Weekly Newsletter

September 25, 2013
21 Tishrei 5774
Lessons in the Sukkah

Sam, Grade 12 and Rikki, Grade 10 help with the build.
At King David, Jewish life is integrated through holiday celebrations, acts of chesed in the community and the basic concepts of Physics. It is said we should build the finest sukkah we can, decorate it in the most beautiful ways we know how, and prepare delicious food. This year, King David’s Physics 12 students took on the task of designing the school’s sukkah at the front of the school. Following the requirements and dimensions dictated by Halacha (Jewish law) and with the help and support of the Khalifa Family and  Kevington Building Corporation, our beautiful Sukkah was built.
Kai, Grade 11 takes a snack on his way in to school
It withstood the rain, winds and over 200 visitors this week, allowing us to fulfill the mitzvah of hachnasat orchim – hospitality. Thank you to our Parent Action Committee who spent many hours organizing snacks and welcoming us into the sukkah every day this week. Yasher Koach!


Grade 12 students enjoy Social Studies in the sukkah

Torah from Generation to Generation

The First Generation: The morning started with an exciting visit of the JCC Gan Yeladim class who joined King David students to celebrate the ending of Sukkot and Simchat Torah. The students learned about the Sefer Torah and looked with excitement in the Torah for the first letter of their name.
As the preschool students were leaving the Sukkah they watched the King David students walking from the Holocaust Center bringing in the fragile Torah that survived the camps of the Holocaust.
This was truly a remarkable moment as the current generation of young King David students ushered in the hope of Torah and Judaism to the next generation.

Simchat Torah 2013

Opening Up Our Tent:
Parents, Grandparents, community members and King David students gathered for a ceremony transitioning from Sukkot to Simchat Torah. 

Over the last week we lived in a sukkah to remember the fragile dwellings in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt.
Gordon Chualna, a First Nations elder, shared with us his story of knowing homelessness and how we should always see the humanity inside each and every person while being grateful for the many blessing we have. This was a meaningful way to kick off our volunteer efforts at the “Door is Open” where all of our students volunteer to help feed the most vulnerable members of our community.

Through the reading of Parashat Vayira we learn to follow Abraham’s actions and always open our tent to strangers with loving kindness. The Class of 2014 opened up our tent and welcomed with warmth and excitement the Class of 2018.

Standing Together: Simchat Torah symbolizes our rejoicing with the Torah. Rita Akselrod, a child Holocaust survivor, moved us with the touching story of the Balla family Torah that was kept concealed during its stay in the Nazi death camps. It now resides in the Vancouver Holocaust Education Center. This Torah that was transferred from generation to generation made its way into the hands of King David students who read from it  Parashat Nitzavim “Today you are all standing before God… He is establishing you as His nation.”

“You made this Torah and its journey come alive through these children. Thank you for this opportunity.”
                      ~ Rita Akselrod
After School Tutoring and Homework Program
Beginning Tuesday, October 8, King David will be introducing a drop-in Tutoring and Homework Work Group in the library from 3:45pm to 5pm. This group will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays every week. All students are welcome, and no registration is required – just come on by! The program will provide students with an opportunity to complete homework with support from a teacher and to preview any upcoming work.

Parents, teachers or alumni who have the ability to tutor in core subject areas and would like to volunteer  for this program should contact Debbie Appelbaum or 604-263-9700.
King David invites you to a
“Love Boat”-themed Party!


Join us on Thursday, December 5th at 7pm for a Love Boat-themed party at King David in memory of Sheryl Michelson Young nee Doduck z”l.



Last day for Early bird
tickets at $54

Buy tickets online here

Tickets are $72 after September 25
Sponsorships start at $360

Food and Drinks, Casino Games, Raffle, Dancing
Spa Room and Piano Lounge

“Love Boat” Cruise attire encouraged

Co-Chairs: Corry Flader and Jill Hasman  


Adult Education Series:
Promoting lifelong learning and health  


Inflammatory Bowel Disease: What is it?
Dr. Brian Bressler is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, in UBC’s Department of Medicine.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29th 7:30pm
Google, MD: Make informed decisions about your child’s health
Dr. Ran Goldman is a Senior Associate Clinician Scientist, CFRI Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, at UBC Innovations in Acute Care & Technology.

Engaging the Brain
Terry Small is Canada’s number one learning expert. This talk follows Terry’s much-anticipated interactive presentation to staff and students at King David in October.

All events are free, held at King David, and open
to everyone!

Generously sponsored by the Mermelstein 5-Sisters Fund

In This Issue
Candle lighting Times

Wednesday, September 25
Erev Shemini Atzeret: 6:47pm

Thursday, September 26
Erev Simchat Torah: 7:50pm

Shabbat: 6:43pm

Shabbat Ends: 7:56pm

Parsha: Bereishit
Genesis 1:1-6:8

March of the Living
Information Evening

Tuesday, October 1
Dayson Boardroom

  Community Events

  Gilad Shalit
  Sunday, September 29
  at Temple Sholom
  Time 8pm 
  Best of Hebrew University
  Saturday, October 5 at 8pm
  at Schara Tzedeck

  Sunday, October 6
  at 8:15am at King David
  David Broza Concert
  Date:  November 2
  Time: 8pm
  Venue: Temple Sholom
  An Evening with
  Dr. Wendy Mogel
  Date: November 12
  Time: 7pm
  Venue: Temple Shalom
More Information

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604 263 9700
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