Weekly Newsletter – November 25, 2016

November 25, 2016  /  24 Cheshvan 5777
Shabbat Begins: 4:02 p.m.       Parsha: Chayei Sarah
   Shabbat Ends: 5:12 p.m.         Genesis 23:1-25:18 
Israel – in our Hearts and Prayers

Our hearts and prayers go out to families displaced by the fires threatening their homes and livelihoods. Our students spent time today discussing the situation in Israel. May we see better times soon.
A Week of Chesed

Adam, Adina, Rakeea, and Maytar, Grade 11, clean up Kerrisdale

This year’s RAC Week was planned with heart by our Grade 12 graduating class. Together they met once a month for a year to plan and prepare for this meaningful week, an event that they feel is at the core of King David’s Tikkun Olam. Their vision was to pass on a legacy of Chesed (kindness), and most of all to serve the needs of those less fortunate in our wider Vancouver community.

The students chose the theme of "The Giving Tree," based on Shel Silverstein’s story. They planned an inspirational kick-off morning, which included former alumni speakers, a Grade 12 performance of The Giving Tree, and inspirational videos. Included were videos of RAC activities from both VTT and RJDS. All of this work was done in an effort to share their vision with others.

Together King David, VTT, and RJDS students packed bags of toiletries and necessities which King David students then distributed to the homeless all around the city. Groups of students from all grades bonded in their TAG groups and then came back to discuss the impact of their actions. All around a heartwarming and joyful day!

Noam, Judd, and Joey, Grade 8 collecting food donations for Foodstache

Each day of RAC Week has a different grade out into the community, giving back by volunteering at a variety of organizations, including Louis Brier Residence, Admiral Seymour Elementary, Ronald McDonald House, Quest Outreach, and Salvation Army Harbour Light, to name a few. Thank you King David parents, for all your help with driving our students to their destinations! When students returned, they were treated to a delicious lunch prepared by Foods teacher, Hilit Nurick and her Foods students.

Today, we celebrated a dynamic and meaningful week with a PAC-sponsored barbecue and a hilarious game of Family Feud featuring trivia from the week’s highlights. All in all, an exciting finale to a rewarding week of giving. Now, we are motivated to continue what was started by volunteering at these organizations throughout the year.

Thank you to the Isserow and Collis families for their ongoing support of RAC Week. We are honoured to continue the acts of kindness that were modeled every day by Gabrielle z"l.

"The Circles of Care and Connection program had a pleasant surprise last Friday. Over 20 students and their teachers from King David High School brought donations for our refugee clients. One of the school counsellors stated that they were all very happy to be able to come to the Welcome Centre and see all the wonderful things that the Circles of Care and Connection program does for vulnerable families who come to Canada for safety." 
Anti-Poverty Advocacy in Social Justice

On Thursday, November 24, King David’s Social Justice 12 class was given a special opportunity to reflect on the charity and social justice work that goes into RAC week with a presentation by Penny Goldsmith. Penny Goldsmith is a pioneer activist in BC’s anti-poverty advocacy community. She recently wrote a book called
Storming the Digital Divide, telling stories about an organization that she started and ran for eighteen years called PovNet. PovNet is an online community that "provides online tools that facilitate communication, community, and access to information around poverty-related issues in British Columbia and Canada." Students in Social Justice 12 are preparing reflections about Penny’s presentation and book, some of which will be included in an upcoming edition of the Jewish Independent. 
This Week in Pictures

Ally and Zoe show Tia and teacher Ms. Miller-Bouchard their chopstick skills as part of a unit on international cuisine in French 10.

Devin, Ariel, and Samson, Grade 10, deliver a fun musical presentation.

The Grade 11 students learn strategies to manage stress and anxiety during a workshop presented by Sarah and Shana, experts in this field. 

The Senior Boys Basketball team played their annual scrimmage against St. John’s.

Lynne, Arielle Z., and the rest of the Art 10 class got some feline inspiration at Vancouver’s Catfe.
Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events

JCC Used Book Sale

November 27 –
December 1

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High School Students: Consider a Post-Secondary Gap Year of Yeshiva Study in Israel

Sunday, November 27
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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The Walking School Bus Presents Armchair Travel

Monday, November 28
7:30 p.m.

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Jewish Family Service Agency
Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, November 30
6:30 p.m.

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Get Ready for Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 4
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Tikva Housing Society 
Annual General Meeting

Thursday, December 8
6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Leonard Cohen Tribute Evening

Sunday, December 11
Exhibition 2:00-9:00 p.m.
Presentations 5:00 p.m.

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Shalhevet Open House

Wednesday, December 14
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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