government &
Yates, rain or shine. Discover how a small, vibrant Jewish community helped
shape Victoria’s destiny.

Schedule
Thursdays in June, July and August or at other times by prior arrangement 
Lunch: 12-1 p.m.
Synagogue Tour: 1-2 p.m.
Walking Tour: 2-3:30 p.m.

Costs & Contacts:
Lunch:
$15 per person
Minimum Number: 20 people
Notice required: At least one week
Contact: Marc Fagen, 250-514-4078, veggiefastfoods@shaw.ca

  • Scheduled Synagogue Tours: 
    • $10 per adult (cash only)
    • free for children under
      12 
  • Private Synagogue Tours: 
    • $20 each; 
    • $10 each for 20 or more
    • free for
      schools 

Tel: 250-589-1250, email Shoshana, or visit www.maggidah.com

  • Walking Tours: 
    • $15 per adult
    • $13 for students/seniors
    • $2 discount for taking
      both tours (cash only)

Contact:
Discover the Past, tel., 250-384-6698, email, or visit www.discoverthepast.com

Walking Tour November 30

Discover how a small but vibrant Jewish Community helped shape Victoria’s destiny.  For example, Victoria’s second mayor was the first Jewish mayor in North America.  Join Gary Cohen for an easy 90 minute walking tour and find out more.

Explore Canada’s oldest surviving synagogue. Learn about our shul’s unique history, architecture and restoration.  Most tours will be led by Canada’s first ordained maggidah (Jewish Storyteller & Educator), Shoshana Litman. 

November 30, 2014                                                                       

  • Walking Tour at 10:30am
  • No Synagogue Tour                                    

Price:

Walking Tours:

  • Adults: $15.00 (cash only)
  • Seniors/Students: $13.00 (cash only)
  • $2 discount for everyone taking both tours

Synagogue Tours:  

  • $10.00 Cash only
  •  Children under 12 free

Walking Tours begin outside Congregation Emanu-el (Pandora and Blanshard) and slowly wind through downtown ending at Government and Yates, rain or shine. 

To book a Walking Tour at a different time contact John Adams at Discover the Past:

250-384-6698www.discoverthepast.com, or email