Tallit Making Workshop

Come make a tallit for yourself or a loved one, or consider making another one for yourself. No sewing skills are needed- there are people who will sew for you.

We will meet 3 times. The first meeting is Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 pm at Charlotte Sutker’s house. Please contact the shul office for the address. You don’t need to bring anything to this first meeting. Second and third meetings TBA.

Call Charlotte at home or contact her c/o info@congregationemanuel.ca to let her know that you are coming.

Cost: $18.00 plus cost of the materials that you will choose

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Yiddish Book Centre Workshop

Text and image reproduced from yiddishbookcentre.org

Starting March 8, the Yiddish Book Centre and Jewish Women’s Archive present Glikl and her Sisters: The Creative Lives of 17th-Century Jewish Women.

At the end of the 1600s, businesswoman Glikl bas Yehude Leyb began writing what is considered to be the first autobiography of a Jewish woman. Over the next 28 years Glikl’s writing would describe, in minute detail, her work, her travels, her family, and the politics of the era. This document has become a unique point of access for readers interested in Jewish experience, life in the early modern period, and especially women’s perspectives.

Women played a unique and important role in early modern European Jewish life, as businesswomen, wise women and halakhic authorities, and as composers of Yiddish-language prayers and liturgy. This online course will explore the context and work of Glikl and a number of her contemporaries, such as Rivke bas Me’ir, first female author of a Yiddish book, and the midwives, widows, and daughters who collected books, wrote prayers, and contributed creativity and knowledge to the early modern Jewish world. 

Combining short lectures by renowned faculty, including Elisheva Carlebach, Chava Weissler, Joshua Teplitsky, and Jordan Katz, with lively small-group discussions of a variety of texts, the course will give students a rare glimpse into the creative lives of Jewish women, and of the ways that gender roles, Jewish law, and Christian society combined to both constrict and create opportunities for women’s quests for knowledge and expression.

Held on Zoom, the class will meet on four consecutive Tuesdays:

March 8, March 15, March 22, and March 29, 2022
7pm–8:15pm Eastern Time

Classes will be held in Zoom meeting format, including short talks with scholars, a Q&A, and small-group discussions.

Short readings will be distributed, but are not mandatory. Students are encouraged to read along with Glikl: Memoirs, 1691-1719 (Brandeis University Press, 2019) throughout the course.

Cost: $75 for Yiddish Book Center and JWA members, $100 for non-members.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive and is presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2022 Decade of Discovery theme: Women in Yiddish. 

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Two-Part Tallit Making Workshop

Come make a tallit for yourself or for a loved one or consider making another one for yourself. No sewing skills are needed. There are people who will sew for you. We will not be sewing the tallit during class time.

We will meet twice at 1135 McClure Street:

  • 1st meeting: Wednesday, July 28 at 7:00 pm.  You don’t need to bring anything to this first meeting.
  • 2nd meeting: Sunday, Sept. 5 at 7:00 pm.  We will tie the tzitzit at this meeting.

Call Charlotte Sutker at 250-516-9993 or email her at charlotte.sutker@gmail.com to let her know you are coming.

Cost: $18 plus the cost of the materials you choose.

Be the Change!

GVAT revisedThursday, October 18, 9 am – 5 pm Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street — Feeling depressed about the state of the world recently? Want to do something tangible about it at a local level? Come and learn the basic tools and philosophy of ‘broad-based community organizing’ at a workshop hosted by Greater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT), an alliance of 20 organizations including foundational member Congregation Emanu-El, who have committed to work together to tackle some of the toughest issues in this city. The Building Power for the Common Good workshop provides participants with an opportunity to learn how to work with their neighbors to bring about effective social and environmental justice.

The workshop scheduled for October 18, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm will be at Congregation Emanu-El synagogue. For congregants there is no charge for the workshop. (For information about childcare/travel bursaries, contact Flossie Baker at (250) 884-1347). For registration information… 

There is a senior community organizer who is an impressive teacher coming up from Seattle for this workshop.

