VTT's Mishpacha Magazine 2022

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Mr. Alan Rothstein | Class of 1971

Mishpacha Magazine Vancouver Talmud Torah's Alumni Updates | Summer 2022

Ms. Tamsin Morrell | Class of 2025


CONTENTS

02 Shalom from HOS, Emily Greenberg and VTT Board Member, Talia Bender 03 What Makes VTT Special? 05 Stable Harvest Farm 07 Jewish Learning Garden 11 Jewish Life at VTT 13 Coming Full Circle 15 Performing Arts 17 Alumni Simchas 19 A VTT Visionary 21 2021 + 2022 Grad Classes 23 The Power of Alumni Participation 25 Todah Rabah to our Donors


SHALOM ‫שלום‬ I am very excited to address our alumni in our first ever Mishpacha Magazine. The name of this magazine is no accident - once you are VTT alumni, you are forever part of our family and we want you to remain connected to one another and to your VTT family as it continues to grow. Every year, we graduate another 50 or so students who have been nurtured and challenged by our staff and built a foundation upon which to grow, explore and succeed. This issue is all about celebrating the many directions our alumni are taking and it allows us to keep you informed about how we are also growing as a school. Whether you made memories in our 1948 wing as a student, are sending your children or grandchildren to VTT or are a recent graduate, we hope you will see the value in remaining part of our VTT mishpacha as we hope to grow with yours. Enjoy this inaugural issue,

Emily Greenberg Head of School

The Bender Family

Jacob (Class of 2031), Talia (Class of 1991), Adam (Class of 2028), Josh Bender, Aria (Class of 2023)

It is an honour to contribute to the first edition of our alumni newsletter. As a graduate (class of 1991) and now proud parent of three VTT students, I also have the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors of our wonderful community day school. Since returning to Vancouver a few years ago, I have been in awe of the many ways VTT educates and nurtures our community's young students and I am inspired by the leadership and faculty of the school who are our partners in raising kind, joyful and ethical learners. I look forward to revisiting fond memories through this magazine and also celebrating the many remarkable achievements as VTT continues to grow and flourish. Talia Bender VTT Board Member, Current Parent and Alumna


WHAT MAKES ISTEAM VTT is proud of its collaboration with the Center for Israel Education to develop its unique ISTEAM program (Israel Innovation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), which exposes our students to the best of Israeli innovation to promote problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Our students are exposed to coding and robotics, hydroponic farming, website construction and design, financial management and more - all contributing to skills that will serve them long after they graduate! ROBUST EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECE) VTT nurtures approximately 75-80 early childhood students per year. Most families whose children start in early childhood tend to remain at VTT for the full decade - the longest they will likely spend at any educational institution! Fun fact - did you know that 42 out of 49 Class of 2021 students either started in preschool or kindergarten? EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES VTT provides a host of extra curricular activities to our student body, before, during and after school. With numerous programs offered each year, our students develop their intellectual, artistic, academic and athletic skills in a fun, encouraging and nurturing environment. OUR NEW VTT CAMPUS The 42,000 square foot campus addition features flexible learning environments, two fully purposed gyms, sanctified spaces for spiritual gatherings, a rooftop field and state of the art security infrastructure for a safe and secure campus. MIDDLE INCOME TUITION RELIEF VTT was one of the first Jewish day schools in Canada to recognize the middle class income squeeze experienced by so many of our families. For those families who do not qualify for tuition assistance, VTT's innovative "Affordability Program" offers middle income families a tuition discount, which increases according to the number of students each family has enrolled at the school. Over fifty families benefitted from this program in 2021-22.


