Weekly Newsletter – October 21, 2016

 October 21, 2016  /  19 Tishri 5777
Shabbat Begins: 5:51 p.m.       Parsha: Sukkot, Chol HaMoed
   Shabbat Ends: 6:56 p.m.         Exodus 33:12-34:26 
L’Dor V’Dor – Welcoming Special Guests 

On Thursday, the second day of Chol HaMoed Sukkot, grandparents were invited to celebrate Sukkot with us and we had the most beautiful time together. We met in the Sukkah where we heard from Rabbi Berger that the Sukkah is one of the only times where we can perform a mitzvah with our whole bodies, simply by sitting! 


Rabbi Berger and Ally, Grade 10, explain the species that make up the Lulav.
 

Daniel, Grade 12, and Justin, Grade 11, prepare to recite the Brachot with their grandparents. Thankfully the rain held off until the Brachot were completed! 


Everyone moved inside for a wonderful homemade spread of pastries and tea – catered by the very talented King David Foods class, taught by Hilit Nurick.





(Left) Justine, Grade 12, and Mitchell and Leah, Grade 11, add the finishing touches to the delicious food prepared for tea.










After a spirited game of Reach for the Top with questions based on the chagim, presented by our Shinshiniot, Dani and Shahaf, all 70 of us joined the rest of the school in the atrium for our Simchat Torah celebration. There, we watched an enactment of the wedding ceremony between the Jewish people and Hashem and the Torah.


We also heard a Torah reading by Ben, Grade 11, and Shmuel, Grade 12, at which point our King David musicians began playing and everyone danced together with our school Torah Scrolls.
Maintaining Connections (Jet-Setting with Russ Klein)

Three of my favourite activities are travelling, eating, and visiting with alumni. This past year I have had great fun combining all three – it is a hard life, being a Head of School.
 
Last March, while on our annual Grade 8 Israel Trip, we met for dinner in Tel Aviv with alumni Danielle Ardon and Igal Raich (Class of 2009). They are both working and studying in Israel and having a great time. It was wonderful to treat them to a nice moment – spending time with me!
 
During the summer, while in Israel for an educators’ conference, I had the pleasure of another meal in Tel Aviv with Alex Ferera (Class of 2014), Sari Pullan (Class of 2014) and Shmuel Hart (Class of 2016). Alex and Sari were volunteering with Save a Child’s Heart and Shmuel was on a summer scholarship at the Weizmann Institute. I was struck by their passion for what they were doing in Israel and I could not help but think back to when they were all in Grade 8 and they travelled with me to Israel; they are outstanding global citizens.

Dorin, Igal, Sharon (Igal’s girlfriend), Danielle, Russ, and 
Opher (Danielle’s husband)

Russ with Alex, Sari, and Shmuel

Finally, just last week, I was in Ottawa for the Canadian Association of Independent Schools’ Heads and Chairs Conference, and I had the pleasure of meeting up for dinner with Dahlia James (Class of 2009), Sason Ross (Class of 2012) and Shawn Sanders (Shawn once attended King David and is the older brother of Adam, Class of 2014). Dahlia is starting a law degree, Sason is working on the Hill as a CIJA intern, and Shawn is doing a PhD in Psychology (Adam is attending the UBC Sauder School of Business). Unfortunately, Vivian Grinfeld (Class of 2013) missed us for dinner, but coffee is just as important – Vivian is getting ready to graduate this year at Carlton and is looking into post-graduate work as her next step!
 
I truly am blessed in my role – I get to meet so many wonderful people and watch them grow up. I do have the best job in the world (most days!).

Dahlia, Russ, Sason, and Shawn in Ottawa.

Vivian and Russ 
Discover why so many families choose King David!

If you or someone you know has a child entering Grade 8 through 11 
next year, this evening is not to be missed! 

The King David Open House is one of the best opportunities for prospective parents and students to discover why our families choose King David. During the evening, families will be welcomed by our Head of School, Russ Klein, hear from students and alumni, and explore the school during an interactive tour. In our classrooms, students will be conducting science experiments, debating in Judaic Studies, and making delicious treats for you in the Foods room!

Everyone is welcome! Please share!


Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events


Gesher
Leadership Opportunities 

Wednesdays
Sept. 21 – Dec. 14
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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Interest-Free Student Loans
Hebrew Free Loan Association of Vancouver

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A Memorial for 
Shimon Peres

Thursday, October 27
7:00 p.m.

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Social Skills 101 with Dr. Gail Krivel-Zacks
Jewish Community Centre

Tuesdays
November 1 – December 6
5:00-6:00 p.m.

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How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age
Jewish Community Centre

Thursday, November 3
6:30-8:00 p.m.
 
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The Raid on Entebbe
An Evening with Elite IDF Commander Sassy Reuven

Wednesday, November 9
7:30 p.m.

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Community-Wide Challah Bake

Thursday, November 10
6:30 p.m.

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