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Left to right: Michael Schwartz of the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia, Rabbi Philip Bregman, Rabbi Dan Moskovitz, Mike Harcourt and Chris Gorczynski. (photo by Cynthia Ramsay)

Lisa Wilson, special projects coordinator at Vancouver Heritage Foundation, welcomed the approximately 60 people who gathered at Trimble Park on the afternoon of Oct. 23 for the presentation of a plaque commemorating Temple Sholom’s first building, which was firebombed in January 1985.

A joint effort between VHF, Temple Sholom and the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia, the plaque was the 86th presentation of a planned 125 in VHF’s Places That Matter project, which started in 2011, said Wilson. “Our goal is to raise awareness about the people, places and events that tell Vancouver’s history,” she said, “and we invited the public to nominate and vote online, and an independent site-selection committee selected 125 sites to receive a plaque.” Read more >

(In the photo, Left to right: Michael Schwartz of the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia, Rabbi Philip Bregman, Rabbi Dan Moskovitz, Mike Harcourt and Chris Gorczynski. (photo by Cynthia Ramsay)

Richmond man first in North America to have emergency minimally invasive heart procedure
Quick decision saved his life, set medical record at Vancouver General Hospital
By: Pamela Fayerman, Vancouver Sun, March 15, 2016

11784827It took one deathly ill patient, an enthusiastic hospital team and only 19 minutes for a new North American — and perhaps even world — medical record to be set at Vancouver General Hospital last Friday for an emergency heart procedure.

Retired engineer Max Morton’s heart was crashing when his wife, Sharon, took him to the emergency department. Once at the hospital, Morton’s blood pressure fell rapidly and only half the necessary blood was pumping in the correct direction. The culprit was a previously implanted artificial heart valve that suddenly stopped working, and was leaking profusely. Read more…>

I’m Japanese, Czech, And Now I’m Jewish. Whoa.
By Karen Glanzberg,, February 3, 2016

glanzberg-headshotSometimes I still can’t believe everything that has transpired over the last year. I got engaged and married, and, oh yeah, I also became Jewish. So not only am I learning how to be someone’s wife, I’m also learning how to incorporate thousands of years of Jewish history and customs into my everyday life. All this while still trying to figure out what aspects of my former family life I’m going to bring into my new one.
My Japanese mom met my Czech dad when they lived in the same apartment building years before I was born. They married and had two Japanese-Czech daughters. I grew up speaking Japanese with my mom, singing Czech lullabies with my dad, and fielding questions from strangers about where I came from. Where I really came from. I remember coming home from school one day and asking my mom how I should answer this question. While I felt strong cultural ties to both countries, I was a North American kid through and through. Read more>>

A Vancouver café where conversation is part of the meal
By Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun December 21, 2015

LisaPLupii in Champlain Heights serves up zero-waste vegetarian food, with a side of social inclusion
When Lisa Papania learned about the demise of Champlain Video last December, a beloved local hub for families and film buffs, the Killarney resident decided to turn the loss into an opportunity for her community.

A Simon Fraser University professor with expertise in social responsibility, sustainability and product development, Papania decided to turn the space into a zero waste vegetarian café named Lupii.

“When the space came up for rent, it seemed like a really great idea to put the things I’ve been teaching into practice. The research I’ve been doing for the last 10 years with regard to food and material waste, and social inclusion all came together.” Read more >>

Building relationships
Friday 18th, September 2015 Written by Shahar Ben Halevi and Cynthia Ramsay

CareyBrownWhen Rabbi Carey Brown and her family moved to Vancouver in 2011, they made their home in East Vancouver.

“We settled down in East Van and really loved the neighborhood,” Brown told the Independent. “Slowly, as I became familiar with more people, I realized there was a growing need for additional places for people to meet and connect with their roots.”

This realization was the inspiration for East Side Jews, a group that Brown founded about a year ago, and which she co-directs with Lisa Pozin. Brown is associate rabbi at Temple Sholom, and Pozin is the synagogue’s program director.

“We started with Rosh Hashana on Main Street, we invited people to join us and taste honey cake and hear a story at Solly’s, learn about honey at the Honey Shoppe, and sing songs and hear the shofar at a local park. We didn’t know how to reach people, so we posted notes in coffee shops and community centres around the area. To our surprise, the turnout was amazing. We decided to create one event every month. We hosted a tikkun olam event at the PriceSmart food store [now a Save-On] on King Edward Avenue and Knight Street, we did a Havdala under the stars at Trout Lake, and shared Shabbat dinners in local community centres. People really liked our events, a group was formed. We were really happy and excited.” Read More>

Pacific Spirit: A sukkah for God’s blessing

If you look overdan-moskovitz your back fence this week and your neighbours are building a fort in the rain and decorating it with tree boughs,  fruits and vegetables, don’t worry. They’re not crazy. They’re probably Jews.

Autumn is a time when Jewish holy days, both joyous and deeply solemn, are packed together. This one — well, officially, it’s three holidays covering nine days that blend together — is festive, unlike the repentant  and deeply reflective Yom Kippur, which closed the High Holy Days a mere six days ago. Read more…

• Karen James: In Ottawa, a taxpayer-funded tribute to a Palestinian terrorist
Stephen Spielberg’s 2005 film Munich opens with a group of young athletes returning to the Olympic Village late at night. Rather than make the long walk to the entrance gate, the group — being athletes — decided to scale the chain-link fence surrounding the Village. Lingering nearby in the shadows were four men who did not look like Olympians. They joined the athletes in the climb, and the groups parted ways on the other side. Read more…