East Side Jews

ESJ-LOGOOur neighbourhoods in East Van are where we connect. East Side Jews gives us an opportunity to engage in Jewish living, locally. We would love to see you for Shabbat dinner, holiday celebrations, and family programs throughout the year.

East Side Jews strives to create meaningful Jewish connections. We hope to bring together neighbours of all backgrounds to experience Jewish living together. Interfaith families are warmly welcome.


Upcoming Events:

Hanukkah on Ice – Sunday, December 17, 2017

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3:30-5:00 pm – Ice Skating, Hot Cocoa, and Soofganiyot

5:00 pm – Lighting of the Hanukkiah and music with Alex

5:30-7:30 pm – Pizza dinner and a movie

Location: Robson Square Rink* 
800 Robson Street

* Please note: With the exception of ice skating, all events will be held in the BC Hosting Space,  situated at the South East corner of the Robson Square Plaza level (one level below street surface)

$6/person for the event (skate rentals included!)
$4/person for pizza dinner

Join East Side Jews for the 6th night of Hanukkah!  We are going to have a wonderful event with so many options for families to celebrate.  Families are invited to ice skate together between 3:30-5:00 pm on the charming Robson Square Rink in downtown Vancouver.  If you need a break or to warm up, you will find hot cocoa and soofganiyot in the BC Hosting Space.  Ice skate rentals are included in the program.

At 5:00 pm sharp, we will gather to light the hanukkiah and sing Hanukkah songs with our friend, Alex Konyves.

Finally, from 5:30 to 7:30, we will serve a simple pizza dinner and show the movie WALL·E.  It’s our hope that bigger kids will have fun watching the movie and parents will have a chance to schmooze and connect!

Register here.


Mazel Tov to Temple Sholom’s East Side Jews program!

Temple Sholom was one of eight winners from all across North America of the 2015 Union for Reform Judaism’s Belin Outreach and Membership Awards. These awards are given to recognize outreach and engagement programs froimage2m URJ congregations in North America that demonstrate a high level of creativity, originality, and replicability.

The selection committee felt East Side Jews was an exceptional example of how a community can welcome and engage people in new and creative ways. Temple Sholom received $1,000 to continue to support the East Side Jews program, and was formally recognized for this achievement at the 2015 URJ Biennial in Orlando, FL.

Yasher Koach to Rabbi Carey Brown and Lisa Pozin, who run the East Side Jews program, on the incredible work they are doing to reach Jewish families in Vancouver and bring them into the Jewish Tent.

Mazel Tov!