Weekly Newsletter

May 9, 2014
9 Iyar 5774
We Remember 
Liam, Kira, Noy and Aidan, Grade 12, lead the Yom HaZikaron assembly
 The fourth of Iyar, the day preceding Israel’s Independence Day, was declared by the Israeli Knesset(Parliament) to be a Memorial Day for those who lost their lives in the struggle that led to the establishment of the State of Israel and for all military personnel who were killed while in active duty in Israel’s armed forces.

At King David we have an authentic connection to Israel. We have all traveled to Israel, made friends, connected with families and have made lifetime bonds with a shared destiny. While our reality post high school is very different from our Israeli peers, some of our graduates have chosen to follow a similar path and join the Israeli army.

We would like to recognize Josh Stiller, King David Class of 2010, who is here today and who is currently volunteering in the Israel army in the Nahal unit.  Josh, Yasher Koach and please take care of yourself.
             ~ Liam, Kira, Noy and Aidan, Grade 12
Yom Ha’atzmaut
400 students and community members celebrated Israel’s 66th birthday. 

This year, Israel celebrated its 66th birthday. At King David we celebrated as a community. Surrounded by friends from our partner schools – Richmond Jewish Day School and Vancouver Talmud Torah, and by community members, families, and alumni, we partied like it was 5774. The theme of this year’s celebration was building connections between Israel and Canada and it featured bouncy castles, Israeli and Canadian trivia, a gigantic cake, Israeli dancers direct from the homeland and a delicious falafel lunch prepared by PAC. 
Ha’Rikud dancers

Ira, Grade 11, wrote the hilarious play about the similarities and differences between Israel and Canada, and how the love for Israel can be a bond between teenagers growing up on both sides of the world.

We are so proud of all the decorations, preparations, and hard work that our students completed in order to get ready for the celebration and we are very glad to have such a positive and energetic partnership with the elementary schools in the community. Happy 66th Israel!

Daniel, Grade 9 and Liam, Grade 12 enjoy the play presented by members of the Grade 11 class.

Our sincere appreciation goes to the following organizations:
Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver 
Vancover Talmud Torah 
Richmond Jewish Day School 
JCCGV and Festival Ha’Rikud 
Congregation Schara Tzedeck 
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Residence 
Torah High  
NCSY Vancouver 
Camp Miriam

Your generous support brings many of our community’s youth together to celebrate Israel.
Grade 11 students lead the celebration

Sari, Alex, Lior and Eden, Grade 12
Shakespeare comes to King David

Daniel, Viktor, Yo’ad, and Justin perform their selected Shakespearean piece, supported by Craig from Bard on the Beach. 

On Tuesday, April 29th my Grade 8 classmates and I had the thrilling opportunity to participate in a workshop led by Bard On The Beach actor Craig. Walking into class first thing in the morning we were fatigued … this state of mind faded quite quickly as we began our short, yet educationally intriguing, time with Craig.

We began by talking about Shakespeare and his legacy. We spoke of the rich language of Shakespeare and how it is one of the main reasons why Shakespeare was considered to be such a marvelous playwright. We concluded this conversation by establishing the fact that Shakespeare’s plays were written to be performed, which led us into many fun, interesting and informational exercises. This included two activities about intent and emotion. We walked around the room imitating how we would act under the influence of various emotions. We then discussed how each emotion influenced our body weight, the way we walked and the way we behaved. The climax of the workshop was our last game (if in fact it could be called that, since it had an academic part to it which was very engaging). Students volunteered to pick a quote from a Shakespearean play and performed it as if they were the character themselves. It was very interesting to see the transformation an actor took on to become their character and to put on a good show. In general the workshop was very fun and I believe I speak on behalf of my entire class when I say that this was an unforgettable experience.
       ~  Milena, Grade 8 

Teaching for Tomorrow Just Days Away!

Buy your tickets now! 


