Weekly Newsletter – October 9, 2015

October 9, 2015  / 26 Tishrei 5776
A New Friday Judaics Studies Initiative
Today, we started our new Judaic Studies Friday program in Grades 8 – 11. The purpose of the session is for students to focus on textual sources taken from the weekly Parsha, and find deeper meanings in the text. Students participated in group activities where they identified patterns and asked questions about the wording and concepts from this week’s Parsha Bereishit. Students worked in "Chavruta" style where they read and discussed their own ideas in partners.

We discovered that most times when G-d created something, He commented that He found it "Good". The word "Good" was excluded for the creation of Man and for the separation between the heavens and the earth. After those two actions, G-d did not comment on His creations. Our students identified these omissions and came to their own conclusions as to why. They realized that since people have free choice and have the potential for both good and bad- G-d does not comment.  On day 2, G-d acted and separated the heavens and the earth. By omitting the word "Good" we learn that this separation of Heaven and Earth is not good and G-d actually desires the spiritual world to be connected to the physical world and interact with each other.
Planning for the Grade 8 trip to Israel begins!

On Thursday evening, the library was filled with Grade 8 parents interested in hearing about the exciting trip to Israel their children will be taking in April 2016. Russ Klein and Dorin Eilon-Heiber shared logistics about the trip and ran through the provisional itinerary for this year. If’at Eilon-Heiber, Director, Israel & Overseas Affairs Department of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, answered parents questions regarding security while we are in Israel.

Thank you to the Jewish Federation for the support received to make this trip so successful.



Developing Responsible Citizens

Over the past few weeks, our Grade 11 and 12 students have had the opportunity to hear from political candidates for our Vancouver Granville riding.

Erinn Broshko, Conservative Candidate, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Liberal Candidate and Mira Oreck, NDP Candidate shared their messages and spent time answering the questions from our students. The candidates commented on the respectful behaviour of students and the depth of the questions they asked. 

Adult Education – a few seats still available!


Have you ever felt that you need more current knowledge about Israel and the Middle East when discussing it with others?

King David runs a course for our students on Israel Advocacy and is excited to offer an abridged version for adults in our community. It’s a refresher, a brain-workout, and an opportunity to learn from experts alongside your peers.

When: Sunday evenings,
October 18 & 25
November 8, 15 & 29

Time: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Where: King David High School

The Goal: Leave this course armed with more information to position Israel objectively and accurately.

20 spots offered for the course this year – a few seats available.

A suggested minimum donation of $300 payable to King David per attendee.
For more information contact: Russ Klein, Head of School

The Shabbat Project
Will you be keeping TOGETHER AGAIN?

In two weeks time, Jews all over the world, including in Vancouver, will come together in unity for The Shabbat Project. 

To see what people worldwide and in the media have said about last year’s Shabbat Project, please click here

  Thursday, October 22                                            Saturday, October 24
         
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Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events


Limmud Van


You are invited to present at LimmudVan’16. 

Submit your proposals by October 18



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Congregation 
Beth Israel

Whistler Shabbat Retreat

November 27- 29, 2015





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