Weekly Newsletter

October 25, 2013
21 Cheshvan 5774
King David Delegation at We Day  


More than a one-day event, We Day is the movement of our time-a movement of young people leading local and global change. Students commit to taking one local and one global action to better the world, earning their way to We Day.

At We Day Vancouver, 20,000 youth, educators and friends were inspired to make a difference, both in their own community and overseas. Twenty King David students were delighted to be part of the massive crowd at Rogers Arena.  

Rogers Arena filled with young people inspired to
make a difference 
This year, Romeo Dallaire, Kofi Annan, Spencer West, Martin Luther King Jr.’s son, and other humanitarians were joined by Avril Lavigne, Chad Kroeger, Hedley, Down with Webster, and other celebrity performers to motivate students to get involved with various initiatives that hope to put an end to child exploitation – whether this be bullying, child labour, child soldiers – at home and overseas. Following the event, our student delegation made a commitment to start a Chesed project of community service and social action within our school. The first meeting to plan this project and to choose a focus will be held during lunch on Friday, November 1st. All students are welcome to join the group.

Ms. Wadden, Maytar (Grade 8), Shea (Grade 8) and
Liz (Grade 9) get into the spirit.
Michelle, Liz, Talya and Eli (all in Grade 9) join the crowd
in chanting for change
Engaging The Brain  
Terry Small in action!
Maximizing Every Learner’s Potential was the focus of the session held with King David teachers during our collaborative morning. Neuroscience has a great deal to say about the world of potential that resides within every child and Terry Small presented material to expand teacher skills, knowledge and experience so that they can build students’ confidence,  academic achievement, and self-esteem.

“If you stand up and study, you will remember what you learned better.”  
                                ~ Nufar, Grade 10

Two sessions were held with students (Grades 8 and 9 and Grades 10 -12 ). Terry Small focused on the importance of developing great study strategies to allow them to take charge of their time and to succeed!  He shared proven strategies along with the importance of goal setting, inspiring students to believe that study success is a skill anyone can learn.

“You need 1 glass of water for every 25 pounds you weigh for your brain to work.”
                               ~ Aimee, Grade 9

The next session is for parents – don’t miss it! You will learn many practical tips and strategies that you can use immediately with your children and in your life.

Thursday, November 21st 7:30pm

Terry Small – Engaging the Brain

Canada’s #1 learning expert. Master teacher and learning skills specialist. Frequent lecturer at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. 


Visiting Teacher Brings Great Joy!     

Eleanor Braude delighted the Grade 11 students when she returned to introduce the “Family Story” project they will be doing in Jewish History this year. Eleanor has been traveling since her retirement last June and we are so thrilled that between trips she is dropping in to continue her wonderful work in Jewish History with our students.  Thanks Eleanor.

Israel Advocacy      

The advocacy efforts around the recent Anti- Semitic ads on Translink buses, has provided a real and practical opportunity to evaluate the impact of different types of advocacy through a panel of community representatives.


At Grade 12, we teach a course called Israel Advocacy but this panel discussion is focused on the more general topic of exploring different modes of advocacy.  For example, what is the difference between overt, public activism and behind the scenes lobbying – what are the pros and cons of each type of action?  Is one more effective than the other?


The Panelists are:

  • Esther Chetner  
  • Herb Silber
  • Mike Sachs

The three panelists above responded to the bus ads in different ways.

  • Paul Goldman and Stephen Schachter, CIJA board members, will share CIJA’s official position. 

The Panel discussion will take place on Monday, November 4th at 9:30am. If you would like to join us, please RSVP to Rabbi Berger 

PAC Raffle to Support Experiential Learning Programs
Each year, the Grade 8 and 9 students enrich their classroom work with experiential learning trips to Israel and Washington, D.C. These trips make real their studies in Jewish History and Hebrew.

Grade 8 and 9 students will be selling raffle tickets and with support from family, friends and our community, can help ensure every student has the opportunity to participate in these life-changing experiences.  Tickets can also be purchased from Sharon Dwek or 604 263 9700

GRAND PRIZE: Puerto Vallarta Getaway
$2,000 Value

One-week stay at a 3-bedroom, fully furnished Puetro Vallarta Suite.
Donated by Capital J Management and the Spevakow Family

2ND PRIZE: Pamper Package

$1,500 Value
$1,000 towards Anti-Aging Medical and Laser Clinic; Bella Contour  Body Sculpting Treatment; Personal training session with Bar Laniado; “Yogini” outfit and $100 “Bench” gift certificate, donated by Jeff Swartz Agency

3RD PRIZE: Canucks Package
$900 Value

2 Club seats for the 2013-14 season, donated by the Cristall-Morris family; A signed Canucks jersey, and a Nike Team Canada jersey, donated by Jeff Swartz Agency

4TH PRIZE: Wine and Dine Package

$700 Value
Catered dinner for 8, donated by the Bagel Club Catering; 
Secret Garden Tea House gift basket; a night at Spirit Ridge Resort and Spa.

Adult Education Series:
Promoting lifelong learning and health  


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.

 More Information on Session 3

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

Generously sponsored by the Mermelstein 5-Sisters Fund

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.



Buy tickets online here

Tickets are $72
Sponsorships start at $360

Food and Drinks, Casino Games, Raffle, Spa Room and Live Entertainment

“Love Boat” Cruise attire encouraged

Co-Chairs: Corry Flader and Jill Hasman

In memory of Sheryl Michelson Young nee Doduck z”l.

Proceeds support student scholarships for school trips and other experiential learning programs.



In This Issue
Candle lighting Times

Shabbat: 5:46pm

Shabbat Ends: 6:51pm

Parsha: Chayei Sarah
Genesis 23:1-25:18

The Story of the Balla Torah Continues

Eli Friedland, Grade 9, wrote an article that appeared in the Jewish Independent about the Balla Torah and Simchat Torah at King David

“My hope, and the hope of all those with a connection to the Balla Torah, is that it continues to be used for only beautiful moments and to be read, as it was on Simchat Torah at King David. May the wealth of knowledge that is recorded on its parchment continue to be studied and passed down from generation to generation.”

Read the full article
   Community Events
  David Broza Concert 
  Date: November 2
  Time: 8pm
  Venue: Temple Sholom

  Date:  November 3
  Time: 7pm
  Venue: Temple Sholom
  An Evening with
  Dr. Wendy Mogel
  Date: November 12
  Time: 7pm
  Venue: Temple Shalom
Click here to buy tickets online

  JCCGV offers Two Programs  
  for Parents and Teens

  Date: November 17 from  
  Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
   “Nazi Persecution of

  Date: November 24
  Time:  5:00pm – 6:30pm
  A Courageous Journey: A 
  Father’s “Oddly Normal”
  Memoir of Parenting a Teen

  Buy Tickets online here or
  call 604-257-5111


King David High School
5718 Willow Street Vancouver, BC V5Z 4S9
604 263 9700

Leave a Reply