Weekly Newsletter – February 12, 2016

February 12, 2016 / 3 Adar I, 5776
Shabbat Begins: 5:09 p.m.       Parsha: Terumah
   Shabbat Ends: 6:17 p.m.            Exodus 25:1 – 27:19
King David Living Large and Learning in LA!

And they’re off – 44 Grade 9 students head to LA!

For the first time this year, our Grade 9 students embarked on a five-day trip to Los Angeles (a new experience which is replacing our trip to Washington, DC). The trip complements the students’ learning in Jewish History class and includes a visit to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, The Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance, and a Shabbat experience in a different community. Russ Klein, along with five staff members, accompanied the group and, as he always does on trips with students, Russ has been blogging about the experience. Below are some excerpts from the emails sent home to parents.

King David students with Rabbi Marvin Heir at the 
Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance

Day 1 Highlights
We arrived in LA to delightful blue skies and, as one of the kids said to me, "It feels like Israel!" (I think she was commenting on the temperature and not the number of Jews.) But it is hot, and the kids made quick work to change into full summer mode. We played along and took them to the beach – Venice Beach.

Next stop was the Getty Villa. I would tell you about it, but why spoil your enjoyment of using Google? Basically a really rich guy gave a ton of money and built this incredible place that lets you in for free to see what an ancient Roman Villa was like in the first century. Sadly, the donor did not live to see it finished, but his art collection is spectacular. The grounds are absolutely stunning, the architecture is beautifully cut into the hill. I would highly recommend a visit – and give yourself a couple of hours at least; it’s truly a remarkable place.

Day 2 Highlights
Our day started with a visit to the Nethercutt Museum Collection – the Nethercutts were successful in the cosmetic industry and spent their money collecting things, like automobiles. From there, we enjoyed the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. It was a really nice feel with everyone meandering here and there in small groups. 

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is not a large museum but it is does an excellent job of remembrance and memorializing the lives lost. We toured for almost an hour and then were blessed with a survivor’s story. Dorothy Greenstein held the students captivated as she told of her life in Poland from when the Nazis invaded, when she was only 8 years old, to the end of the war. Dorothy was inspirational, and after posing for a photo with us she gave many hugs. I was once again so very impressed with our students – the growth I have seen in them since our travels last year in Israel is simply a joy. Together with you, friends, and family, we are all clearly doing something right!

Rabbi Berger had organized our joining with a youth group from Beth Jacob Synagogue, and as soon as we arrived we separated the kids into groups and they ran off on a scavenger hunt with their new friends. It went well, and it got everyone some exercise – which was great because there was a huge order of kosher Chinese food to eat after. It was a wonderful idea to get us together with local kids and the mood seemed buoyant.

Looking forward to a wonderful Shabbat in sunny California,

Basketball Playoff Season Begins!

Senior Girls Team: Back Row L-R: Ms. Bauck (Coach), Rachel, Amanda, Izzy, Aria, Sarah and Naomi Youngson (Coach)
Front Row L-R: Noa, Lynne and Hanah

Congratulations to our basketball teams, coaches, and players as four of our five teams have qualified for the GVISAA playoffs! Our Senior Girls, Junior Boys West, and Senior Boys West have all secured #1 seeds and have received first round byes going into the playoffs.  The Junior Girls finished as fourth seed and defeated the fifth seed Southpointe Titans in the first round of the playoffs by a score of 37-34 on Tuesday.  

Please come out and support our teams:
  • The Junior Boys play at 3:15 p.m. at the JCC on Monday, February 15  
  • The Senior Girls play at 4:00 p.m. at the JCC on Wednesday, February 17
Junior Boys West in action!

Parents as Educators

Last Friday, Ms. Wiesenthal and the Psychology class welcomed King David parent Suzanne Ferera to share the work she does as an Occupational Therapist who focuses on parenting and behavioural strategies. Along with answering many of the students’ pressing questions, Mrs. Ferera introduced five main strategies useful for dealing with challenging child/parent relationships. These strategies provoked great thought and conversation, and connected perfectly to the class’s current unit of childhood development. 

"We all found Mrs. Ferera’s presentation extremely interesting and relevant, and were left with a deeper understanding of the psychology behind behavioural problems and their solutions. Thank you Mrs. Ferera for coming in and sharing your expertise with us."
~  Aimee, Grade 11

One Night Only! Lion’s Tent: Arabian Nights
The King David Middle-Eastern Restaurant

Tickets selling fast! Don’t miss out on a delicious meal!

Purchase tickets online here, or click here for a printable form. 
Adult: $36   Child (under 10 years): $18

Little Shop of Horrors
The King David Theatre Production

Tickets on sale now! 

Purchase tickets online here, or click here for a printable form. 
Adult: $10   Students: $8

Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events

Jesse Miller: Social Media vs. Reality
Presented by King David PAC

February 22, 2016
7:00 p.m.


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The Power of Resilience:
Dr. Sam Goldstein

February 28, 2016
5:00 p.m.

The 5:00 p.m. program is directed toward educators and youth professionals. 

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The Power of Resilience:
An evening with Dr. Sam Goldstein

February 28,2016
7:00 p.m.

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Vancouver JCC Jewish 
Book Festival
Western Canada Book Awards

Submission Deadline: 
February 29, 2016

Jewish Essay Contest

Contest Deadline: 
March 1, 2016

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Shalhevet’s 6th Annual Fundraising Dinner 2016: 
Crowning Our Inner Beauty

March 1, 2016  
6:00 pm

For More Information
Office: 604.568.9250 

Weizmann Institute of Science
Summer Science Scholarship

Applications due: 
March 1, 2016

The Next Einstein Competition

Submission Deadline: March 16, 2016

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