JFVVI establishes emergency pandemic relief fund

JFVVI EPRFundThe JFVVI has established an Emergency Pandemic Relief Fund to provide as much help as possible for members of the Vancouver Island Jewish Community who are facing financial challenges as a result of the coronavirus/COVID19 pandemic. The fund will be administered by Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island.

Donations received before April 6, 2020 will be generously matched by the Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island
as part of their Pandemic Emergency Response Plan.

JFSVI will purchase gift cards from Aubergine Specialty Foods and mail them to any household that is in difficulty at this time of the Coronavirus closures.

Please donate online www.jfsvi.ca or send cheques to: Jewish Family Services VI JCC, 3636 Shelbourne Street, Victoria, BC V8P 4H2.

JFSVI collects Ma’ot Ḥitim – or “wheat money”

90462847_2799300823458537_6275698207372607488_nMa’ot itim – or “wheat money” is the traditional practice of Jewish communities that collect money to help cover the cost of Matzah for those in need. This custom was mentioned in the Jerusalem Talmud more than 1600 years ago.

As our tradition continues, Jewish Family Service of Vancouver Island (JFSVI) is asking you to kindly donate to help the needy amongst us to be able to fulfill the mitzvah of Passover. JFSVI will purchase gift cards from Aubergine Specialty Foods and mail them to any household that is in difficulty at this time of the Coronavirus closures.

Please donate online www.jfsvi.ca or send your cheques to

Jewish Family Services VI JCC, 3636 Shelbourne Street, Victoria, BC V8P 4H2.

 

JFSVI requests gift card donations for Ḥanukkah 2019

JFSVI LogoDeadline December 15, 2019 — Every year Jewish Family Services of Vancouver Island (JFSVI) runs Ḥanukkah gift donations and food drives, hand delivering gift baskets to over 40 families and individuals in our community who are struggling. Currently our client list is growing primarily due to the high cost of living in the Victoria area. This year we are promoting Gift Card donations by multiples of $18 (ḥay). Continue reading JFSVI requests gift card donations for Ḥanukkah 2019

From membership to ownership

Shares in our Shul 1000As we all know, it costs a whack of money just to keep the lights on in any building. This is particularly the case for a heritage building like part of ours. With a great deal of help from our treasurer Ellen and Yossi Boeno, (thank you guys) we’ve drawn up an itemized list (see the attached graph) of several of our annual operational expenses, some small, some significant.

Donations to our ‘general shul fund’ cover some of these expenses, some of the time. However, such funding is arbitrary and can feel a bit like giving to a black hole, we don’t really know what we’re contributing to. ‘Shares in our Shul’ will give us the opportunity to donate regularly an amount with which we are comfortable—monthly, quarterly or annually—to a specific expense of our choosing.

It is my hope that knowing what some of these annual expenses are, seeing them illustrated in a graph like this, will help us all understand our finances better and thus feel more connected and engaged with our Congregation when we contribute to one of those specific expenses; that an enhanced sense of engagement may help change our mind set moving us from the idea of ‘membership’ (i.e., I pay my dues so everything is covered) towards a concept of ‘ownership’, generating a sense of responsibility, a feeling of belonging and pride in our community and in our buildings. After all, we will be contributing to ‘Keeping the Lights On’.

Our office team is still coming to grips with the new synagogue management software, ShulCloud. Once that system is up and running fully we will work on the logistics of implementing ‘Shares in our Shul’. Watch this space…

Ruthi Wicks
President, Congregation Emanu-El