November updates

Good news! Richmond Jewish Day School recently completed a successful Ministry of Education Monitoring visit and will continue to receive its government funding. The BC Ministry of Education Curriculum updates will bring some changes to the report cards that we are presently using.  As a team, the teachers have begun the process of transitioning to a new format. The first parent teacher conferences are
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D’var Torah: Vayeitzeh B’resheet 28:10-32:3

At the very beginning of this week’s Parashah, Jacob, our third forefather, runs away from his home to Haran, his mother Rebekah’s birthplace. Along the way, he falls asleep and has a dream of angels ascending and descending a ladder – the famous “Jacob’s Ladder” story. Though he seems to stumble upon this holy place, this chance rendezvous with God changed Jewish destiny. Jacob
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U.N. Ambassadors visit Richmond’s Highway to Heaven

Sukaina Jaffer, Vice Principal of the Az-Zahraa Islamic Academy and Lisa Romalis, Vice Principal of Richmond Jewish Day School, stood up together and spoke about their student’s common activities.          India Cultural Centre of Canada (ICCC) Gurdwara Nanak Niwas, 8600 #5 Road in Richmond, BC was honoured to host eleven United Nations Ambassadors on Monday, November 13. These diplomats represented Finland,
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Dvar Torah: Lech L’cha Bereshit 12:1 – 17:27

What journeys have you taken? Where have they led you? How have they changed and influenced your life?   This week’s Parashah (Torah portion) Lech L’cha is all about life changing journeys and is often translated as “Go!” or “Leave!”   Our patriarch, Avraham, makes his first appearance in the Torah in Lech L’cha.  He is directed by God to leave his home and family in order to
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My doorknob conversation

When I trained as a social worker back in the late nineties, one of the terms I learnt was what was called the doorknob conversation.  In a therapy session, the doorknob conversation is the one where the client or patient gets up after the session, and on the way out, hands on the doorknob, opens up and reveals a deeper and more insightful truth
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The power of a smile

A friend of my father (z”l) recently posted the following on Facebook, about a teaching he remembered from my father: “Sholom taught that we don’t say a bracha before giving tzedakah because you might miss the opportunity and it’s more important to just give the money. Sholom: ‘But when you give the money look the person in the eye and smile. That’s also tzedakah.
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Thank you for the warm welcome!

Thank you for the warm welcome as the Interim Principal at Richmond Jewish Day School.  There are a number of connections with families that have been at public schools in Richmond where I have previously been school principal (and teacher).  There is a Jewish saying that “beginnings are the most difficult” yet being the newbie has been more comfortable with students explaining what I
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Seeing the good

Mazal tov on arriving at the last Friday, the last erev Shabbat of the 2016-17 school year!  It was a wonderful school year filled with so many amazing memories, and I’m looking forward to seeing you all at our end-of-year assembly on Wednesday morning.  As my message in today’s last blog of the school year, I want to share with you something that I
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The easiest thing is also the hardest thing

Today was the grade 1 siddur ceremony at RJDS, and I mean it with all sincerity when I say each and every year that it is the highlight of my year.  The ceremony, lovingly prepared by our Morah Bat Sheva Michaeli, is really such a beautiful moment in the yearly life of any Jewish Day School, and is filled with meaning and hope and
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Let all who are in need come and celebrate

I had the privilege of learning with the students in grade 6/7 last week, and we were discussing the beginning of the Ha Lachma Anya (This is the bread of our affliction), one of the more well-known passages in the Haggadah, in which we are instructed to: “Kol dichfin yeitei v’yeichul. Kol ditzrich yeitei v’yifsach” – “Let all who are hungry come and eat. Let
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