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Children and Teen Programs at Limmud Vancouver

At Limmud Vancouver, we say: everyone is a learner. Not just people over 18, but people of all ages. This year, we have organized a series of engaging activities for families, children and teens. Read about them below!

Between activities, children are welcome to relax and play in childcare, staffed by Camp Miriam counsellors. Childcare will be available all day for children age 3 and over, who are attending Limmud in the company responsible adult who will be in the building at all times.

Families with Children age 3-7

Celebrate Israel’s 70th Birthday with PJ Library (10:50-11:50 am). Explore Israeli traditions through books, music, craft and play. Visit us for story time, Israeli snacks, the chance to create fun art with Hebrew stencils and more. Hosted by PJ Library – the library of high quality Jewish children’s books that comes directly to you.

Leaders: Lissa Weinberger and Katia Fermon. Lissa is the PJ Library Coordinator as well as the Manager of Jewish Education and Identity Initiatives at Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver. Katia is the PJ Library and JCC Family Programmer and Assistant Director of Camp Shalom.

Children age 8-12

Tell Your Own Torah Story  (9:30-10:30 am). We all love stories – our stories, Torah’s stories, and midrash stories. Don’t you know what midrash is? How it creatively plays with Torah stories? Join us, listen, learn, and create your own midrash story!

Leader: Jenny Glickman-Rynd. For Jenny, a storyteller and educator, our personal and cultural stories define who we are and what we do.

Mixed Media Exploration of Jewish Symbols (12:10-1:10 pm). What happens when you combine pencil crayon, oil pastel, and water colour? Do you discover new interpretations of the menorah, hamsa, or Torah you’ve just drawn? Come find out!

Leader: Julia Bennett, visual artist and teacher of art and comparative religion at the K-12 Langley Fine Arts School.

The Ancient Jewish Art of Balloon Twisting (2:00-3:00 pm). Have you wondered how the pros do it? Want to learn how to twist balloons into a magen david, a dog, or a light sabre? This workshop is for you!

Leader: Leora Zalik. Leora is a retired teacher and party entertainer.

Jewish-Themed Games with Camp Miriam Counsellors (3:15-4:15 pm).Taste the magic of Camp Miriam, where counselors teach through creative activities and discussion. Enjoy learning with teachers who can make anything into a game.

Leaders: Vancouver’s HabonimDror Ken Achva. The ken (nest) offers activities for Camp Miriam campers, their friends, and the greater Vancouver Jewish community. Ken activities, led by experienced camp counselors, focus on fun, group bonding, Jewish culture, Israel, and social action.

High School Students, grades 8-12

Pluralism, Identity, and You (1:00-5:00 pm) A field trip. Gather at Limmud Vancouver for lunch at 1:00 pm. Travel together to the Ismaili Centre (Burnaby) to meet Islamic youth and discuss issues of common concern, e.g., social media, parental expectations, and life as a religious minority.

Leaders: Hillary Kaplan and Alykhan Velji, with support from Camp Miriam counsellors. Hillary has led children’s programs at Camp Miriam, Or Shalom Synagogue,  CJSF Radio, and Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, and co-ordinated inter-religious conferences at the Vancouver School of Theology. Alykhan holds a bachelor’s degree in education. At the Ismaili Centre in Burnaby, he is the grade 10 teacher, and part of the youth education team.

Interested? REGISTER HERE! We need everyone attending Limmud to be accounted for!

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