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January 30, 2013   l   19 Shevat, 5773


Kol hakavod to the 16 members of our community have been awarded the prestigious Diamond Jubilee Medal. Recipients were honoured for their significant contributions and achievements on the community, provincial or national level.

This new commemorative medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne, and was personally approved by the Queen. The medal program is part of the Diamond Jubilee Year celebrations, organized by the Government of Canada. The Diamond Jubilee is only the second time in Canada’s history that the country has honoured the 60-year reign of a monarch.

Karen James was one of 25 people from Canadian Jewish communities whose names were put forward by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) in recognition of the work they do in the community and the significant contributions they have made. CIJA was one of the partner organizations that was selected by organizers to nominate candidates.

Karen, who is also an active Jewish Federation volunteer leader and past chair of Women’s Philanthropy, joined the other CIJA nominees in Ottawa to receive her medal. MORE


If you’re 18-26 years old, you could have a free first-time experience in Israel this summer! And yes, you read that right – it’s free. Registration for Taglit-Birthright Israel trip opens February 11th for previously waitlisted applicants and February 13th for new applicants. MORE


We’ve launched a new section on our website so it’s easier to find information about how funds from the Federation Annual Campaign are allocated and how Jewish Federation’s planning process works. MORE


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


Every year we use a video to help spread the word about the Annual Campaign, and this year’s video featured a song called This is the New Year by the duo A Great Big World. The news just broke that the song is going to be featured on this week’s episode of the TV show Glee. MORE

Shabbat Dinner February 1 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information
Lecture with Gershon Hundert February 4-14 | 7:00 p.m. | For more information ajsi@jccgv.bc.ca
JCC Sport Dinner February 7 | 5:00 p.m. | For more information nicki@jccgv.bc.ca
Shabbat Dinner February 8 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information
Friday Night Live February 8 | 7:00 p.m. | For more information info@templesholom.ca
Chutzpah Festival February 9 - March 3 | 7:00 p.m. | For more information ml@jccgv.bc.ca
RJDS Science & Education Fair February 13 | 6:00 p.m. | For more information kkoyanag@rjds.ca
Use It and improve It February 14 | 11:00 a.m. | For more information office@jsalliance.org
Fraytik tsu Nakht Secular Shabbes observance February 15 | 6:00 p.m. | For more information info@peretz-centre.org
Shabbat Dinner February 15 | 7:30 p.m. | For more information
YossiLinks Purim Costume Party February 16 - 17 | 8:00 p.m. | For more information yhavusha@hotmail.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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