Weekly Newsletter

May 30, 2014
1 Sivan 5774
Celebration 5774
Leora, Grade 9, Noah and Benny N., Grade 12,  Gil, Oren and Hana, Grade 10, with Liz, Lis and Adam, Grade 9, 
showcase their musical abilities
On Tuesday evening, our school was filled with parents, grandparents, siblings, King David staff and students. We celebrated who we are as a school, and our student Mensches, scientists, writers, historians, chefs, athletes, actors, singers and volunteers. Everything we do here, from our outstanding theatre productions and Shabbat dinners to our novel studies and science projects, are all the result of the wonderful relationships and collaborations fostered between our students and the hard-working dedicated teachers of King David.

Celebration 5774 was an opportunity to showcase the work our students do each day in the classroom, to recognize our students for their characteristics and values which are at the core of our identity as a school – values that distinguish our school from others, and values we see our students demonstrate every day.

Perusing the student art gallery
When selecting award recipients, we consider not only academic excellence but also recognize effort, improvement, overall contribution to the learning environment, positive influence and approach, tenacity or perseverance, and other elements that are specific to individual classroom settings.

Along with the distribution of awards, the audience were treated to musical numbers prepared by all grades – from Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” to Bruno Mars’ “When I was Your Man,” the musicians rocked the house! The Foods students prepared delicious sweet and savoury treats that were enjoyed by all and the Art students displayed many creative pieces along the walls of the Atrium. 
The Atrium was filled to capacity!

Researching the lives of Jewish Pioneers

Michael Swartz accompanies Noga and Ma’ayan as 
they walk through the cemetery


The Jewish Cemetery at Mountain View Restoration Committee is proud to be partnering with King David High School’s Grade 10 Jewish Studies class. Building on the vision of Shirley Barnett, the committee – chaired by Ms. Barnett – has developed a series of initiatives to raise awareness about the rich history contained within the oldest Jewish cemetery in Vancouver. Walking tours, digital biographies, and an extensive restoration are a few of the projects begun in the last two years. The written records of the cemetery, archived by the Schara Tzedeck Cemetery Board, are providing priceless information about the Jewish community over the past 150 years.

As part of their life cycle unit, King David students took part in a walking tour of this historic cemetery in mid-May. The tour was led by volunteer Daniella Givon, and Michael Swartz, Coordinator of Programs and Development for the Jewish Museum and Archives of British Columbia. The event was initiated by Wendy Oberlander, Art teacher at King David and member of the Committee, with support from Rabbi Berger, Head of Judaics at King David. 


Walking through the cemetery, students made the following comments:    

  • One grave said “killed by BCER” which stands for BC Electric Railway; that caught my attention.  
  • I noticed that some graves were bigger than others which reminded me of the cemetery in Krakow, Poland.  
  • I expected it to be more run-down but I also expected a path. I was uncomfortable with the fact there was no path and the whole time I was worried about stepping on the graves/bodies.  
  • I was surprised by how many babies there were, and how their graves were mostly unmarked.  
  • What piqued my curiosity was that some graves were unmarked and that some graves had been hidden until dug out.   
Following the tour, students selected an individual grave in order to research the lives of these Jewish pioneers who lived in the early 1900s and paved the way for our vibrant Jewish community. To assist with this research, Myra Adirim, Project Administrator, Jewish Cemetery at Mountain View Restoration Project and Lisa Stibravy, King David’s librarian, prepared research materials to assist the students. Michael Swartz made two visits to the classroom to guide them with their research.

The final segment of this pilot program was a series of class presentations, outlining the history of the time, the modes of research used, and the contributions individual pioneers made to the Vancouver Jewish community.


Kol Hakavod! 

Senior Boys Floor Hockey Team

Congratulations to:
  • the Junior and Senior Boys Floor Hockey Team for finishing as the Silver Medalists at this year’s Lower Mainland Invitational Junior and Senior Boys Floor Hockey Tournaments. The Lions were commended for their teamwork, sportsmanship and competitive spirit. Well done, guys!
  • the Senior Coed Ultimate Frisbee Team who finished in a tremendous third place at this year’s LMISUL Championships. 
Junior Boys Floor Hockey Team
Senior Coed Ultimate Frisbee Team
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 acknowledge the following Tribute card donations made in April and May 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: 8:49 p.m.

Shabbat Ends: 10:11 p.m.

Parsha: Naso
Numbers 4:21-7:89

  Community Events
Beth Israel presents
  Negotiating Identities
  Tuesday, June 3
  8 p.m.
  JCC Wosk Auditorium


 More Information


  Sweet Shavout Sweets 

  Wednesday, June 4

  11:30 a.m.


  RSVP: 604.731.4161


  More information

  Teen Takeover at Hillel

  Sunday, June 8

  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


  Should I change my 
  mind about weed?
  Tuesday, June 24
  Schara Tzedeck

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