Please join us for this year’s event 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. Together we will explore how implementing acts of chesed can enhance the well-being of ourselves, our children and our community.  


Date: Wednesday, May 14th at 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Norman Rothstein Theatre at the JCC

Tickets are $72 and include a dessert reception   


Call 604-263-9700 or order online

Donors of $1,800 and above are invited to a cocktail and dinner reception hosted at King David at 6 p.m. For a sponsorship form, please click here.

For additional information about giving opportunities, please contact Sharon Dwek at gro.s1521471150hdk@k1521471150ewds1521471150 or 604-263-9700, ext. 109.



Thank you to our generous supporters of King David


Gordon and Leslie Diamond


 Gary and Diane Averbach

The Kahn Foundation

Dr. Robert and Elke Mermelstein

The Phyliss and Irving Snider Foundation


The Betty Averbach Foundation

Dr. Arthur and Arlene Hayes

Bill and Judge Risa Levine

Zev and Elaine Shafran

Ari Shiff, Carla van Messel and Family

Arnold and Anita Silber


The Cristall Family, Harvey and Jody Dales

Norman and Marlene Franks, Selma Furman

Leon and Rose Marie Glassman, Elliot and Janna Glassman

Harry and Jeanette Greenhut

Kevington Building Corporation and the Khalifa Family

Russ, Josie and Ally Klein, Mendy and Lana Landa

The Edith Lando Foundation, The Marsid Family Foundation

Michael and Phyllis Moscovich, Renia Perel

Lyle Pullan and Family, Brent and Lisa Pullan

Dr. Mark and Natalie Rosengarten

Kerry Swartz and Analee Weinberger


The Gordon Diamond Family Philanthropic Fund

Bradley J. Freedman Management Law Corporation

The Landsberg/Shenkier Family

Deborah Youngson and Family

Mark and Laurie Zlotnik


Michael and Lisa Averbach, William Clark and Danna Marks

Michael Fish and Family

Dr. Sherold Fishman z”l in honour of David Fishman

Esther and Stephanie Glotman, Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers

The Israel Family, JNHM Wolfe in memory of Naomi Wolfe z”l

Robert and Marilyn Krell, Carole Malkin and Family

Dr. Andrew and Shawna Merkur and Family, Norman and Sandra Miller

The Moss Family, Norman and Lola Pawer, Daniel and Trudy Pekarsky

Josh Pekarsky and Marla Guralnick, Max and Leona Pinsky

Neil and Michelle Pollock, Yvette Porte and Family, The Raber Mattuck Group

Jeff Ross, Reisa Schwartzman and Family, Greg and Melanie Samuels

Nathan and Sarah Schaffer, Dr, Stephen Schertzer and Dr. Ruth Wingerin

Rick Schreiber and Cheryl Brownstein in memory of Morton Brownstein z”l 

David and Elaine Youngson


Dorin and If’at Eilon-Heiber, The Ergas Lenett Family

Jeff and Sonia Hayes, Dr. Saul and Lindsay Isserow

Dr. Kevan and Rikki Jacobson, Shay (Shy) and Mickey Kiel

Ralph Markin and Bob Markin, Dr. Luis Mogyoros and Family

Jonathan and Liora Rosenkrantz in memory of Deborah Gilenberg z”l


*All donors of $500 and above will be listed in the event program 
In This Issue
Candle-Lighting Times

Shabbat: 8:22 p.m.

Shabbat Ends: 9:38 p.m.

Parsha: Bechukotai
Leviticus 26:3-27:34

Do you have Kippot looking for a good home?

We promise to provide one! Please drop them off at the school or give us a call  604 263 9700

  Community Events
  11th Annual JCC 
  Festival Ha’rikud
  and Community Fair


  Sunday, May 11


  Parent Talks  
  Siblings without Rivalry


  Presented by 
  Suzanne Ferera


  Tuesday, May 13
  7:00 p.m.



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