Weekly Newsletter – March 23, 2018

March 23, 2018  / 7 Nissan 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 7:12 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 8:19 p.m. 
Parsha: Tzav: Leviticus 6:1-8:36

The final day in Tel Aviv

Since last week’s newsletter, our Grade 8 students had a thrilling – and very busy – final few days in Israel before making the long journey back to Vancouver on Thursday.

Day 7

After a wonderful Shabbat and weekend with their host families, the students met up with their King David chaperones to head out on a Jeep ride through the Golan, up to Kibbutz El Rom and then to Mount Bental.

Then it was back to Har Vagai for a final afternoon together, before the kids went to their last night with their host families.

For a full account of Day 7, click here.

Days 8 and 9

After a final goodbye to their Har Vagai friends, the students headed off to Caesarea National Park on the Mediterranean coast to see the ancient ruins built around 25-13 BCE. Then it was off to the Bedouin tent where they spent the night – but not before they had a camel ride!

At 4:00 a.m. the next morning the kids were up, ready to head out and hike up Masada to see the beautiful sunrise.  

For a full account of Days 8 and 9, click here.

Day 10

A meaningful visit at the Kotel

On their final day in Israel, our Grade 8s had the opportunity to visit the Old City and the Kotel, spending time at the wall and taking a moment for reflection.

Then they headed off to Tel Aviv, where they did some shopping at the Carmel Market and got to visit the Palmach Museum to learn about some of Israel’s unique history.

For a full account of Day 10, click here.

A heartfelt thank you to the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and to the Gesher Chai Committee for their generous support.

At my seder, I want to talk about the big ideas of Pesach! I want to explore its major themes, and think about what they mean for me, and my family, today. If I don’t get to do that, what’s the point? If you spent your whole time discussing why there are four sons, or who this year is going to win the Stanley Cup (sorry for rubbing it in, Canucks fans) you kind of missed the point.

So let’s ask: what are the major themes, the BIG IDEAS of Pesach – the ones you have to relate to at the seder? You might say freedom and you would not be wrong, but it was not just about us leaving, but how we left. What actually happens is, when Pharaoh refuses to let the people go, God sends a plague. And then another, and another, until finally Pharaoh gives the Israelites the green light. 

Click here to read the full message.

Our Senior Boys Basketball team

Congratulations to the Senior Boys Basketball team for winning the Lower Mainland "A" Zone Champions for the second straight year. The boys advanced to the BC Provincial Championships where they finished in seventh place out of 16 teams at the tournament, our highest result ever.

The Junior Boys Basketball team won their second straight GVISAA championship this season! Oliver Munt was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and Izzy Freedman was a first team all-star.

The Senior Girls Basketball team made it to the GVISAA Senior Girls quarter finalsfinishing in sixth place out of 14 teams this year. 
The Junior Girls Basketball team made it to the GVISAA Junior Girls quarterfinals, making huge progress this year.
A huge thank you to all of the coaches from this year, including King David staff Mr. Amram, Mr. Atkinson, and Mr. Dichter, as well as parents Mr. Cantor, Mr. Millman, and Ms. Rozen-Delman – we couldn’t have improved as much as we did without your dedication to our student athletes!

On Tuesday, Deborah Lyons, the Canadian Ambassador to Israel, gave two separate presentations to our Grade 11 and Grade 12 classes. The students were very engaged, and asked Ambassador Lyons some excellent questions!

The Grade 10 PE classes hiked Quarry Rock at Deep Cove on Wednesday.

L-R: Lauren Shore, Grade 11, Camille Millman, Grade 10, Dina Ferera, Grade 11, Director of Development Esther Mogyoros, and Giovanna Markman, Grade 11.

The King David Chesed Club – with some extra help from our Director of Development, Esther Mogyoros – volunteered at the Jewish Food Bank on Thursday.

King David’s production of Disney’s
Beauty and the Beast Jr. needs your help!
Below is a list of props and costume pieces that we need, and some are accompanied by a link that gives an idea of what we are looking for. If you have any questions or anything to lend us, please e-mail Ms. Deveau.

  • Antlers (fake or real)
  • Doll (baby)
  • Old books
  • Old serving trays
  • Cardboard
  • Black and white feathers
  • Candles (thick)
  • Lever
  • Stuffed duck
  • Old tubing (like this)
  • Dining chair
  • Trolley
  • Fake cobwebs
  • Old rolling chair
  • Milk bottles (like Avalon brand)
  • Two big chairs (like this – antlers not required)
  • Hula hoop
Costume Pieces:
  • White button-down shirts (that can be distressed/dirtied)
  • Vests (suit and lumberjack-style)
  • Aviator goggles
  • Scrap fabric
  • Leather belts
  • Two cloaks
  • Long black jacket
  • Beast mask and wig
  • Top hat
  • Aprons/tea towels
  • Men’s tube socks
  • Mask (like this)

Chag Pesach Sameach!


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