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April 4, 2014
4 Nissan 5774
Grade 8 Trip to Israel

Our Grade 8 students are now safely back on Canadian soil after having an amazing experience in Israel. Head of School, Russ Klein, has sent lively daily dispatches to parents about what the kids have been up to:
Students ride camels through the desert.

On day 7, the students visited Kibbutz El Rom, where they watched a movie about the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and the courage of Commander Avigdor Khalani in the Valley of Tears. Afterwards, the students rode in Jeeps through the desert, and took a late-afternoon Bedouin camel trip. In the evening, the students drank cups of hot, sweet tea, and heard from a Bedouin man about how Bedouin life has changed over the years. The students enjoyed a traditional dinner of rice, barbequed chicken and red meat kebabs. 
Sunrise on Masada.

At 5 a.m. the next morning, after a chilly sleepover in the desert, the students were up and on a bus ride to Masada. It was a spectacular day to be hiking in the Masada – nothing but blue skies, with light that has that special crisp daybreak quality. Atop Masada, we had an amazing view of the sunrise. After an hour and a half of exploration at Masada, we had a large and well-needed breakfast buffet before heading to the Ein Gedi Dead Sea Spa for a swim. Many of us covered our bodies in the wonderful – and sacred – mud. Later in the day, we drove to Jerusalem – a very special moment for many of the students, who were seeing Jerusalem for the very first time.

There is such a special feeling to Jerusalem – Jews of all kinds, Christians, Muslims – it is in Jerusalem that the sights, sounds and smells of the religious world come to life! (With room for the secular, too.) After breakfast on day 9, we drove up to Zion Gate, with its bullet-hole-ravaged walls from the 1948 War of Independence. Twenty-nine of our students explored Hezekiah’s tunnels, and then we headed to the Kotel, where many of the boys took time to put on tefillin and say a prayer at the Western Wall. 
Together at the Kotel.
Our last day in Israel began like every other day here except for the feeling that our trip was drawing to a close. We were up and on a bus bound for Tel Aviv before 9 a.m. After an hour or so, our first stop was the port city of Jaffa. We walked around the old port and watched as the Mediterranean surf crashed in magical colours along the Tel Aviv shoreline. Then, we visited the Shuk at Carmel (or Carmel Market), an intriguing place at the intersection of 5 major roads, where there are a ton of stalls selling everything from underwear and T-shirts to jewelry and Judaica. From the market, we walked to Independence Hall, the same building and room from which David Ben Gurion proclaimed the existence of the state of Israel at 4 p.m. on May 14, 1948.

I would really like to thank the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and the P2G Committee. Without their financial and logistical support this trip would be virtually impossible for us to share with our students. I would also like to acknowledge the incredible work of Dorin Eilon-Heiber, who not only organized the mifgash on our behalf, but also was the Mother Bear for all of us here in Israel. Special thanks, as well, to Debbie, Thom and Josie!

My only major goal every year is that our kids will fall in love with Israel, and Israelis, and from what I have observed, I get to go home extremely happy!  

Lion’s Den Restaurant: A Roaring Success 
Barbie, Izzy, Neve and Izzy take a break from food prep.
Barbie, Izzy, Neve and Izzy take a quick break from food prep.

On Wednesday evening, our atrium was transformed from a school lunchroom to an elegant dining space packed with very pleased patrons. Many of the 80 guests were amazed by the menu our students put together. Some commented that they couldn’t believe it was all prepared by teenagers — it was on par with what one would find in a top restaurant.

Each year, King David’s Foods students from Grades 10 to 12 put their culinary skills to work to create Lion’s Den, our annual student-led kosher restaurant. This year’s theme was West Coast, featuring staples that have come to characterize the Vancouver dining scene. The menu featured two appetizers: an ahi tuna stack with mango salsa, or panko-breaded yam, avocado and cucumber sushi. Both main dishes were a hit. Guests chose from either a Lion’s Bowl featuring drizzled coconut sauce, agedashi tofu and fresh sautéed vegetables, or seared halibut in a pistachio crust, garnished with daikon and red peppers, served with baked pomme marquis. Decadent chocolate lava cake or a unique key lime pie capped off the evening’s dining experience.

The King David senior band, accompanied by Music teacher Mr. Seguin, rounded out the wonderful ambiance as they worked through their extensive repertoire of jazz standards. 


Very special thanks goes to our alumni feature chef Michael Linshits, class of 2012, who is currently finishing a culinary course at Vancouver Community College.

Congratulations to our Foods students in Grades 10 to 12 and their teacher Ms. Watson for all their work in putting on a most memorable evening! 

Ms. Watson poses with Max, Marc, Josh, Shmuel and their delicious creation!


Seawall Bike Trip!  
The Grade 9s enjoy a ride in the sunshine

This past Wednesday, 34 of our Grade 9 boys and girls, led by PE teachers Mr. Amram and Ms. Yaxley, and parent volunteer Jeff Hayes, set out on a fun voyage around Stanley Park. The students biked around Vancouver’s beautiful seawall, taking in some gorgeous spring sunshine and all the beautiful sights that Stanley Park has to offer. During the 20km biking trip, they stopped to soak up some fantastic scenery and to have lunch on Second Beach. Thanks to everyone who made this such a fantastic field trip!


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.s1545013032hdk@k1545013032ewds1545013032 or 604-263-9700, ext. 109.


Todah Rabah!
Honour friends, relatives and colleagues with a King David tribute card. Tribute cards are a great way to acknowledge the simchas, birthdays, and rites of passage in our community while supporting Jewish education. Tribute donations include a card with your personalized message. Tax receipts are issued with a donation of $18 or more.

To order a tribute card online, click here, or call 604.263.9700.

With appreciation, we acknowle
dge the following Tribute card donations made in March 2014 listed here.

(If you do not wish your Tribute Card donation acknowledged please let us know when you make your donation).

In This Issue
Candle-Lighting Times

Shabbat: 7:29 p.m.

Shabbat Ends: 8:38 p.m.

Parsha: Metzora
Leviticus 14:1-15:33

  Community Events
  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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