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June 13, 2014
15 Sivan 5774
Celebrating the King David Class of 2014
King David Class of 2014

Last night, our school was filled with parents, grandparents, siblings, community members, King David staff and students as we celebrated the King David High School Class of 2014. Our 36 graduates have worked very hard over the last 5 years, and together we honoured their collective and individual work, and the wonderful influence they have had on our school and community.

After a warm welcome from our Master of Ceremonies, Deputy Head of School Alex Monchamp, we heard a beautiful welcoming D’var Torah from Kira Smordin, Class of 2014. Next greetings were offered by Board of Directors Co-Presidents Natalie Rosengarten and Ari Shiff, and then Rabbi Berger delivered his final lesson to the graduates. To close out the beginning of the ceremony we watched a slide show retrospective of each member of the Class of 2014.

Russ Klein, Head of School, delivered a farewell address to the graduating class. He told the graduates, “I have a message that I like to share each year with the Graduating Class. I have the utmost respect for you so let me close by asking that you never lose your enthusiasm to make a difference in the lives of others. Study and work to create communities that will be healthy and safe for your own children, and for the children of others across this beautiful planet. Love yourself, your friends, your family and be sure to create time for yourself and for others. Be honest, you cannot buy integrity. Remember to say please and thank you. Before you leave tonight, find the time to talk to those who have supported you – your families, friends, teachers, give them the kudos, the hugs, the thanks that they deserve for always being there for you and always wanting the best for you – even when they did not make it easy for you – that is how you know they really cared. I wish each and every one of you a lifetime of challenges and achievements always embedded in your compassion for others.”

Almost there: Adam, Janine, Adina, Kira, Marc, Lindsay and Artium 

After Russ Klein congratulated and presented each of the graduating students with their diplomas, individual student awards and scholarships were given out. The final award, the Congregation Shaarey Tefilah Merit Scholarship: Dr Arthur M Hayes Founding President’s Award was presented by Dr. Arthur Hayes. Dr. Hayes proudly stated that “the success of King David High School is one of the most significant achievements of Vancouver’s Jewish community over the last 50 years.”

The last word was from the students who had chosen Sam Khalifa to speak on their behalf. Sam’s student address received a standing ovation after he delivered a humorous but heart-felt address on behalf of his classmates, “They say it takes a whole village to raise a child, but, as you have seen this evening, you, the King David community, have managed to raise an entire family. We are a mishpachah, 36 strong, filled with menches and mavens and definitely a few meshugenahs! We are the prototypical Jewish family – just bigger.”

Sam added, “So here we are, at that point where our family, mature and strong with both principle and knowledge, will now leave our home, leave King David, to explore the world – to discover ourselves. With our hearts filled with the love imbued by our parents, siblings and friends, our views sharpened by our mentors and teachers, our conscience anchored by our Jewish identity we are off to affect and be affected by a world needing us to be our best, needing us to fulfill our promise nurtured and taught to us and needing us to continue the Jewish tradition of stewarding the Torah from generation to generation.”

Grad Montage 2014
Graduation 2014 Montage 

We also want to note a special gift from our Parent PAC Committee who made a handcrafted Mezzuzah for each graduate. When our graduates use their Mezzuzah they will know that a small piece of their King David home will always be with them.

After a wonderful reception at the school, a spectacular Graduation Dinner was held at Schara Tzedeck.

A few extra words of thanks. Thank you to the wonderful team of parent volunteers who assisted in decorating the school and also to the many staff members who made the evening such a success. A special thanks goes to our Graduation teacher sponsor, Julie Lane who so capably coordinated all the details relating to the graduation ceremony.

A final thank you to Limor Sabi and LX Laser and Metal for the metal work and to Orly Ashkenazy for her wire work for the mezzuzot.
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