Dear Congregants, Our sustainable fundraising plan for a balanced budget annually is called Club Lev. We are asking those who can pay a little more to do so. This is how we can continue our tradition of not denying membership to anyone who cannot presently afford to pay the regular dues in full. It will also create stability for the future. And that brings me to our eponymous mascots, two new Levs in our kehillah. Their beautiful faces remind us of why we donate—we must keep our traditions strong, l’dor v’dor. Thank you to both these Levs for agreeing to be the Honorary Chairs of Club Lev!
I also want to send a special public note of appreciation to the many people who have already joined: Rabbi Harry and RaeAnn Brechner, Chanah Caplan, Graham & Jean Dragushan, Ilan Handelsman and Katie Stafford, Rick Kool and Enid Elliot, Roxanna McKenzie Simons, Solomon Michaels and John Costello, Annette Rose, Solomon Siegel, Lincoln Shlensky and Caren Zilber Shlensky, Ilana and Jordan Stanger-Ross, Adele Vernon, Ruthi Wicks and one anonymous family donation. We are receiving donations with gratitude, and apologize if this list remains incomplete at the time of publication.
You, too, can be an illustrious member of Club Lev … for the annual cost of $1200. For many of us that is more than we can afford. That is fine! But for those of us who can give that additional amount without difficulty, please do so. We are working on a special thank-you for later in the year. Club Lev Members receive the benefit of knowing they are giving the extra dollars necessary to keep the shul budget balanced. When you think about everything Congregation Emanu-El does and is, your gift is in fact enormous, and enduring. Thank you.
If you are able to join, you may do so by calling the office at (250) 382-0615 or CLICK HEREto donate online. If you have any questions or want to be in touch you can reach me at (250) 813-3233.
Thank you, Sam Godfrey President, Congregation Emanu-El
Each time your Smile Card is used, Thrifty Foods automatically donates 5% into Congregation Emanu-El’s Smile Card Account. This revenue stream has proven important. Your combined efforts have helped us earn funds for synagogue projects—we were able to cover travel costs for Hebrew School students participating in a Canada-wide bible contest, to purchase a new digital phone system, and to install a new fire alarm system. Thank you so much for continuing to use your cards!
In May this year, we were approved to use our Smile funds to acquire office furniture for Susan and Rabbi Matt’s pending offices.
It’s full steam ahead despite COVID 19. We’ll re-apply for the Smile Card program next spring, and if approved, we may get a higher funding limit—that funding limit depends on how much you use your cards. The more our members use the cards, the better. So please pitch in!
Need a card – for you or someone else in your family? Please email Susan Holtz: firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll mail you one. To load the card, take it to your local Thrifty Foods store. At either the service desk or checkout counter, use your Debit, Visa or Master Card to put as much money on the card as you want. Then use your loaded card to pay for groceries. It’s as fast as using “tap” on your debit or credit card. The cashier runs your card through, and gives you your grocery receipt, which also shows how much is left on the card.
Our on-line auction was both fun and successful. Corrine and Zelda are still working hard to tally the final numbers – initial calculations are that we raised just under $10,000.
The success of our Caring and Sharing Auction is a tribute to our members’ support for Congregation Emanu-el. A big vote of thanks to those who generously contributed items and to those who bid! Jean Dragushan
COVID-19 has brought many changes. We are all relying more on family, friends and neighbours to help, inspire or entertain us. Could you offer something to fellow congregants during this COVID-19 crisis? What if you could help the synagogue at the same time? Continue reading Emanu-El Caring and Sharing Fundraising Auction
Last Sunday Pardes Farm sold 29 two-liter jugs of organic Gravenstein juice in support of our wonderful Hebrew school. The juice disappeared so quickly that we’ve added 21 more bottles for sale.
There’s no more juice at the synagogue, so please contact Jill at email@example.com to snag your own supply of this rich-tasting organic juice ($10 per 2 liter jug) while making a contribution to the Hebrew school at the same time.
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 12 pm —Organic Gravenstein apple juice grown at Pardes Farm in Saanich! $10 for 2 litres.
Usually we have a mix of apples in our juice, but this year, the Gravensteins were plentiful, so we’ve pressed an early batch of juice solely made up of our prize-winning Gravensteins.
Come out and try it. Support the Hebrew school. You can also write to Jillswartz@gmail.com and we’ll set aside some bottles of juice for you to pick up at the Hebrew School sale, Sunday, September 15 at noon.
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.
Late December donations to the Congregation Emanu-El Legacy Fund (hosted by the Victoria Foundation) mean we qualify for a last-minute matching grant from the Foundation. The Foundation will now add $2500 to Congregation Emanu-El Legacy Fund, which brings the fund total to $40,000. Continue reading Thank You to Our Donors – We Met Our Goal!