Weekly Newsletter – September 15, 2017

September 15, 2017  / 24 Elul 5777

    Shabbat Begins: 7:07 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 8:10 p.m.   
Parsha: Nitzavim-Vayelech: Deuteronomy 29:9 – 31:30
A SUCCESSFUL RETREAT!

An email received from a parent after the retreat confirmed this: "My child said, I feel that I belong to King David and I am looking forward to school tomorrow! You can rest assured you did a GREAT job. Thanks for making such an impact."


Once again, we departed Vancouver on a beautiful day for this retreat. It was spectacular and truly special. The entire process of boarding was effortless – thanks to our Grade 10 students who made a human baggage chain and loaded the 113 or so bags onto the boat!

DAY 1: After reviewing the camp expectations, we all found our cabins, ate lunch and split into our activity groups. At 1:30 p.m. we were off – everyone in their activity group to do one of the camp’s many activities, including Archery, Canoeing, Hiking, Climbing Wall, High Ropes, Low Ropes, and Laser Tag. Sadly, the Aerial Leap was closed for repair and so we could not do the leap of faith.


We had a break (activities last about 90 minutes) for snacks and water (it is hot out!), then another activity, with a 45 minute free time break to rest and wash up, followed by a delicious dinner. 

After dinner, Rabbi led us in Birkat HaMazon, and then while some chose to have free time, others joined Rabbi Berger for a Mincha service.

At around 7:15 p.m. the students gathered in grade groups by gender – the intent was to talk openly and to build bonds between the students by "breaking boundaries" – we are all so much more alike than we are different and this is just one of many specific things we do during the year to try and focus on good character traits (a focus of our weekly TAG program). It seemed to go really well. I cannot tell you about it, you know, "what happens on retreat stays on retreat…" but I looked in on the Grade 9 groups after about 30 minutes and it was going great!

DAY 2: We did not expect to wake up to grey. And cool. As I walked across the camp to waken the sleeping students who were – wait for it -tired after refusing to sleep, the Rabbi was taking about 16 staff and students for the Tefillah early morning hike, which I later heard received 5 "talits" on Trip Advisor. Thankfully, as the morning progressed, grey turned to blue, and cool turned to warm, and tired faces once again turned into smiles.


After a full day of activities, the evening program included an Amazing Race and more Karaoke!

Speaking to the students back at school on Thursday, they feel this was the best retreat yet! David Clark, Grade 10, says the retreat provided the perfect opportunity to spend time outdoors with friends. Ari Linde, also Grade 10, added that the time away gave students the chance to get to know their peers better. 

A group of Grade 8 students shared that what they enjoyed the most was being able to get to know some of the older students and the staff. They all agreed that they feel like "King Davidians" already!



I would like to thank Matt Dichter and Debbie Appelbaum for their outstanding work in organizing this event for us, and to the other amazing staff and two shinshiniot who made this a trip to remember for our students. 

Every year is special, but our staff this year just set such a warm and kind tone with the students and with each other – it was a joy to be part of this group. We have a group of superstars who are so committed to your children – it is a true wow! A final thank you to the Keats Camp staff and to Stacey Kettleman and her sister Renee who once again catered this trip!

~ Russ Klein, Head of School
WALK WITH KING DAVID

Join King David and the Vancouver Jewish Community Delegation at the Walk for Reconciliation 2017 – a unique opportunity for you to make a personal contribution to the reconciliation movement, building better relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.
 

What: Walk for Reconciliation 2017
When: Sunday September 24, 2017 | 9:00 a.m.
Where: Vancouver Public Library Square
(corner of Homer St and West Georgia)
360 W. Georgia
Vancouver, BC

PROJECT ISAIAH: HELP KING DAVID HELP JFSA

With High Holidays approaching, it’s time for Project Isaiah, the Jewish Food Bank’s annual major food drive.


As you know, this annual appeal is critical in helping JFSA collect much needed food for the clients who use the Jewish Food Bank throughout the year, and will result in about 4 months’ worth of provisions.

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  • Bags will be available at King David on Thursday, September 14
  • Food collection will be from September 14 – 30

Shabbat Shalom!

COMMUNITY EVENTS


Selichot Panel Discussion 
Moderated by Rabbi Jonathan Infeld

Saturday, September 16
8:15 p.m.

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Israeli Dance Performance Workshop

September 16 & 17

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High Holidays 
Cemetery Service
30th Anniversary

Sunday, September 24
11:00 a.m.

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March of the Living Info Session

Tuesday, September 26
7:00 p.m.

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ORT Vancouver Gala Luncheon

Wednesday, October 18
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

High Holiday Seats at Beth Tikvah

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