Weekly Newsletter – May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016 / 5 Iyar, 5776
Shabbat Begins: 8:29 p.m.       Parsha: Kedoshim
   Shabbat Ends: 9:48 p.m.            Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27
Do You Understand Teens?

Josh Shipps’s tagline is "helping adults understand teens and teens understand themselves." Who can’t use more of that?

When it comes to teaching our kids to live a good life, unlocking their true potential, and remaining that unshakeable caring adult in their lives, we all have our work cut out for us.

When our kids get angry, rebellious or defiant – which they will at some point or another – we can whine and gripe, worry and fret, feel overwhelmed and give up. Or we can learn and adapt, grow and nurture, correct course and dig in our heels – even as they push back with all their might.

What’s it going to be? What you choose matters. You matter!

This year’s Teaching for Tomorrow event features Josh Shipp, also known as "The Teen Whisperer", who is one of the most acclaimed youth motivational speakers in the world. He has been featured on Good Morning America, 20/20, and Oprah. He combines heartfelt inspiration, laugh-out-loud humour, and practical strategies to drive change.

This is guaranteed to be a special night and 
we would love to have you join us. 

Only 3 days left to buy tickets!
Click here to learn more and to purchase tickets online.

Celebrating Israel’s Independence

Thursday was Yom Ha’atzmaut at King David, and in every corner of the school there was an Israel-based activity happening. King David was proud to host VTT and RJDS students in Grades 5 through 7. Each student from the three schools was buddied up, giving students the chance to get to know each other while having fun. Thank you to the King David students for being such wonderful hosts!

Students rotated through many activity stations throughout the day, including:
  • A station to learn about the Aliyot to Israel from different countries around the world
  • A station about Israeli inventions
  • A station about Israeli food
  • A station about an inclusion organization for children with special needs (Knafiyim Shel Krembo)
Yom Ha’atzmaut would not be the same without our annual bouncy castles and falafel lunch. At lunchtime we also enjoyed a wonderful performance by dance troupes from Israel and Miami.

Finally, our Shinshiniot, Lian and Tomer, were amazing! They had an incredible amount of energy and they had everyone participating in a flash mob dance to the Eurovision-winning Israeli song "Golden Boy".

We ended the day with some inspiring words from Rabbi Berger and Hatikvah sung by Sydney, Grade 12,  and Eytan, Grade 11.  What a day!

King David Honours Israel’s Fallen

On Wednesday, the 3rd of Iyar 5776, right before the celebrations of the 68th Independence Day of Israel, we took time to remember our heroes, who sacrificed their lives in order to protect our country, and the victims of terror attacks.

The assembly this year focused on people from all around the world who left their countries, families, friends, and comfortable lifestyles to move to Israel and join the IDF. We honoured these people whose love for Israel crossed oceans and continents, and who made a big decision based on their morals and Zionism – the lone soldiers.

Aria, Grade 12, began the assembly with these words: "The state of Israel, which has been in existence for 68 years now, has known many wars, operations, and terror attacks. Those things have unfortunately become part of the daily routine in Israel, and if there is a war, there is loss." She invited all to rise for a minute of silence in memory of the 23,320 soldiers who lost their lives while protecting Israel, and to the 2,495 people killed in terror attacks. 

Our Shinshiniot, Lian and Tomer, planned a meaningful and moving ceremony. They worked with the students who led the assembly, and everyone agrees that this is the start of a new tradition at King David. Todah Rabah Lian and Tomer!
Preparing for the Future

On Monday evening King David hosted a post-secondary information evening for parents of students from all grades. The general information session, led by Zahra Rasul of Rasul Learning Group, outlined the many options and paths available for students after high school, including universities, colleges, trade programs, and gap year programs. Along with this information, parents were encouraged to start early, having open and honest conversations with their children about goals, passions, and interests, rather than focusing on specific programs or careers. The evening also highlighted the changing landscape of education – that jobs and industries of the future will require our students to have highly developed "soft" skills rather than a set knowledge base.
The session was very well-received by parents, and we are exploring hosting similar sessions in the future.
Social Justice

On Tuesday, students in Social Justice 12 had the unique opportunity to speak with Irit Stopper, the Deputy Consul General of Israel in Toronto. It was a small group, giving students lots of opportunities to voice their questions, concerns, joys, and frustrations they had regarding Israel. Students asked questions and explored social justice issues that arise in Israel, such as orthodox and secular Jews coexisting, women’s rights, social media, Israel’s Bedouin population, and the question of a two-state solution. 

"In class we talk a lot about Israel, but when we do, it is about current events, and sadly that often means discussing terrorism. However, talking with Irit gave our class the opportunity to talk about relatable social justice issues that we also face in Canada."
~ Aria, Grade 12
Congratulations to Our Floor Hockey Teams!

Our two junior boys floor hockey teams had a very successful championship tournament last week at Ecole Jules Verne. 

The Grade 9 boys beat Ecoles Jules Verne in the championship game, finishing the tournament undefeated in all five games. Noah M., Grade 9, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and Solly, Grade 9, was named a tournament First Team All Star. 

The combined Grade 8 and 10 team also had success, finishing in fourth place out of eight teams. Matt, Grade 10, was also named a First Team All Star. A huge thank you to both Mr. Gorski and Mr. Amram who coached the boys this season. Go Lions!
Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events

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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A Night in Israel Shabbaton

Saturday, May 14
6:30 p.m.

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Support King David alumnus, Aaron Friedland
The Walking School Bus presents Access in Motion 5km.

Sunday, May 15
9:00 a.m.

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Free Film Screening and Q&A

Monday, May 16
7:00 p.m.

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