Weekly Newsletter – December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017  / 13 Kislev 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 3:58 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:10 p.m. 
Parsha: Vayishlach: Genesis 32:4 – 36:43 

A captivated audience listens to Comic writer, Jonathan Rotsztain

The Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival brings together prominent and emerging Jewish and non-Jewish writers with Jewish interest subject matter in literature, the arts, philosophy, theology, history, and current events to speak during this week-long literary experience. 

King David’s Grade 11 and 12 students appreciated the opportunity to hear from Jonathan Rotsztain, a featured writer from the Festival. Rakeea Chesick-Gordis, Grade 12, said, "I found Jonathan Rotsztain an extremely engaging speaker. It was really interesting to hear how he expresses his Judaism in a way that isn’t through traditional religious practices and rituals, but rather through his art. He also taught us how he creates comics and how he uses them to translate his feelings in a way that he believes is more accessible and relatable. Throughout his presentation he told jokes, asked us trivia (with comic book prizes), and gave us recommendations of other artists to check out. He read us an excerpt from his newest series called "Self-Loving Jew" which is a series of comics about being a secular-cultural Jew in modern times. I will definitely be checking out his work as well as the other artists that he recommended to us!"

The Grade 10 class also had the honour of having author Gavriel Savrit come speak to them about his debut novel, Anna and the Swallow Man, a beautiful novel about a young girl struggling to survive in Poland during the Second World War with some help from the mysterious and magical Swallow Man. Gavriel is a New York-based actor and writer who has performed worldwide, and the students were thrilled with the opportunity to have him as a guest.

Our thanks to Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver for this opportunity!


Since our well-attended Open House on November 2, we have received questions regarding academics and admissions at King David and we thought it might be useful to share the answers with you as you consider high school applications for next year.

King David’s Director of Admissions, Debbie Appelbaum, posed the following questions to Head of School, Russ Klein:
DA: I have received some questions I thought you could answer and that we could share. For example, you did not emphasize King David’s academic outcomes or how our students do at university. Can you speak to that?

RK: Academic outcomes are a given. No school today can be successful if its graduates are not going on to university and doing well once they are there. Our graduates are certainly doing just that. We are interested in a very balanced approach, so that our students are healthy and happy and will lead meaningful lives where their success is not defined only by post-secondary outcomes.

DA: Can you share information about our values with respect to academics and university preparation?

RK: Although this is only our Bar Mitzvah year as a school we do have very solid data that shows how wonderfully our students are performing in high school. We also have anecdotal information on the success of our graduates in their university courses and programs, and, equally important, how well they are doing at making the adjustment to university life.

DA:  Such as…
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Interested in applying? Click here

Applications are completed online and are due by January 12, 2018.

If you have any further questions or need assistance with the application process, please contact Debbie Appelbaum.

We look forward to receiving your application.

Neev Mizrachi, Grade 10, attempts to shave Mr. Metcalfe’s moustache! 

Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness for men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health. Student Council felt that this was an important cause, and that as a school we should raise awareness for these issues. Students and staff were invited to grow moustaches, and a number of them took up the challenge!

On Wednesday at lunch, the participants of Movember auctioned off their moustaches and the the highest bidder did the shaving! The money raised will be donated to the Movember Foundation.

Homework Club is held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:45 – 5:00 p.m. The Learning Lab is filled with students taking advantage of the support provided! 

Congratulations to the Junior Boys Basketball team for an upset win against the Richmond Secondary Colts on Wednesday!

On Thursday, the Music 8 mini-concert rocked the Music Room! This very talented group performed Sam Smith’s "Too Good At Goodbyes", Charlie Puth’s "Attention", and Portugal. The Man’s "Feel It Still".  


King David PAC is generously sponsoring a workshop with Jewish Addiction Community Services on Tuesday, December 5, from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m

Nikki Lee Bellehumeur will be presenting some brief information about what constitutes substance use issues and addiction. She will be covering addictive substances with a focus on alcohol, marijuana, prescription medication, and behavioral addictions surrounding screen time.

Rebecca Denham, Director of JACS Vancouver, will be more specifically addressing the connection between JACS and the Jewish community when it comes to providing support for both adolescents and parents.

Attendance at this event will count towards one PPP hour.

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!


Chanukah Party

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

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Dina Goldstein Exhibit

Reception: December 14
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Exhibit runs to January 20, 2018

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Limmud Vancouver

Workshop Proposal Deadline: December 15

Festival: April 14 & 15, 2018

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