JFS Saanich Green Market

Sunday August 7 – Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island is running a farm-fresh produce market this Sunday, August 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. outside the Jewish Community Centre on 3636 Shelbourne St. This market is for everyone but particularly for those individuals and families that need a boost at this time of high prices and inflation.

On August 7th we will feature a variety of fresh berries from Gobind Farm, free range eggs from Rabbit River Farm, spray free vegetables from Sun Wing Tomatoes and wonderful live music with a kosher BBQ lunch. Our produce is from local farms and what we pay-you pay! Please bring your own grocery bag. For your convenience we accept debit, credit, and cash.


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Housing Presentation

Housing as a Human Right means Housing for All.
Time to make this a reality, not just a slogan

August 9, 7:30 p.m. – Join Emanu-El’s Avodah and GVAT’s Affordable Housing team, as we hear how GVAT has been engaging with member organizations to establish housing priorities and needs, and the achievable solutions it has been developing.

The presentation is a work in progress. Come be part of the process, for – in its final form – it will be the basis of GVAT’s campaign and the ASKS, to be made of candidates and politicians prior to the Elections

Join the Zoom discussion at us02web.zoom.us/j/89575080616?pwd=UDBzWWlLTlQ0bjBWOUlPenRqaVBSdz09


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Victoria Fringe Festival Volunteer Outreach

Interested in joining an amazing community of artists and theatre enthusiasts, all while getting sweet perks like free show tickets? The 2022 Victoria Fringe Festival team is now looking for volunteers! Fringe is a theatre and arts festival with performers from around the world, and live events at six venues. Learn more and sign up at intrepidtheatre.com/about/volunteer/


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JFS Saanich Green Market

Sunday July 17 – Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island is running a farm-fresh produce market this Sunday, July 17th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm outside the Jewish Community Centre on 3636 Shelbourne St. This market is for everyone but particularly for those individuals and families that need a boost at this time of high prices and inflation.

On July 17th we will feature a variety of fresh berries from Gobind Farm, free range eggs from Rabbit River Farm, spray free vegetables from Sun Wing Tomatoes and wonderful live music with a kosher BBQ lunch. Our produce is from local farms and what we pay-you pay! Please bring your own grocery bag for all those berries! For your convenience we accept debit, credit, and cash.


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JFS Saanich Green Market

Sunday July 10 [date changed] – Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island is running a farm-fresh produce market on the first and third Sunday of every month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm outside the Jewish Community Centre on 3636 Shelbourne St. This market is for everyone but particularly for those individuals and families that need a boost at this time of high prices and inflation. The market is this Sunday, July 10th (instead of July 3rd) due to circumstances beyond our control that closed the 3600 block on Shelbourne Street last week.

On July 10th we will have a variety of fresh berries from Gobind Farm, free range eggs from Rabbit Tree Farm, spray free vegetables from Sun Wing Tomatoes and more! 100% of our produce is from local farms and what we pay-you pay! Please bring your own grocery bag.


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Former CEE Member Edits Book on Islamic Calligrapher

Image via publisher

Former Emanu-El member Nancy Micklewright has edited a book on the Islamic calligraphy of Mohamed Zakariya. The collection of essays, photographs, and illustrations, called “Mohamed Zakariya – A 21st century Master Calligrapher,” was published in May 2022.

Hear Nancy speak about the book and Zakariya’s work:


Lekwungen Walk

Sunday, July 3 2022Mr. Mark Albany, an elder of the Songhees Nation, has graciously offered to lead Congregation Emanu-El on a walking tour of his ancestors’ land, to understand downtown Victoria from a Lekwungen point of view.

The tour provides a unique opportunity to learn something about the Lekwungen way of life pre colonization and the history of displacement of Indigenous peoples, which was the precursor of settler occupation and the creation of the City of Victoria.
Having done the tour with Mark, Ruthi had this to say:

“Extremely powerful – I guarantee it will change your perception of the ‘Truth of Colonization’, and marks a significant step in the process of “Wrestling” with that Truth, something which all of us white settlers need to undertake, if there is to be genuine reconciliation IMO”.

It does take about 2.5 hours and covers almost 2km, so comfortable shoes and weather appropriate dress are recommended. It is not a tour suitable for children 10yrs and under.
The tour is limited to 15, so get yourselves signed up asap. email the office Info@congregationemanuel.ca with “Lekwungen Walk” in the subject line.

When: Sunday 3rd July 10:00am to 12:30pm
Where: Tour begins at the corner of Douglas and Belleville near Mungo Martin House and the totems, ends at the totems on Songhees Road.
Cost: $15 paid in cash. The fee will be collected prior to the beginning of the walk so please remember to bring cash with you.


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Saanich Green Market

Opens Sunday, June 12, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm — Farm-Fresh, Affordable Food for the Whole Community

Individuals and families can take advantage of this market’s low cost of local fresh produce. For a year, the market will take place twice a month on a Sunday. The goal is not to make a profit, but to use the same funds to purchase low-cost produce for the next market.

It’s primarily a market for those with low to moderate incomes. Produce will be sold at close to wholesale prices. Payment will be taken via cash, debit card, or e-transfer.

Jewish Family Services was recently accepted into the Good Foods Organization by the Community Food Centres of Canada. We are joining 270+ organizations representing communities across Canada and beyond, all working together towards a healthy and fair food system.


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Avodah thanks CEE members for their support!

Avodah food bank donations
Avodah Social Action supports Food Bank at St. John’s

Avodah Social Action Group expresses gratitude to members of the Congregation Emanu-El for their substantial contributions to the Food Bank at St John the Divine at the public menorah  lighting on December 5th.

$380 dollars and a full car load of non-perishable items, food and toiletries were donated at the event. Some members also donated directly through the Canada Helps website.

Your kind gesture will ensure that individuals and families will be better cared for in this inner city neighbourhood. 

Public Menorah Lighting: The Light of Tzedakah, Righteous Giving

In Honour of Reverend Al Tysick

On December 5th, a Public Menorah Lighting was held at Centennial Square. It was a wonderful evening filled with spirit and celebration – in essence a glorious Hanukkah street party! This year’s theme was the Light of Tzedakah, of Righteous Giving. 

It was our privilege to honour Reverend Al Tysick, a person who powerfully exemplifies Tzedakah via his words and deeds. Rabbi Harry spoke of how Rev. Al has brought light, hope and comfort to members of Victoria’s street and vulnerable community for many decades.  

A giant Hanukkah menorah (hanukkiah) was lit for the eighth night of the Jewish Festival of Lights.  The musical headliner was none other than the fabulous klezmer group, The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra.  They belted out klezmer songs, Hanukkah tunes, and much more to get the audience fired up. The many attendees were singing, dancing, and simply sharing their joy and gratitude about being able to celebrate Hanukkah in person for the first time in two years.

The Avodah Social Action team collected non-perishable food and cash donations to support the food bank at St. John the Divine. Thanks go out to the Downtown Victoria Business Association for their support, and to the many others who made this an enchanted evening to remember!  

Please see photos attached, and a link to an article in the Times Colonist below.

https://www.timescolonist.com/local-news/menorah-ceremony-shines-a-light-on-work-of-rev-al-tysick-4832520

from the Religious Services Committee