The essence of the
Snider Campus for Jewish Seniors, is at its core, a commitment to the
principles, culture and traditions of Judaism. The warm Jewish atmosphere
is felt in every department, program and element of daily life in our
- We are blessed to
have our own synagogue, the Chava and Abrasha Wosk Synagogue, which
provides daily, Shabbat and all holy day services. Services are led
by residents and volunteers, and are open to all.
- All Jewish holidays
are observed through traditions spanning through the religious services,
food served and prepared, programs and special events.
- We are an integral
and vibrant part of the Vancouver Jewish community. Our residents are
pioneers of the Canadian Jewish community, and therefore serve to teach,
inspire and enrich. Community members, including rabbis, cantors, layleaders,
children and families play a large role in maintaining and nurturing
the Jewish spirit in our Home.
- All staff are educated
and trained in Jewish laws and observances that pertain to the care
of our residents.
- We are
under the supervision of the B.C. Kashrut Council, and our food is prepared
with all the care and flavour of a Bubbe’s kitchen.
- Every effort is
made to pay respect to the multi-faceted ways in which Jews observe
traditions and holidays in different communities and eras.
All residents are encouraged
and invited to celebrate traditions in the ways that are most comforting
and familiar to them. Daily minchah services, Rosh Chodesh and all holidays
are observed in a traditional manner within the home.
at Snider Campus for Jewish Seniors – Our Chava and Abrasha
Wosk Synagogue has become a popular place for the community to bring
in Shabbat. With singing from members of the Jewish Men’s Choir
in our hamesh atmosphere, it is a spiritual service to attend.
- Our Oneg
service led by a music therapist with different Rabbi, cantor or lay
leader of our Jewish community each week. The spiritual service is enriched
by song, prayer and teachings. It is a beautiful community supported
- Rosh Hashanah
and Yom Kippur services are very popular, and deeply inspired
by the powerful blasts of the Shofar, blown by our own residents and
– Residents can enjoy their meals in our Courtyard Sukkah, beautifully
decorated by the local Jewish schoolchildren.
– The shul is filled with celebration, song, dance and drink as
once again, the community Jewish youth rejoice with the residents.
– Many children and families celebrate with residents at our annual
Chanukah Party, where we serve the “Best Latkes in Town”.
- Tu B’Shvat
– Residents enjoy a taste of Israel with fruits of Eretz Israel
and traditional stories of the power and magic of trees in their country
– Our annual Purim Party is well known for wonderful belly dancers,
music and home baked hamantashen by the residents.
– We hold five annual Passover seders, led by community members,
volunteers and residents, in order to share the message of Pesach with
all the residents.
- Yom Ha’atzmaut
and Yom Hazikaron – Special services and celebrations
are held to observe these days.
- Yom Hashoah
– This day is solemnly observed in honour of the many residents
and caregivers whose lives are inextricably linked to the Shoah. The
memorial program includes an emotional service where residents who are
Holocaust survivors share poetry, stories and prayers in commemoration
of those who perished in the Shoah.