Weekly Newsletter – November 1, 2019

November 1, 2019  / 3 Cheshvan 5780

Shabbat Begins: 5:33 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 6:39 p.m.   
Parsha: Noach: Genesis 6:9 – 11:32

Orange Shirt Day is usually recognized across Canada on September 30. With the many days away from school for the Jewish holidays, we postponed our own commemoration to November 1.
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis Webstad’s story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at SJM, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. 
The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.
Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations peoples, local governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations to come.
King David’s Social Justice 12 class spent a number of classes researching different aspects of Canada’s history of residential schools, as well as the impacts of racism and colonialism, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Children, the Highway of Tears, and the stereotypes that persist about indigenous people. The results of the students research will be posted all over the school on bright orange sheets. Some students chose an alternate option, and created provocative and creative art pieces and posters meant to draw attention to the impacts of Canada’s treatment of indigenous peoples.
This year, rather than holding a whole-school assembly, the Social Justice class wanted the benefit of being able to connect and discuss in smaller groups. Students helped to plan and craft educational activities for our TAG sessions on Friday. These sessions included a general introduction to Orange Shirt Day and the history of residential schools, plus discussion prompts chosen by the Social Justice students in each TAG group, to help create deeper understanding and engagement. Each group shared some personal connections and reflections on what they learned in the process of this project.

On Tuesday, the Biology 12 class took a tour of STEMCELL Technologies, a Canadian biotechnology company that develops specialty cell culture media, cell isolation systems, and accessory products for life science research. The students learned about the practical application of science and biotechnology through hands-on experiences, as well as how products are researched and developed.


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Shabbat Shalom!


JCC Innovation Club

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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Queerious at the JCC

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Remembering Yizhak Rabin z"l

Tuesday, November 5
6:30 p.m.

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Shabbat Dinner with Yola Reitman

Friday, November 22

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Vancouver Gap Year Fair

Sunday, November 24
5:00 p.m.

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The Changing Landscape:
Housing Choices of the Future

Tuesday, November 26
5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

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