Weekly Newsletter – April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015
28 Nissan 5775
King David Remembers

Yesterday we ended the day with a school-wide assembly to remember the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust. The Yom Hashoah ceremony, led by Grade 10 students, was dedicated to the 1.5 million children of the Holocaust who were denied their right to live.


Students entered the Atrium silently grade by grade, each with a yellow triangle that bore the name of a child. Yarhtzeit candles were lit by child survivor, Alex Buchman, and a few grandchildren of survivors from within our school community. Thank you to Cantor Orzech for his beautiful and heart wrenching chanting of El Malee Rachamim. 

As was so eloquently said, in Hebrew and English, by Yuval D. and Josh B.; “”These children, like all children, should have had the right to grow up in a world without fear and persecution. Let us be their voices , and carry their memories forward. May their memory be a blessing.”

The Atrium was filled with a reflective and sombre silence as we listened to the experiences of Alex Buchman.  Moved by his story and to end the ceremony, students were invited to follow in his footsteps of continuing the chain of memory by placing the triangle representing a perished child on the wall of the Atrium, making them form the letters for the Hebrew word for remembrance, Yizkor.

Students and teachers were so moved by Mr. Buchman’s emotional story and remained after the end of the school day to have their many questions answered. Thank you Mr. Buchman, we were honoured to have you with us yesterday.

BC Remembers

On Yom Hashoah, four Grade 10 students traveled to Victoria, BC with Rabbi Berger and numerous Holocaust survivors to experience a powerful commemoration for the 6 million Jewish lives lost during the Holocaust. 

We were welcomed into the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia where we heard from courageous speakers and honoured the victims and survivors. It was an opportunity that inspired us to remember the history of the Jewish people and make certain to never be silent in the face of evil.
~ Lis, Grade 10

Ilan, Almog, Lis, Ethan and Orly in Victoria

It was the first time I’d really thought deeply about what this day means to some people, including my grandmother. One of the survivors who spoke, mentioned that the last time he saw his parents he was three years old, and that he still remembers that particular moment 75 years later. It made me think about my grandmother as well, and I imagined what her family had gone through when many of their family members were murdered. 
~ Almog, Grade 10

I felt touched by all the speakers yesterday at the event in Parliament that was held in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. It was such a moving experience. It made me question mankind and how something so evil was allowed to happen.

~ Ethan, Grade 10

Supporting the Community

On Thursday night, three Grade 10 Art students stepped out onto Main Street to assist The Jewish Museum & Archives of BC at the opening of the exhibition, Fred Schiffer: Lives in Photos. The opening was attended by over 200 guests and Michelle, Eytan and Ben were busy throughout the evening welcoming guests, selling photographic prints and supporting the museum staff.


Schiffer made a significant contribution to photography and culture in Vancouver in the late 20th century; the exhibition continues until May 31 at Make Gallery. 


For more information click here                       

Almost sold out! Don’t miss the celebration!

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: 7:50 p.m.
Shabbat Ends: 9:01 p.m.

Parsha:  Shemini 
Leviticus 9:1-11:47
Community Events

Beneath the Helmet 

  • Sunday, April 18
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • JCC

Youth in Transition

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
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