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February 1, 2012   l   8 Shevat 5772


On Tuesday, February 14th, the 24th Annual Public Speaking Contest will take place, presented by Jewish Federation and State of Israel Bonds. Students in grades four through seven will present three minute speeches – which can feel like a lifetime for some, and for others, it will go by in the blink of an eye.

More than 100 students will present speeches on relevant Jewish issues, including the importance of a Jewish homeland, mitzvot and tzedekah, and what makes a Jewish home. They also have the option of selecting their own topic based on a Jewish theme of particular significance to them. Reflecting on these topics absorbs the students in relevant Jewish issues, and gives them an important outlet to voice their opinions. MORE


For more than seven years, local dancers have forged an unbreakable bond with their sister dance troupe in Israel, and on Sunday, February 26th, they will perform together at the Chutzpah! Festival. MORE


Sixty-four is a beautiful number. The Beatles sang about it. Chess players live in a world with 64-squares (the chess master Bobby Fischer died, fittingly, at the age of 64). Braille, the language for the blind, has 64 different characters. MORE


As the winter weather begins to wear on us, many students and young professionals on the Lower Mainland start dreaming of the warmth of the summer and what new adventures await. For young Jewish adults ages 18 to 26, the experience of a lifetime could be around the corner... MORE

VHA Celebration of Learning February 1 | 7:00 p.m. | For more information vha@vhebrewacademy.com
Jewish Community Camp Fair February 2 | 3:30 p.m. For more information sbordan@jewishvancouver.com
Loaves of Love February 2 | 8:00 p.m. | For more information info@thekollel.com
Melava Malka February 4 | 8:00 p.m. | For more information info@bethhamidrash.com
VTT Kindergarten Macaroni and Movie Night February 4 | 4:00 p.m. | For more information tkalvari@talmudtorah.com
Nefesh B'Nefesh Pre-Aliyah Workshop February 5 | 7:30 p.m.
Shabbat Dinner February 10 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information info@thekollel.com
Chutzpah! Festival February 11 | 7:00 p.m. | For more information ml@jccgv.bc.ca
JNF Young Professionals Networking Event February 11 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information micky.goldwein@jnf.ca
The Vancouver Jew Stoplight Party February 11 | 9:00 p.m. | For more information joel@thesinglejew.com
Gallery of Donors Wall Dedication February 12 | 2:00 p.m. | For more information foundation@louisbrier.com
Dr. Mordechai Kedar Lecture February 12 | 7:00 p.m. | For more information acserenyi@cija.ca
Public Speaking Contest February 14 | 7:00 p.m. | For more information sbordan@jewishvancouver.com
Transitions Fair February 26 | 12:00 p.m. | For more information anat@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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