Congregation Emanu-El’s social action group, was created in 2003 by Rabbi Harry
Brechner as a vehicle to put our beliefs into action (ve’ahavta l’reyakha
kamokha –love your neighbour as yourself; Tikkun Olam – repair of the world;
and gmilut ḥasadim –acts of loving kindness). Avodah means
Through the support of dedicated volunteers and our congregation, Avodah serves
those most in need, particularly poor and homeless youth, adults and families,
in our Victoria community.
One such youth group that we support is at Quadra Village Community Centre
on Kings Road www.quadravillagecc.com. Their website
"The Quadra Village Community Centre is a safe and welcoming
gathering place in the vibrant and diverse neighbourhood of Hillside Quadra. We
work together to nurture community well-being by providing services and
programs to meet the social, educational, health, employment, environmental and
recreational needs of the people in the heart of the city.”
This community centre is a warm and inviting place. Their website calls
it "Caring~Respectful~Inclusive” and we have found this to be true.
After meeting with Kelly Greenwell, their Executive Director, Avodah began
donating $150 a month to be used towards providing healthy snacks for their
Youth Drop-In Program. We have been supporting these youth since December,
The Drop-In program runs three days a week: Thursday, Friday and Saturday for
three hours each evening. They see about 35 youths between the ages of 10-18 each
night. The Programs Coordinator, Tara Skobel, wrote that the “youth continue to
eat the veggie tray before the other snacks” and continues, "we are so
grateful that we are able to provide veggies and other healthy snacks like
fruit due to your generous donation.”
For many of the youth, the food at this Drop-In program is their dinner.
Avodah makes a real and positive difference in the lives of people in need
in Victoria. Your generosity to the Avodah fund will help us continue to
put our beliefs into action.