Weekly Newsletter – March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015
27 Nisan 5775
Pesach Kasher V’Sameach

nullDid you ever wonder why we do all these strange things at the Passover Seder?

We spend so much time getting everyone settled around the table in their right places, having ransacked the bedrooms to provide everyone with a pillow, only to get everyone right back up again to ritually wash … twice.

Why do we pass around an appetizer of something we normally garnish real food with and then dip it into salt water and eat? Why do we save a piece of matzah for dessert? Why do we play hide and seek with a piece of matzah? We open up the front door for an invisible person and stop to make a sandwich at our fine meal. Why?

The answer is actually not so profound. The Talmud explains that the entire exercise is designed to keep the children around the table interested and
to get them asking questions. Learning is best understood and longest remembered if it engages the curiosity and interest of the student.

This is what we try to do everyday at King David. In order to leave a lasting impression, we seek to excite and challenge our teens to ask their own questions and seek out answers. But don’t take my word for it. Peruse through this Passover primer. Our King David Grade 12 students wrote it. They chose and researched the topics that interested them most. After reading what they wrote, you are bound to have a new understanding of the relevance of the seder and hopefully some new questions of your own.

Chag Sameach,
Rabbi Stephen Berger 
Happenings at King David

Students at Vancouver Talmud Torah experienced a Pesach Seder in the desert under a tent yesterday. They even had a special guest to challenge some of their assumptions…

Moses, aka Rabbi Berger, tells the Pesach story

Earlier this week, Grade 9 students took a brief field trip to the JCC to visit the Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library to learn how they can take advantage of the additional resources available for their Hebrew studies. 

To celebrate the completion of the unit on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Grade 10 students prepared and enjoyed an Elizabethan Feast!



You’re invited to our 10 Year Celebration!

Ten years ago, King David High School opened its doors on Willow Street to meet our community’s growing need to provide a place where more  Jewish teens could enjoy an excellent education, feel valued, and form strong social bonds with their peers, in a safe and nurturing environment.


Since then, our school has graduated 300 young adults to the universities of their choice, has actively participated in the Jewish and Vancouver communities, and has honoured the donors and families who made King David a priority from day one.


Please join us as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary and honour the community, alumni, and visionaries who support King David, year after year.


Monday, May 11, 2015

7:00 p.m. Cocktail-style Reception & Drinks

7:55 p.m. Showtime

9:30 p.m. Coffee and Cake reception


Stanley Theater (Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage)

2750 Granville Street Vancouver, BC



$110 Adults

$55 Alumni or Children under 12


Secure your spot at this year’s biggest event!

Purchase your tickets online or by calling the school at 604-263-9700

In This Issue
Candlelighting Times

Shabbat Begins: 7:18 p.m.
Shabbat Ends: 8:25 p.m.

Parsha:  Tzav 
Leviticus 6:1-8:36
Community Events

Pre-Pesach Dinner

  • Thursday, April 2
  • See flyer for details
Passover Seder

  • Saturday, April 4
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • See flyer for details
Post-Pesach Pasta Party

  • April 12, 2015
  • 5:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Beth Israel
Beneath the Helmet 

  • Sunday, April 18
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • JCC
Yom Hazikaron Service
Commemorate fallen Israeli soldiers and civilians. 
  • Tuesday, April 21
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • JCC
Yom Ha’atzmaut 

JFSA Innovators Lunch

Hebrew University 
90th Anniversary

  • Sunday, May 3, 2015
  • 7:30 p.m. 
  • Beth Israel
  • More information
Follow Us on Social Media

Follow us on Twitter  @KDHSVancouver

Follow us on Twitter  @rkleinHOS 

Follow us on Twitter  @amonchampDHOS


If you don’t have an account, click here for our tweets.


Like us on Facebook KDHS Vancouver

King David High School
5718 Willow Street Vancouver, BC V5Z 4S9
604 263 9700
Forward this email

This email was sent to *protected email* by gro.s1545159903hdk@s1545159903wen1545159903 |  

KIng David High School | 5718 Willow Street | Vancouver | British Columbia | V5Z 4S9 | Canada

Leave a Reply