Avodah Klezmer Cabaret Fundraiser

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Thursday, May 10, 7:30 pm Congregation Emanu-El — Join us for a wonderful evening of celebration and entertainment by Myrna Oy and the Klezbians at Congregation Emanu-El on Thursday May 10 at 7:30 pm. This is a fundraiser in support of the charitable activities undertaken by Congregation Emanu-El’s Avodah Social Action Committee.
Tickets are $15 from Eventbrite or at the door. To find out more go to the Facebook Event Page.

Avodah Walks the Walk!

EEL Avodah WalkersOn 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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Cookies for Purim

Cookies photoFebruary 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.

Avodah Fundraiser for Our Place

Coldest Night Logo (Badge) Color Pantones - AICCWant 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.

Thank you for the socks!

CARTS Victoria 

Congregation Emanu-El received the following “thank you” (Attention: Michael Bloomfield) from CARTS Victoria.

“We at CARTS Outreach, have picked up our quota of 300 socks from Rock Bay Landing.

The quantity and wonderful quality make the socks a joy to hand out  to the guests we see each Sunday at the courtyard in The Cool Aid Complex on Pandora Street, Victoria.

Thank you so much to the magnanimous donors for the amazing 6,500 pairs of socks to share with the many organizations who care for many folks here in Victoria.

Michael, the work you have done over these many years, exemplifies your astonishing generosity of spirit bringing this whole operation together. Many thanks to you, Michael.”

With deepest gratitude and love, Charon Hill, Secretary, CARTS

1Up grateful for ongoing support

1151231-1upThe following is a report Avodah has just received from 1Up, the Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre, one of the groups Avodah supports. The content of this report brings home how our Avodah donations make a real difference in the lives of people in our community.

“On behalf of 1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre Society and our member families, I would like to extend our gratitude for the ongoing support we receive from Congregation Emanu-El and the Avodah Social Action Group. The Centre was very busy during 2017, delivering a wide range of programs and services in support of our approximately 1,800 single parent member families, including over 225 new member families. Most of the single parents we provide service to face challenges in their efforts to raise happy, healthy families,  particularly financial hardships resulting from single incomes and the high cost of housing in Victoria.

The practical support you provide through provision of funds to purchase grocery cards and bus tickets is so important to the families we work with! A little bit of help with grocery costs during tough months can really make the difference for parents trying to stretch their income from one pay period to the next. Bus tickets were also provided to families as needed, to assist them to attend appointments, run errands and participate in 1Up programs and services. With your $2,400.00 contribution, 1Up was able to provide the following crisis support to single parent families during 2017:

$2,300.00 = $50.00 grocery cards X 46 distinct families

$100.00 = $5.00 bus tickets X 40*

*1Up participates in a community bus ticket subsidy program which matches purchased tickets with an equal number of free tickets; therefore we were able to double the value of this $100.00 contribution.

Thank you again for your support for 1Up and single parent families. I look forward to working with you again this year. Please feel free to get in touch if you need additional information about the 2017 disbursements.”

Marianne Sorensen, Executive Director

A brief update

Underwear PhotoOwing to the wonderful support from the Congregation for the Underwear Challenge, Avodah has distributed 333 pairs of underwear!

The recipients to date are: Anawim House, Burnside Gorge, Dandelion Society, First Metropolitan Shelter, Out of the Rain, Peers, Quadra Village, Rock Bay Landing, Sandy Merriam House, Transition Housing and the 9-10 Club.

We still have over $200 remaining to spend. We will continue to check the Avodah Box, situated hear the kitchen door at the shul, and will distribute further donations to our neighbours in need.

We thank you for your generosity and together we have made the cold winter months a little bit warmer!