Weekly Newsletter- March 18, 2022

March 18, 2022 / Adar II 15, 5782

Shabbat Begins: 7:05 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 8:11 p.m.  
On Thursday, March 17, the school was filled with laughter in the true spirit of Purim and with it being the first day of optional mask wearing; it was wonderful to see so many smiles again! Thanks to Ellia Belson and her crew of senior students, led by Adeena Rosenblatt and Jennifer Tkach, who organized fun activities and decorated the atrium and entrance of the school.

The ruach in the building was strong and the students and staff really got into the fun of the day! The day began with a lively Megillah Esther reading with special guest Rabbi Dovid Rosenfeld. Students sported costumes of all genres, played Purim Kahoots, Mafia and a variety of carnival games, sang karaoke, posed in a photo booth, created Mishloach Manot, enjoyed popcorn, cotton candy and other treats, and remained in the building long after the 1:00 p.m. early dismissal!

Our sincere thanks to PAC for volunteering and providing lunch and hamantaschen for the entire school! The barbequed hotdogs were delicious and enjoyed by all!
Congratulations to the winners of the Senior Foods Cookie Competition, whose winning cookies were shared in our Mishloach Manot. The winning teams were: Ella Levy and Eitan Belson (Grade 11) who made the Caramel and Hershey Kiss Cookies and Maxwell Aknin, Adeena Rosenblatt (Grade 12), and Sidney Tolensky (Grade 11) who made the Almond Crescents. Pictured above is the cookie assembly line.
Purim and Feminism
The story of Purim is one that is well known within our community. “They tried to kill us, we survived, let’s fast, let’s eat!” But there’s more to it than that. The story of Purim is filled with irony, plot twists, and most importantly, strong women. In fact, Purim is one of the only Jewish holidays with a woman as the “main character” of the story. There are two important women in the story of Purim: Vashti and Esther, both of whom showed great courage in the face of sexism and danger.

Vashti made the decision to not be objectified by the guests at her husband’s party. Although some of her values were unethical, she refused to have her dignity taken from her at that moment. Even at that time in history, when women typically had no say in what they needed to do, she stood up for her values and refused to let someone else use her.

Esther, too, put her life at risk in hopes of saving the lives of her people. As we all know, Esther needed to confess to her husband, King Achashverosh, that she was Jewish so that he would be willing to put a stop to Haman’s plan to kill all of the Jews in Persia. Doing so could have resulted in Esther being killed for either of two reasons: Standing up to her husband, and being Jewish, both in a time of rampant misogyny and antisemitism. Despite this, though, Esther’s point got across, and she managed to save the Jewish population of Persia from annihilation at the hands of Haman. Esther inhabits her title and becomes the powerful, strong queen she was meant to be.

In conclusion, the story of Purim reminds us all about the importance and power of women’s voices, even and especially when times are rough. May your Purim be filled with fun, humor, and lots and lots of hamantaschen.
Monday, March 14 was Pi Day (3/14). Pi (Greek letter π) is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is approximately 3.14159. Pi Day, celebrated all over the world, is an annual opportunity for math enthusiasts to recite the infinite digits of Pi, talk to their friends about math, and eat pie.

Thank you to our PAC for helping us celebrate by serving pie and ice cream to all students and staff at lunchtime!
Kol Hakavod to the Senior Boys Basketball Team for coming in ninth place out of 16 teams this year and winning three of four games at Provincials. Jesse Millman, Arel Steen and Ezra Heayie were all named players of the game.

Thank you to the Steen family for hosting the Bantam Boys and Junior Boys Basketball Team parties and the Sacks family for welcoming the Senior Boys into their home for a celebration after Provincials.
Ice Skating Party

March 26 8:30– 10:30 p.m.
at Kitsilano Rink

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Jewish National Funny Comedy Show
JNF Pacific

Thursday, March 31
7:30 p.m.

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Yom Ha’atzmaut 2022 Community Song

Be part of the SIMCHA and join our community song video!

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Shabbat Dinner with Rav Gav
Schara Tzedeck

Friday, April 8
6:00 p.m.

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Making a Life of Meaning with Rabbi Eliezar Diamon
Beth Israel

Below are the fascinating lectures to look forward too!

Addiction & Judaism
Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.

The Power of Gratitude
Friday, April 29, 6:00 p.m.

Seeking & Granting Forgiveness Saturday, April 30 9:30 a.m.

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