Weekly Newsletter – November 3, 2017

November 3, 2017  / 14 Cheshvan 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 5:29 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 6:35 p.m. 
Parsha:  Vayeira: Genesis 18:1 – 22:24

Russ Klein addresses the crowd, sharing the King David difference!

On Thursday night an atrium full of prospective families attended our annual Open House to discover the King David difference. Through our presentation and interactive tours, our guests experienced how King David is filled with students who love to learn, imagine, challenge themselves, and create community; how the school nurtures the qualities that make them individuals, and how we help them find opportunities for excellence – as scholars, athletes, artists, and mensches. A panel of students, Micaela Buchman in Grade 10, Grade 11 students Rebecca Laskin and Noah McNamara, and Grade 12 students Aaron Casseres and Maytar Fadida, answered questions relating to academics, involvement and attending King David in general. To finish of the night,Students in Grades 5, 6 and 7, as well as their parents, had the opportunity to do some hands-on learning with our teachers. One of the highlights of the King David Open House, is the delicious food prepared and served by students from all grades in our Foods program!

Open House marks the kick-off of our 2018 – 2019 enrollment cycle for which we will be accepting applications for Grades 8 through 11. This year, we expect to have limited availability in Grades 8 and 10.  

Our key dates for online application and processing are listed below:

New Student Applications Open: Friday, December 1
Applications Due: Friday, January 8 
Tuition Assistance Applications Due: Friday, January 8 

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Appelbaum in our Admissions office.

King David students guide the exploration with electricity in the Science room

The Miller family welcome Shabbat as they light the candles

Shabbat is always a time for family, and every year we welcome our new Grade 8 families with a special Shabbat Dinner. The atrium was filled with 120 people enjoying a lively Shabbat dinner. The Kiddush and Brachot were led by Grade 8 students, and the evening was made especially meaningful with a short Dvar Torah prepared by Rachel Seguin and Sophie Chelin. Each table discussed questions prepared by Rabbi Berger and the students. Afterwards, parents mingled and slowly left the dinner feeling happy and well-fed. Thank you to our parent volunteers who contributed to making the evening so enjoyable!

The Greenberg family pose for a family photo before lighting candles


L-R: Back row: Flory and Harel Ruhr, Izack Kastiel, Sarah Tedford, Dina Ferera, 
Shira Charach, Rachel Cantor
Front Row: Taylor Williams, Lynne Altow and Arielle Zabek 

Last week, our Psychology class had a guest speaker, Flory Ruhr. She is a King David parent, her son Harel is in Grade 11. Ms. Ruhr is a therapist who deals with eating disorders. We focused mainly on the psychological and physiological motivations of hunger as part of our unit on motivation. Ms. Ruhr spoke with us about anorexia and bulimia and answered our questions about the topics. The presentation was thought-provoking, and it was really interesting to hear and learn from a professional.
~Lynne Altow, Grade 11

Our students are compassionate global citizens and feel passionately about helping those impacted by the recent storms in Mexico and Puerto Rico – so they put together a plan. With Random Acts of Chesed Week coming up in November, they decided it was perfect time to plan a benefit concert to raise funds for those in need. Ben Millman and Maya Rae will be performing, along with our King David Jazz Band and other special guests as their opening act.

We would love for you and your whole family to join us for an evening of fun, music, and snacks on November 19 at 7:00 p.m. This invitation is open to the whole community, so tell your friends and bring them along!

Click here to purchase tickets.


King David extends its sincerest condolences to Rose Marie Glassman and the Glassman family on the passing of their beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Leon and Rose Marie were major supporters of King David and of Jewish education in our community. This is reflected in last year’s establishment of The Leon Glassman Fund for Jewish Continuity through Education at Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation. His many acts of chesed and tzedakah will forever make a difference in our community.

May his memory be for a blessing.

Shabbat Shalom!


Kristallnacht Commemoration

Tuesday, November 5
7:00 p.m.

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Two Views from the Sylvia

November 8 – 12

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Early Years Open House
at VTT

Friday, November 17
9:00 a.m.

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Women’s Personal Safety Workshop

Sunday, November 19
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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Limmud Vancouver

Workshop Proposal Deadline: December 15

Festival: April 14 & 15, 2018

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