Weekly Newsletter – November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017  / 28 Cheshvan 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 4:10 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:19 p.m. 
Parsha:  Toldot: Genesis 25:19 – 28:9

An energetic music-and-dance-filled welcome from Grade 12 students this morning!
Thank you Leah Weidman, Adina Kline, Aidan Garfield (our mascot!), Ben Mizrachi, 
and Maytar Fadida.

Today, King David kicked off its annual Random Acts of Chesed (RAC) Week. This special week is inspired by Gabrielle Isserow z"l’s commitment to always doing good deeds. Through the leadership and dedication of our staff, and the generous support of donors to the Gabrielle Isserow z"l Chesed Fund, random acts of kindness continue to be at the core of all we do. This year, our Grade 12 students felt it was important that RAC Week pay tribute to Gabi Isserow’s life. 

Our theme for RAC Week is: "Turning mental health stigma inside out" and the students have chosen to use the movie, Inside Out, as way to communicate this theme.

Thank you to Aaron Casseres and Ben Mizrachi, who emceed the morning program, and to Leah Weidman and Jack Pekarsky for the video introducing the theme.

RAC Week 2017-Mental Health (1)
At the Kick-Off Ceremony we had two special guest speakers:
Marcos Mogyoros, a good friend of Gabi Isserow from their days together at Talmud Torah and King David, spoke about who she was and why she continues to be an inspiration for us today. He said, "Gabi’s legacy is one of kindness, generosity, and selflessness. I think if we were all a little bit more like Gabi, we could take some serious steps to making the world a better place. So as you are out there performing acts of kindness, make sure you think of others, think about how you are making the world a better place, think of Gabi. I can promise you that she would be proud."
Andrea Paquette from the Stigma-Free Zone gave an enlightening and informative presentation on the importance of self-care and mental health for teens. She shared her story of having bipolar disorder, taking us on her journey from psychosis to diagnosis, and on to where she is today. She stressed that it is essential that we create awareness of the stigmas that exist in society to help everyone develop an understanding of the challenges many people face in their lives, and how important it is for us to work together to foster acceptance of ourselves and others.

Andrea Paquette
Marcos Mogyoros, Class of 2008

Afterwards, students spread out throughout the city, determined to achieve the goal of  of performing 1000 mitzvot by playing the Random Acts of Chesed (kindness) Scavenger Hunt.

Thanking our First Responders

On their return, they were treated to a BBQ lunch provided by PAC, and then met for a fun finale before going home for the weekend. Thank you to all our parent volunteers for the delicious lunch!

Stay tuned for more RAC updates next week!

Our Chesed Club held a very successful food drive! They collected more than 10 large boxes and bags full of non-perishable food items! These have already been given to those in our community who need it the most. The group also volunteer at the Food Bank, assisting with the sorting and organizing of food.

Kol hakavod and todah rabah to staff, Coral Kasirer and Richelle Goodwin, and to our student volunteers, Ilana Guez, Jasi and Indy Layton, Alex and Nicky Scher, and Moselle Levy, for getting up early before school started to help out!


At the request of the school, past parents Deborah Youngson and Pam Wolfman hosted dinners in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv for King David alumni who are living or studying in Israel.

Alex Monchamp and Russ Klein had the pleasure of chatting with both dinner groups via Facetime! This group was joined by alumni parents Cheryl Milner and Elaine Stein, as well as former King David staff member Sharon Dwek. Sounds like everyone had a good time!

Dinner in Jerusalem:

L-R Back Row: Shmuel Hart, Yannay Kaplan, and Shmuel Rosenblatt 
Front Row: Talya Belson, Ruth Hamui (red), Leeor Burton, Bayle James, and Kira and Aria Smordin
Gil Ashkenazy had to leave before the photo, as did our oldest (and we mean that kindly) alumni present, Nicole Grubner.

Dinner in Tel Aviv:

L-R Back Row: Eli Friedland, Sophie Mivasair, Jenna Stein, Igal Raich, Jonny Raich, Michelle Nifco, and three former community Shinshiniot: Dani Favel, Dana Salman, 
and Shahaf Shama  
Front Row: Davina Milton and Elizabeth Rachlin 

Click here to purchase tickets for Sunday!

We would love for you and your whole family to join us for an evening of fun, music, and snacks!

This invitation is open to the whole community, so tell your friends and bring them along!


King David is hosting two screenings of Screenagers, a film about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help families minimize harmful effects and find balance.

A student screening will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2017.

A screening for parents will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2017.

For a parent guide on talking to teenagers about technology, please click here

Stay tuned for more details!

Shabbat Shalom!


Women’s Personal Safety Workshop

Sunday, November 19
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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Used Book Sale

November 26 – 20
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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RJDS Open House

Wednesday, November 29
9:30 a.m.

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Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 10
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Limmud Vancouver

Workshop Proposal Deadline: December 15

Festival: April 14 & 15, 2018

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