For the month of May, Jean and Graham Dragushan are sponsoring the Shabbat Gift Bag Program in honour of the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Ellen.
Shabbat Gift Bags are being delivered to community members every month. This warm-hearted project began as an Outreach initiative to reach congregants in need of connection or support on Shabbat. The project is growing, and the Outreach Committee hopes to reach every member of the community over the next few months. If you would like to volunteer or support Outreach in their many projects, please contact the shul office, 250 382-0615.
The Shul’s Outreach committee and crew have been contacting shul members by phone since March 2020. Those we’ve been unable to speak with by phone, we’ve been emailing. Staying in touch is essential to community.
We sincerely thank the forty people who have volunteered to phone the congregation over the past three years. And thank you to the twenty phoners who volunteered over these last few months… We recognize that it takes a special person to be a phoner; it’s not for everyone. And we truly appreciate those who have the skills. We’ve had some terrific conversations and it’s good to know that the community is doing quite well.
If, through unintentional oversight on our part, you were not contacted and you wish a phone call, please contact Outreach through the shul office at email@example.com, and we will definitely be in touch with you.
Did you know you can send gift cards to families needing meals? If cooking right now isn’t possible, try Door Dash or Skip the Dishes or purchase a gift certificate from a local restaurant for the family.
For the month of April, Michael and Marlene Landa are sponsoring the Shabbat Gift Bag Program in honour of their grandson Eli’s Bar Mitzvah.
Shabbat Gift Bags are being delivered to community members every week. This warm-hearted project began as an Outreach initiative to reach congregants in need of connection or support on Shabbat. The project is growing, and the Outreach Committee hopes to reach every member of the community over the next few months. If you would like to volunteer or support Outreach in their many projects, please contact the shul office, 250 382-0615.
Sepora Mayim Jacobson, wonderful dancer and yoga therapist, will have Deep Brain Stimulation surgery on March 15. Sepora Mayim has been challenged with PD for 12 years and the surgery is known to help people with PD regain some mobility.
“Of all the gifts we receive, the importance of socks cannot be overemphasized”
Rev. Al Tysick
Every year since 2005, Emanu-El member Michael Bloomfield has helped put socks on the feet of Victoria’s homeless population. To date, over 125,000 pairs of socks valued at $562,500 have been distributed. In 2019, Michael won the prestigious National Philanthropy Day award for Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer.
You can be a part of this year’s campaign by volunteering some time or donating to the Victoria Cool Aid Society: https://coolaid.org/socks
Michael first reached out to McGregor Socks, who responded generously. Today, PVH Legwear Canada makes McGregor socks and, together with the Victoria Cool Aid Society and other local social services agencies, Michael’s efforts distribute about 10,000 pairs of socks a year to the homeless in Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo and Salt Spring Island. La-Z-Boy Furniture generously ships the socks from Mississauga to Victoria.
All of this is possible because Michael’s compassion became action. Cold and wet feet are prone to infection, nail and skin diseases, fungus, and frostbite.
“A gift of socks is a gift of health for our neighbours who are homeless“
Don McTavish, Cool Aid’s Director of Housing and Shelters
Twenty-five pairs of socks costs $25 but any amount helps.
A hearty todah rabah to our anonymous donor who provided round ḥallot for our members for Rosh Hashanah. The Membership Committee thanks the donor for this thoughtful and generous act. What a fun and meaningful project!
Outreach is so grateful to those of you who stepped forward yet again to make calls to our Emanu-El community. Thanks as well to those ‘first time callers’ who joined their ranks to wish everyone Shanah Tovah.
Your phone calls allow the shul to keep in touch with community members, and learn if anything is needed. The last seven months have shown there have been challenges for us all. Outreach salutes the many volunteers who make our little shul so vibrant in normal times, and so caring in these extraordinary times.