Avodah & Ismaili Youth Co-Sponsor Lunch at Our Place


On Good Friday, Avodah and the local chapter of Ismaili Muslim Youth volunteers group co-sponsored a lunch at Our Place for about 300 people.

Avodah volunteers enjoyed working closely with a wonderful group of Ismaili youth, preparing and serving lunch to hungry folks who might otherwise have gone without lunch that day, it being a statutory holiday. Staffer Tracy Campbell, who joined us, said:

Thank you to the members of Congregation Emanu-El & the Ismaili Muslim Youth for coming together to co-sponsor the lunch at Our Place today. We are so grateful to all for providing this meal for those we care for.

More pictures (courtesy of Penny Tennenhouse) can be seen in the online album


A woman rings a local hospital and says:“Hello, could I speak to the person in charge to giving information about your patients. I want to know if a certain patient is feeling better, recovering as expected, or is worse.”
The voice on the other end responds:“OK, ma’am: what’s the name and room number of the patient?”
The woman answers:“Sarah Finkel in Rm 302.”
“No problem ma’am, I’ll pass you on to the nurses’ station,"replies the voice.
After a brief moment the woman hears someone say,"Nurse Station A-3, how can I help you?”
“Hello, I’d like to know status of Sarah Finkel in Rm 302."says the woman.
"One moment, please,” said the nurse,“Let me look at her chart… Oh yes, Mrs. Finkel is fine. She ate two full meals, her blood pressure is normal and her blood test came back fine. If she continues to show improvement she’ll be taken off her the heart monitor in a more hours, and Dr. Lubransky will release her on Tuesday at 12 noon.”
The woman says,“Thank Heavens. That’s wonderful news ! I’m so relieved !”
“I take it from your reaction that you’re a member of the family, or a close friend?"asked the nurse.
"Not exactly,"replied the woman,"I’m Sarah Finkel from Rm 302, and no one here has been telling me anything!”

(Source: uk.answers.yahoo.com)

Celebration of Jewish Music

May 4, 7:30pm

The Jewish Community Choir, directed by Carol Sokoloff will perform a concert of Jewish music from many lands and times… singing in Hebrew, English, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), Yiddish and Aramaic.
Concert takes place at Congregation Emanu-El.

Admission is by donation; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the heritage synagogue towards building restoration in gratitude for the privilege of using the space for regular choir practice.

Concert will feature Laura Cave on piano; special guests will be The Klez, and Trio Espresso will perform Jewish jazz.

For more information contact Carol Sokoloff at 250.385-3378 or by email.

A wing and a prayer

Bernie decides to become an aeronautical engineer. He goes to the best schools, studies hard and finally graduates. Soon he gains a reputation as the finest aeronautical engineer in all the land and starts his own company.

His company is such a hit that the President of the United States calls Bernie into his office. “Bernie,” says the president, “we want to commission your company to build the new plane for the President. Go out and design the best Air Force 1 ever made.”
Bernie is tremendously excited. The entire resources of his company go into building the new plane. But at the first test flight, disaster strikes: the wings can’t take the strain and they break clean off of the fuselage! Bernie’s company redesigns the jet, but again the wings break off. They try a third time, but the same thing happens.
Beside himself with worry, Bernie goes to the synagogue to pray. The rabbi sees Bernie and asks what’s the matter. Bernie pours his heart out to the rabbi.
After hearing the problem, the rabbi put his arm on Bernie’s shoulder and says, “I can solve your problem. Just drill a row of holes directly above and below where the wing meets the fuselage. If you do this I guarantee the wings won’t fall off.”
Bernie just smiles and thanks the rabbi for his simple advice. But the more he thinks about it, the more he realizes he has nothing to lose. So, Bernie does exactly as the rabbi said. On the next design of the jet, they drill a row of holes directly above and below where the wings meet the fuselage. And the test flight goes perfectly! The wings don’t fall off!
Brimming with joy, Bernie goes to the synagogue to tell the rabbi that his advice worked.
“Naturally,” says the rabbi.
“But Rabbi, how did you know that drilling the holes would prevent the wings from falling off?”
“Bernie,” the rabbi says, “I’m an old man. I’ve celebrated Passover many, many times. And in all those years, not once – not once! – has the matzah ever broken along the perforation.”
(Source: thejewishcollection.com)

Yom Hazikaron & Yom HaAtzma’ut, May 5


May 5, 7pm

The Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island invites the
Jewish Communities of Victoria and Vancouver Island to commemorate Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day) and celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel independence Day) on Monday, May 5th at 7:00 pm at the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, 3636 Shelbourne St.

The Yom HaZikaron commemoration will include a candle lighting
ceremony, special readings, memorial prayer and mourners kaddish,
poetry recital and music. This will be followed by a celebration of
Yom HaAtzmaut with singing of the Israeli National Anthem, light
refreshments and a birthday cake.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

This event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Victoria and
Vancouver Island. 

Breaking the news

Hilik had returned from overseas and fell very ill. An ambulance took him to hospital, where he underwent a series of tests.
On their completion, he found himself in a private room.
“This is nice,” he thought to himself. Then the phone rang.
“Hi, this is Dr. Rotstein. We’ve got your results back. I’m sorry to tell you that you have a bad case of SARATH.”
“SARATH? What the heck is that?” asked Hilik.
“It’s a combination of SARS, AIDS, tuberculosis, and herpes.”
“Oh my god! What are we going to do?” asked Hilik, alarmed.
“Well, for starters, we’ll restrict your diet to pizza, crêpes, pita, and malawaḥ,” the doctor replied.
“Sounds good – but will it help?”
“No,” said the doctor. “But it’s the only food that we can slide under the door.”

(Source: baba-mail.co.il)