VTT SPECIAL? CAIS & ISABC ACCREDITED VTT is a proud member of both CAIS and ISABC. All independent schools who belong to these professional associations commit to a robust accreditation process in order to participate in ongoing professional development and strategic planning for continued growth. Earning accreditation from these oversight bodies is akin to receiving an A+ on a report card. JEWISH LIFE & LEARNING We immerse students in the warmth and beauty of Jewish tradition and practice while creating joyful Jewish experiences. Jewish life is celebrated and lived daily through our curriculum and the values of tikkun olam ‫תיקון‬ ‫( עולם‬repair of the world), chesed ‫( חסד‬kindness) and tzedakah ‫( צדקה‬righteousness or charity). Our welldeveloped Judaic studies program engages students in Hebrew language instruction and facilitates the study of Jewish rituals, holidays, the weekly Torah portion and, in upper grades, Jewish texts. THE CREATIVE CHILD We promote the innate creativity of our students through daily art exploration and hands-on activities. We understand that engaging in the design thinking process strengthens neural pathways, promotes critical thinking, improves fine motor skills, and allows children to discover their individuality. Our art, music and drama faculty specialists contribute to the development of the whole child and our intermediate students love participating in our professional quality spring musical productions. DEVELOPING YOUNG PHILANTHROPISTS From as early as preschool, our students are involved in acts of chesed ‫( חסד‬loving kindness). From weekly Shabbat tzedakah ‫ צדקה‬donations to monthly drives for the Jewish food bank, every student embraces their commitment to help others. Since 2008, VTT's Grade 7 students have raised and allocated over $300K in support of local, national and global organizations through our signature Mitzvah of Valuing Philanthropy Program.


SYD BELZBERG'S STABLE HARVEST FARM

“It was one of the 10 happiest moments of my life

A

big

part

of

Syd’s

vision

is

the

education

when I sat there and watched the kids being on the

component of the farm and that’s where VTT comes

ground, getting their hands dirty. What could be

in. Syd's children attended Talmud Torah and his

better than that? And the smiles on their faces.” Syd

great granddaughter is currently a student. Over the

believed if he built it, they would come. The “it”

past year and a half, classes have begun visiting the

being Stable Harvest Farm in Langley.

farm, giving the students the opportunity to get their hands dirty.

Food security has been Syd's passion since

the

1980s when he heard about a breakfast program for

Emily Greenberg observed, “For us, we want to

school children in Vancouver. Ever since, he has

prioritize learning through nature and exposure to

been looking for a way to make an impact, and after

nature, but also, of course, finding ways to make

a visit to Coastal Roots Farm in California, a non-

sure that Jewish values are part of that. This has

profit Jewish community farm and education centre,

been a tremendous opportunity for us. It’s only the

he knew exactly what to do.

beginning – we look forward to bringing many more of our grades out to Stable Harvest Farm next year.

Syd loves horse racing, and used to keep his horses

There’s obviously a science aspect but we also want

on his farm in Langley, but about 18 years ago he

our kids to be shomrei adamai ‫שומרי אדמה‬, guardians

moved the horses elsewhere and the farm sat

of the earth, and understand the power of nature.”

unused, until now. In 2020, he planted his first crop, and despite a number of early challenges, his Stable

Syd has big plans for the farm - a large, fully

Harvest Farm was able to give away approximately

functioning kitchen for cooking classes and other

90-thousand pounds of organic vegetables to food

educational programs. He says, “It’s a meaningful

banks and local community meal programs. The

way to give back. It fills a vast need and I can afford

following

to do it. Hopefully it will continue forever.”

pounds!

year

he

donated

over

250-thousand



VANCOUVER JEWISH COMMUNITY GARDEN Through generosity, visions become reality. Thanks to the Diamond Foundation, Jewish Federation, the Ronald S. Roadburg Foundation, and many generous community donors, we are embarking on a journey to build a garden that will teach Jewish values while serving those in need. The initial idea to develop an outdoor space spawned from the pandemic and the need for the community to gather outdoors whenever possible. This bold collaboration between VTT, BI and JFS marks a historic moment for all three organizations who are committed to creating unique programs that will benefit Vancouver's

Jewish population. The community garden will nurture the overlapping

missions of each of our organizations. It will offer meaningful ways to connect with nature through a Jewish lens, to understand food security, and to work collaboratively as a community on garden projects. The Vancouver Jewish Community Garden will be located above the shared BI and VTT parkade. Years ago, the Diamond Foundation secured a long term lease of this land for future development. We would like to thank the Diamond Foundation for allowing us the opportunity to use this land for a Jewish community garden on a temporary basis. We look forward to celebrating and honouring nature, its bounties and Jewish teachings and values.


