Weekly Newsletter

November 8, 2013
5 Kislev 5774
Translink Ads: Community Response
Panel engages Israel Advocacy course students 


Back Row: Michael, Stephen, Herb, Esther and Paul join Sam, Bayle, Lindsay and Marc.
Front Row: Noah, Micah, Rabbi Berger and Deborah


“This experience gave us the opportunity to engage with people in our community who are deeply immersed in Israel advocacy. It allowed us to understand more, to voice our opinions and possible solutions concerning the recent Translink ads.”

   ~ Noah, Grade 12  


On Monday, during our Grade 12 Israel Advocacy Class, we had the opportunity to hear from and talk with community representatives about their advocacy efforts in regards to the pro-Palestinian Translink ad’s displayed on buses and the Canada line stations across Vancouver. The panel of five consisted of: Esther Chetner, Herb Silber and Mike Sachs, who responded individually in different ways, and Paul Goldman and Stephen Schachter, Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs board members, who shared CIJA’s official position. We asked questions and learned how the situation was handled and how, with hindsight, they thought it might have been handled differently.  


As a class, we all had different opinions and sided with different people on the panel. I think an important lesson we can all learn from the experience is the importance of community and respect. We have to learn how to put our differences aside and work together. As a minority, our Jewish community must come together on such issues and create a strong united front. In order to be respected by others, we must respect each other. I really enjoyed the discussion, I thought it was very informative and it encouraged me to get more involved in community advocacy.   


Thank you to Rabbi Berger and Dorin Eilon-Heiber for organizing this and to the five panelists for sharing their views with us. 

       ~ Deborah, Grade 12  


Equipping Students with Life Skills    
We take very seriously our role in developing the whole child and ensuring each student’s well-being. Adolescence can be a challenging time and we strive to support our students in maintaining balance in all aspects of their busy lives. Throughout the school year, our Counselling department organizes a diverse offering of programs relevant for each grade. 

SOLOS presentation kept Grade 8 students engaged

This week, our Grade 8 students participated in a SOLOS (Safe Online Outreach Society). The presenter was a second year  university student and she discussed
responsible online behaviour, respect for communal codes of conduct and the consequences of inappropriate activities. Many recent academic research and industry reports suggest that educating children and youth about these issues, decreases online harassment and increases student wellness.

Our Grade 10 students heard a speaker from The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of British Columbia address suicide awareness and prevention. The over-riding message to our students was to be open, non-judgmental and to tell a friend or trusted adult, if they or a friend are experiencing feelings of anger, sadness, helplessness, hopelessness or despair. This is the 4th year that King David has had this session for students in an effort to be proactive and preventative.  For additional resources, click here 
King David Open House     

Tuesday, November 19, at 7pm

Come and experience a small but mighty Jewish high school with a big heart!  
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Jewish Book Festival

Grade 8 students with author, Linda Granfield
after the reading
On Monday, November 4 the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public library was pleased to host 42) Grade 8 students for an author reading by Linda Granfield, a noted Canadian historian of the Canadian presence in war.

Linda spoke about her book “In Flanders Fields”, which traced the story of John McCrae, and his famous poem. She described to the rapt audience how she played detective to find out detailed information about Dr. McCrae’s life, and how it led to the writing of his famous poem. Linda’s reading brought to life the meaning of “Remembrance Day”, and gave the audience a real sense of what it means to write about historical events so that they are relevant to us today.

~ Helen Pinsky and Karen Corrin
   Librarians, Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library                                                                    
Merengue at King David!

Ms. Lawrence and the Instructor demonstrate the steps
This year, the cultural component of the Spanish curriculum, brought a lunchtime filled with music and Merengue dancing! Merengue is the national dance and music of the Dominican Republic. This was a cross-curricular activity organized by our Spanish and PE departments. 
King David ‘s “Love Boat”-themed Party!



Date: Thursday, December 5th

Time: 7pm

Place: King David 




Thank you to our sponsors for their generosity: 


    The Marsid Family Foundation  

    Inflection Management Inc. and the Shiff/van

         Messel Family


 Please click here for a full list of sponsors to date     

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

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


Adult Education Series:
Promoting lifelong learning and health
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. 



This 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.

In This Issue
Candle lighting Times

Shabbat: 4:23pm

Shabbat Ends: 5:30pm

Parsha: Vayeitzei
Genesis 28:10-32:3

PAC Raffle to Support Experiential Learning Programs

Grade 8 and 9 students are 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. 

Prizes can be seen here

Tickets can also be purchased from
Sharon Dwek or 604 263 9700
 Community Events
  An Evening with
  Dr. Wendy Mogel
  Date: November 12
  Time: 7:30pm
     (Please note time change)
  Venue: Temple Shalom
Click here for more information and 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


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