“Brrrr it’s cold out!” As the days have become shorter and the cold and wet nights longer, our thoughts are with our less fortunate, vulnerable friends in Victoria.
Presently, Avodah provides support through our ongoing commitments to these local agencies:
Burnside Gorge Community Association
Our Place Society
Out of the Rain
Quadra Village Community Centre
Additionally Avodah has had special projects like providing sleeping bags to the Dandelion Society and, last year, delivering over 325 pairs of underwear to numerous small groups.
We rely on the generosity of congregants and friends to continue this work and to increase our commitments.
Please consider making an end-of-year donation to our shul’s social action group, Avodah.
Once again Michael Bloomfield has picked up the challenge of getting warm socks for people in need as cold and rain approach. Where once the socks were donated, the past few years he has needed to raise about $7,000 for 7,500 pairs of socks. Your help is needed to find another $2,000 at $25, $50, $100 a time to reach our goal. Businesses large and small have donated about $5000 and La-Z-Boy is covering shipping from Toronto. Continue reading Socks for our Neighbours in Need
Over the past seven years McGregor Socks has
generously donated over 60,000 pairs of socks to Avodah for those in need in our
community. While McGregor has been incredibly generous, meeting requests for
socks from communities across Canada has overwhelmed them. Starting this year, McGregor will charge Avodah about 86 cents/pair. Although this is still very
generous, it means we need to raise more than $5000 to buy our annual supply.
Our partnership with McGregor is a special one and the need remains great. Foot
health problems are serious within the street community.
Let’s keep this incredible effort going. Over 30
agencies in our region participate in this program by distributing socks to
their clients. Perhaps no other activity is more recognized in Victoria for the
Jewish community’s social action.
Avodah has pledged $1000 to the campaign. Let’s raise
that and add some more for this wonderful Avodah project. Our partners at
Cool-Aid also have committed $1000. We have contributions from Murray Rankin, Michael and Christine Bloomfield, two law firms – Cook-Roberts and Wadell-Raponi, Megson-Fitzpatrick Insurance and the accounting firm, Hutcheson & Co. Anthony
Gray. La-Z-Boy has again generously committed to cover shipping from Toronto.
Please send your donations to the synagogue marked Avodah sock campaign and thank you for your kindness and community spirit.
Coming (eventually) to your Vancouver
member, Judith Belton, is running the length of her home land of Vancouver Island (460
km!)—but not all at once! She’s running first near her home in Mill Bay, (before
and after work on weekdays, 10 km stretches on weekends). Later, she will
travel to various communities on the Island and do long runs there.
Her hope is to raise funds
to help support the many social action initiatives performed at her spiritual
home, the synagogue (Avodah, the Out of the Rain Program, Outreach and Refugee Sponsorship
Program) and help bring down the deficit. Did you know that membership fees in
Congregation Emanu-El only cover 60% of the synagogue’s operating costs? Judith has been
on the board of Congregation Emanu-El for several years and has never
experienced a no-deficit year. She is hoping her run will encourage donations
to the synagogue in the form of per/km pledges or outright modest contributions. So
far Judith has logged 62 km. She hopes to use this space, to make regular
updates of her progress.
If you want to make her
footsteps count, please issue a cheque payable to Congregation Emanu-El and
mail it to 1461
Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3. The synagogue’s phone number is (250) 382-0615. You can also email. Please
indicate that the
fund-raising run has prompted your donation.