Weekly Newsletter – February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017  /  28 Shevat 5777
Shabbat Begins: 5:30 p.m.       Parsha: Mishpatim
   Shabbat Ends: 6:37 p.m.         Exodus 21:1-24:18 

          After arriving, first stop was Venice Beach for a little LA culture …

Wednesday at 5:45 a.m. on Wednesday, 34 students and five chaperones gathered at the airport for the annual Grade 9 trip to Los Angeles, CA! This trip complements their classroom learning and provides students with the opportunity to explore life and experience Shabbat in a large, vibrant Jewish community.

Each evening, Head of School, Russ Klein, sends parents updates of the day’s activities. Below are excerpts from Days 1 and 2.

Day 1

It has been a lovely day here – the sun has indeed shone and after our arrival and a quick moment to change, we found ourselves on our bus heading to Venice Beach.

For our second stop, we were off to one very odd but remarkable place – the Getty Villa. Basically a very rich man left "oodles" of money (that is a technical term) to build and sustain a Roman Villa. We only spent 45 minutes walking the villa’s grounds, but it is a place out of time, with lots of artifacts and statues – though it is the architecture that is truly unique. And in case you were worried that we had not slipped in any "curricular content," it was at this very site we discussed King Herod, his destruction of the second Temple, and that we have him to thank for expelling Jews from Israel (I am sure there were others that helped).

For a complete account and photos of Day 1, click here.

Day 2

After a morning that featured visits to the Nethercutt Museum and Hollywood Boulevard, it was time for a more educational visit, and we headed to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. We had an introduction in a powerful outdoor space dedicated to the 1.2 – 1.5 million Jewish children estimated to have been murdered in the Holocaust. The space has tiles with different sized holes drilled into them – totalling roughly 1.2 million holes. It is a staggering visual representation of the unimaginable number of lives lost, and, as at the Kotel, one can write a note or a prayer and insert it into one of those holes. From here the students wore headsets and roamed alone through the exhibit, listening to the recordings at different stations. I watched many students’ faces as I listened to the stories, and I could see the raw emotion, the sadness and disbelief. We were then seriously blessed with a survivor story. Dorothy Greenstein held the students captivated for over an hour as she told of her life in Poland from when the Nazis invaded when she was 8 years old to the end of the war. The students were so very respectful of her, and were so appreciative of her sharing her stories with them. It is at those moments that I really see hope in our future, and I am so proud to be with these students.

For a complete account and photos of Day 2, click here.

Lower Mainland #1 Seed in BC Provincials!

Senior Boys Basketball team pictured here with Tournament organizers. Back Row, L-R: Mr. Kinman, Zone Rep, Coach Amram, Daniel, Josh A., Elan, Grade 12, Solly, Grade 10, Matthew, Grade 11, Roi, Grade 10 and Mr. Stoneburgh, Tournament Organizer. Front Row, L-R: Justin, Grade 12, Yuval, Grade 10, and Ben M., Grade 11.

Last night, The King David Senior Boys Basketball team won their first ever Lower Mainland "A" Zone Basketball Championship! Elan and Josh, Grade 12,  were named Tournament All Stars and Solly, Grade 10, received an honorable mention!

The team advances as the Lower Mainland #1 seed to the BC Provincial Championships! Provincials begin on Wednesday, March 8 at the Langley Events Centre. Come out and show your Lions pride! 

Coach Amram says, "Congratulations boys! You competed with great sportsmanship and made us all so proud. For our senior players this has been an amazing five-year journey to this special achievement!"

Team members not in photo: Coach Dichter, Josh B., Joel, Jonathan, Josh M., 
Ben M., Adam C., Grade 12, Aidan, Lior, Grade 11, and Oliver, Grade 8.
Happenings this Week

Gabe, Noah, Adam, Landon, and Thiago, Grade 10, jazz it up in their first gig at the Weinberg Residence! The reviews were excellent and the band was invited back!

Maytar, Rachel, and Leah, Grade 11 – a "just like" family group

This Wednesday, students took part in Pink Shirt Day, a nation-wide day in opposition to bullying. To highlight the familial atmosphere of their school, earlier in the week Student Council created a "pink family photo display" featuring siblings, cousins, and more "just like" family groupings. Our students raised over $300 for CKNW`s Orphan’s Fund which supports anti-bullying programs.
Grease is Coming to King David!

Have you bought your tickets yet? 

Click here to purchase them online or call 604-263-9700 to reserve your seats.

Call for Props

King David’s Grease production is looking for props!
Below is a list of things we still need, accompanied by a link that gives an idea of what we are looking for. Props will be needed from March 10 – 17. If you have any questions or anything to lend us, please e-mail Mr. Rosenberg or feel free to just drop the item at school.

  • Floor Rugs (2 – any style)
  • Night Light (for young woman)
  • Virgin Pin (Like This)
  • Green Sweatsuit (Like This)
  • White Track Suit
  • Car Antenna
  • Record Player (It doesn’t have to work)
  • Old Records
  • Purses (Like This)

Shabbat Shalom!

Community Events

JCC Purim Magic
with Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, March 5
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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Save the Date:
Shalhevet Girls 10th Year Anniversary Gala

Thursday, March 16

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Yom HaShoah
Holocaust Commemorative Evening

Sunday, April 23
7:00 p.m.

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Save the Date:
JNF 2017 Negev Dinner

Sunday, June 4

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