Weekly Newsletter – October 2, 2015

October 2, 2015  / 19 Tishrei 5776
L’Dor V’Dor. From Generation to Generation
Our Sukkot and Simchat Torah celebration was a wonderful event that started in the library (unfortunately the weather prevented us from spending time in the sukkah) with grandparents, parents, and children making a blessing on the lulav and etrog before enjoying a snack. 

Three generations of the Guez family making the blessing on the lulav and Etrog

The inter-generational theme continued inside when the families were joined by the whole school for a Torah reading of the last parsha of the year called "Zot Habracha" – This is the blessing. 

Three generations of the Pekarsky family participate in the Torah Aliyot blessings
The Torah reading was performed by King David students Shmuel (Grade 12), and Avishai (Grade 9). It was a thrill to see three generations from the Pekarsky and Guez families participating in our school celebration by conducting the Torah Aliyot blessings and bestowing blessings on our new Grade 8 class, respectively.

Words of Torah were presented by Talya (Grade 11), and the whole school danced with the Torah to the tunes played by our senior musicians. 

What a way to celebrate; Chag Sameach!

A Message from Rabbi Berger

While it seems tied to the festival of Sukkot, the holiday that we are about to start this Sunday night is actually a separate festival. It is called an Atzeret in the Torah. It is an expression of affection. For the last seven days we have been making offerings and requests for the benefit of all the nations of the world. We have prayed for their lives and happiness while asking for nothing for ourselves. After this, the Torah gives us one more day, an independent holiday, when we can stop asking and just spend some last moments with our Creator. It can be likened to one who throws a great party for all of his friends. As the party winds down and people start to leave just you and your closest friends stick around. There you get a chance to relax and share the quiet time together in the warm afterglow of that marvelous event. You can just enjoy each other’s company and appreciate each other after all the excitement abates. The departure is difficult for us; we don’t want it to end, so we ask and hold onto those last moments with our loved ones.

This time of the high holidays has been a warm and caring time in our school. We have shared many wonderful moments together. May the final moments of this season bring you and your families closeness, meaning, and enjoyment.
Welcoming Gan Yeladim into Our Sukkah

On Thursday, children from the JCC Preschool joined King David Grade 8 students for music in the Sukkah. Mr. Seguin, Neve (Grade 12), Sydney (Grade 12), and Ethan (Grade 11) provided the musical accompaniment!

Alumni Return to Share their Experience

Every year our Grade 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to attend information sessions with representatives from many universities. On Wednesday, they heard from Hebrew University. They heard from alumni, Alan Schweber (Class of 2008) and Amir Wachtel (Class of 2012) who have both spent time studying at the Hebrew University in Israel. 

Sports Highlights

Senior Boys’ Soccer team getting into the spirit

Our sports season has started strong and the soccer and volleyball teams have played games most of the days we have been in school!

On Wednesday, the Junior Girls’ Volleyball team recorded a strong win against the Fraser Academy Hornets, winning 3 sets to 1. The Lions received contributions from everyone on the team. Great job, girls!

The Senior Girls’ Volleyball team battled back from being down 2 sets to 0, and managed to get the game tied 2 sets to 2. Although the girls lost the game by one point, they showed great poise and determination. Best of luck this year, girls.

Mr. Harowitz makes his coaching debut with the Junior Boys’ Soccer team this season, and they are determined to improve their game this year! Good luck, guys!
Chag Sameach!
Community Events

Hebrew Free Loan Association

HFLA provides new interest-free loans to those who are Jewish and need a hand up not a hand-out

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Limmud Van

You are invited to present at LimmudVan’16. 

Submit your proposals by 
October 18

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