A beautiful day as Avodah celebrated their sixth annual Ḥanukkah Big Latke Lunch with their friends at Our Place on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Avodah’s wonderful volunteers fried and fried and served and served hundreds of hot latkes, while they lit the candles on our fabulous ḥanukkiah, spilt dreidel and The Klezbians added to the joy with their freylekh klezmer music.
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“Brrrr it’s cold out!” 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:
- Burnside Gorge Community Association
- Our Place Society
- Out of the Rain
- Quadra Village Community Centre
Additionally Avodah has had special projects like providing sleeping bags to the Dandelion Society and, last year, delivering over 325 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.
On or before December 9, 2018 — Avodah invites you to bring 8 items – one for each night of Ḥanukkah to the Menorah Lighting in Centennial Square, Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 5:00 pm or to the synagogue office during office hours. Continue reading Avodah sponsors 8 for 8: bring light to our neighbours
On Saturday, February 24, Emanu-El’s excited Avodah Walkers Team joined Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser Walk in support of Our Place’s vital work serving the hungry, homeless and people experiencing poverty.
What a night! A total of over $40,000 was raised for Our Place — and our little, enthusiastic Avodah team raised over $3,000 of that! Thanks so much to our wonderful donors: We are so grateful for your support — and thrilled with the results!
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February 28 — Bake or buy delicious cookies for distribution through Victoria Dandelion Society to people living on the street. Proper observance of Purim includes Matanot l’evyonim (gifts to the poor).
As this most joyous holiday approaches we are calling on bakers, buyers and cookie monsters to bring your treats to the synagogue on or before Wednesday, February 28, or in March to Penny Tennenhouse’s home.
Thank you and Hag Purim Sameaḥ from Avodah Social Action Committee.
Want to join the Avodah Emanu-El Walkers team on February 24 for a evening time walk in solidarity with Victoria’s Homeless community and as a fundraiser for Our Place Society? Sign up for an engaging evening of social action to help the people in our community who need it the most.
Coldest Night of the Year
is a unique way for Congregation El and supporters to be part of a national event to raise awareness and funds for the homeless, and to support Our Place Society.
What’s happening? Join us for a 2, 5 or 10 km walk through the streets of Victoria on February 24 starting and ending at Our Place Society on 919 Pandora Avenue. The evening will include music, food, entertainment and prizes as well as a chance to meet and connect with the homeless community you’ve come to support. This is a family friendly event, appropriate for all ages!
Contact Hannah Rabinovitch if you’d like to join the team, or you can sign up online with the Avodah team here. The walk takes place on Saturday, February 24 at 5 pm. If you keep shomer shabbos, feel free to join us for the walk and we’ll take care of registration in advance.