Weekly Newsletter – April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016 / 7 Nisan, 5776
Shabbat Begins: 7:48 p.m.       Parsha: Metzora
   Shabbat Ends: 8:58 p.m.            Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33
The Trip of a Lifetime Comes to an End

On Thursday, our students and their wonderful chaperones said goodbye to Israel and returned to Vancouver, just in time for our Pesach break. Russ continued to keep us up-to-date on the kids’ amazing experiences, almost until the very last minute!

Day 7 Highlights:

We spent a very quiet Shabbat without the students, and reunited after the weekend was over. Our first stop was about a 30 minute drive to Kibbutz El Rom where we watched a movie about how the Golan was almost lost in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and how a fierce tank battle ensued in the Valley of Tears. After the movie we were met at the Kibbutz by eight Jeeps and a wonderful band of drivers who did a great job of scaring the kids by driving down steep hills. Our first stop was the exact location of the film’s battle. Then for two hours we went off-roading past old and new Israeli artillery positions and bunkers, past cows and more cows, past beautiful orchards and abandoned buildings, until finally heading back to the bus, which took us up to Mount Bental.

Day 8 Highlights:

Today we said goodbye to our wonderful Israeli hosts. It is always beautiful to see how strong friendships can be made in just a few short days. We headed to the Lebanon border, to the grottos of Rosh Hanikra. There is a cable car down to where the Mediterranean Sea has carved out beautiful caves under the cliff; the sea was such gorgeous shades of blue and green. From Rosh Hanikra we drove down the coast for 90 minutes or so to reach Herziliya again: this time to go to the beach. 

After the beach, we drove for more than two hours to the desert, until we finally made it to the Bedouin Tent, Kfar Hanokdim. Once there, 30 of us took a camel ride as the sun set in the desert.  It was very beautiful, with lots of shrieking (from the kids, not the camels).  Everyone was pretty happy for about five minutes, but as the thighs began to stretch you could hear the moans… camels are uncomfortable!

The students learned about Bedouin culture and were treated to a wonderful traditional meal. Then it was back to the tent area, where the kids are in this huge tent with a divider down the centre, sleeping (or trying to!) on mattresses on the floor.  

Day 9 Highlights:

The kids rose easily at 4:45 to see the sun rise at Masad, but even the best-intended plans can have a hiccup… our bus driver showed up 30 minutes late. The students were really nice about it – I wasn’t so much, as this meant there would be no sunrise on Masada; there would be "almost sunrise". So we climbed Masada from the Roman ramp side and by 6:40 a.m. we were enjoying the spectacular views and, due to the cloud cover, we were still treated to sunrise light as the sun appeared. Magical.

Our guide stopped us and told us the story of Masada in three parts as we visited three different locations. After a couple of hours, we all walked down the Snake Path – I was very proud of the students as this was the first year every student made the awkward 45 minute hike down. From there it was back on the bus for the 40 minute drive to the Dead Sea.

We managed to arrive at the very lovely sounding Ein Gedi Dead Sea Spa by 10:30 a.m. Students were given lockers and towels and most headed down to the Dead Sea – which is reached by a tram as the sea has receded so much from its original location. This was a gorgeous time for the kids; the water was lovely, and of course there is something about not being able to sink that is both odd and delightful. The kids had a great time!

Afterwards we drove a couple of hours to Jerusalem. We were very disappointed with the appearance of rain, but not with the appearance of Jerusalem. What a joy it is, driving up the hill and seeing Yerushalyim open before you.

Day 10 Highlights: 

It was cold as we left our hotel at 7:30 a.m. this morning and headed to the Knesset. It was great to go there. From there we went and visited King David’s Tomb and walked up onto the roof. Within a few feet of each other were sites holy to Christianity, Islam, and Judaism: these are very much the heart of this special city. It is very interesting hearing church bells and calls to prayer as one walks around, and in the Jewish quarter men were walking around wearing tefillin and a talit.

