Weekly Newsletter

March 28, 2014
26 Adar II 5774
Grade 8 Trip to Israel

It’s now been 5 days since the Grade 8 students and staff members departed for Israel. Each day, parents have received a detailed account of the day’s adventures from Head of School, Russ Klein. Here’s a brief synopsis of what the students have been up to:

Day 1: Excited and sleepy at Haifa Gardens
After arriving in Israel, and spending the GNP of a small country on Israeli chocolate (fuelling tired kids!) we headed to the Bahai Gardens in Haifa. What outstanding views from this very special place. It was beautiful. The sun caressed us, and I think for the first time, our students really felt like they were in Israel.
Day 2: West meets East icebreaker games
 On day two, we woke up early for an Israeli breakfast that included salad, vegetables, seven kinds of cheese, omelettes and hard-boiled eggs, as well as juices, breads and fruits. Soon afterwards, our Israeli student hosts arrived. The students spent some time playing icebreaker games to get to know each other, and then we visited the helicopter memorial site, as well as the Agamon Hula Valley Bird Paradise. This was a special afternoon in that this experience was provided by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to us as a gift – a generous one at that.
Day 3: Cooling off in the rock pool at Tel Dan
 Day three welcomed us with gorgeous clear blue skies and warm sunshine. We boarded a bus with our Israeli hosts and headed to the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, where we had a long hike. Tel Dan is a beautiful place, with trails and streams and 4,000-year-old ruins. After a little more than two hours at the Reserve, where the students took off their shoes and socks and cooled their weary feet.
We visited the Grade 8 building at Har Vagai School on day four. Our students gave video presentations about Canada, King David, RAC Week and school uniforms. We also visited an elementary school, HaMeginim, where we were served delicious falafel and hot peppers, and our students danced the hora with HaMeginim’s Grade 1s.

The kids have been wonderful, our jet lag is finally dissipating, and the weather has been glorious. Stay tuned for more next week!

Lion’s Den West Coast Restaurant 

Date: Wednesday, April 2

Time: Doors 6:30 p.m., Dinner 7:30 p.m. 

Location: King David Atrium

Tickets: $36 – Purchase them online, or in person at King David


You will be treated to ahi tuna, citrus salmon, fresh sushi and rice bowls, with a dessert of chocolate and pastry. Our feature chef this year will be alumnus Michael Linshits, Class of 2012, who is currently finishing a culinary course at Vancouver Community College. 


To whet your taste buds, we have prepared a video capturing our best moments from last year’s Lion’s Den:   


Lion's Den 2013
Lion’s Den 2013


We look forward to serving you next week!    

Count Your Mitzvahs: Teaching for Tomorrow
An inspirational evening with Linda Cohen, Author of 1,000 Mitzvahs 
Teaching For Tomorrow  
With Linda Cohen, Author of 1,000 Mitzvahs 

Date: May 14, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Norman Rothstein Theatre 
Tickets are $72 and include a dessert reception
Donors of $1,800 and above are invited to a donor recognition event at King David at 6:00 p.m.


Join us as Linda Cohen, author of 1,000 Mitzvahs, shares her personal story of 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 in a single day. Together we will explore how continuing these acts of chesed can enhance the well-being of ourselves, our children and our community.

At this event we will recognize the recipient of the 2014 Gordon Diamond Community Service Award which honours a graduating student who exemplifies the qualities of community service and chesed that have been an essential part of the Diamond Family’s contributions to our community.

For tickets and information about giving opportunities, visit kdhs.org/giving, or contact Sharon Dwek, at gro.s1547795180hdk@k1547795180ewds1547795180 or 604-263-9700, ext. 109.

In This Issue
Candle-Lighting Times

Shabbat: 7:19 p.m.

Shabbat Ends: 8:26 p.m.

Parsha: Tazria
Leviticus 12:1-13:59

  Community Events
  Schara Tzedeck  

  Blood Donor Clinic

  Monday, March 31
  Thursday, April 3 
  Friday, April 4 
  Schara Tzedeck
  Faigan Family Lecture  


  Distinguished British  
  Melanie Phillips

Tuesday, April 1
  7:00 pm 
  Schara Tzedeck  


  A Community Event: 
  Rafael (Rafi) Barak
   Israel’s Ambassador to Canada

  Thursday, April 3
  7:30 p.m.
  Temple Sholom 


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

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


  Schara Tzedeck
  Pre-Seder Italian Dinner  
  Sunday, April 13
  5:00 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.  
  Schara Tzedeck 

More Information



  Yom Ha’atzmaut  


  Featuring Hagit Yaso


  Monday, May 5
  7:30 p.m.
  The Chan Centre



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