Weekly Newsletter

March 7, 2014
5 Adar II 5774
Don’t Delay! Get Your Tickets Today!

In 5 days, King David will present, Ludwig’s
Treasure Island
at the JCC’s Norman Rothstein Theatre.

Treasure Island Promo Video

Two Performances:
Tuesday, March 11 at 7pm
Wednesday, March 12 at 7pm

Putting Theory into Practice   
Earlier this year the Grade 12 Biology class studied the process of DNA replication and its various biotechnological applications. The field trip to the Michael Smith Laboratory at UBC gave them the opportunity to carry out the processes they had previously learned about.

Lior conducts the test
We performed the polymerase chain reaction to isolate a section of our DNA and test for the presence of a gene.  It was an interesting look into the world of biochemistry. My highlight was finding out that my genotype was different than everyone else’s in the class!
        ~ Bram, Grade 12

Our King David Pride 

Bantam Boys in Action!
Eduardo and Matthew chase the ball

Congratulations are in order for all four of our King David Lions Basketball teams this season. When the dust finally settled after this basketball season, three of our four teams qualified for the final four championships in their respective divisions, an incredible accomplishment. All King David teams demonstrated a competitive spirit together with tremendous sportsmanship.

The Bantam Boys earned the bronze medal for their third place and, more importantly, were named the most sportsmanlike team of the Bantam Boys League. A huge thank you goes out to Rabbi Berger and Mason Freedman for their wonderful coaching and commitment to the team this year.

The Senior Boys team played a comprehensive and challenging schedule finishing the season as bronze medal champions as well. We would like to wish our Grade 12 players, Benny F., Bram, Noah and Artium all the best in their endeavours next year.  We will miss you very much!

The Senior Girls tea bolstered a strong record and were extremely fun to watch. Thank you to our wonderful coaches Naomi Youngson and Liza Rozen-Delman for their fantastic leadership and ongoing commitment to our girls basketball program. We would also like to thank our graduating players, Bayle, Janine and Kira, for their inspirational leadership and talent this year.
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Collaboration leads to Innovation

Inquiry-based learning is at the heart of these Grade 8 engineering projects. Using tubes of newspaper and masking tape, students were challenged to build the largest and strongest structures possible. Each group followed a unique process of collaborative experimentation and a unique approach to building the structure, with radically diverse and successful results.

We also enjoyed fruitful discussions about the word “integrity” – both structural and moral – and examined the central role of the triangle in architecture. Some students groaned at the thought of science entering into the art studio, but after this hands-on learning, the connections became very clear!
The Chesed Challenge Continues: Teaching for Tomorrow 2014

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday May 14, 2014

Every year the Vancouver Jewish community comes together in support of Jewish education at King David’s annual Teaching for Tomorrow event. This year’s event celebrates and supports chesed programming at King David. Join us as Linda Cohen, author of 1,000 Mitzvahs, addresses how small acts of kindness can heal, inspire and change your life. Linda’s message already inspired our school community to perform 1,000 mitzvahs on the opening day of RAC Week. Together we will explore how implementing acts of chesed can enhance the well-being of ourselves, our children and our community.

Date: Thursday May 14th
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Norman Rothstein Theatre at the JCC

Tickets are $72 and include a dessert reception.

Sponsors of $1,800 and above are invited to a donor recognition reception at King David at 6:00 p.m.

For tickets, please click here.

For additional information about sponsorships, contact Sharon Dwek or 604-263-9700 ext. 109.
AIPAC Conference

David, Grade 11, with the Schara Tzedeck delegation at the AIPAC Conference in Washington, DC last week

AIPAC (America Israel Public Affairs Committee) Policy Conference was a very exciting experience.  Don’t let the boring nature of the words “Policy Conference” fool you. AIPAC is more than just politics. It is about African America preachers singing about how they love Israel. It is about Christian Arab doctors discussing how Jews, Muslims and Christians come together to save Syrian refugee patients. It is about how South Africans and Latinas have come to value Israel and all it contributes to the world. It is about Israel, Israeli RAC and how Israel is changing the world.

For example (from Schara Tzedeck’s review of AIPAC)
  • The Israeli company Netafim is changing the world in profound ways. They have introduced a family farming system that requires no power and can be used even in remote villages of Africa and India allowing the poor a chance to advance themselves. These systems have also been delivered to Gaza and been received happily. It is an example of water promoting peace. 
  • Innovation Africa is a non-profit, founded by an Israeli woman, Sivan Borowich Ya’ari, who combines Israeli innovation with North American charity to improve the lives of the most remote and disadvantaged Africans by bringing these villages four critical assets: solar panels, lights, water pumps and drip irrigation. Overnight the villages are transformed. By saving 8 hours a day finding and carrying water, women now sustain the farming and engage in other lucrative activities and children go to school. So far 600,000 Africans have better access to water because of this organization. 
  • The Orcam is a camera mounted to a pair of eye-glasses that allows the blind to negotiate important small details in life, like recognizing the person walking into the room and being able to distinguish between chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies.

       ~  David, Grade 11 

In This Issue
Candle-Lighting Times

Shabbat: 5:46pm

Shabbat Ends: 6:53pm

Parsha: Vayikrah
Leviticus 1:1-5:26

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