Weekly Newsletter – May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017  /  9 Iyar 5777
Shabbat Begins: 8:18 p.m.       Parsha: Acharei-Kedoshim
   Shabbat Ends: 9:33 p.m.         Leviticus 16:1-20:27
Celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut

Leah, Adina, and Maytar, Grade 11, show the spirit of the day!

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Yom Ha’atzmaut- Wow! What an amazing day full of fun and excitement; the energy in the school was unbelievable!

With balloons, streamers, flags, and decorations everywhere, our annual King David Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration was off to a great start. We had over 150 students from VTT, RJDS, and VHA joining us. Students participated in many different activities set up throughout the school at a variety of stations, all led by our Grade 11 and 12 students, our shinshiniot Dani and Shahaf, and special guests Asaf Cohen and Laen Hershler. There was a Rikudei-am Station, Eurovision Music Station, Israeli Technology Station, and IDF Bootcamp Station, just to name a few. Our students put their heart into making the day special, and they were outstanding hosts to their younger guests.

Outside was where the festival was happening: bouncy castles, popcorn, cotton candy, the Hillel and NCSY booths, as well as cookie decorating and face painting.

The King David PAC parents and Hummus Express prepared an absolutely delicious falafel lunch, which everyone loved! Thank you PAC for providing an excellent meal for over 500 people!

After lunch, we gathered in the atrium to say goodbye to our elementary school guests with some dancing and yummy truffles covered in blue and white sprinkles. Thank you to Hilit Nurick and her hardworking Foods students!

The afternoon was special King David student time. They had an hour outside on the bouncy castles to themselves (so cool) and then we gathered once again for an incredible viewing of "Chopped Canada – King David Edition" and "Lip-sync Battle." Both competitions were the highlight of the day for everyone, and the competitive spirit was at an all-time high! Congratulations to Christi Bauck and her sous chef, Ben Mizrachi, Grade 11, for winning "Chopped" in just 30 minutes. Mr. Gorski and Ms. Cameron pulled off hilarious performances as rock-stars during the "Lip-sync Battle"!

It was a truly great celebration! Thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated, and especially to our students who worked so hard to make it a success.

Todah Rabah to our sponsors:
Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, Vancouver Talmud Torah, Richmond Jewish Day School, NCSY, and Torah High.

Remembering the Fallen

On Monday, the day before the celebrations of the 69th 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.

Our Shinshiniot, Dani and Shahaf, planned a meaningful and moving ceremony. They worked with the students who led the assembly – Prielle, Grade 8, Ana Clara and Jessie, both Grade 9, Hannah and Leora, both Grade 10, Eytan, Shmuel, and Lis, all Grade 12 – and everyone was moved by their words and songs. A special thank you to shinshin, Dana, for sharing her family’s story of losing a brother and uncle.

Dani began the assembly with these words: "Yuval Haiman was born in Jerusalem on June 16, 1993. He died in a military operation on July 21, 2014 at the age of 21.
On the Memorial Day, a year before he fell, he wrote: ‘In one minute – 60 seconds – so many different things happen… and there are so many different thoughts. In 60 seconds, a whole life can change… one minute when no one is in a rush and everyone stands at attention, one minute that keeps the world from its disagreements and the nation of Israel is one and united, a minute that we all give in honour of the fallen soldiers, which is why we are here: when the siren is heard, I wish that this minute was more than one minute....’" 

Click here to read Yuval’s full poem.

Dani invited all to rise for a minute of silence in memory of the soldiers who lost their lives while protecting Israel, and the people killed in terror attacks. 

We were also honoured to have two soldiers, Yishai Edelman and Ariel Steiner, participate in the ceremony. Yishai and Ariel are combat soldiers in the Hesder Yeshiva program.

Yishai lights one of the six yarzheit candles.

A Living Bridge

At the community-wide Yom Hazikaron ceremony hosted by the Jewish Federation, Adi, Grade 8, represented King David and took part in a ceremony recognizing the 20th anniversary of the death of 73 soldiers in a tragic helicopter crash close to our sister school in Israel, Har Vagai. This year, while in Israel, 52 Grade 8 students from King David and 26 students from Har Vagai visited the Helicopter Crash Memorial site close to the school. There, students from both schools read a poem written by one of the soldiers killed in the crash, Erez Shtrack. The poem is called "Nothing Will Harm Me." 

King David - Har Vagai

Ignite! Youth-Driven Arts Festival

"In To" by Talia Buchman
Two students from the senior Visual Arts class will be showing original work in the Ignite! Youth Arts Festival at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre. This youth-run jury selected pieces by Josh Bergida, Grade 11, and by Talia Buchman, Grade 12, from dozens of entries received from across the Lower Mainland. This is the third year King David students have shown their work in this popular festival – kol ha’kavod!

"Free Speech" by Josh Bergida

The exhibition runs from May 3 until May 20, in The Cultch lobby. For more information about Ignite! click here.
Hasta Pronto, Vianney and Welcome, Noy!

We have a staff change in our Development team. Vianney Cabrera will be leaving us to travel for five months before she gets married in Mexico in October! We are sad to say goodbye and wish her and Scott "muchas felicidades" as they begin their lives together.

Joining the team is King David graduate, Noy (Ziv) Mika! Welcome back, Noy!

I was born Israel and immigrated with my family to Vancouver when I was 12. I graduated from King David in 2009, and went on to complete my BA in Sociology at UBC. I love to travel, swim, dance, and hike. In 2014, I embarked on a 13-day trek to Everest Base Camp. It was an incredible experience! I recently got married in Israel and moved back with my husband after being away for a year. I am very excited to be back in this amazing school, and look forward to meeting all the wonderful members of our community.

Happenings This Week

The Senior Girls Soccer team continues to have a strong season. On Wednesday they won their game against Ecole De Pionniers in Port Coquitlam. Way to go team!

The Grade 8 boys had a blast in the 20 degree sunshine on Thursday playing mini golf at the Musqueam Golf Center.  
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Shabbat Shalom!

Community Events

Itamar Erez 
with guest Hamin Honari

Saturday, May 6
8:00 p.m.

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VTT’s "Big Night Out"

Sunday, May 7
7:30 p.m.

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UBC Hillel First Year Forum

Sunday, May 7
11:00 a.m. – 1:00p.m.

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Volunteer for the Provincial Election

Until May 9

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Proactive Parenting Through a Jewish Lens

May 10 & 11

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JCC Festival Ha’Rikud

May 11 – 14
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 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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Israel Advocacy Symposium

Sunday, May 28
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Celebrating Israel & Canada

May 2017

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