Avodah sponsors 8 for 8

1161212_avodah_8for8-2On 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!

“Brrrr it’s cold out!”“Brrrr it’s cold out!”

Avodah helps 2
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.

Jewish Community Choir welcomes new singers

Carol thanks the audience!
Carol thanks the audience!

Next rehearsal Tuesday, December 10, 2019 —The Jewish Community Choir welcomes new voices to join our friendly, non-auditioned choir. We meet regularly to enjoy singing from a vast repertoire of Jewish music, accompanied by a gifted pianist. We sing both sacred and secular songs from Jewish composers, from centuries past to the modern day, including synagogue music as well as Yiddish and Israeli folk and songs from Broadway and popular songwriters. We sing in English, Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish and Ladino (or Judeo-Spanish) – all transliterated into English language syllables. We are non-denominational and welcome all, including non-Jews. The ability to read music or prior choir experience, while helpful, is not required.

Our weekly rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue. We next gather on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. If interested please contact our choir Director, Carol Sokoloff at 250-385-3378 or
casjazz@islandnet.com.


JFSVI requests gift card donations for Ḥanukkah 2019

JFSVI LogoDeadline 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

Outreach needs your help!

outreach-hands-ss-1920-1030x579Outreach is Congregation Emanu-El’s offer of support when you or your family are in transition. It may be a birth, it may be grief, sickness, an accident or changes in personal status. Sometimes changes are joyous and sometimes you may really need care and support. Too often we think we need to go it alone when dealing with change, but what you may need is Outreach. Some services Outreach provides:
    • Cooked meals
    • Rides to appointments or to synagogue
    • A warm visit
    • An open heart to listen

 The Outreach committee will be there for you as much or as little as you want. If you or your loved ones or friends need support, please call us. You can reach the Outreach committee by calling the synagogue office at (250) 382-0615. The committee is fully committed to maintaining confidentiality.

The Outreach committee is made up of congregants helping congregants. And Outreach needs your help! We especially need people who can cook, drive, visit, check in by phone, and deliver food. If you want a periodic mitzvah or want to be part of the Outreach team, please contact jillswartz@gmail.com.


Candle lighting vigil and program

Day of remembrance

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.

Congregant Michael Bloomfield receives prestigious National Philanthropy Day Award

Michael Bloomfield PhilanthropyTzedakah 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.