Thank you so much, Avodah!

Avodah at Burnside GorgeBurnside Gorge Community Association is one of the organizations that your contributions to Avodah support.  Avodah receives regular reports from them on how our donations benefit their clients.
Here is a portion of a letter Avodah received in June from the Family Housing Outreach Workers from Burnside Gorge. Continue reading Thank you so much, Avodah!

Dr. Ruth Simkin Launches Dear Sophie

Join Dr. Ruth Simkin as she launches her latest book Dear Sophie on Sunday, July 21 at 2:00 pm, Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria V8W 2J3.  Dear Sophie is Dear Sophie is the continuing memoir of The Jagged Years of Ruthie J. as Ruth fsucceeds in being accepted to medical school only to face sexual harassment and discrimination during her training. Told in letters to her niece Sophie, Ruth weaves a feminist story of perseverance and determination for equality. The book demonstrates to Sophie how to live a happy, productive, feminist life.

In 2010, The Jagged Years of Ruthie J met with critical acclaim; Dr. Simkin has written countless medical papers and contributed to medical textbooks. Dear Sophie: Life Lessons in Feminism and Medicine is her fifth book.

Dr. Simkin worked as a family physician, and later on became a specialist in hospice and palliative care, working at the Victoria Hospice. She is currently retired and resides in Victoria. She happily lives with her Golden Doodle, Kelly, enjoying the fauna and flora from her home.

Emanu-El Launches 2019 Summer Tours

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday 12 – 1 pm, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria BC — Every summer, many tourists visit our beautiful synagogue, the oldest Canadian synagogue in continuous use, to explore its unique history, architecture and restoration with our  knowledgeable guide, Amber Woods.  It is a thrill to see how visitors are so fascinated by their visit to our shul. Please encourage your summer visitors to experience Victoria’s Jewish roots by taking one of our shul tours. If they wish to find out more about the Jewish experience in early Victoria, we recommend the gentle walking tour Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England.

Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue Tours: 2019 Summer Schedule

  • Months: June 4 – August 29, 2019
  • Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Hours: Noon to 1 pm
  • Cost: Adults & Youth (aged 12-18): $10: Children (Aged 6-11) $5 (Cash only)
    • Free for children under 6

Drop in for a quick peek from 10 am to noon and from 1-2 pm by donation.

Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England Walking Tours

  • Months: June 1 – September 8
  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Hours: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • Cost: Adults: $20 Seniors: $15 Students: $13 Children (6-11): $10 Families: $50
  • Location: This tour starts outside the Visitor Info Centre, 812 Wharf Street at Government Street.

Note: Tours take place rain or shine.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 12 – 1 pm, June 4 – August 29, 2019  

What a blowout benefit!

On June 19, a Love Your Neighbour Benefit Concert was held in the Congregation Emanu-El sanctuary for support of our Avodah Social Action Group.  We were privileged to have The Klezbians as our musical headliner, and they did not disappoint. Audience members enjoyed and sang along, too, during the various Eastern European Jewish folk tunes offered up.  In addition, Maggidah (Jewish female storyteller) Shoshana Litman, accompanied by Joe Hatherill on piano, enraptured the audience with both stories and songs. The musical group Kouskous also made a guest appearance.

It was a fun, inspiring, and memorable evening.  Monies raised will go towards the many worthwhile social action/social justice projects that Avodah sponsors in the homeless and marginalized community.   Loving one’s neighbour means providing these services with compassion, dignity, and respect for the whole individual.

Lastly, a big todah rabah (thank you) goes out to our performers, volunteers – and generous audience.  Click here to view photos taken by Penny Tennenhouse.

More from MEMORY and ESSENCE Art Exhibit

Memory & EssenceThe Memory and Essence art exhibit opened at the Calling All Artists Gala 2019. This exhibit showcases the values, ideas and stories of Jewish life seen through the lens of history. We will tell a few of the stories intermittently. Thank you to everyone who helped make this exhibit happen.
The Exhibit includes a very beautiful BRIS GOWN and CAP from Rabbi Harry’s family. Lined in satin, with lace embroidery, the gown is in perfect condition after many generations of family use.  The engraved silver BABY CUPS are cups from Janna Ginsberg Bleviss as a baby. Off to the right is a Yiddish cookbook, Tempting Kosher Dishes, belonging to Janis Diner Brinley, from 1930, put out by the B. Manischewitz company. Please come and enjoy this lovely exhibit.

Emanu-El Launches 2019 Summer Tours

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Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 12 – 1 pm, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria BC — Every summer, many tourists visit our beautiful synagogue, the oldest Canadian synagogue in continuous use, to explore its unique history, architecture and restoration with our  knowledgeable guide, Amber Woods.  It is a thrill to see how visitors are so fascinated by their visit to our shul. Please encourage your summer visitors to experience Victoria’s Jewish roots by taking one of our shul tours. If they wish to find out more about the Jewish experience in early Victoria, we recommend the gentle walking tour Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England.

Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue Tours: 2019 Summer Schedule

  • Months: June 4 – August 29, 2019
  • Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Hours: 12 pm (noon)
  • Cost: Adults: $10  Youth (aged 12-18): $5 (Cash only)
    • Free for children under 12

Quick tours (when possible) by donation.

Not Just a Little Bit of Olde England Walking Tours

  • Months: June 1 – September 8
  • Days: Wednesdays
  • Hours: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • Cost: Adults: $20 Seniors: $15 Students: $13 Children (6-11): $10 Families: $50
  • Location: This tour starts outside the Visitor Info Centre, 812 Wharf Street at Government Street.

Note: Tours take place rain or shine.