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December 20, 2013   l   17 Tevet, 5774


Seven Israeli principals, directors and coordinators from our Partnership2Gether (P2G) region in the Galilee Panhandle recently returned to Israel after an Educators' Conference held here in Vancouver. The annual conference is funded by Jewish Federation and brings schools and community centres from both Israel and Vancouver together to work on Jewish curricula and explore common themes, challenges and needs

The conference was designed and executed by Federation’s gesher chai (living bridge) educators committee, chaired by Dorin Eilon-Heiber. “The conference focused on exposing our guests to a Jewish community outside of Israel, our unique challenges, the way we operate as a community and the importance of the connection with Israel and its people,” says Dorin. Together, the educators developed joint curricula based on an overall theme chosen by partner schools in both countries. MORE


Diane Switzer, Jewish Federation’s board chair, has quickly settled into her role of guiding the organization through a new season of change and growth. Diane brings extensive professional experience to the role, having recently retired from 14 years as executive director of the City of Vancouver Heritage Foundation. MORE


PJ Library coordinator, Lissa Weinberger, is especially busy connecting with families across the Lower Mainland whenever there is a holiday to celebrate. This Hanukkah, she took stories, crafts and songs to families who live outside of Vancouver and who have less access to Jewish programs and services. MORE


The generous support of our corporate sponsors helps Jewish Federation offset the cost of our events and operations, and ensures that maximum donation dollars are directed to charitable initiatives. MORE


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Kollel Friday Night Experience December 20 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information info@thekollel.com
Kollel Friday Night Experience December 27 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information info@thekollel.com
Shabbat Dinner at Chabad UBC December 27 | 7:30 p.m. | more information rabbi@chabadubc.com
Kollel Friday Night Experience January 3 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information info@thekollel.com
Shabbat Dinner at Chabad UBC January 3 | 7:30 p.m. | more information rabbi@chabadubc.com
Shabbaton commemorating Yud Shevat January 10 | 6:30 p.m. | For more information info@lubavitchbc.com
Kollel Friday Night Experience January 10 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information info@thekollel.com
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Do you know someone in need of financial help? The Hebrew Free Loan Association offers interest free loans up to to a maximum of $7,000 for personal loans, $10,000 for education and special purpose loans, and up to $750 for emergency loans 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.

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