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December 20, 2011   l   24 Kislev 5771


Security is an issue that impacts all of us, and one that resonates in the Jewish community. Since 2007, Jewish Federation has addressed security as a community-wide issue, making participating in Jewish life safer for us all. Jewish Federation launched a comprehensive security initiative to assist organizations in introducing or upgrading essential security measures, positively impacting thousands of people active in Jewish life, including community staff, volunteers, clients, members, parents and students.

Funded through grants from the Federation Annual Campaign, this broader safety and security initiative reflects a balance between physical security upgrades and effective education, awareness and training. MORE


More than 130 students met with local children’s authors to develop their writing skills at the Children’s Writing Workshops, presented by Jewish Federation in partnership with the Jewish Book Festival. Geared to students in grades 4-7, the workshops engaged young minds and inspired the students to channel their creativity. MORE


Kol ha’kavod to Jewish Federation’s partner, Mercaz Ma’ase, the recent recipient of the Speaker of the Knesset Quality of Life Award for their work in the fields of mediation, tolerance and narrowing social gaps in Israeli society. MORE


The PJ Library is continuing to pick up steam locally, with more than 445 children across the Lower Mainland receiving free Jewish books sent to their homes each month. The program also offers regular events that relate to the themes addressed in the books. MORE

Kollel Family Chanukah Party December 21 | 5:00 p.m. | For more information info@thekollel.com
Young Adult Community Hanukkah Party December 22 | 8:00 p.m. For more information ndolgin@jewishvancouver.com
Loaves of Love December 22 | 8:00 p.m. | For more information info@thekollel.com
Shabbat Dinner December 23 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information info@thekollel.com
Beth Hamidrash Chanukah Party December 24 | 8:00 p.m. | For more information info@bethhamidrash.com
Chanukah in Whistler December 25 | 12:00 p.m. | For more information info@thekollel.com
Schara Tzedeck Chanukah Party December 25 | 8:00 p.m. | For more information shelley@scharatzedeck.com
A Tale of Two Souls January 8 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information info@thekollel.com
Kabbalah Course January 9 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information rabbi@chabadcitycentre.com
Freedom of Speech and Hate Speech in Canada January 10 | 7:00 p.m. | For more information info@jewishvancouver.com
International Wallenberg Day Film January 15 | 1:30 p.m. | For more information fmiller@vhec.org
Israeli Movie January 17 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information debbie@jccgv.bc.ca
Young Israel of Richmond Gala January 22 | 6:00 p.m. | For more information info@yirbc.org
JCCGV Sports Dinner January 23 | 5:00 p.m. | For more information nicki@jccgv.bc.ca
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Do you know someone in need of financial help? The Hebrew Free Loan Association offers interest free loans up to $5,000 and emergency loans up to $750 to members of the Jewish community to help deal with family emergencies, start a new career, pursue education, settle new immigrants, deal with business failure, or generally make ends meet. Apply for yourself or tell someone you know. Please contact us 604.639.1400 or online.

The L’Chaim Adult Day Centre has space available for the beloved fragile older adult in your life.
L’Chaim provides a warm, supportive and stimulating day program and respite for caregivers. For more information, please call Annica Carlsson at 604.257.5111, local 400 or email.

The JCCGV's Bagel Club runs a weekly community kitchen program open to all adults with special needs, Mondays from 5-7:00 p.m. in the program kitchen at the JCCGV. For more information please contact Anat Toledano at 604.257.5111 ext.710 or email.

Do you have a room to rent or a secondary suite available?
Jewish Family Service Agency has regular requests from clients for both short and long-term housing in the community. If you have a home to share or suite available, please call our housing coordinator at 604.257.5151.
Want to meet new people? Learn new skills? Feel part of the community?

Shalom BC Volunteer Centre has many opportunities listed on their website from one-time events to regular commitments, updated every Friday. Please check the website or call 604.257.5181.

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