Five important values that will guide the programs and activities in the Jewish Learning Garden:

one

two

three four

five

Food Security: Mitzvot of the harvest says that among the many mitzvot described in Parashat Kedoshim ‫ פרשת קדושים‬are a number of commandments designed to assure that the less fortunate are cared for at the time of harvest through Pe’ah and Leket ‫פאה ולקט‬. The importance of cultivating and harvesting the land as it connects to bounty and also to ensuring sustainability for the needs of our neighbours is central to this value. The Jewish tradition calls on us to commit to shmirat haguf ‫שמירת הגוף‬ – literally, guarding the body. An understanding of healthy eating will be emphasized through the process used to grow the plants and the opportunities the plant provides to sustain life through its many properties. From chemistry to biology, students at VTT and in BI’s Hebrew school, as well as, JFS clients will understand the connection of the human body to the earth and the symbiotic relationship that has been created allowing for mutual existence. Ahavat Yisrael ‫אהבת ישראל‬: The garden will provide the opportunity for our communities to explore the agrotechnological innovations coming from Israel and for our agencies to develop partnerships with Israeli organizations using planting as a vehicle. Guardians of the Earth: Garden members will recognize their role as Shomrei Adama ‫ שומרי אדמה‬on this earth to protect and nurture it. This will be achieved through problem-based learning, volunteering, and discussions. Through a growth mindset, members will have the opportunity to rethink how they approach planting and what they can do to best protect their land, its harvest, and by proxy, the earth.

Education and Innovation: The garden will be a focal point of VTT’s new ISTEAM (Israel Innovation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) initiative, focusing on the success of the Israeli agricultural technology that turned a desert into an oasis for the Jews. Students will learn about how Israel has used technological innovation to lead the charge in agronomic solutions to long-standing agricultural challenges. For JFS, the garden will serve as an incubator for teaching clients new skills and employment initiatives.




JEWISH LIFE AT VTT VTT is dedicated to providing the highest quality Judaic studies curriculum to a diverse community of Jewish students. Our goal is to provide an enriching, relevant and meaningful Jewish education and joyful Jewish learning journey for our students. As a result, we have embarked on a three-year mission to enhance the Judaics curriculum from its core. The goal of this revitalization is to nurture a strong Jewish identity, foster a love of Israel, and inspire our students to be conscientious and contributing members of our Jewish community — and society at large. This transformation process began in the 202122 school year by introducing to our community, Rabbi Varnai, who serves as our Spiritual Life Coordinator and School Rabbi. Complementing him is Dar Goldenberg, a skilled educator who will be assuming the position of Director of Judaics beginning in September 2022. Together with the Educational Leadership team, Rabbi and Dar will support our Judaics’ teachers, enrich our curriculum and ensure that Jewish life and learning is deeply embedded in our programming, events and school environment.


Q&A WITH RABBI VARNAI Q: Where did you grow up? A: I was born and raised in Vancouver, and moved with my parents and siblings to Israel in 2000. Q: What did you do prior to VTT? A: I attended yeshivot both in Israel and in New York, obtaining smicha (rabbinical ordination) in 2011. After serving as a chaplain in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces), I moved back to Vancouver in 2013 where I worked for the Community Kollel as Assistant Rabbi and Youth Director. Since 2016, I have been the congregational rabbi of The Bayit in Richmond. Q: At what point did you know you wanted to become a Rabbi? A: Since the age my friends have been dreaming of becoming cops and firefighters :) Q: Vancouver is a small Jewish community with limited resources to support an Orthodox lifestyle. Why did you decide to move back to Vancouver? A: Life in Israel would have been much simpler in certain ways; however that doesn’t necessarily mean more meaningful. My wife and I decided that we want to raise our family with the values of shlichut (outreach) and netina (giving of one's time and energy), and from our vantage point, there is no better place than Vancouver’s Jewish community. Q: As an orthodox rabbi, what is the value of teaching in a pluralistic Jewish day school? A: I believe that one of the beautiful things that emanate from a small Jewish community like Vancouver is that regardless of your ideology, our children are all under the same roof, helping to foster a strong sense of community. I think our diversity is the strength of VTT. Q: What do you enjoy most about working at VTT? A: The special family vibe that exists the moment you join the team. It truly is a big happy VTT family. I have also been given the automony to revive some key Jewish programming, like the Chidon HaTanach (Bible Contest), which attracted participants from Grades 5 through 7. Learning in a chevruta with these students has been a professional highlight and seeing them achieve success in the Regionals was professionally rewarding.


