Weekly Newsletter – November 24, 2017

November 24, 2017  / 6 Kislev 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 4:03 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:13 p.m. 
Parsha:  Vayeitzei: Genesis 28:10 – 32:3 

Grade 8 students after volunteering at Covenant House. Could their smiles be any bigger!?

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Random Acts of Chesed Week was planned with heart by our Grade 12 students. Together they met once a month for a year to plan and prepare for this meaningful week, an event that they feel is at the core of King David’s Tikkun Olam. Their vision was to pass on the legacy of Chesed (kindness) demonstrated every day by Gabi Isserow z"l, and to serve the needs of those less fortunate in our wider Vancouver community.

They also wanted to highlight mental health, and selected the theme of "Turning the stigma of mental health inside out", referencing the Pixar movie, Inside Out. They planned an inspirational kick-off morning, which included speakers Marcos Mogyoros, a King David alumnus and close friend of Gabi, and Andrea Paquette from Stigma Free Zone, along with some inspirational videos.

After successfully reaching their goal of performing 1,000 mitzvot around the city on Kick-off Friday, each day this week a different grade headed out into the community, giving back by volunteering at a variety of organizations, including Louis Brier Residence, Mount Pleasant Elementary School, Covenant House, Quest Outreach, Salvation Army Harbour Light, and Union Gospel Mission, to name a few. Thank you King David parents, for all your help with driving our students to their destinations! 

When students returned, they were treated to a delicious lunch prepared by Foods teacher, Hilit Nurick, and her Foods students. They also spent time together reflecting on their experiences and sharing, by group, where they had volunteered and the impact it had on them and on others. Below find a video the students made to recognize the end of RAC Week and our focus on "Turning the stigma of mental health inside out".

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Today, we celebrated a dynamic and meaningful week and hosted a Chesed Fair, where students could select and attend a short information session on a variety of organizations like Canucks Autism Network, Yaffa House, Bead for Life, Learning Buddies Network, and Holocaust Survivors Support, with whom they could volunteer. It was an exciting finale to a rewarding week of giving! Now, we are motivated to continue the Chesed that was started this week by volunteering at these organizations throughout the year.

Thank you to the Isserow and Collis families for their ongoing support of RAC Week. We are honoured to continue the acts of kindness that were modeled every day by Gabrielle z"l.

Concert organizers, Leah Weidman and Maytar Fadida, welcome the crowd.

Despite the torrential downpour on Sunday night, we had an amazing turn-out for the King David High School Benefit Concert. Over 200 people attended a wonderful evening of jazz and rock, raising money for storm relief in Mexico and Puerto Rico. With an air of anticipation in a candle-lit atrium, the King David Jazz and Rock Bands – Devin Gorski, Adam Rosengarten, and Landon Slobin on guitar, Gabe Stern on keyboard, Jonny Malowicki and Music Teacher Johnny Seguin on drums, and vocalists Micaela Buchman and Jillian Marks – rocked the house. Our feature band, Benjamin Millman and Maya Rae, known as Just Cuz , was such a pleasure to hear, and we were so lucky to have them! It was an evening of high quality music performances and so much fun!

Micaela Buchman sings "Summertime", accompanied by the King David Jazz Band

Maya Rae and Benjamin Millman – Just Cuz

Last school year, Grade 12 students Milena Markovich and Jaqueline Belzberg worked with the staff of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre and served as docents for an exhibit at King David. They were invited to the VHEC’s Special Evening to share this meaningful experience.

A VHEC staff member says, "King David High School students Milena Markovich and Jacqueline Belzberg wowed us with their understanding and reflections. Their leadership involvement in guiding fellow students through the VHEC exhibition "In Defiance: Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust", was impressive and I think you will agree, gives us hope for the future." 

The Annual General Meeting of the King David Board of Directors provided an opportunity for us to extend sincere appreciation to the outgoing members of our Board – Andrew Altow, Lindsay Isserow, and Marcus Stiller – who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the school. Also retiring was longtime Board President, and current Past President, Ari Shiff, whose volunteerism and leadership has been so instrumental to our school’s success. We sincerely thank all four of these "mensches" for their stewardship of King David and their constant efforts to support and grow our community high school.

We are also delighted to extend a warm welcome to the incoming members Joel Kallner, Jonathan Leipsic, and Brett Sandler.

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!


Used Book Sale

November 26 – 30
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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