Judith’s Marathon of Home continues


Judith reports: 

my January 23 weekend of running, I spent a quiet week hiding from the rain. By
the following weekend, I was ready to begin again – and the weather cleared up! I went
out early Saturday morning and ran in the vicinity of Cobble Hill. On Sunday, I
ran again in the Cobble Hill area. The two runs ended up totaling 14 km. I
think that I may join the two for my next long run. I plan to travel up to Port
Hardy to do a long run there, at the northern “terminus” of my Island-home run.

One of
the many rewards of my Marathon of Home run, is the discovery of new routes. On
Sunday I was out on Wilkinson and Cobble Hill Roads, with the gorgeous vistas
of rolling green fields, ponds full of bird life, bordered by tall, dark stands
of Douglas fir and cedar. The air was fresh, clear and there was practically no
traffic. On my Saturday morning run, I was companioned by the moon and owls. We
are so lucky to live in this beautiful world – so lucky to have it as our home.
I am more than halfway to my goal of running the
equivalent of the length of my Vancouver Island home, to help support the
social action initiatives of my spiritual home, Congregation Emanu-El of
Victoria (including supporting a refugee family). My daughter suggested if I
post with a hashtag it will help inform people. I also have the hashtag now on
my running vest.

The address is…Congregation Emanu-El, 1461
Blanshard Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2J3 Canada (250) 382-0615 info@congregationemanuel.ca Please mention when donating, that you are
doing so to support the run. This will help them keep track of how much the run
will raise. #marathonofhome

Judith’s “Marathon of Home” Progresses


Judith reports: 

On the weekend, I did an 18
km run on Yellowpoint Rd. near Cedar. This coming weekend I will be running
around Shawnigan Lake (22 km) for the second time. I will be running
“for” Ada Cotton, a congregation member who used to live in the
Cowichan Valley and has fond memories of the area. Very soon, I will be exactly
halfway to my/our goal (230 Km). Thanks for your continued support. The map
shows the distance I have run to date as a Vancouver Island length.

If you wish to support this fund-run and donate to help the social action initiatives of my spiritual home, Congregation Emanu-El in Victoria, please do so. The address is: Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3 or email. Please mention when donating, that you are doing so to support the run. This will help them keep track of how much the run will raise.

Judith’s “Marathon of Home” Continues

Fellow Congregation Emanu-El congregants,

This is your assignment; should you accept it…You have taken
on a challenge. You are going to get up early every morning before the sun
rises and RUN. You are going to run a few km every day and a couple of half/full
marathons every week…until you get it done. You are going to run the length of
Vancouver Island…460 km. You are starting now; in the winter…so you’ll be
running in rain, sleet and snow…nothing is going to stop you!!!

a proxy? Too busy to do this? Not feeling athletic??? Feeling too old?? Feeling
too tired? Too busy? Not jonesing  for endorphins? Let ME be your proxy…I
will run for YOU…Please sponsor me…Let me take the load and the responsibility
off your back, your legs and your mind…and by so doing, support the refugee
sponsorship and the various social action programs of Congregation Emanu-El. I’m
crazy! I have already completed ¼ of the mission. I am now at 115 km after a
weekend run of 22 km around Shawnigan Lake. Use me! Every penny of whatever I raise through
this run will go right to these worthy projects.

If you wish to support this fund-run and
donate to help the social action initiatives of my spiritual home, Congregation
Emanu-El in Victoria, please do so. The address is… Congregation Emanu-El, 1461
Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3 or email congregationemanuel@gmail.com. Please mention when donating, that you
are doing so to support the run. This will help them keep track of how much the
run raises. I will use space on the newsletter to keep you updated on my
step-by-step progress. Next time: a map to show my (your) progress!

– Judith Belton

2015 Donation Deadline

Do a mitzvah, give tzdakah and lower your
income taxes with a charitable tax receipt by contributing to the Synagogue before December 31st.

We offer you two
gratifying options:

  1. Sponsoring a Refugee Family: As private sponsors, we must be able to provide for the needs of a refugee family during their first year in Canada.  To date, nearly $35,000 toward our $50,000 fundraising goal has been raised.
  2. General Shul Fund – Membership dues only provide for about 60% of our
    annual Synagogue budget.  Your generous donations allow us to pay salaries,
    educate our children, heat and illuminate our building, and sustain the vibrant
    educational and cultural activities which enable us to thrive. 