Elana Freedman - Class of 2001 Intermediate Judaics Faculty

Adam Gelmon - Class of 1990 Principal of Intermediate Grades

Elana Jacobson - Class of 1994 Music Specialist

Full

HALL OF FAME Colette Leisen Faculty Member since 1989

Samantha Levin - Class of 2007 Intermediate Judaics Faculty

FROM STUDENTS TO STAFF: OF VTT'S

Carmi Pearl - Class of 2001 Primary General Faculty

Hofit Sabi - Class of 1999 Primary Judaics Faculty


Sara Karby - Class of 1990 Program Manager & Communications Associate

Shannon Leonard - Class of 1981 Senior Kindergarten Faculty

Josh Leonard - Class of 1984 Intermediate Humanities Faculty

Circle

A TESTAMENT TO THE POWER COMMUNITY

Shira Sachs - Class of 1995 Primary Judaics Faculty

Naomi Shaw - Class of 2010 Intermediate General Faculty

HALL OF FAME Myra Michaelson Faculty Member since 1988

Keri Smith - Class of 1994 Drama Specialist


PERFORMING ARTS VTT's annual spring musical is one of the most anticipated events of the school year. It is a mustsee, and for good reason. The costumes, music, choreography, and most importantly, the hard work, passion, and dedication exhibited by our students are on full display. For more than a decade, under the leadership of alumnae Keri Smith and Elana Jacobson, the musical production has provided high-quality entertainment and has left a lasting impression on all who take part. The spring musicals began when Keri and Elana were students at VTT (Class of 1994). Most VTT alumni remember their Grade 7 play with fond memories, but for them, it sparked their first love of musical theatre. For Elana, it was her first experience playing piano accompaniment and discovering her early love for musical directing. For Keri, who played Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, the role ignited her passion for singing and performing on stage. Fast forward to 2006, when Keri and Elana returned to VTT as staff: Elana as VTT's music specialist and Keri leading VTT's drama classes. The set up was bashert ‫באשערט‬, and a new era of musical theatre was born at VTT. Elana and Keri's priority was to expose more students to the magic of performing and therefor expanded the program to include students in Grades 5 through 7. Every student who auditions receives a role, and those who are uncomfortable performing on stage, assist behind the scenes. With support from choreographers, set and lighting designers and costumers, the professional level productions staged at the JCC's Rothstein Theatre consistently sell out for all four shows. Performers gain a tremendous sense of pride and confidence in their many accomplishments and most importantly, cherish the cross grade friendships that blossom throughout the many months of Sunday rehearsals. Although no productions were staged in 2020 and 2021 owing to COVID, VTT's musical theatre program received a tremendous gift: the entire costume inventory of Costumes on a Shoestring, encompassing thousands of costumes and accessories for almost every musical that has made it to the stage. A classroom in the original wing has been retrofitted to accommodate this bounty and hundreds of hours of volunteer time were invested to create order out of chaos. Thanks to this treasure trove, we were able to fully meet the costume needs for our 2022 production of Cinderella. See the magic in full view at talmudtorah.com/cinderella.


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David Rosengarten (Class of 2007) Earned double masters from Brandeis' Professional Leadership Programme

Matthew Boroditsky (Class of 2009) Plastic surgical residency at UBC

Alumni

Stephanie Plotkin (Class of 2000) welcomed baby Dash

The Marriage of Rebecca Dales (Class of 2007) and Josh James (Class of 2000)


Ezequiel Blumenkrans (Class of 2007) and Zev Dayan (Class of 2006) graduated from UBC Medical School

Leatt Vinegar (Class of 2004) Married Anthony Savinkoff

Simchas

Joshua Wenner (Class of 2005) and Camille welcome their 4th baby boy Ari

Jordan Grubner (Class of 2005) Married Gal Ziv


A VTT VISIONARY


One of the first people I had the good fortune of meeting after I began my tenure as VTT’s Head of School was David Bogoch. Light in his step, he bounced into my office in my first week and so began the legacy download of Talmud Torah - a legacy David has worked hard to preserve and protect since his father, Al Bogoch, nurtured this commitment in him from infancy. David has truly helped to shape the trajectory of VTT through his quiet influence and deep wells of passion for our mission and history. David has quietly advocated for VTT from behind the scenes for decades. From caring for the alumni garden to painstakingly organizing every item in our archives by year, to his work on the VTT Foundation, David is right up there with Toby Torah, our school mascot, in his commitment to the school. He has long understood the importance of recognizing and memorializing the backs upon which Talmud Torah was built. The almanac that he carries around in his head rivals any Google search. He can tell you every relation, donation and historical manifestation that exists within our community. David’s work is never done. Although he’ll tell you that he’s ready to find an archival successor, I will be sad to see the day he turns in his VTT keys as he is a true VTT pillar. When David and I speak, he always says without fail, how can I make your life easier? He is a man of service, a true mensch ‫ מענטש‬and someone who believes intensely in our mission as a school to serve Vancouver’s Jewish community, to guarantee Vancouver’s Jewish future and to nurture those whose lives will be forever enriched by the warm embrace of the VTT experience. Most recently, David has played a paramount role in emboldening and realizing the vision of Syd Belzberg’s Stable Harvest Farm to become a pillar of Jewish education, food security and legacy in our community. David is a planter in every sense of the word. As he has planted the seeds of legacy, volunteerism and continuity, we look forward to honouring his many gifts by continuing to plant the seeds of Judaism, menschlechkeit ‫ מענטשלעכקייט‬and a deep understanding of our roots and long term purpose. -Emily Greenberg


