Sleeping Bag Blitz Update

Avodah is very pleased to report that thanks to our caring, generous donors, Avodah has bought 75 new sleeping bags and 60 mylar emergency blankets to meet the critical need of people living on the street.

Avodah has also received and donated twenty new blankets to the Greater Victoria Extreme Weather Response Plan, which kicks in on the coldest nights of the year to provide emergency shelter. Sincere thanks to all our donors who responded so immediately to our sleeping bag appeal, with special thanks to Sleeping Bag Lady Jackie for her determination and action to get these much-needed sleeping bags out on the streets asap! 

Avodah invites and thanks you for your donations, which make it possible for us to help people in huge need.  Together, with your support, we can continue to make a difference in our community.

Sleeping Bag Blitz Update

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Avodah is very pleased to report that thanks to our caring, generous donors, Avodah has bought 66 new sleeping bags and 50 mylar emergency blankets to meet the critical need of people living on the street.

Pictured are Jackie Saunders-Ritchie and Brian Saunders delivering the sleeping bags and emergency blankets on Dec. 22 to Rev. Alan Tysick, of the Dandelion Society. Rev. Al, in thanking Avodah, said,

Sleeping bags are in very big demand right now. Freezing temperatures can be fatal for people sleeping on the streets.

Avodah has also received and donated twenty new blankets to the Greater Victoria Extreme Weather Response Plan, which kicks in on the coldest nights of the year to provide emergency shelter.

Sincere thanks to all our donors who responded so immediately to our sleeping bag appeal, with special thanks to Sleeping Bag Lady Jackie for her determination and action to get these much-needed sleeping bags out on the streets asap!

Avodah invites and thanks you for your donations, which make it possible for us to help people in huge need. Together, with your support, we can continue to make a difference in our community.

Pix from Dec. 11 big socks announcement

For more pictures from the excellent event announcing and beginning the distribution of 6,000 pairs of terrific McGregor Socks to Victoria’s people in need, on Thursday, Dec 11th, click here

It was a great collaborative event, involving Rabbi Harry, Mayor Lisa Helps, Police Chief Frank Eisner, Councillor Charlayne Thornton-Joe, Avodah’s Michael Bloomfield and Cool Aid’s Al Rycroft.

Thanks to the extraordinary perennial work of Michael Bloomfield and generosity of McGregor Socks and La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Victoria’s homeless will now enjoy the benefits of much-needed warmer, protected, healthier feet in these cold months.

More Socks on Their Way

Thursday, Dec. 11

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Thanks to McGregor’s Socks Congregation Emanu-El’s Avodah will receive another 6,000 pairs of socks to help our neighbours in need. The distribution with our partners from Cool-Aid to more than 30 agencies will begin on Thursday, December 11, 8:30 am with Mayor Lisa Helps and Police Chief Frank Elsner at an event in front of City Hall. 
Giving back to the community is important to McGregor Socks. That’s why McGregor donates thousands of pairs of socks each year to support organizations that help people in need. Please give them your support and thanks.  Avodah has received 60,000 pair to date.  Fantastic! 

Sleeping bag blitz!

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BRRRRRRR…..itʼs cold out

Avodah has the goal of raising enough money to provide 100 new sleeping bags to people living on the street

  • $25 will buy 1 sleeping bag
  • $50 will buy 2 sleeping bags
  • $75 will buy 3 sleeping bags

Share the light & warmth of Hanukkah with those in need

Please be generous; a sleeping bag is the ʻhomeʼ for a person living on the street.

Please write your cheque to Congregation Emanu-El with “Avodah/Sleeping Bag" at the bottom of the cheque.

Donations for Avodah—Fall 2014


Help those experiencing homelessness in our community. Avodah is now collecting items for Project Connect care packs. Project Connect is a service fair for people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty. It takes place on Oct. 21 at Our Place.  Each of the 700 people who attend will receive a care pack, full of essential items for the coming winter months.
Please bring the following needed items to the Avodah box in the foyer of the synagogue by Thursday, Oct. 16:
Most Needed Items:
  • socks
  • gloves & mittens
  • toques and scarves
  • razors
  • toothbrushes, toothpaste & floss
  • travel-sized hygiene products (shampoo, lotion, shaving cream, etc.)
  • deodorant
  • nail clippers & files

Also needed:

  • combs and small brushes
  • lip balm
  • Q-tips
  • feminine hygiene products
  • dog & cat food
  • toilet paper
  • band-aids
  • non-perishable snacks (granola bars, juice boxes, etc.)
  • USB flash drives
  • pens, pencils, notepads
Cash donations welcome.
Donations can also be dropped off at Anawim House, 973 Caledonia Ave, from Oct. 15 – 18.
Project Connect is organized by the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.

Avodah & Ismaili Youth Co-Sponsor Lunch at Our Place

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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