Synagogue Tours

Emanu-El Synagogue Tours

Visit our beautiful synagogue, the oldest Canadian synagogue in continuous use, and explore its unique history, architecture and restoration. From June to September Congregation Emanu-El offers tours of the synagogue lead by our knowledgeable guides--Shoshana Litman, Amber Woods and Sharon Fitch three days a week. This tour is a must for those interested in Victoria’s Jewish roots.

Summer Schedule (2019)

  • January through June 4, 2019 School tours and Private tours by arrangement
  • June 4-August 29, 2019 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays12–1pm: Guided Tour of Congregation Emanu-El $10 per person (cash only)
    10am–12pm and 1–2pm: Quick ten-minute tours every 15 minutes, by donation
  • September-December, 2019School tours and Private tours by arrangement.
  • June 4–August 29, 2019 A walking tour of Jewish interest is offered by Discover the Past on Wednesdays starting at the Visitors Information at 10:30 and ending at noon at Congregation Emanu-El in time for the synagogue tour. For more information:
  • CostAdults: $10 
    Youth (aged 12-18): $5 (Cash only)
    Children under 12: Free
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For more information about the synagogue tours or to book a tour please email

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  • The Many Hands of the ChuppahThe Many Hands of the Chuppah exhibit tells the story of what inspired the hands of a multigenerational group of 14 women — artists, quilters, and designers — to create a new wedding canopy (chuppah) in celebration of the 150th anniversary (2013) of the consecration of Congregation Emanu-El synagogue.
  • Encounters artworkThe Encounters artwork of a group of artists of different genres produced as they explored the concept of divine-human interactions under the guidance of Rabbi Harry.
  • Display case in the Social HallThe display case in the social hall containing items that illustrate Who We Are Now (as distinct from the historical artifacts in the other display cases)
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Jewish Victoria Tours
For more information about Victoria’s early Jewish Community, try the Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England walking tour.

On this gentle 90 minute walk through the streets of Victoria, you will hear the less-often told stories of Jews, African Americans and Francophones.

The tour highlights the Jewish place in the patchwork of Victoria’s multi-cultural experience.
  • Months: June through August
  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Hours: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Cost: Adults: $15
    Seniors & Students: $13
    Children (6-11): $8
    Families: $35
  • LocationStart outside 26 Bastion Square (Burnes House)
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Note: Tours take place rain or shine. The walking tour ends at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street in time for a separate tour of the synagogue.  A Walking Tour of Jewish Victoria can be arranged at other times on request. Email Gary Cohen or contact us via the Discover The Past website

Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2J3 Canada
Tel: 250-382-0615 • InfoAtCongEman
Office hours: Tues–Thurs 9:30am-2:30pm