SOURCE: Our Place Society

Our Place Society

December 14, 2015 11:00 ET

The Big Latke Lunch & Dreidel Spin-Off

Bringing Hanukkah to Our Place

VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwired - December 14, 2015) - To celebrate Hanukkah -- the Jewish Festival of Lights -- eager and excited volunteers of the Congregation Emanu El are preparing to take over the kitchen at Our Place on Monday, Dec. 14 for The Big Latke Lunch.

The one common denominator that links all faiths during the holiday season is a special feast. Combine that with the spirit of sharing, family and friends, and suddenly the meal becomes an event.

The Big Latke Lunch promises platefuls of delicious, crisp potato latkes served alongside generous dollops of sour cream and apple sauce to accompany a hearty soup. And as Our Place generally serves between 350 and 450 of Greater Victoria's most vulnerable citizens at lunchtime, this will mean a lot of latkes.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to share our festival and bring a little bit of light to the family members at Our Place," said Rabbi Harry Brechner.

And as an added bonus, there will be a special "dreidel board" for people to play dreidels (who can spin the longest).

Congregation Emanu-El is the oldest surviving synagogue in Canada, and its members are generous supporters of Our Place Society as its Avodah Social Action Group hosts a much-anticipated, monthly birthday party with cake and ice-cream for all. The Jewish holiday begins at sundown on Dec. 9 and ends the evening of Dec. 14. The eight-day holiday celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C., when Jews led by the Maccabees revolted against their Greek-Syrian oppressors.

Our Place is a community centre serving Greater Victoria's most vulnerable: working poor, impoverished elderly, individuals with mental health and physical challenges, and the homeless. It provides 45 transitional housing units, over 1,600 meals per day, hot showers, free clothing, counseling and outreach services. Most importantly, it provides a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need.

Event: The Big Latke Lunch

When: Monday, Dec. 14, 2015, 12:00pm - 01:00pm (Prep from 11:00am)

Where: Our Place Society, 919 Pandora Ave, Victoria

Website: www.ourplacesociety.com

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact:

    Grant McKenzie
    Director of Communications
    T: 250-388-7112 ext. 225
    Email: grantm@ourplacesociety.com

    Rabbi Harry Brechner
    Congregation Emanu-El
    Office: 250-382-0615
    Cell: 250-812-6715