2021 GRAD CLASS Danielle Agulyansky - ‫דניאל‬ Taya Groner - ‫טובה‬ Nicole Nemirow - ‫מאיה‬ Yonatan Amit - ‫יוני‬ Natan Grunau - ‫נתן‬ Hannah Norden - ‫חנה‬ Eitan Arazi - ‫איתן‬ Eva Guez - ‫חוה‬ Keira Prisman - ‫יקירה‬ Madison Bar Dayan - ‫מעיין‬ Allegra Hain - ‫עליה‬ Joshua Rootman - ‫יהושוע‬ Zachary Bichin - ‫זכריה‬ Aubrey Hayden - ‫אביגיל‬ Sacha Rootman - ‫בנימין‬ Xander Boidman - ‫יוסף‬ Elliott Henry - ‫אליהו‬ Sophie Rossman - ‫שרה‬ Alexis Bordan - ‫חנה‬ Adie Huberman - ‫עדי‬ Nicolas Sandler - ‫נחשון‬ Joshua Bressler - ‫יהושע‬ Shayna Kallner - ‫רחל‬ Gabriel Segev - ‫גבריאל‬ Sierra Brosgall - ‫שירה‬ Tamar Kotik - ‫תמר‬ Noah Segev - ‫נח‬ Samuel Brown - ‫שמואל‬ Ethan Lando - ‫איתן‬ Hannah Setton - ‫חנה‬ Hana Butterfield - ‫חנה‬ Jadeyn Leung - ‫שרה‬ Lev Shustik - ‫אפרים‬ Quinci Cooper - ‫חוה‬ Leon Levinson - ‫אריאל‬ Raphael Stefanov - ‫רפאל‬ Nora Dudas - ‫אורה‬ Aaron Liknaitzky - ‫אהרון‬ Sharon Tanne - ‫שרון‬ Rachel Fisher - ‫רחל‬ Mirabelle Mann - ‫מרים‬ Shane Vaida - ‫יונתן‬ Adam Giligson - ‫אדם‬ Devon Miller - ‫אריאל‬ Mielle van den Berg - ‫זהבה‬ Owen Glasner - ‫נחמן‬ Gabriel Moctezuma Peralta - ‫גבריאל‬ Devon Wood - ‫דורון‬ Abraham Nahmad Hamui - ‫אברהם‬


2022 GRAD CLASS Maya Aginsky - ‫מאיה‬ Ilan Arazi - ‫אילן‬ Tobias Ariel - ‫טוביה‬ Ethan Averbuch - ‫איתן‬ Devin Benson - ‫זהב‬ Molly Berkson - ‫ביילע‬ Naomi Bernal - ‫נעמי‬ Noa Bunim - ‫נועה‬ Maayan Daniel - ‫מעיין‬ Maytal Daniel - ‫מיטל‬ Sharon Dorfman - ‫שרון‬ Nora Forman - ‫נועה‬ Arlo Foxman - ‫אדיבה‬ Yael Gardner - ‫יעל‬ Ariella Gelfand - ‫אריאלה‬ Henry Goldman - ‫הרשל‬ Brianna Grad - ‫ברכה‬ Miri Grad - ‫מירי‬

