Todd Litman is one of the volunteers at Our Place who helped serve a latke lunch in celebration of Hanukkah. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria volunteers serve up latke lunch at Our Place

In honour of Hanukkah Our Place patrons participated in celebratory games and songs

The dining hall at Our Place was stuffed Thursday afternoon as patrons lined up for a special latke lunch to celebrate Hanukkah.

The shredded-potato main was served with soup and salad, and took 50 kilograms of potatoes, 15 litres of sour cream, 100 litres of vegetable soup and 50 heads of lettuce to serve the anticipated 450 recipients.

“I think it’s wonderful,” said patron Roberta Touchie. “I was asking for the recipe because I think it’s just awesome, so much flavour.”

ALSO READ: Victoria Rabbi lights Hanukkah candles at City Hall

The meal is one of several special holiday meals coming up this month, with many people also anticipating the turkey dinner on Christmas Eve.

“I love December, you get fed well,” Touchie added.

Along with the celebratory food there was a live Eastern European style band called the Klezbians, the lighting of a menorah, and a dreidel board for patrons to play with, with the possibility of winning gift cards.

“It’s a chance for us to take some of our own culture and share it with people that we share with anyway,” said Rabbi Harry Brechner. “And, it’s fun.”

For some patrons, seeing the celebrations was an introduction to Jewish culture.

“I must confess my ignorance to the Jewish tradition,” said Paul Fenje. “But I think it’s a remarkable exposition of an introduction to their beliefs, their willingness to share and participate– and they are quite musical!”

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Saanich walks the walk on crosswalk after student lobbied for improvements

Elanor Teel approached first Saanich about the intersection in March 2017

Firefighters across the region swing into the giving season

Local firefighter says it’s about whole community

Victoria Disability Resource Centre helps people find jobs

Statistics Canada survey found people with disabilities face higher rate of unemployment

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2016

Online retail sales accounted for 3.4 per cent of total retail sales

Pedestrian scrambles, underground tunnels and other downtown Victoria quirks

The area around the former Eaton’s Centre had some unique ideas

Victoria axe thrower targets world championships

Former pitcher to compete at World Axe Throwing League Championships in Chicago

POLL: Are you giving to charities over the holiday season?

In the holiday rush, amidst the hustle and bustle to find that… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 4, 2018

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Boeser scores 3, Pettersson has 5 points as Canucks hammer Blues

Vancouver picks up impressive 6-1 win in St. Louis

Battle over Saanich’s Haro Woods not yet over, says report

Draft management plan calls on Saanich to spend $142,500 to improve area

In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why

Data suggest that Canadians don’t see the concept of nationalism the way people do in the United States

Small quake recorded west of Vancouver Island

No injuries or tsunami warning after 5.4 rumble felt some 400 kilometres from Victoria

B.C. suspends Chinese portion of Asian forestry trade mission due to Huawei arrest

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of U.S. in Vancouver

2-year investigations nets $900,000 in refunds for payday loan customers

Consumer Protection BC says selling practices were ‘aggressive and deceptive’

Most Read