Weekly Newsletter – February 1, 2019

February 1, 2019  / 26 Shevat 5779

Shabbat Begins: 4:51 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 6:01 p.m.   
Parsha: Mishpatim: Exodus 21:1-24:18

Jillian Marks and Giovanna Markman, Grade 12

January 30 was Bell Let’s Talk Day, a nationwide effort to end the stigma surrounding mental health. Student Council worked to bring awareness of this day to the school, encouraging students to anonymously share their anxieties and concerns in an effort to spark dialogue and show that everyone struggles with their own mental health issues.

Student Council members Jillian Marks and Giovanna Markman created a presentation that was shown in the atrium, which discussed what Bell Let’s Talk Day is about, why it is important, and how every person can take part and work to make the future stigma-free. The presentation was also discussed in every Teacher Advisory Group (TAG) class on Friday.

To view the presentation, please click here.  

"Bell Let’s Talk Day is a day when people are encouraged to start a conversation about mental health. Though it may not always seem apparent, many of us struggle with mental health in one way or another. Bell Let’s Talk Day should be a reminder for everyone that speaking up does not just have to be on one day of the year; instead, we should always feel comfortable enough to voice our issues with those who care. The stigma of being branded as "not normal" can be difficult to confront; however, through education and dialogue, our community can gain a better understanding of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Though in many situations we might not be able to see what someone is going through, dealing with a mental health issue should be no different than when you break your arm and go to the doctor to get a cast. Staying silent and pretending the stigma does not exist causes people to be silent about their issues and discourages them from speaking up and seeking help. We feel that our school can play a vital role in addressing mental health and ending the stigma by providing an open place where students can find friends, teachers, and resources to support them."
~ Jillian Marks and Giovanna Markman 


L-R: Alex Zychlinski, Sophie Chelin, Jen Tkach, Miya Markovich, Maya Mizrachi, and Erica Forman present their projects

This week, Ms. Neuman’s Grade 9 Social Studies classes continued their exploration of the events of the French Revolution. Students worked on projects similar to exhibits found in museums in Paris and learned about the major events of the French Revolution from one another by giving oral presentations and participating in a gallery walk. 

Each pair displayed their project on the walls of the atrium, and students walked as a class from poster to poster, reading about the different events and their impacts on French history.

Students were also given the opportunity to ask and answer questions as both audience members and presenters, and provide feedback to their peers.

We have 12 NEW student designed and created cards available to celebrate an occasion, recognize an event, or honour a special person!

The Senior Visual Art students worked on a project inspired by American Artist Flora Bowley. The students created intuitive paintings that focused on the art-making process and the practice of letting go of final outcomes.

Thank you to Ms. Margulius, Romy Ashkenazy, Edden Av-Gay, Emma Cooper, Jordana Gaerber, Maya Kallner, Ellie Khalifa, Katie Maslukov, Emily Miller, Camille Millman, Aislin Murphy, Tia Sacks, and Sarah Tedford for your beautiful artwork that we will see spread throughout the community!

Have a look at our Tribute Card Page for more information.


While modern thought and Jewish tradition are closely aligned on many issues, they are also very far apart on certain issues. When we were young, our society taught us that "sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you." Jewish tradition might teach, "sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can cause permanent damage." Bones heal, but the hurt created from gossip and disclosure often do not.  If my generation was fixated on some abstract "right to know", the new generation has gone a step further to the "right to know, right now." Not being up-to-date and taking a stand on events immediately has come to be viewed as a kind of moral failing.
By contrast, Jewish tradition and law takes a very cautious view about revealing any kind of negative and derogatory information – lashon hara. Revealing such information is permissible only when it is necessary to prevent a clear and present loss or danger, in an equitable way. Our philosophy is less "right to know" and more "need to know." There are criteria for talking about a person’s or institution’s faults or misdeeds. According to the classic work Chafetz Chaim by Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen, there are essentially five guidelines. Only if all five are met may we speak negatively of someone or something. Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir has arranged these guidelines according to the letters of the alphabet as an aid to memory:
ACCURACY – it is forbidden to exaggerate or embellish
BENEFIT – revelation must be the only way to way to obtain some constructive benefit
CERTAINTY – we must be sure the information is reliable
DESIRE – the teller’s intention must be constructive, not vindictive
EQUITY – the revelation must not cause undeserved damage to the subject

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King David and VTT will be hosting a "Jam Night" on Thursday, February 21 at 
7:00 p.m. in the Segal Family Gymnasium at VTT. This is a musical collaboration between the schools showcasing three of King David’s superb rock and R&B bands and the amazing VTT choir, Junior and Senior Bands, and the Alice in Wonderland cast. 
It promises to be a fantastic evening!
Everyone is welcome – RSVP is required. Admission is by donation

Shabbat Shalom!


JCC Orr Israeli Dance Circle

Sunday, February 3
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Marjorie Ingall

Sunday, February 10
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Used Book Sale
Jewish Public Library

February 10-14
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Family Life 
Education Event:
Michael Landsberg

Wednesday, February 13
7:00 p.m.

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Teaching Responsibility in the Age of Technology

Tuesday, February 19
7:30 p.m.

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Stand With Us
Campus Crash Course

Sunday, March 10
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Babysitting Course
Schara Tzedeck

Sunday, March 10

The Earl Parker Award for Jewish Film

Application Deadline April 8, 2019

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Click here for the application

Vancouver Jewish 
Day Schools
Purim Project

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