On the tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh

It is hard to find words to acknowledge what happened at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Shabbat morning. We are all processing the loss of life, the senseless act of violence and the blatant anti-Semitism, and what this means for us as individuals and as Jews. At times like this we are reminded of the sacredness of life. We hug each other
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Farewell

As we approach the final days of the school year, we begin to pack and prepare for summer break. It won’t be long before the school routines of a new school year are again before us. It has been a busy year of daily life for both work and school. RJDS staff spend many additional hours volunteering to enhance the educational opportunities for students.
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The Post Pesach Blues

Firstly, welcome back to school after what I hope was a restful and fun-filled break. I imagine everyone had their own unique Pesach celebrations. Mine took place on the other side of the world in Bali, Indonesia for what was a particularly memorable Pesach Seder with my sister’s family, who are overseas for the year. Even though we stuck to our not-so-traditional regular Haggadah
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Reflections on being an upstander, reconnecting with the past and being high

This past week of Purim was a good opportunity to review the positive aspects of the people-growing business. Our Grade Six class spoke eloquently and openly about what kindness looks and feels like as they led the Pink Shirt Day assembly. The school was a Sea of Pink and the focus on making positive choices in dealing with others underscored the message of being
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Better Together: Reflecting on the Grade Six Shabbaton 2018

Friday February 16th to Sunday February 18th, the Grade Six students of RJDS began their adventure. The students from Edmonton Talmud Torah arrived at RJDS directly from the airport with their teacher. We met each other, ate a quick breakfast, and departed for Loon Lake in Maple Ridge. Surprise! We arrived into a snowy winter wonderland. Our bus almost didn’t make it into the
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Service to multiple communities: published in the Prizmah magazine Hayidion

Our school is located on a road where there are several independent and faith-based schools. Administrators cultivate strong relationships among the neighboring schools. They meet regularly; security issues are discussed with local police departments; students work on projects and play sports together. Collaboration is a leadership disposition modeled by all stakeholders among the schools. Student learning extends beyond the walls of the classroom and
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The Tzedakah Allowance Project has been launched at RJDS!

What is the Tzedakah Project, you ask? It is to “foster a vibrant community of people who celebrate, value and act on the importance of giving Tzedakah by creating rewarding charitable experiences resulting in more money going to Jewish charities.” Ariel Lewinski and Judy Boxer-Zack provided an introduction a few weeks ago and grade six and seven students participated in a survey to start
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February updates

Our school year has a number of cycles.  We began with adjusting to new grade levels, the High Holydays and then Winter Break.  The current time period is one of intense teaching and learning as students consolidate and build on their previous learning as they grow physically, emotionally and intellectually.  The rainy season includes more indoor days as our fields and grassy areas are
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D’var Torah : Beshalach

In this week’s Parasha, Beshalach, the Israelite people finally begin their journey to freedom. They cross the Sea of Reeds. The very famous “Shirat HaYam” – “Song of the Sea” is sung as they begin the crossing with Miriam the Prophet, Moses’ sister, in the lead.   This is a very powerful story on many levels. The Song of the Sea has endured in our siddur (prayer book)
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2017 Wrap Up

It’s hard to believe that first term is done and we’re already looking forward to 2018!  We have another new beginning as we start the secular new year.  I have enjoyed my first months at Richmond Jewish Day School and look forward to the remaining months as the search for a permanent school principal continues. There has been growth and learning occurring as our children build
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