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Public Hanukkah Lighting!

Join Congregation Emanu-El, Victoria, BC on Sunday, December 5th at 5pm for a public Hanukkah lighting

Join Congregation Emanu-El on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 5 pm in Centennial Square for an evening of joy, music, and light, as we honour the tremendous work of Rev Al. He is a shining example of someone who spent decades performing acts of tzedakah, bringing hope, unconditional love and support every day to many of our sisters and brothers in the downtown core. Hanukkah is about dedication and Rev Al has taught us what it means to dedicate self to Tikkun Olam, cosmic repair, building a better, more loving community by caring for our city’s most vulnerable folk.

Together, we will light one of British Columbia’s largest Hanukkah menorahs. We’ll dance to the music of the phenomenal Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra, amazing Klezmorim! Munch a sufganiyah (traditional Ḥanukkah donut) and experience light, joy, and the holiday spirit!

Financial donations or the donation of non-perishable foods for the Food Bank at St. John the Divine would be most welcome at the event.

Current BCCDC public health guidelines do not place significant restrictions on religious gatherings. However, even as we look forward to celebrating Hanukkah together this winter, we want to ensure the health and safety of our community. 


  • Do not attend if you are unwell.
  • Wear a mask. Although this is an outdoor event, some people will be singing and dancing. Masks help keep us all safer—and warmer! 
  • Be aware of physical distance guidelines, particularly when eating the delicious donuts.
  • While vaccination is not required, in the interest of public safety, we would appreciate if those age 12+ who plan to attend are fully vaccinated. 

Contact Congregation Emanu-El for more information.