Understanding teachers

I’ve been thinking a lot about teachers this week.  The BC teachers strike is hurting so many people in this province on so many fronts.  Parents are scrambling to find childcare on a daily basis, students themselves are not in a regular learning environment, and teachers, who have been without a paycheque for some time now, and with no clear end to the strike
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RJDS welcomes 30 new students in September 2014!

Welcome and welcome back to Richmond Jewish Day School, for another wonderful year of learning, friendships and discovery. We are so excited to announce that we have had one of our largest registration intakes ever, which means that: There are 30 new students at RJDS 1 out of 3 students is brand new to the school Total enrolment is up by 10% We have
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What a year… Thank you

The Hebrew term for gratitude is hakarat hatov, which means, literally, “acknowledging the good.”  It is one of the basic values of Judaism – acknowledge kindness received by showing appreciation for the good someone does for you.  As you know, one of the first prayers that a Jewish child learns is Modeh Ani, “I am grateful to You, living enduring King, for restoring my
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Downtown Eastside Torah

“Yossi ben (son of) Yo’ezer of Ts’raidah and Yossi ben Yochanan of Jerusalem received [the transmission] from them. Yossi ben Yo’ezer used to say: Let your house be a meeting place for the sages, cleave to the dust of their feet, and drink thirstily their words.” Pirkei Avot 1:4 We are approaching the holiday of Shavuot (June 4th and 5th), which marks the giving and
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On giving thanks and receiving the Torah

Dear families and friends, Today, erev Shabbat, is Rosh Chodesh Sivan, the beginning of the month of Sivan. On this day we arrived at Mt. Sinai, on this day we achieved being “like one person with one heart” and we stood together to receive the gift of the Torah (the holiday of Shavuot, which marks the receiving of the Torah, is next week on
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Mixed Dancing

“And David danced before the Lord with all his might…” 2 Shmuel 6:14 “And it was so, as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, that Mikhal the daughter of Shaul looked out at the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord…” 2 Shmuel 6:16 I have a troubled relationship with dance, and an even weirder
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Freedom… for what?

In each and every generation, a person is obligated to regard himself as though he actually left Egypt. As it says: “You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of this that God took me out of Egypt.’” (Exodus 13:8) “It’s freedom, baby, yeah!” – Austin Powers We’re deep into model seder season here at the school. All through the school,
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Roles and Partnerships

This week’s parsha, Shmini, is quite well known for two of its topics, the death of Nadav and Avihu, who were two of Aaron’s sons, and Hashem introducing the commandments of the kosher laws, identifying the animal species permissible and forbidden for consumption.  I want to focus on a slightly lesser discussed aspect of the parsha, that of roles and partnerships.  A the beginning
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New Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi at RJDS

In January, I attended a RAVSAK Jewish Day School Leadership conference in Los Angeles, which brought together the leadership of community day schools from across the United States and Canada – there were more than 540 other Jewish educators representing 150 schools in attendance. It was a fascinating conference, and I learned a lot, but the best part was getting to network and meet
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V’nahafoch Hu – Purim in Richmond!

HAPPY PURIM RICHMOND! The following are many of the Purim-related activities in Richmond taking place this weekend, from Saturday night, March 15th to Sunday, March 16th, including kids programs, megillah reading times and carnivals. Beth Tikvah Congregation (9711 Geal Road) Saturday, March 15, 7:00 PM – Adult Purim Dinner and Megillah Reading Sunday, March 16, 11:30 AM – Purim Carnival Chabad of Richmond (200-4775 Blundell Road)
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