Synagogue opens doors for public tours

The Emanu-El synagogue turns 150th next year and wants to share its stories with residents

Canada’s oldest Jewish house of worship is opening its doors to the public this month in Victoria.

The Emanu-El synagogue, located at 1461 Blanshard St., turns 150th next year and wants to share its stories with residents.

Greater Victoria is home to many Jewish firsts in Canada: the first Jewish judge, member of Parliament and mayor were all from the region. Their stories and others will be told by Shoshana Litman, the first ordained female Jewish storyteller in Canada.

The Romanesque revival building is one of the last remaining by Scottich architect, John Wright.

Half-hour tours cost $5 and run on Tuesdays and Thursdays until August 30 at 11 a.m., noon, 1 or 2 p.m. Doors open 15 minutes beforehand.