Weekly Newsletter – January 26, 2018

January 26, 2018  / 3 Shevat 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 4:41 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:52 p.m. 
Parsha: Beshalach: Exodus 13:17 – 17:16
WHAT A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION!


On Saturday evening, 250 people came together to celebrate Russ Klein’s 10 years as King David’s Head of School. After a moving Havdalah ceremony led by Rabbi Berger, Jillian Marks, Sam Shuster (both in Grade 11) and Music teacher, Johnny Seguin, our Co-Presidents of the Board of Directors, Natalie Rosengarten and Jackie Cristall Morris, said a few words and presented Russ with a beautiful Havdalah Set and Tzedakah Box. 

Jackie Cristall Morris and Natalie Rosengarten present Russ Klein
with the meaningful gifts

"Havdalah is about separations. We separate between light and dark, today and tomorrow, and holy and ordinary. There was no coincidence in our choice to celebrate Russ and his 10 amazing years at King David with a Havdalah ceremony. Russ embodies the characteristics and fundamentals of a Jewish school, and he has separated King David from being a mundane high school into something truly unique. 

There is nothing ordinary about our fierce leader. He is dedicated, a game changer, and not just any Head of School. He has facilitated tremendous growth in our school, and he has grown with us. He has made an enormous impact, not just on our school, but on the greater Vancouver Jewish community as well. Russ leads with heart and soul and his dedication to the kids separates him from the norm. Russ is our conductor and he has set an incredible stage for our kids to shine and then soar on their own." 
~ Jackie Cristall Morris and Natalie Rosengarten, Co-Presidents, Board of Directors

Russ Klein with Laurie and Mark Zlotnik

Mark Zlotnik, President of the King David Board of Directors when Russ began his journey here, shared a little school history and how under Russ’s leadership, he has positioned the school to take its unique place alongside Vancouver’s best independent schools.

As always, Russ had the last word!

"I would sincerely like to tell you how much I appreciate all of you being here. After news of this event came out I was asked if I was leaving or retiring – when I indicated I was not, in typical Jewish fashion I was asked "Nu, why the celebration?"
 
I asked if I could say a few words tonight simply so I could say what an absolute honour it has been for me to be here. The opportunity to be the Head of School of King David has given me way more than I have given to it. I have been given the gift of community, of personal Jewish learning, of gratitude – I could not have asked for more. So to our parents, current students, and alumni – my sincerest thanks for your support.
 
To everyone: please know that I am so appreciative of all of this fuss – and I look forward to our having lots more fuss in May at our King David Bar Mitzvah Celebration – and to many more years of fun and growth together."
~  Russ Klein, Head of School
STANDWITHUS

L-R: Ben Mizrachi, Maytar Fadida, Leah Weidman, and Ya’el Rai-Kastiel, all Grade 12

"This past weekend, we had the opportunity to represent King David as interns at the International StandWithUs conference in Los Angeles. StandWithUs is an international, non-profit, non-partisan Israel education organization dedicated to educating others about Israel in order to achieve peace. Throughout the weekend, we heard from a wide range of exceptional speakers. We engaged in thought-provoking discussions and met fellow advocates from North America, the UK, and Israel. We learned more about the realities of the BDS movement, and what university may look like next year as students that are pro-Israel. We took various workshops that taught us how to defend the country in an effective manner, both on campus and in the future. A speaker that stood out to us was Hussein Aboubakr, who spoke about his journey to find the truth about Israel after growing up as a Muslim in Egypt. As interns, we are excited to bring the knowledge gained from this conference to educate our fellow students through various programs this year. Our next event will be held on January 31 to learn about the environment and agriculture in Israel in honour of Tu B’Shevat."
~ Ben Mizrachi, Maytar Fadida, Leah Weidman, and Ya’el Rai-Kastiel
HAPPENINGS THIS WEEK


The Grade 10 Girls PE class warmed up on their way to the Richmond Oval.


Members of the Chesed Club (Dina Ferera, Rachel Cantor, Emma Cooper, Giovanna Markman, and Tia Sacks, all Grade 11) volunteered at the Jewish Food Bank on Thursday. 


The Grade 8 Boys PE class went bowling on Monday, and had an amazing time!

Shabbat Shalom!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

The Walking School Bus:
Searching for Jugaard

Searching for inventive and scalable grassroots ideas that can empower communities to face and solve the educational challenges in their own backyard. 

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Parents Altogether
Winter Series

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Share the Journey
An Evening of Inspiration

Tuesday, February 6
6:30 p.m.

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