Themes covered in the workshop:

  • Why organize?– Examine the history, traditions, and values of our labor, faith, community and educational organizations.
  • Fundamental organizing skills– Learn tools to conduct individual relational meetings, listening sessions, research, negotiations and action to help obtain a concrete, winnable outcome.
  • Strengthening our institutions – Engage people systematically in a culture that is relational, action-oriented and reflective.
  • Problems vs. issues – Focus from general problems to concrete, winnable issues by

The Congregation Emanu-El co-ordinators for this event are Todd Litman, Andrew Gow and Ruth Schreier.

Preregistration is necessary.


Self Defence for Women

Female self defenseNovember 26 from 2 -5 pm: Register by November 22 — Congregation Emanu-El will offer a class on Self Defence for Women on Sunday, November 26 from 2 -5 pm. This class is for those who wish to learn how to enhance their own personal safety. The instructor Sheila, a black belt in TaeKwon with extensive training in Empowerment Self Defense provides a safe and trauma-sensitive environment, in which participants will learn the emotional, verbal and physical skills needed to protect themselves.

This class is empowering, positive and socially aware. It addresses the kinds of dangers that women are most likely to face statistically, including sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Participants will leave feeling confident in their ability to protect themselves.

Sheila, the instructor, is part of a global movement to reduce violence against women and other vulnerable groups.

Sheila welcomes girls over the age of 12 years, women, female-identifying, and gender non-conforming persons of all levels of ability and physical limitations to her class.

  • Date: Sunday, November 26 at 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Place: Congregation Emanu-El Social Hall
  • Cost: Members – $10 for teens and students, $25 for adults and $30 for mother/daughter combos
  • Non-members – $15 for teens and students, $30 for adults and $40 for mother/daughter combos
  • Registration: Please register and pay through the Synagogue office at (250) 382-0615 on or before November 22.

Thank you, Sheila for generously donating your time and expertise, all proceeds will go to funding our new Youth Programs.

Elder Abuse Prevention

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

The Victoria Community Response Network (VCRN) has decided to
increase outreach and education sessions for community local groups working with seniors to prevent
elder abuse and neglect in Victoria, BC. The VCRN goal is to facilitate free workshops and information
sessions regarding the resources available in
the local community (i.e., abuse, neglect and self-neglect
awareness/prevention). We will hold an
information session for the leaders of seniors’
programs on Wednesday Dec 07th from 10-11:30am at the Central
Library in Victoria. Parking: below the Central Library and on View
Street Parkade (the first hour is free).

Please join us
for this dynamic event!

We invite you,
our local community groups to learn about the warning signs of abuse of older
adults and how to respond safely.

We will

  •  Signs and risk factors of abuse
  •  True to life scenarios and videos to stimulate your awareness
  •  Local and
    provincial resources to prevent elder abuse

We look forward to seeing members of the Jewish community
represented at this important event. 

Questions and
RSVP to Lycia by November 18th at lyciar@yahoo.com

Drawing & watercolour workshop

July 26, 28; Aug. 2, 4; Aug. 9,11—10:30am–12:30pm


Just what you’ve been waiting for—the
annual summer backyard art class!

Tailored for you –
drawing and watercolour for beginners and continuing students.  

YES YOU CAN learn to draw!

  • I will
    teach you how to improve your powers of observation and apply various rendering
    techniques to create exciting
    drawings of natural subjects
  • or
    perhaps you could branch out into the abstract.


  • You
    might prefer to explore the essence and details of nature through painting in
  • Learn
    colour theory and paint handling techniques to develop spirited watercolours.

the end of the workshop you will gain confidence and acceptance of your

Diner Brinley – a talented artist/art teacher with over 40 years teaching/art

6 classes (limited
enrolment), $180. 

To register, or for more information, email Janis, or tel.  250–595-8841