On Sunday, July 28, 2019 the Victoria Chapter of the International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) attended the Jewish Cemetery in a ceremony marking the bicentenary of the IOOF establishment in North America. Continue reading IOOF remembers Jewish pioneer members
Avodah was happy to participate in the Our Place festive block party July 28 — with a special anniversary cake for the occasion. Shown above with cake are Avodah volunteers from Our Place’s spiritual care program: Louis Sutker, Rachel Ditor, and Penny Tennenhouse. Click here to view other photos.
On Monday July 10, 2019 Harbour Cats baseball game there was a fundraiser “homer sock toss”. Socks provided by Emanu-El were sold for $2 to the fans for the toss and redistributed by Anawim House to the needy following the game. The evening was a huge success and raised over $1000 for Anawim House. In the words of Terry Edison-Brown, Director, Anawim House, “It would not have been possible without the gracious donation of 260 pairs of socks from the Congregation Emanu-El. It is this type community support that is so important in helping Anawim help those that want to make change in their lives. Thank you so much.”
Saturday, August 10, 9:30 pm, Sunday, August 11, 9:00 am — Tish’ah Be’Av—the ninth day of the month of Av—marks moments of destruction in Jewish history. It is the day that commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. It is the day that marks the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492 and many other tragedies that have befallen our people.
There is a teaching in the Talmud Tractate Yoma that the Second Temple was destroyed by sin’at ḥinam —baseless hatred. We are entering Tish’ah Be’Av this year at a time of war, a time of suffering and a time of anxiety. Join your congregation in commemorating Tish’ah Be’Av in a spirit of ḥesed ḥinam —free flowing love.
Tish’ah Be’Av falls on Saturday night. We will begin with Evening services, the chanting of Eikhah (Lamentations) followed by traditional liturgical poems of a yearning for Jerusalem rebuilt. Services will begin at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. There will be morning services on Sunday starting at 9:00 am.
May this season of escalating tensions and violence soon end. “May we see a day when war and bloodshed cease and humankind will not again know war.” May our prayers and commitment to ḥesed ḥinam lead on towards that day.
On August 1, 2019, we initiated the movement of our synagogue data from one software system to another, a change precipitated by the buyout of our existing provider. We are presently verifying the data transfer.
Along with the change to our synagogue information management system, we were forced to change the system that we use for processing credit card and other direct payments.
What will this mean for the community? For a short period we will remove the online donation ability, i.e., until we can make all the necessary changes. We will set up the recurring monthly membership payments by electronic file transfer (EFT) and credit card in a new system which may result in slight changes to your account statement.
It is my hope that most of the changes will happen behind the scenes and proceed seamlessly. I provide you with this information so that you will be aware that these changes are occurring should you encounter something unusual in this regard. To facilitate the mentioned changes, online donations are unavailable presently; I will let you know when they are available again.
Thank you for your understanding,
Ellen Dragushan, Treasurer
Our Place is staffing and partially funding a transitional residence called My Place. This off-shoot presently houses 44 men and 4 women. The dormitory-style area is a large gym, divided into 48 small spaces, surrounded by fairly low curtains. In each cubby there is a bed and, fitting underneath, a large plastic bin to hold personal items. The residents may stay for an indefinite time, hopefully moving from here to housing. Continue reading My Place Needs Towels & Pillow Cases
Burnside 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!