On The Coldest Night of the Year, 26 February, our enthusiastic Avodah Team walked the walk and raised $7,698.00 for Our Place! Thanks to the Avodah volunteers and to everyone who donated—the Avodah Team was the #1 team out of the 65 in Victoria, raising the most money. A heartfelt thank-you to our wonderful Avodah walkers, volunteers, and sponsors: TOGETHER, we truly made a difference in our community where it is so needed.
I am elated to let you know that our Avodah team raised $6942 for this year’s Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) campaign (more than double what we raised last year) and the third highest amount raised by the 58 Victoria teams. This impressive result is due to the outstanding enthusiasm exhibited by the team members every step of the way and the wonderful generosity of our 124 sponsors! It was most gratifying to see the heartfelt, generous support of our congregation and community for Our Place, our neighbours down the street. And, as heartening as it was to see the money raised, equally gratifying was the joyful time we had doing this together.
Here are some photos showing members of our Avodah team on our COVID-19 compliant, Coldest Night of the Year walk on February 20, 2021 in aid of Our Place, the place of “hope and belonging” for so many in need in our city. Because of COVID-19, our team members couldn’t all walk together this year but we were very much together in spirit!
With sincere thanks to those who contributed to making this important social action such a success and wonderful experience.
Avodah CNOY Team Leader
Penny Tennenhouse (our wonderful congregant photographer) writes: “Frances, I was so impressed with all the wonderful toques and mitts you have made for people in need (which Avodah has helped distribute) that I wonder if you would be OK with my putting a little item (with a photo of these beautiful toques) in our newsletter. I think it would make people feel good to see this kind offering (and maybe encourage them). I just think it would lift people’s spirits to see your good work.
Frances Aknai (our wonderful congregant knitter) responds: I enjoy knitting and crocheting; I love working with yarns in different colors. By making these items, I am also helping myself. They help to fill up any time I have on my hands.
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: