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February 25, 2013   l   15 Adar, 5773


This past Wednesday night, many weeks of research, developing arguments, and practicing them paid off for the 100 high school students who competed in the Jewish Federation Annual High School Debates. The experience is such a positive one that many students take part each year of their high school career, and some even come back to judge or to time-keep after graduation.

The debates are designed to give students the opportunity to delve into challenging topics of current relevance to Israel and our community. Here are this year’s topics:

  • Grade 8 - Be it resolved that Jerusalem should be shared by Jewish and Palestinian states.

  • Grade 9/10 - Be it resolved that the IDF military service should remain compulsory for all citizens.

  • Grade 11/12 - Be it resolved that the reporting of false, inaccurate or incomplete information by the media about Israel be considered a fraudulent offence under Canadian law. MORE




By Seanna Martin

The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre’s (VHEC) current exhibit,Enemy Aliens”: The Internment of Jewish Refugees in Canada, 1940 – 1943 is the first of its kind in Canada. The exhibit explores a little-known chapter of our national history: Canada’s wartime internment of approximately 2,300 civilian refugees of Nazism, most of them Jews.




It’s time to start gathering together the tax receipts from the various donations you’ve made this year. If you made a gift online at jewishvancouver.com you will have received an email from info@jewishvancouver.com that contains instructions to download your receipt. MORE


By Brenda Yablon

Community member, Brenda Yablon, is sharing with us some of her experiences while traveling through Israel. And now we’re sharing them with you through e-Yachad and Mark’s Message. MORE

Chutzpah!Festival February 25 | 7:00 p.m. | For more information ml@jccgv.bc.ca

JFGV Board Meeting February 25 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information wfinlayson@jewishvancouver.com
Shabbat Dinner February 22 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information rabbi@thekollel.com
Schara Tzedeck Purim Carnival February 23 | 8:00 p.m. |
2013 Public Speaking Contest February 27 | 6:00 p.m. |For more information srivkin@jewishvancouver.com
King David High School Lion's Den Dinner February 28 |
6:30 p.m. | For more information office@kdhs.org

Shabbat Dinner March 1 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information
The Bully Project: Teen Screening March 4 | 5:00 p.m. | For more information stephanie@jccgv.bc.ca
Shalhevet Girls High School Annual event March 4 |
6:30 p.m. | For more information office@shalhevet.ca
The Bully Project: Community Screening March 7 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information stephanie@jccgv.bc.ca
Shabbat Dinner March 8 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information
Above are selected items from the Community Calendar.
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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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