Sara Perez - ‫שרה‬ Ayla Greenberg - ‫אלה‬ Hannah Presman Chikiar - ‫חנה‬ Zachary Gubanov - ‫זכריה‬ Zev Rootman - ‫זאב‬ Harlow Holmes - ‫איתנה‬ Calum Ross - ‫חיים‬ Naomi Infeld - ‫נעמי‬ Rachel Rothstein - ‫רחל‬ Cassidy Israels - ‫שרה‬ Daniel Rubin - ‫דניאל‬ Davey Kallner - ‫דבינה‬ Zac Rubin - ‫זכריה‬ Audrey Karby-Halls - ‫דבורה‬ Ryder Sewell - ‫אשר‬ Yoni Karsyente - ‫יונתן‬ Gili Shoval - ‫גילי‬ Oren Katz - ‫אורן‬ Ash Silber - ‫אשר‬ Maya Koenigbaur - ‫מאיה‬ Jake Silver - ‫עקיבא‬ Micah Kotlowitz - ‫מיכה‬ Daniela Stamer - ‫דניאלה‬ Arabella Kushnir - ‫אראבלה‬ Avigail Strauber - ‫אביגיל‬ Miranda Langer-Whatley - ‫פנינה‬ Sigal Strauber - ‫סיגל‬ Myelle Leung - ‫ציפורה‬ Romi Talmaciu - ‫רומי‬ Aliya Levitt - ‫עליה‬ Winter Wade - ‫וינטר‬ Sasha Malkin - ‫שושנה‬ Tessa Wasel - ‫רחל‬ Hannah Merkur - ‫חנה‬ Selah Zicherman - ‫סלה‬ Miller Moar - ‫סימה‬


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TODAH RABAH TO OUR 2020-21 DONORS VTT wishes to thank the many donors whose generous support and leadership fulfills the mitzvah of "Talmud Torah," a commitment to academic excellence and Jewish values. Your donations fund important academic programs, crucial financial aid and innovative initiatives. This list recognizes donors who made a gift between July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy in the below donor list. If you see an error, please accept our sincere apologies and notify the Development Office at development@talmudtorah.com

LEADERS ‫מנהיגים‬

ABC Recycling • Anonymous (2) • Baron-Brown Family • David Bogoch • Buchanan & Ryan Hayden • Sewell-Crystal Family • Harvey & Jody Dales and Family • The Ben & Esther Dayson Charitable Foundation • Diamond Foundation • Mrs. Rose Marie Glassman and Family • Leon Glassman Fund for Jewish Continuity through Education •Jewish Community Foundation • Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver • Kahn Foundation • Robert & Marilyn Krell • Dean & Julia Lederman • Norman & Sandra Miller • Daniel & Trudy Pekarsky • Brett & Jacci Sandler • Joseph Segal Family Foundation • Phyllis & Irving Snider Foundation • TD Canada Trust • Vancouver Talmud Torah Foundation • ZLC Financial Ltd. • ZLC Foundation AMBASSADORS ‫שגרירים‬ Altus Group Limited • Richard & Darlene Ames • Gary Averbach and Family • Beth & Leon Bogner • Congregation Beth Israel - Rabbi Discretionary Fund • Cristall Group Investment Inc. • Devonshire Properties Inc. • Marie Doduck • Norman & Marlene Franks • Ivan & Laurie Gasoi Family Endowment Fund • Michelle & Martin Gerber • Morley Greene • Harry & Jeanette Greenhut Foundation and Lori & Wayne Balshin • Abe & Lydia Jampolsky Family Endowment Fund •Lilly Kazaz • Shay (Shy) Keil Group • Karly & Jonathon Leipsic and Family • Shawna & Andrew Merkur and Family • Mironyuk Family • Porte Communities • RBC • Clair & Tristan Rockel • Merle & Manuel Rootman • Lee & Bernie Simpson • VTT Alumni Fund •Westcoast Kids


SUPPORTERS ‫תומכים‬ Zafi Ali • Anonymous (5) • Ariel Family • Michael & Lisa Averbach • Congregation Beth Israel Rabbi Stein Fund • Crooks Family • Joe & Sophie Fayner • Yvonne & Bruce Gasarch • Keren & Phil Gertsman • Ken & Linda Glasner • David Goldman & Family • Emily & Daniel Greenberg and Family • Grouchko-Fennemore Family • Jonathan Infeld & Lissa Weinberger • Karen James • Howard & Rosalind Karby • Tammi & Brian Kerzner • Kushnir Family • Langer-Kapalka Family • Lewis Family • Harry & Elaine Lipetz • Carole Malkin • Mount Pleasant War Memorial Community Cooperative Association-Branch 177 Royal Canadian Legion • Negrin-Simpson Family • Lola & Norman Pawer • Harvey & Connie Permack • Shaun & Renee Plotkin • Yvette Porte Family • Leo & Matilda Porte Endowment Fund • Robibo Family • Rogachevsky Family • Yvonne & George Rosenberg • Sheryl & Brian Ross • Rothstein Family • Ferne Sherkin-Langer & Jacob Langer • The Arnold & Anita Silber Family Foundation • Silver Family • Annie Simpson, Lev and Tali Shustik • Ania & Jacob Switzer • Todd & Candice Thal and Family • Allan & Joanna Wasel • Tim Whatley • Reta Wolochow Fund

