Avodah sponsors 8 for 8

1161212_avodah_8for8-2On or before December 22, 2019 — Avodah invites you to bring 8 items – one for each night of Ḥanukkah to the Menorah Lighting in Centennial Square, Sunday, December 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm or to the synagogue office during office hours.

Let’s share our abundance with the Emergency Food Service at St. John the Divine.

Suggested non-perishable, new items for donation are:
• canned fruit                                    • canned salmon
• tins of meat, chicken                    • granola bars
• condiments                                    • honey
• jam                                                   • cereal, canned milk
• chunky soups                                 • crackers
• cookies                                            • margarine
• eggs                                                  • razorsCanned goods with pull tab tops are encouraged.Thank you from the Avodah Social Action Group!

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

A Public Menorah Lighting

CEE Hanukkah 2019 Blk Txt 1000Sunday December 22, 2019, from 5 pm, Centennial Square — In a world beset by politics and division, we ask you to shine your light. Share your own special brand of kindness, thoughtfulness and faith in one another. Shine your light to demonstrate your belief that together we are better, respect eases the journey and miracles do happen. Join Congregation Emanu-El for a joyous and raucous Hanukkiah lighting, illumine the path of hope amidst the darkness, and let your inner light shine. Continue reading A Public Menorah Lighting

Festival of Lights Dinner: you’re invited

Hillel Hanukkah 2019Thursday, November 28, 2019, 6 pm — The UVic Jewish students together with other cultural groups on campus will hold a Festival of Lights Dinner on Thursday, November 28, 2019, 6 pm at which they will share experiences and customs of light festivals in support of diversity and respect of the other. Hillel invites community members to join in this special dinner. The admission is free but community members that wish to attend must RSVP by November 26, 2019. Here is the link to RSVP…

Ḥanukkah 2018: with lotsa ruaḥ

P1050585On December 9, 2018 an enthusiastic crowd gathered in Centennial Square to celebrate the final night of the Jewish Festival of Lights. Our youngest participants led the way at the public menorah lighting, and lit up the large Ḥanukkiah, designed by Ed Walker. Then the partying began in earnest, spurred on by the high-octane singing and passion of the Victoria High Rhythm and Blues Band. People danced with abandon to a long-play version of Havah Nagilah. Other Ḥanukkah favourites, along with a number of R & B tunes, followed. Attendees generously brought non-perishable items to support the food bank at St. John the Divine Anglican Church.

Huge Thank Yous go out to the many volunteers who stepped up to make this evening a rousing success. Todah rabah to Rabbi Harry who led by example, both with his spirited dancing and wise teaching about this year’s Ḥanukkah theme “The Light of Courage – Demonstrating Resilience in the Face of Hatred and Fear

For more photos… (Penny Tennenhouse & Frances Rosenberg)… and a ruaḥ video… (Frances Rosenberg) …

Avodah’s Latke Lunch at Our Place

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A beautiful day as Avodah celebrated their sixth annual Ḥanukkah Big Latke Lunch with their friends at Our Place on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Avodah’s wonderful volunteers fried and fried and served and served hundreds of hot latkes, while they lit the candles on our fabulous ḥanukkiah, spilt dreidel and The Klezbians added to the joy with their freylekh klezmer music.

For more photos taken by Avodah member Penny Tennenhouse…

Let Avodah know that you want to share in their work by making a donation…

The Light of Courage: demonstrating resilience in the face of hatred and fear

Hanukkiah 2018

Sunday December 9, 2018, from 5:00 pm at Centennial Square — Post Pittsburgh massacre of our brothers and sisters we gather our courage and show up. We show up for unity and for understanding. We show up to demonstrate that compassion and connection are the antidotes to the growing fear and separation in our world. Continue reading The Light of Courage: demonstrating resilience in the face of hatred and fear