Kudos to the wonderful Avodah team of walkers for the Coldest Night of the Year Walk in aid of Our Place, the place of hope and belonging on Pandora Street! The team included: new Emanu-El youth coordinator Adele Mark, Tilly, Eva & Jordan Stanger-Ross, Michael Borins, Rachel Ditor, Ana Oppenheimer, Lucy Nerenberg, Bill Johnstone, Penny Tennenhouse & Nyomi Rosen. Continue reading Avodah takes silver!
Avodah got Ḥanukkah off to a delicious and freilach start with our 7th annual well-oiled Big Latke Lunch at Our Place. Our enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers, led by our exceptional latke-maker, Daryl Levine, fried and served an amazing 600 latkes while the ever-loving spirited Klezbians once again came to the aid of the party with their joyful klezmer music including the dedication of a special song to Rabbi Harry—the Rabbi’s Hornpipe and somehow getting Rabbi Harry and Penny to sing with them! Continue reading Avodah serves latkes at Our Place
Avodah was happy to participate in the Our Place festive block party July 28 — with a special anniversary cake for the occasion. Shown above with cake are Avodah volunteers from Our Place’s spiritual care program: Louis Sutker, Rachel Ditor, and Penny Tennenhouse. Click here to view other photos.
Our Place is staffing and partially funding a transitional residence called My Place. This off-shoot presently houses 44 men and 4 women. The dormitory-style area is a large gym, divided into 48 small spaces, surrounded by fairly low curtains. In each cubby there is a bed and, fitting underneath, a large plastic bin to hold personal items. The residents may stay for an indefinite time, hopefully moving from here to housing. Continue reading My Place Needs Towels & Pillow Cases
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.
Let Avodah know that you want to share in their work by making a donation…
Our Place is embarking on an exciting new program, the Faith Initiative Program and invites members of our congregation to be involved. This primarily involves listening — not giving advice on how to fix a person’s life — just listening with respect and dignity for all. Our Place is looking for individuals who are open, non-judgmental, compassionate; who can remain grounded in the mix of turmoil, pain and suffering; and who can remain positive, hopeful and able to celebrate the unique gifts of every individual member of the Our Place family. This new initiative intends to provide extra support to the Our Place family, develop stronger connections with faith communities in Victoria and add value to ourselves by hanging out, ready to listen and be a loving presence to Our Place family members.
General orientation, training and on-going support will be provided by the Spiritual Care program staff at Our Place. Volunteers will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check.
This is an opportunity to deepen and expand the hand-on support Congregation Emanu-El has offered over the years. Our Place envisions various faith groups in Victoria each taking ownership for providing spiritual care volunteers on one day of the week.
If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Penny Tennenhouse.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Central Baptist Church, 833 Pandora Avenue, the Downtown Service Providers, as part of Homeless Action Week, will host PROJECT CONNECT, a one-day service fair that assists those struggling with homelessness and poverty, and includes foot-care, professional photographs, haircuts, information booths, and a lunch. We will serve anywhere from 500-700 people.
Project Connect needs goods and funds. Please help!
Project Connect welcomes the following goods:
Socks, underwear, scarves, toques, rain jackets, backpacks, bus tickets, notebooks and paper, Tim Horton’s gift cards, bandaids, Polysporin, razors, handheld USB chargers.
Project Connect welcomes financial donations which will be spent for the day by purchasing the listed items or for the lunch. All cheques should be made out to The Our Place Society with “Project Connect” in the memo line.
Donation Drop Off Times at Anawim House at 973 Caledonia Avenue:
• Friday, October 5, 9:30 am -7:00 pm
• Saturday, October 6, 9:30 am -2:30 pm
If you wish to volunteer, please contact Michelle Later at Cool Aid at:
On Saturday, February 24, Emanu-El’s excited Avodah Walkers Team joined Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser Walk in support of Our Place’s vital work serving the hungry, homeless and people experiencing poverty.
What a night! A total of over $40,000 was raised for Our Place — and our little, enthusiastic Avodah team raised over $3,000 of that! Thanks so much to our wonderful donors: We are so grateful for your support — and thrilled with the results!
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Want to join the Avodah Emanu-El Walkers team on February 24 for a evening time walk in solidarity with Victoria’s Homeless community and as a fundraiser for Our Place Society? Sign up for an engaging evening of social action to help the people in our community who need it the most.
What’s happening? Join us for a 2, 5 or 10 km walk through the streets of Victoria on February 24 starting and ending at Our Place Society on 919 Pandora Avenue. The evening will include music, food, entertainment and prizes as well as a chance to meet and connect with the homeless community you’ve come to support. This is a family friendly event, appropriate for all ages!
Contact Hannah Rabinovitch if you’d like to join the team, or you can sign up online with the Avodah team here. The walk takes place on Saturday, February 24 at 5 pm. If you keep shomer shabbos, feel free to join us for the walk and we’ll take care of registration in advance.
Avodah was thrilled to celebrate Ḥanukkah at Our Place by sponsoring our 5th annual Big Latkelicious Lunch at Our Place on the second day of Ḥanukkah, December 13, 2017. Our magnificent Avodah volunteers, led by Daryl Levine, fried, shvitzed and served more than 600 latkes, with The Klez playing their freilach klezmer music and Bev Merson conducting her popular dreidel competition.
It was a joyful way to share our Ḥanukkah spirit, light and latkes with our good friends at Our Place, who welcomed us (and our latkes) into their kitchen and dining room with so much warmth and excitement.
CBC Radio and CHEK-TV covered the event. CHEK-TV’s coverage can be found at the 22:52 mark on the following link – https://www.cheknews.ca/5pm-newscast-december-13-2017-397728/