Please consider
making a financial contribution to our sponsorship of a refugee family, or for
sustaining our Synagogue.  Tax receipts will be issued in February 2016 for
donations received before the end of December, 2015.  And if you have
already made donations, please accept our thanks again. 

At this time,
there are two ways to donate:

  • By cheque:  Payable to Congregation
    .  Please note on memo line:  Family Refugee Sponsorship or
    General Shul Fund. To qualify for 2015 donation receipt, your donation gift
    must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2015.  Mailing address: 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC  V8W 2J3.
  • By credit card:  The office will be closed until January 5th,
    2016.  To donate by credit card before
    the end of 2015, please call Jean Dragushan at 250-592-9474.

After January 5th, please call the synagogue office with
credit card information during normal office hours (9:30 am -2:30 pm, Tuesday
to Thursday) at 250-382-0615.

All donations in
the name of a friend or family member, will receive a beautiful card letting
them know of your generous gift.

Todah Rabah,

Aharon Ittah, President, Congregation Emanu-El
Samuel Godfrey, Chair, Fiscal Programming and Fundraising
Rabbi Harry Brechner

Judith’s “Marathon of Home”


Coming (eventually) to your Vancouver
Island community

Congregation Emanu-El
member, Judith Belton, is running the length of her home land of Vancouver Island (460
km!)—but not all at once! She’s running first near her home in Mill Bay, (before
and after work on weekdays, 10 km stretches on weekends). Later, she will
travel to various communities on the Island and do long runs there.

Her hope is to raise funds
to help support the many social action initiatives performed at her spiritual
home, the synagogue (Avodah, the Out of the Rain Program, Outreach and Refugee Sponsorship
Program) and help bring down the deficit. Did you know that membership fees in
Congregation Emanu-El only cover 60% of the synagogue’s operating costs? Judith has been
on the board of Congregation Emanu-El for several years and has never
experienced a no-deficit year. She is hoping her run will encourage donations
to the synagogue in the form of per/km pledges or outright modest contributions. So
far Judith has logged 62 km. She hopes to use this space, to make regular
updates of her progress.  

If you want to make her
footsteps count, please issue a cheque payable to Congregation Emanu-El and
mail it to 1461
Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3. The synagogue’s phone number is (250) 382-0615. You can also email. Please
indicate that the
fund-raising run has prompted your donation.


The Jewish Soul Food Slam Down

Who will win the coveted Chef’s kippah?
Find out at The Jewish Soul Food Slam Down Fundraiser: a super fun cooking competition, featuring Dan Hayes of London Chef and his team versus our rebbetzinRaeAnn and her team of Emanu-El Balabustas
  • When: Tuesday February 17 starting at 5:30pm
  • Where:  London Chef, 953 Fort Street
  • Why:  To raise funds for Congregation Emanu-El and have a great time eating sumptuous Jewish Soul food.
  • Cost:  $75.00 per person includes a three course Jewish Soul Food dinner, cocktails, wine, fantastic entertainment, local celebrity judges and a chance to vote for the culinary team of your choice.
To register, phone the synagogue office (250-382-0615) on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, between 9:30am and 2:30pm, to pay by credit card, or send a cheque to Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3.  If you have any allergy or dietary concerns, please email Jean Dragushan.

Thanks Are In Order!


Kudos to Adam and Corrine Sharpe for hosting a successful fund raiser for Congregation Emanu-el.  Your lovely garden was the perfect setting for a relaxed evening of music and terrific food.  The Eryn Sharpe Trio even had a few people dancing.

Thanks, as well, to Fairway Markets, generous donors of the salmon.  
And, of course, we are most grateful to the fifty people who came out to support our synagogue!

Summer Internship Opportunity

Donor Stewardship Program Assistant

The Louis Brier Jewish Aged Foundation seeks a part time intern (35 hours per week) to assist in the development of a program that will help maintain and build relationships with our donor base.  
Candidates must be between 15 to 30 years of age and registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and returning to school full-time in September.
Responsibilities include: 

  • Learning skills related to fundraising 
  • Assisting in related office functions 
  • Updating the cataloguing of art pieces 
  • Projects to help the Director of Development and Assistant Director of Development

The ideal candidate will possess:  

  • an understanding and interest in community development 
  • strong writing and communication skills 
  • knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel 
  • ability to balance multiple tasks

To apply, please e-mail or fax your cover letter and resumé to the attention of Dvori Balshine by June 6th, 2014.
1055 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6M 1W9
604 261-5550 * Fax: 604 261-5565