Weekly Newsletter – April 7, 2017

April 7, 2017  /  11 Nisan 5777
Shabbat Begins: 7:35 p.m.       Parsha: Tzav
   Shabbat Ends: 8:44 p.m.         Leviticus 6:1-8:36 
Another Successful Mifgash!

Our largest delegation ever visits the Kotel in Jerusalem

Since last week’s update in the newsletter, the group has been on a jeep ride through the Golan, left the Etzba HaGalil, and headed south. Along the way they have:
  • Visited the Roman ruins at Caesaria
  • Enjoyed the Israeli sunshine and Mediterranean at Herzliya
  • Slept in a Bedouin tent, ridden camels, and enjoyed a Bedouin dinner
  • Ascended Masada at sunrise
  • Floated in the Dead Sea
  • Recited Shehecheyanu on Mount Scopus as they entered Jerusalem
  • Shopped at the Malcha Mall
  • Toured the Old City and visited the Kotel
  • Lunched (and shopped) at the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv
  • Visited Independence Hall and the Palmach Museum
  • Visited the Yafo port
A very busy three days! After touring with 52 students, a smaller group of 38 students and four chaperones arrived back in North America late Thursday evening and will have the Pesach break to get over their jet lag! Fourteen students and two chaperones remained in Israel with family/friends (many students were joined by their Vancouver families).

Happy students wait for the jeep ride to begin

The 27-strong King David camel train

Watching the spectacular sunrise on Masada

A few final words of gratitude (as taken from Head of School Russ Klein’s daily blog):

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 (and the JFGV helped more by providing additional support to families requiring additional financial assistance). In addition, I want to acknowledge the Betty Averbach Foundation, who also help by providing additional financial support to our students for this trip. 
Also, none of this happens without the incredible work and care of Dorin Eilon-Heiber, who not only organized the mifgash on our behalf, but also was the Mama Bear for all of us here in Israel – Dorin is our heart and we could not do it without her. Special thanks, too, to the hardworking chaperones Matt Dichter, Lu Winters, Aron Rosenberg, and Esther Mogyoros. 
Finally, my priority every year is that the kids will fall in love with Israel (and Israelis) and from what I have observed, once again I get to go home extremely happy (and as per usual, equally exhausted). 

Floating in the Dead Sea

For a full account of Day 7, click here.

For a full account of Day 8, click here.
For a full account of Day 9, click here.

For a full account of Day 10, click here.

Chag Pesach Sameach

Isidor I. Rabi, the Nobel laureate in physics, once commented about his success. He answered that while every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask their child after school about what they learned that day. But his mother always asked him if he had asked a good question that day.
Mah Nishtanah: The  four questions in which a child remarks on how very different this night seems from others during the year. Our children notice that there’s something out of the ordinary going on tonight and they want to understand it. In a sense, these questions create the opportunity for a story – a story that we will soon tell. But Mah Nishtanah isn’t yet the story. It is a precursor to it. The story we tell is going to be couched as an answer to a set of questions. This question-and-answer format is a pedagogical model that the Rabbis lay out in the Talmud. We, as parents, have an obligation to tell the story of the Exodus to our children. But the Rabbis knew that the best way to engage children is to first give them the opportunity to ask their own questions. So these four questions give the children a chance to do just that – help them get engaged in the story we’re about to tell.
But what happens if we let them loose to ask more than four questions? How about a lot more than four? Well, the answer to that question has resulted in a book we created with our Grade 12 students. For a copy, click HERE.

In order to leave a lasting impression, we seek to excite and challenge our teens to ask their own questions and seek out their own answers. But these questions are not designed to show how smart they are or how clever the material is, but instead are questions that are meant to open up room for dialogue, understanding, and conversation. Our hope is that the questions in our book and the different answers the questions generate should enhance the conversations at your table. Many of them are great conversation starters for the group with whom you will be sharing this year’s Seder.
The Lubavitch Haggadah suggests that the questions of a child find a special echo in heaven. May your Seders be blessed with questions that transform this a night to an experience different than all other nights.
Have a Happy, Kosher and Meaningful Passover. 
`~ Rabbi Stephen Berger and the staff of King David High School

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Pesach Sameach!

Community Events

Or Shalom 
Spring Community Celebration

Saturday, April 22
7:30 p.m.

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Yom HaShoah
Holocaust Commemorative Evening

Sunday, April 23
7:00 p.m.

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All Candidates Meeting

Tuesday, April 25
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

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Tea with Cambridge
Admissions Info Session

Monday, May 1
4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

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Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut 
with The Jane Bordeaux Band

Monday, May 1
7:30 p.m.

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VTT’s "Big Night Out"

Sunday, May 7
7:30 p.m.

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Louis Brier Mother’s Day Tea

Wednesday, May 17
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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JNF 2017 Negev Dinner

Sunday, June 4

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