Drawn for the holiday arts project.
Damian (PEP '04-'06) is currently teaching elementary school
in Even Yehuda, Israel, and taught for four years at Tarbut
V’Torah before making Aliyah with his family.
The time I spent with friends and teachers studying the wisdom of our people at Pardes was a magical time in my life. I was a student, learning every day with people who shared my passion for learning. I lived in one of the most special cities in the world, Jerusalem, and was newly married to the love of my life, my wife Tammy.
During this time it was easy to see the hand of Hashem working in my life. I had the time to reflect, and I did not have the distractions that I have in my life today. I got exactly what I needed, which was clear evidence that Hashem was actively and overtly involved in my life and its direction.
Today my life is much different. Continue reading
Here is my presentation from the Pardes Purim spiel:
In the spirit of what we learnt about conflict resolution I am going to provide feedback on how I feel and relate to the Pardes community.
I will begin by outlining my expectations prior to coming here. I came to Pardes excited to learn with students from all different backgrounds. The website talks so much about celebrating diversity. So I was shocked to find myself in the position of fulfilling an ethnic minority quota. Apart from a few fellow foreigners you are all the same. BLOODY AMERICANS!!!!!!! I know we have Canadians, but to be honest I can’t tell the difference. You all have these strange accents.
During my first few weeks here I was confused. People looked dazzled when I spoke, not being able to understand what I was saying. I found it helpful to talk LOUDLY, CLEARLY and SLOWLY using language similar to that of a small child. Not being able to understand my accent was okay. I know that your experience of British culture was limited to watching Downton Abbey. I think you had a hard time adjusting to a non-fictional real life Londoner. Continue reading
Here are the videos that I made for the 2013 Purim Shpiel:
My skit from the Purim Shpiel. Script is included below the video.
Dan Brill (Year ’09-’10) shares his new Purim rap,
called ‘Straight Outta Shushan’
Here is the script for the great Canadian Purim shpiel that I put on, along with all of my other fellow Canucks, this year! Enjoy
Who is a true Canadian?
Cast Members: Stuart Matan Lithwick, Annie Matan Gilbert, Daniella Adler, Rachel Rosenbluth, Cait Power, Ruth Wicks, Avi Spodek, Derek Kwait, and Laura Herman
Characters: Crowd, Announcer, Ahace Veroce, Nicole Vashette, Maurice Duchai, Danielle Estaire, Frank Wilson, Jennifer Baker, Bobby-Sue Dixon, Mary Smith, Rachel Finkel
Characters: Crowd, Announcer, Ahace Veroce, Nicole Vashette
Background: Crowd cheering… Ca na da! Ca na da! Ca na da!
Announcer (in a bad French Canadian accent): Ladies and gentlemen! Do you think you are a true Canadian? It’s not just anyone who can live up here! Let me introduce two people who put the nads in the name Canada and make us proud. Your true Canadians. From the beautiful province of Quebec:
Ahace Veroce AND Nicole Vashette