Weekly Newsletter – January 31, 2020

January 31, 2020  / 5 Shevat 5780

Shabbat Begins: 4:49 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:59 p.m.   
Parsha: Bo: Exodus 10:1 – 13:16

Monday was the first day of International Holocaust Remembrance Week, and also marked the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. 

Staff and students took part in the #WeRemember campaign, an online initiative to commemorate the anniversary.

The school also gathered in the atrium just before first block to hear from Richard Lowy. Richard told the story of his father, Leo, who, along with his twin sister, survived Auschwitz and Dr. Mengele’s horrible experiments on twins. As the window closes for Holocaust survivors to tell their own stories, their families, along with other organizations, are doing their best to record these crucial accounts for future generations.

Richard brought all of our 15 year old students to the front of the room, then singled out a further two students to stand apart from the rest. He did this to show just the smallest part of what it would have felt like to be sorted at the concentration camps, and how his father and aunt may have felt when targeted by Dr. Mengele.

Later in the day, some classes watched a short portion of the film Richard created, called Leo’s Journey: In My Father’s Words, in which Richard describes his father’s experience at the concentration camps in Leo’s own words.

To learn more about Leo’s Journey, click here

For the Global News report on Richard Lowy and Holocaust Remembrance Day – featuring footage of our students and school – please click here

Mrs. Belson’s Judaic Studies 9 class presented their "A Day in the Life" Scrap Book Projects to each other this week. This critical thinking project tasked students with creating their own Jewish character who not only lives a full professional and personal life, but also infuses Jewish traditions into their daily routine. To make this realistic, students needed to ask questions and research their answers. Here are some of their sample questions: "How does a flight attendant keep Shabbat while flying through different time zones?", "Is a Jewish criminal lawyer allowed to defend a guilty person, according to Jewish law?", and "How does a person in a wheelchair keep Shabbat?". This project offered students the chance to investigate their own interests and present their findings with creativity while learning about the meaning of our common Jewish traditions.

Student Council members Jessie Miller and Sagiv Fadida, both Grade 12, in front of the wall of student-written messages talking about mental health

Wednesday was Bell Let’s Talk Day, Canada’s National day of Mental Health Awareness and Advocacy. Our teachers led a 20 minute informational session during Block 1 with information provided from the Bell Let’s Talk website and its toolkit. During the day, the Chesed Club transformed the Counseling Suite into a Zen Zone, where our students and staff could take a break, listen to relaxing music, and have a healthy snack. At lunchtime, Student Council also provided our students with some more activities, drawing pages and opportunities to write down what positive changes they can make regarding mental health.

Shabbat Shalom!


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Hockey Academy of Israel
JCC Program

March 5 – 13

Navigating the World of Addiction

Friday, January 31
4:45 p.m.

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Inside the Mossad with Ronen Bergman

Sunday, February 2
6:15 p.m.

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1 Billion Rising Lower Mainland Initiative

Monday, February 3
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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Mindful Relationships
Practical Communication
Tools to Build Healthier Connections!

Thursday, February 6
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Temple Sholom.

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Isaac Waldman Library Used Book Sale

February 9 – 13
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Using Our Voices
Interactive Choir Experience featuring Choir! Choir! Choir!

Sunday, February 23
7:00 p.m.

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Optimism and Hope
Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness, Addiciton, and Homelessness

Wednesday, February 26

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Limmud Vancouver 2020
Festival of Jewish Learning

February 29 – March 1

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Beth Israel Casino Night

Thursday, March 5
5:30 p.m.

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