Introduction

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For much of BC Jewish history there was only one Congregation in Victoria, BC  - Congregation Emanu-El of Victoria, Canada’s oldest continuously used synagogue,  was founded in 1863 as the home to the Victoria Jewish community. However, over time the Victoria community became fractured, much like other Jewish communities seeking individualism, as slowly dividing groups wanted change and alternative options.
 
Today there are five congregations in Victoria, all with slightly smaller numbers. With the overall size of the Jewish community in the city being relatively small, it is an ongoing challenge for the community to support five separate congregations, and yet through a unique way of collaborating, Victoria’s Jewish community is making it work.