Weekly Newsletter

February 28, 2014
28 Adar 5774
Chesed: From Random to Kavanah  
Some explain the Hebrew term “Kevanah” as focus or intention, but it is much more. It comes from the root “kiven” which means to aim. In this context it also means preparedness. This is exactly what we aimed for this RAC Week when we prepared and focused on doing intentional acts of chesed in the community. It is not enough to just do. To prepare and act with intent helps turn our intellectual knowledge into emotional involvement and commitment. This helps us press ourselves into action and live up to the commitments that we know to be true.

RAC Week 2014 Video

We spread 1,000 random acts of chesed (kindness) throughout the Vancouver community on Friday, February 21.  Then each day this week, one grade went out to volunteer at a variety of community organizations. From shoveling snow and cleaning buildings to preparing and serving food, we all made a difference. 

Welcoming Shabbat Together

Grade 12 students lead the Kabbalat Shabbat

Last Friday, after having been out in the community performing acts of chesed, we ended the special day by welcoming the Shabbat together before going home. Today, we will end RAC week with a festive school-wide Shabbat dinner. The menu includes dishes prepared by our students under the skilled guidance of Leslie Diamond.

Cooking with Bubbe – Ben and Sydney, Grade 8, receive guidance from Leslie Diamond,  
Cooking with Bubbe was like cooking with my own Bubbe.  
     ~  Lis, Grade 9

It was so special to have you as part of our family and teaching staff for the day. You modeled for our students that chesed comes in many forms, and sharing your talent and inspiring others is truly a gift.
    ~ Sharon Dwek, Director of Development 
Our Gratitude …


To the Isserow family and friends for their ongoing support.
To all the community organizations who so willingly hosted our students each day.

To Esther Mogyoros, Pam Wolfman and Deborah Youngson for all their hard work in contacting organizations, organizing drivers and preparing the BBQ lunch with their amazing group of parent volunteers.

To Leslie Diamond for giving her time and sharing her passion for cooking with our students. 

To our Grade 12 students who so capably created and led the 1,000 Mitzvah Challenge in the Vancouver community.


To all our parents who modeled chesed for our students as they volunteered together this week.

To Rosie, Grade 10, and Jed, Grade 12, who in the spirit of RAC Week, purchased a T-shirt Screening Machine as a legacy gift for the school.

Simon and Shain, Grade 11, take a turn using the screening machine to print logos onto shirts.


To Jed for leading a student team in the designing and printing of our RAC shirts. They turned out great and it was far more meaningful as the students spent hours working on this printing project.


We could not have done this without you!

Todah Rabah!


With gratitude, we acknowledge the following:

Donations to the Gabrielle Isserow z”l Fund

The Isserow Family

Charlotte and Jeffrey Bell & Family
Max and Vera Brozin, Jed and Rosie Shiff,
Carla Van Messel and Ari Shiff

Harris Abro, Carole Chark – In Memory of Burton Chark, Esther Glotman and Benjamin Munt
Ruben and Brenda Grubner, Saul and Lindsay Isserow, Luis and Esther Mogyoros, Audrey and Sean Moss, Daniel and Trudy Pekarsky

Colin and Anne-Maree Fortes, Michelle Pullan
Joseph and Nancy Stern, Eppy and Ellen Rappaport & Family, Rosa Romano

You can continue supporting chesed at King David by donating online to the Gabrielle Isserow z”l Fund

We would also like to thank those who recognized life events by sending Tribute cards  in January and February 2014 –  listed  here



King David is pleased to present 
Treasure Island

Treasure Island Promo Video

Tuesday, March 11 at 7pm
Wednesday, March 12 at 7pm


You can do a Purim Mitzvah and Support all Local Jewish Day Schools!  


 Deadline extended to March 1  


Purim is just around the corner.  Deadline to order your packages is this Sunday. Don’t miss out!
Fulfill the holiday mitzvah of sending festive mishloach manot (gifts of food or drink that are sent to friends, relatives, neighbours, or business associates) and support King David High School at the same time! Purim packages are a great way to honor the people you care about…


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In This Issue
Candle-Lighting Times

Shabbat: 5:35pm

Shabbat Ends: 6:42pm

Parsha: Pekudei
Exodus  38:21-40:38

 Buy your Tickets for
King David’s 2014 theatre production
by clicking here

  Community Events
  In Promotion with 
  Jerusalem the Movie
  The Hebrew University of  
  Jerusalem Presents:

  The Jerusalem Challenge: 
  December 9, 2013 –  
  April 6, 2014 

  Congregation Or Shalom
is honouring  
Rabbi Laura Duhan Kaplan
& Dr. Charles Kaplan  
at its 36th Anniversary Gala Celebration

  Saturday, March 1,  
  7:30 p.m.  
  VanDusen Botanical Garden
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  Congregation Beth Israel 
Bonnie Stern 
Everyday Pesach  
Cooking & More

  Thursdayday, March 6 
  Wosk Auditorium, JCC     
Hillel BC  
A Night of Art and Charity 

   Thursday, March 6
   Hillel House UBC

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