Weekly Newsletter – April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018  / 28 Nissan 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 7:44 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 8:54 p.m. 
Parsha: Shemini: Samuel 6:1-19

Nathan Guez and Sarah Tedford stand in silence with Dr. Peter Seudfeld. 

On Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), we pause to remember the six million Jewish men, women, children and countless others who were brutally murdered as a result of the atrocious actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its collaborators.

Students entered the atrium silently grade by grade, taking a seat and waiting for the Yom Hashoah ceremony to begin. Yahrtzeit candles were lit by Holocaust survivor, Peter Seudfeld, and Grade 11 students, and were walked down the path between the chairs and placed on a table at the front. Thank you to Cantor Yaakov Orzech for his beautiful and heart-wrenching chanting of "El Malei Rachamim". 

Cantor Orzech chants "El Malei Rachamim" and Ally Lutrin introduces Dr. Seudfeld

The assembly was led by Grade 11 students and the atrium was filled with a reflective and sombre silence as we listened to the experiences of Dr. Peter Seudfeld. He was born in Budapest in 1935. In 1942-43 his father was taken to do forced labour and later to Mathausen. In 1944, his mother was deported to Auschwitz, and Peter was hidden in a Red Cross orphanage using Christian identity papers. His mother died in Auschwitz but his father survived. He was liberated by the Russians in 1945, and immigrated to Canada in 1972. Dr. Suedfeld is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the strengths of people as they cope during and after experiencing extreme, unusual, challenging, and traumatic events and environments. He has also engaged in a series of studies on survivors of genocide and persecution. 

On this day, and every day, we must recommit ourselves to preserving the memory of all that was lost, share the stories of survivors, and keep alive the lessons of the Shoah. We must always speak out against antisemitism, racism, hate, and bigotry in all its forms. #NeverAgain #NeverForget

Thank you to Jewish History teacher Anna-Mae Wiesenthal for organizing such an impactful and meaningful assembly.


Our community is invited to view the outstanding work produced by students as part of a Grade 11 Jewish History project on the Holocaust. Each student selected and viewed a video of a Holocaust survivor’s testimony and chose a specific aspect of the testimony that stood out for them – something that they wanted to share with others – and chose an artistic medium with which to convey their story. Their original artwork is on display on the main floor of King David all next week.

King David extends its sincerest condolences to Frances and the Belzberg family on the passing of their beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Mr. and Mrs. Belzberg were founders of King David and passionate supporters of Jewish education in our community. Mr Belzberg’s many acts of chesed and tzedakah extend beyond Vancouver and will forever make a difference in many communities.

May his memory be for a blessing.

On Thursday, King David students and staff joined Canadians across the country,
trading in their weekday outfits for sports jerseys to show support for the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. 

Shayna Lenett, a member of the Social Justice class, invited us all to take a minute out of the day to commemorate the Humbolt Broncos who were lost in a fatal crash last week. She said, "The outpouring of support from Canadians and citizens around the world reminds us of the importance of community. This tragic accident could have happened to anyone, and we would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the survivors, friends, and family members that were affected. Please join us in a moment of silence to remember the Humbolt team as well as other children and adults around the world that lost their lives or suffered due to the events this week."

The King David community brought in donations to send to the GoFundMe page set up to provide financial support to those impacted by this tragedy.

Grade 8 students Erica Forman, Adi Gortler, Maddy Stern, Miya Markovich, and 
Maya Mizrachi show their support

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Join us for an evening filled with delicious food, music, dance, and lots of laughs! Our 10 year celebration received rave reviews, and we know that our Bar Mitzvah will keep you entertained and well fed!

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King David’s production of Disney’s
Beauty and the Beast Jr. needs your help! If you have any questions or anything to lend us, please e-mail Ms. Deveau.

Props and Costume Pieces still needed:
  • old lamps
  • standing mirror
  • logs (firewood)
  • PVC pipe (2 meters 2.5" diameter)
  • vintage rugs 
  • old tubing (from a vacuum cleaner for example)
  • faux fur throw/blanket
  • mechanical materials (i.e. gears, etc.) 
  • swimming or aviator goggles 
  • candelabra
  • doll that looks like a baby and is the size of a baby
  • old books 
  • white button-down shirts
  • fake cobwebs

Shabbat Shalom!


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