Support our Youth Group as they Do the Loop for youth

Sunday, September 26, 2021Congregation Emanu-El Youth Group invites you to support and/or join them on Sunday, September 26, 2021 when they will saddle up for Threshold Housing Society’s Do the Loop bike/walk/run fundraiser. Our Youth Group, under the guidance of their coordinator Adele Mark, will bike around Victoria to raise money for Threshold Society, which provides safe housing and services for youth at risk of homelessness. Want to donate to our Youth Group team? Click here! 

Youth Group leads Shabbat Services: Ickovich family sponsors Kiddush

EE Youth Group 2Saturday, May 11, 2019-—On Saturday, May 11 our Youth Group will lead many parts of the Shabbat morning services. Following the service, Avi & Nora Ickovich and family invite the congregation to a kiddush luncheon on the occasion of the Yahrzeit (May 11) of Avi’s father, Aaron Z”L ben Rabbi Alexander Ickovich Z”L, and the sixth anniversary of the Bar Mitzvah of Avi & Nora’s son, Isaac who is pictured below with his grandfather.


Cookies for Dandelion Society

Cookies - Photo

Avodah’s youngest member, Eva Stanger-Ross, wrote:
We made 60 cookies for the Dandelion Society at our Youth Group sleepover. It was really fun! There were six kids helping. I called Reverend Al to tell him and he was so happy and thankful. Although nobody can ever make enough cookies, he said we were making a big difference and that homeless people would really enjoy them. A big thanks to Julie and Howie Herzog for hosting and dropping off the cookies. Without them it would not have been possible.

Welcome Danielle!

Danielle Weisz

We are thrilled to welcome Danielle Weisz, our new Youth Group Advisor! Danielle comes to us with a plethora of youth group experience and a background in theatre arts, teaching and volunteering with Hillel.  For the past ten years, she has worked in various jobs for which she delivered, developed, and supervised programs. At her synagogue in Edmonton, she ran Shabbat children’s programming and worked as a counselor. Her passion for working with children and youth led her to pursue a career as a teacher. Currently, Danielle works at Oaklands Elementary School teaching Drama/Music/Dance.
We are sure that Danielle with her very warm personality, will utilize the great skills she has acquired in past experiences to lead our youth group at Emanu-El. We are so excited to have her.

Thank you Noa!

Noa Marnin GiladCongregation Emanu-El thanks Noa Marnin Gilad  for her service as the Youth Group leader as she was a joy to work, a great team member and greatly appreciated by our youth. Noa leaves us to prepare for a new addition to her family. Thankfully, she will continue as one of our Hebrew School teachers. Noa, the Youth Group wishes you all the best and thanks you for your dedication, enthusiasm and team spirit.

Emanu-El Youth Group Ḥanukkah Bash

Hanukkah BashSunday, December 2,  5 – 7 pm — All post-B’nei Mitzvah youth (grades 8-12) are invited to join us for a Ḥanukkah Party on December 2, between 5:00 and 7:00 pm in the Social Hall at the synagogue! Come and light the ḥanukkiah, have a party, and dance the horah. Bring a T-shirt for tie-dye, and don’t forget your appetite.. no latke must remain uneaten. See you there!

Essay Writing Contest for Teens

Essay-Contest-Flyer-2018smDeadline March 5 2018Rethinking Zionism  ~  What Does Zionism Mean to Me?


  • Three Scholarships in the amounts of: $1,000, $850, and $650 USD.
  • The scholarship will apply to any Conservative Movement sponsored Israel program (including Israel programs taking place from June 1, 2018 onward).


Applicants must be residents of North America, in grades 7-12, and a member of a Conservative synagogue. Each participant may only submit one essay for consideration.


  • Essay Contest Opening: October 15, 2017. Entry forms and additional information can be found at,, or
  • Deadline for Entries:
    • Entries must be submitted electronically by 9:00 am EST March 5, 2018. Late entries will not be accepted. MERCAZ and Women’s League cannot be responsible for delayed or misdirected entries. Read receipt requests are recommended.
  • Announcement of Winners:
    • Winners will be notified by May 8, 2018.
  • Essay Format:
    • Essays must be submitted as a standard letter-sized document (8.5×11 inches) in Word or PDF using 12 point regular font, such as Times New Roman or Arial, with the entry form as a cover page. Essays should be double-spaced, up to 1000 words. Submitted essays must be the entrant’s original work, with quotes properly cited. (Citations do not count towards the word count.)
  • Submission:
    • Entries must be submitted via email. Mailed entries will not be accepted. Essays, the accompanying cover page, and photo should be emailed to with the subject MERCAZ USA/CANADA/Women’s League Essay Contest”. By entering this contest, the student agrees that all information submitted becomes the property of MERCAZ – WLCJ to publish at their discretion.


Pasta Dinner – Youth Group Fundraiser

pasta dinner 2Sunday, February 18 5:30 pm, Emanu-El Social Hall — Emanu-El Youth Group is happy to invite you to an Italian themed dinner. On the menu – Pasta, garlic bread, salad and dessert.*
Doors open at 5:15 pm at Congregation Emanu-El. Kids under 4: no charge Kids 4-10: $6 Ages 11 to 99: $8

RSVP to Noa — by February 14.

* Vegan and GF options will be provided if request made with RSVP.

The teens will do the cooking, serving and cleaning. We look forward to seeing you all. This fundraiser will help future activities for teens in our community.

Avodah says thank you!

Avodah TYAvodah thanks everybody who brought items for Project Connect to Rae Ann and Rabbi Harry’s Sukkah. We have dropped them off at the First Metropolitan Church for distribution to people who really need them.

We know the toiletries, socks, underwear, and all the other amazing donations will be greatly appreciated. As winter comes, Avodah will continue collecting items and we will let you know when we have another drive. There will always be another chance to donate. This time around we got so much stuff that we could hardly fit in the trunk of our Prius ( small car) so next time we will use our minivan (big car)!

Thank you! Eva Stanger-Ross, age 13: Avodah Youth representative