Weekly Newsletter – January 8, 2016

January 8, 2016 / 27 Tevet 5776
Shabbat Begins: 4:14 p.m.         Parsha: Va’eira
   Shabbat Ends: 5:27 p.m.          Exodus 6:2 – 9:35
Starting 2016 with a Focus on Social Justice

Back L-R: Dara, Maya, Neeve, Talia, Gabi, Talia Martz-Oberlander, Ariel Martz-Oberlander, Rina, Ashley, Joelle, Rosie, Rachel, Aria and Bella
Front L-R: Matt and Oren

On Tuesday, our Social Justice 12 students welcomed Talia and Ariel Martz-Oberlander into our classroom. Talia and Ariel both actively involve themselves in Vancouver’s social justice and activism circles, working on projects that relate to climate justice, gender identity, aboriginal rights, and other contemporary issues. They shared with our Social Justice group how their Jewish identities impact their exploration of these projects. Talia and Ariel shared their personal stories with students – like Talia’s involvement in fossil fuel divestment from religiously-based organizations, and Ariel’s time spent working with aboriginal activists re-occupying and protecting their traditional land at the Unist’ot’en Camp in Northern BC. Then, exploring a method of social justice organization based on "Stories of Self," Talia and Ariel invited our Social Justice students to consider their own stories and reflect on ways in which they may be able to affect positive change in their communities and the world.
Discussing issues in small groups

Shabbat Conversation Starter 

Parsha: Va’eira
Exodus 6:2 – 9:35

The book of Exodus begins by introducing the character of Moses. As with any hero, we always want to learn the motivations that made him or her so great. Peter Parker has a great origin story about how he was turned into Spiderman, and it is not the fact that he was bitten by a radioactive spider. Rather it is the death of his uncle due to his selfish behaviour that pushes Peter to understand that with "great power comes great responsibility," and only then does he don the webbed costume to fight for justice. Does Moses, our hero, have backstory too?

Don’t Miss the Deadline! 
New Student Applications for Grades 8 – 11 Due for 2016-2017

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Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events

Raoul Wallenberg Day

January 17, 2016
1:30 p.m.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 21, 2016 
7:00 p.m.

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Shabbat 100

January 22, 2016 
6:00 p.m.

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Vancouver JCC Jewish 
Book Festival
Western Canada Book Awards

Submission Deadline: 
February 29, 2016

Jewish Essay Contest

Contest Deadline: 
March 1, 2016

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Weizmann Institute of Science
Summer Science Scholarship

Applications due 
March 1, 2016

Free Tutoring by UBC & SFU students

Tues., Wed., Thurs. 
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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The Janusz Korczak Lecture Series
"How to Love a Child"

October 29, 2015 – April 6
7:00 p.m.

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Moshava California Open House

January 13, 2016
6:30 p.m.

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