Weekly Newsletter – November 7, 2014

November 7, 2014
14 Cheshvan 5775
A Week of Connections!
King David hosted preschoolers for the morning

This week has been an incredible time at King David. Students from all grades had the opportunity to give back and volunteer in the community. Each day, a different grade traveled across the city to volunteer at organizations such as Quest Food Exchange, Kerrisdale Police, Canuck Place, Dress for Success, John Henderson Elementary School, Louis Brier, and many others. 

Ben, Maytar, and Eduardo, Grade 9 preparing lunch at the Aboriginal Mothers Centre

Students could be seen beautifying the streets, preparing hot meals for those in need, playing with children, or having conversations with seniors, all the while creating connections with people outside of their everyday lives. Back at school, students shared their experiences and reflections during the daily school-wide assemblies. It was heartwarming to hear how impactful these opportunities were for the student and their personal growth, as well as, the organization with whom they volunteered. 

” I went to Harbour Light and had the opportunity to connect with the chef supervising us in the kitchen. He shared the story of his life which was very meaningful.”
   ~ Adam C., Grade 10

We’re also excited to share a video from CBC Vancouver! During RAC Week, CBC, led by Shane Foxman, filmed and featured King David students conducting Random Acts of Chesed in the community. “Citizen Shane” spoke to several students and Ellia Belson about their experience and why King David participates in RAC. Please click on the video below to watch the special on the CBC website. 


To wrap-up RAC week, King David is hosting a school-wide Shabbat dinner for students, teachers, and staff today. We’re proud of everyone’s accomplishments and the connections they’ve made this week. 

A big thank you to all of our students for participating, teachers for supervising, and to the parent volunteers and administration for supporting the activities. In particular, thank you to Ellia Belson, Aron Rosenberg, Esther Mogyoros, and Rabbi Berger for organizing RAC Week 2014!
King David’s Open House is Next Thursday!

If you or someone you know has a child who will be in Grade 8 through 11 next year – 
this evening is not to be missed! We ask that you invite them to join us to experience the difference that is King David on November 13, 2014 @ 7 p.m.

The King David Open House is one of the best opportunities for prospective parents and students to discover why our families choose King David. During this event, families will be welcomed by our Head of School, Russ Klein; hear from current students and alumni; and explore the school during an interactive tour. In our classrooms, students and teachers will be conducting science experiments, debating in Judaic Studies, and in the Foods room, students will be making delicious treats for you! 

Everyone is welcome to attend! Please share!


Learning from the Source

Mrs. Wiesenthal’s Grade 8 English class is currently studying the graphic novel Maus by Art Spiegelman. Last Thursday, we were privileged to have guest speaker and King David (Maimonides) alumnus Ryan Nadel share his experiences about working beside Art Spiegelman on the digital version of MetaMaus.  

Ryan Nadel shares his passion

MetaMaus is a behind the scenes look at both novels, containing further background information, sketches, documents, and more. Ryan Nadel helped produce the digital version and spent much of his time alongside Spiegelman. Mr. Nadel explained to us how the book was made, the power of the comics and illustrations within it, and most importantly, the use of comics as a medium to showcase the “Human Element” of the Holocaust. During the presentation, we were very engaged and are thankful to have had the opportunity to listen to such an interesting speaker.  
     ~ Adam, Grade 8  
Experience the IDF

Adi, Alex Berger, Josh Stiller and Ma’ayan

Last Thursday, on October 31st, Adi and Ma’ayan (Grade 11) invited King David alumni, Josh Stiller (Class of 2010) and Alex Berger (Class of 2012) to talk to Grade 11 and 12 students about their time volunteering in the IDF. Alex and Josh talked about everything from enlisting to training, to being a Lone Soldier, and were asked many questions by the curious students. Ma’ayan and Adi are StandWithUS MZ Teen interns, who will be running many more Israel-based programs throughout the school year.

   ~ Adi, Grade 11

Movember at King David
If you’ve noticed an increasing amount of moustaches this past week, you can probably attribute this phenomenon to Movember. Movember is a popular fundraiser which challenges men of all ages to grow their best moustache for the month of November. The campaign aims to build awareness and raise donations for men’s health. Money raised through Movember supports and improves the lives of men with prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health issues. 

This November, King David’s Student Council has invited our male teachers (and interested students!) to grow spectacular moustaches in hopes of being voted as the school’s favourite moustache. By donating $2 to the cause, students will have the opportunity to cast their vote and witness the participants shave off their moustaches at school. 

If you would like to donate to Movember and support the King David team, please visit our official team page to make a donation. All donations are tax-deductible through the Movember foundation. Keep an eye out on Twitter and Facebook for moustache progress photos!
The Sports Corner

Photos from this week’s sports activities!

In This Issue
Candlelighting Times

Shabbat Begins: 4:23 p.m.
Shabbat Ends: 5:30 p.m.

Parsha:  Vayeira
Genesis 18:1 – 22:24
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Community Events

Vancouver Jewish Film Festival 

Stay inside and enjoy a selection of movies during the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival.
  • November 6 – 13, 2014
  • Fifth Avenue Cinemas
  • Tickets available online, by phone, and at the door 
  • More information

Commemorate Kristallnacht at the Beth Israel Synagogue.
  • November 9, 2014 at 7PM
  • Beth Israel Synagogue
  • 4350 Oak Street, Vancouver

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