Congregation Emanu-El is an egalitarian Conservative Jewish congregation in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia. In 2013 we celebrated our 150th anniversary as Canada’s oldest synagogue in continuous use. It has been designated a national historic site.
Our synagogue is growing. In 2017/2018 we numbered 240 households and 550 people among our membership.
We are an active Jewish community devoted to both youth and adult religious education. We are extremely proud to have a number of individuals capable of chanting from the Torah and many more capable of chanting the Haftarah. We also take pride in educating our youth with great passion.
You may hear one of our B’nai mitzvah students chanting the preliminary service, Shaḥarit, a portion of the Torah Parashat Hashavua, or Musaf. You may meet one or more of our young people who have come back from Israel after serving in the IDF. You may even meet one of us who has grown up and become a rabbi or cantor elsewhere in North America after receiving a strong Jewish education in our Hebrew school and through our USY and Kadima Programs.
Congregation Emanu-El is a place where deep friendships are forged and nourished. We believe in connecting people to one another, to their Jewish roots and traditions, and in building feelings of connectedness, security and belonging.
We welcome visitors from around the world for Shabbat services. Please join us.
Congregation Emanu-El Board