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.”
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!
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.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm), Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard St. — Enjoy the high energy klezmer band “The Klezbians”, Canada’s first ordained Maggidah (female Jewish storyteller) Shoshana Litman accompanied by Joe Hatherill, and tasty traditional treats. Help Avodah Social Action Group raise funds in support of its work of tikkun olam – “repair of the world”
Tickets $20. May be purchased online at www.eventbrite.ca, reserved by phone at (250) 896-8069 or take your chances at the door.
There is a box in the area between the social hall and the Sanctuary, labeled AVODAH, where people can leave necessities for our neighbours who are struggling on the street and in shelters. Continue reading Avodah asks – please remember our necessities box