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Letters: Faiths unite in a crisis

The Richmond Jewish Day School says it was able to re-open its doors after the 'atmospheric river' thanks to its neighbours
Neighbours on Highway to Heaven come together.

Dear Editor,

I wanted to share a story with you that I think is rather remarkable and demonstrates the kindness that exists among the members of different faith groups along the “Highway to Heaven” on No. 5 Road. 

As the principal of Richmond Jewish Day School, I have had to close the doors to our school for the last two days due to the extreme weather conditions and flooding in our parking lot.

Despite working with city crews and independent contractors to pump out the water, as you can see from the photos our parking continues to look like a small lake. 

Tomorrow, however, we are opening the doors of our school because of the kindness of our neighbours along No. 5 Road. 

All our staff and RJDS visitors have been granted permission to park at the Gurdwara Nanak Niwas Temple on the north side of our building.

On the south side of our building, Subramaniya Swamy Temple has allowed us to use their parking as a pickup and drop-off point and using the gate that joins our properties, we will be able to access our school building. 

Thanks to our neighbours, the students at Richmond Jewish Day School will be attending classes again!

We would also like to invite the community to a “Celebration of Light” on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m., an event meant to call out and combat antisemitism and racism.

Sabrina Bhojani
RJDS principal