FRIENDS ‫חברים‬ Tirzah Abraham & Boris Baybik •Anonymous (9) •Aknin Family • Roy Amsili & Snait Ohayon •Jennifer & Jason Apple • Bar-Dayan Family • Josh & Talia Bender • David & Ruth Berger • Karen, Mark, Zach & Noah Bichin • Bick Family • Rona Black • Philip & Cathy Bregman • Bressler Family • Shira & Darren Bogner • Brown Family • Rabbi Carey Brown & Gregg Gardner • Bunim Family • Shoshi & Steven Burton • Esther Chetner • Adam Chodos & Sarah Goldberg • Ian Cohen • Sandy & Bernie Corenblum • Arieh Dales • David Family • Ken & Reva Davidson • Ryan & Haley Davis • Dolgin Family •Joel & Sharon Dudeck • Anat & Fabio Feldman •Justine Fisher & Robert Alloway • Adam & Justine Folk • In memory of Andrew Foxman z'l • Laura & Daniel Frankel • Fransblow-Nobell Family • Amy Gilbert • Sam & Melissa Glazer • Joe & Karyn Gold • Jeffrey Goldberg & Hilary Meredith • Nancy & Ben Goldberg • Rena & David Goldberg • Sam & Christine Goldman • Frieda & Daniel Granot • Grunau-Koenigbaur Family • Guez Family • Marla Guralnick & Josh Pekarsky • Gilat & Peter Grunau • Anna & Alex Gubanov • Hamovich-Greif Family • Rob & Sue Hector • Marlene & Mel Hershfield • Brian & Elana Jacobson • Simon & Raisie Jacobson • Selma & Basil Kallner • Kimel Family • Russ Klein & Deborah Youngson • Mary & Konstantin Kleiner • Jordan & Cydney Kohn • Gary Lyons • Levin Family • Marc Levy • Nita & Michael Levy • Rachel & David London • Robert Mann and Family • Marstaller Family • Massel Family • Heidi Massel • Danny & Jessica Mendelsohn • Oren, Noy & Aria Mika • Ken & Debra Miller • Fred & Rose Mikelberg and Family • Jackie Misshula & Lewis Greenspon • Marilyn Moss • Anna Nep • Nemirow Family • Lyora & Joe Nifco • Ellie and Lilah Remick • David Rootman and Family • Irving & Barbara Rootman • Rosenzweig Family • Matthew & Dana Ross • Melissa Shafron • Cydney, Braxton & Chloe Shapiro • Jordan Shapiro • Shalom (Sam) Szajman • Brian Silver - Toronto Pairadocs • Slobinsky Family • Spevakow Family • Steve & Annie Sun • Adam & Tamar Stein • Swartz Family • Ania & Jacob Switzer • Diane & Phil Switzer • William & Frances Switzer • Teperson Family • Van Den Berg Family • Vasquez David Family • Camille & Josh Wenner • Kathie West-Folk & Harold Folk • Malcolm & Judy Weinstein • Earl & Anita Winestock • Ellen Wiesenthal & Eyal Daniel • Gary Wolch • Zachs Verin Family • Zigelman Family • Zlotnik Family Endowment Fund


VTT AT A GLANCE Founded in 1918

Two sanctified spaces on campus

Largest Jewish day school west of Ontario

State of the art security infrastructure

Average enrollment of 480-500 students

Robust 1-to-1 technology program

Certified meat and dairy kosher kitchens offering daily hot lunches

Several on site after school programs, including our Bayit after care program

New campus built in 2016 adding 42,000 square feet of 21st century learning space

Two gyms with climbing wall and largest rooftop sports field in Vancouver

Licensed early childhood program with dedicated playground

Specialist faculty in Art, Music, Drama and Health & Physical Education

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