We had a lovely stroll through the Old City. We went down to the old Roman Market and had some Jerusalem bagels, fresh and warm from the oven. We went to different vantage points where we could see the surrounding hills and of course see towards the Kotel, marked clearly by the golden Dome of the Rock. 

Finally we made it to the Kotel. Or, our guide, gave us pieces of paper and most of us wrote messages to put into the wall. Then it was on the road for the hour drive to Tel Aviv where lunch and the Carmel Market awaited us. From here we drove to Independence Hall. This is the same building and room from which David Ben Gurion proclaimed the existence of the State of Israel at 4 p.m. on May 14, 1948. We all stood at the end to hear Hatikvah – the original recording from that day of destiny.

As this wonderful trip comes to an end, I have a few final words of gratitude. I would really like to recognize the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and the Gesher Chai Committee – without their financial and logistical support this trip would be virtually impossible for us to share with our students. In addition I want to acknowledge the Betty Averbach Foundation, who also helped by providing additional financial support to our students for this trip. 

Happenings This Week

Terry Fox Run for Cancer Awareness

April is Cancer Awareness Month, and on Tuesday, King David students and staff participated in a Terry Fox Run to support those who have fought and are currently fighting cancer. The students were very enthusiastic, and the run was a great success. Congratulations to Bella, Grade 12, our top female runner, and Ben, Grade 11, our top male runner! 

English 10

This week in English, the Grade 10 class explored the language of Shakespeare during their unit on Macbeth. Students found and prepared Elizabethan recipes, rehearsed scenes from the play to perform in front of their classmates, and brought it all together for an Elizabethan feast.

Senior Girls Soccer

The Senior Girls soccer team is off to a great start! The girls have been practicing in some very rainy and cold weather and were treated to some beautiful sunshine for their first three games of the season. The team has shown great energy and enthusiasm as well as huge improvements in their skills and positioning on the field. It is an amazing and unique opportunity for students of all grades to bond with each other, and, most importantly, have fun!

Our Shinshinyot Have Been Busy!

Throughout the year, our Shinshinyot, Lian and Tomer, have been working with Grades 8-12 every Tuesday and Thursday. The activities they have created have been focused on various Israel-themed issues such as Israeli culture, symbolism, politics, and Israel’s relationship with Palestinians.

Lian helps Eric, Grade 9, research "Lone Soldiers" who have passed away
Lately, Lian and Tomer have been working hard in preparation for the Yom Hazikaron ceremony.
In addition to the students’ work, Lian and Tomer would like to invite all parents who wish to be involved in the Yom Hazikaron Ceremony to email Ellia Belson.

Specifically, we will be remembering the names of relatives who have passed away during service or because of a terror incident in a Yizkor Prayer.  For the ceremony, we will be asking students to share personal family stories of heroism.

All King David parents are welcome to join us for the ceremony on Wednesday, May 11 from 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

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Chag Pesach Sameach!
Community Events

Film Screening: "Dough"
Beth Tikvah Synagogue

Sunday, April 17
7:00 p.m.

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Matzah, Maror, & Macaroons
Second Night Family Pesach Seder

Saturday, April 23
5:00 p.m.

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Second Seder
White Rock South Surrey Jewish Community Centre

Saturday, April 23
6:00 p.m.

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Yom Hashoah
With Holocaust Survivor Dr. Peter Suedfeld

Wednesday, May 4
7:00 p.m.

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Daniel Pipes Lecture

Monday, May 9
7:00 p.m.

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Yom Hazikaron Memorial Service

Tuesday, May 10
7:30 p.m.

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Youth Action Hall
JCC Teen Lounge

Sundays at 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

Wednesday, May 11
7:30 p.m.

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Chaverim Event

Thursday, May 12
5:00 p.m.

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Consular Services
Jewish Federation of Vancouver

Tuesday, May 17

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RJDS and Beth Tikvah Golf Day

Monday, May 30

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Camp Shalom

July 4-29
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Louis Brier would love to hear from you!

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A Night in Israel Shabbaton

Saturday, May 14
6:30 p.m.

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