Weekly Newsletter- September 16 2022

September 16, 2022 / Elul 20, 5782

Shabbat Begins: 7:05 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 8:08 p.m.  

Parsha: Ki Tavo: Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8

MINYAN AND MUNCH

The Thursday morning “Minyan and Munch!” started this week. It is geared as a learners’ minyan to help students of all backgrounds experiment with different Jewish prayers. Students are encouraged to bring and wrap their own tefillin. For students who do not have or do not know how to wrap tefillin, sets and instructions are provided to help them take part in this traditional mitzvah. It is a student-led initiative. Each week different students lead prayers, read Torah and take part in accompanying rituals. We had three new students learn to read the Torah from the actual scrolls this year. We are able to bring the breakfast (munch) back which enticed many more students to come knowing they would not miss the “most important meal of the day.” 

DESIGN THINKING CHALLENGE

Mr. Beadon’s Grade 8 Design Thinking students completed their first design challenge this year: to build a 10 centimetre structure, using 100 grams of newspaper and 1 meter of tape, that would support as much weight as possible. Creativity was encouraged and structure tested – they also got to try different iterations of their design. As the course progresses, students will be presented with a series of more complex challenges. 

MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY

As part of our unit on Central American cultures, the Grade 12 Spanish class went to the celebration of Mexican Independence. It was a great opportunity for students to be immersed in Mexican culture and to interact with Spanish speakers from different countries.  

HAPPINESS IS CONTAGIOUS

This Friday, students began a three-part series themed, “Ivdu et Hashem Besimcha” leading up to Simchat Torah. They began this program by exploring the idea of happiness- what it means, feels like and looks like. Pictured are students writing real, true and appreciative compliments on each other’s backs and staring into each other’s eyes (trying not to laugh). Students learned that happiness is contagious. We are happiest when connecting and helping each other. This is what brings meaning to our lives.

GO LIONS!

Congratulations to our Senior Boys Soccer Team for their 1-0 win yesterday against the St. George’s Junior A Team. Our Lions are looking forward to a wonderful Season!

Project Isaiah is almost here! JFS Vancouver and JWI-BC are planning our annual food drive to fill up the JFS Food Pantry. Our goal each year is to collect enough non-perishable food to stock food security programs for 4-6 months.

Last year, the food collected by our community partners (YOU!) was enough to supply 4 months of non-perishables to over 700 clients, including 160 children and 278 seniors in the community. What a fantastic achievement!

Our goal this year is to collect 4,000lbs of food and $100,000 to purchase the rest of the 20,000+lbs of food needed through the end of 2022.

Please donate your gently used coats, jackets and sleeping bags to support those in need. 

All donations will be distributed via emergency shelters, Jewish Family Services, drop-in centers, and immigration aid services.

Collections will be September 16- October 2 at King David and in the BI Parking Lot Level 2. If you are able to help deliver coats on October 2, email [email protected]

Shabbat Shalom!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Beth Israel Presents Selichot: Emerging from the Past Two Years

Saturday, September 17 8:30 p.m.

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BatterUp and BBYO Rosh Hashanah Fundraiser

Order by September 18.

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Teen Programs at the JCC

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Hasbara Canada

Learn about Israel education and advocacy, and make a difference. Applications are open for the 2022-2023 High School Internship program. 

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CJPAC’s Generation

Applications for CJPAC’s Generation: Student Leaders Program are live! This is the perfect training for Jewish high school students across the country who are interested in politics, regardless of their level of expertise or political point of view.

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Vancouver Granville Constituency Youth Council

Applications are open for the Vancouver Granville Constituency Youth Council which will provide young people in our community the opportunity to meet in a non-partisan setting each month with Taleed Noormohamed, MP, in his constituency office.

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