On or before December 22, 2019 — Avodah invites you to bring 8 items – one for each night of Ḥanukkah to the Menorah Lighting in Centennial Square, Sunday, December 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm or to the synagogue office during office hours.
Let’s share our abundance with the Emergency Food Service at St. John the Divine.
Suggested non-perishable, new items for donation are:
• canned fruit • canned salmon
• tins of meat, chicken • granola bars
• condiments • honey
• jam • cereal, canned milk
• chunky soups • crackers
• cookies • margarine
• eggs • razorsCanned goods with pull tab tops are encouraged.Thank you from the Avodah Social Action Group!
As the days have become shorter and the cold and wet nights longer, our thoughts are with our less fortunate, vulnerable friends in Victoria.
Presently, Avodah provides support through our ongoing commitments to these local agencies:
- 1UP Single Parent Resource Centre
- Burnside Gorge Community Association
- Out of the Rain
- Quadra Village Community Centre
Additionally Avodah has had special projects like providing fleece blankets to the Dandelion Society and delivering hundreds of pairs of underwear to numerous small groups.
We rely on the generosity of congregants and friends to continue this work and to increase our commitments.
Please consider making an end-of-year donation to our shul’s social action group, Avodah.
Deadline December 15, 2019 — Every year Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island (JFSVI) runs Ḥanukkah gift donations and food drives, hand delivering gift baskets to over 40 families and individuals in our community who are struggling. Currently our client list is growing primarily due to the high cost of living in the Victoria area. This year we are promoting Gift Card donations by multiples of $18 (ḥay). Continue reading JFSVI requests gift card donations for Ḥanukkah 2019
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 5:30 – 6:30 pm, First Metropolitan, 932 Balmoral Road (Corner Quadra St.) — First Met & Grandmothers Advocacy Network invite you to a candle lighting vigil and program of poetry, music and story on Friday, December 6, 2019 marking the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Montreal massacre of 14 young women students at Ecole Polytechnique. Penny Tennenhouse from Congregation Emanu-El will read our Prayer for Peace at this observance. All are welcome. Light refreshments to follow.
Tzedakah is a fundamental part of the Jewish way of life and of Michael Bloomfield’s life. There are many ways we can fulfill our obligation to perform tzedakah including helping the poor and we Jews know that we must do more than just taking care of our own. Michael Bloomfield has been a tireless contributor to our kehillah, the larger community and our world. Congregation Emanu-El celebrates his generosity and kindness which was recognized by a well-deserved National Philanthropy Day Award at a ceremony held on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the McPherson Playhouse.
Since 2007 Michael has raised funds and socks to provide over 100,000 pairs, worth at least $500,000 to 30 organizations serving people in need. In accepting the award at McPherson Playhouse Michael shared with the audience the Jewish belief that “whoever saves one life, it is as if saving an entire world” and inspired them to action by saying “you don’t have to be rich to be a philanthropist you just need to care.”
Congratulations to Michael Bloomfield who dedicated the award to Christine and the many donors and partners, including Emanu-El, Cool-Aid and McGregor’s Socks who have made the Socks project a great success, helping many people and families.