Weekly Newsletter – December 15, 2017

December 15, 2017  / 27 Kislev 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 3:56 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:09 p.m. 
Parsha: Mikeitz: Genesis 41:1 – 44:17

Eighty strong! Our largest gesher chai yet!

On Thursday afternoon, our friends from Har Vagai School boarded a plane back to Israel. The King David students were excited to be able to share their school and city, reciprocating the warm hospitality and exciting learning experiences they loved in Israel when we visited last year.

The days have flown by, with the Israeli students learning about Canada and how different it is to be a Jew in the Diaspora (there are not too many Christmas lights in Israel). The day after they arrived, we celebrated Shabbat together with dinner at school. We were pleased to welcome Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver guests Candace Kwinter, Chair of the Israel and Overseas Affairs Committee, Pam Wolfman, Chair of the Gesher Chai Committee, and If’at Eilon-Heiber, Director of Israel and Overseas Affairs. We also welcomed Executive Director of the Jewish Federation, Ezra Shanken.

Sharing Shabbat traditions

They also spent time touring beautiful Vancouver on cold but sunny days. They visited local Synagogues, Jewish community organizations, Stanley Park, the Aquarium, the Museum of Anthropology, Steveston Pier, Granville Island, and many more fun West Coast locations! The students will certainly return home with a greater understanding of the context and country in which their Canadian peers live.

An added benefit of the timing of this trip was being able to celebrate a few days of Hanukkah together. At the end of each school day, we lit candles together and our guests showed us how it is done in Israel! They certainly brought the spirit of Hanukkah alive for us through their songs and ruach!

We are grateful to the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and the Gesher Chai Committee for their ongoing support, and we will continue to work diligently to ensure that we maximize the potential of this amazing opportunity for students, faculty, and families.

Eitan Sasky, Sophie Chelin, Maya Miller, Estie Kallner, all Grade 8, light candles on the first day of Hanukkah alongside Georgia Krombein, Grade 11.

Hanukkah has truly filled King David with light this year! Beginning with a menorah building workshop last Friday, students were challenged with being as creative as possible while still maintaining the Halachic guidelines for a kosher menorah. The atrium was filled with activity as students combined materials, paint, and glue for an exciting 45 minute menorah creation. On Thursday the winners of the menorah building competition won their own box of delicious sufganiyot, baked in our Foods classes. Thank you to Miki Fadida and his Grade 12 helpers for preparing over 250 pieces of wood!

Our special Hanukkah guests came all the way from Israel and led our school in the lighting of the first candle on Tuesday. On Wednesday, we had Grade 8 students leading us in the brachot, while Ms. Miller-Bouchard’s Grade 10 French class prepared an outstanding video explaining the significance of Hanukkah, in three languages! Then on Thursday, our Grade 9 girls Keren, Jasi and Ilana W. sang the brachot beautifully. Afterwards we were treated to a French version of a cappella group The Maccabeats, accompanied by our King David Jazz Band! So cool! Nobody left unhappy, as each student received their own bag of chocolate gelt! Thank you Richard and Lisa Weidman for sharing the joy of chocolate!

L-R: Jillian Marks, Rebecca Denham, Director of JACS Vancouver, Lauren Shore, 
Ro’i Jankelowitz, and Noah McNamara

On Tuesday, December 12, the Grade 11 students participated in a Wellness Workshop facilitated by JACS (Jewish Addiction Community Service) on the topic of substance and process addictions. Rebecca Denham, Director of JACS Vancouver and Nikki Lee Belleheumer, Registered Clinical Counsellor, led the discussion and clearly answered questions for our students. Nikki exposed myths and facts about substance use, and defined addiction, addictive substances, and addictive behaviours. Students also learned about the phases of use: Abstinence/Recovery, Experimentation, Social/Recreational, Habituation, Abuse, and Addiction. It was a very educational workshop and important concerns were raised and discussed openly.

Vincent Viragh and Lynne Altow role-play a scenario that students then discussed, while Rebecca and Nikki look on, ready to answer questions.

The PE 9 Girls have developed new skills and had a great time bowling and ice skating!

The Chesed Club volunteered this week at the Jewish Food Bank.


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King David, with Vancouver Talmud Torah, is hosting a screening of Screenagers, a film about the impact of the digital age on children and how to help families minimize harmful effects and find balance.

An evening for parents will be held at King David High School on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Attendance is by donation: $10 recommended

Please RSVP by clicking here.

The trailer can be viewed below:

Hanukkah Sameach!


Dreidels and Drinks
Hanukkah Celebration

Tuesday, December 19
7:00 p.m.

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High School Debates

Wednesday, December 20
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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CHW Literary Afternoon

Sunday, January 21, 2018
2:00 p.m.

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