Weekly Newsletter – April 27, 2018

April 27, 2018  / 12 Iyar 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 8:05 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 9:19 p.m. 
Parsha: Acharei-Kedoshim: Leviticus 16:1-20:27

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On Wednesday and Thursday night, the Norman Rothstein Theatre was alive with music as the King David Players presented this year’s theatre production, Beauty and the Beast. Featuring a cast and crew of students from every grade, our actors and musicians brought to life the iconic tale, Beauty and the Beast.

Playing to a full house both nights, the production received rave reviews! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our students. With all the creative commitment and hard work from our cast, crew, and community, we created a fun, joyful musical.

To Krystal Deveau, Johnny Seguin, Richelle Goodwin, Amanda Cameron, Anna-Mae Wiesenthal, Cam Metcalfe, and Ali Margulius, who created the production that involved students from all grades working on stage and behind the scenes – Kol Hakavod!

For a list of cast members click here.

A special thank you to Miki Fadida and Garnet Mindorff for the many hours they spent building the set.

By Russ Klein

As Head of School I recall, in 2015, when this building turned 10 years old, we had a celebration for 10 years on Willow Street. People asked, why? Now, as we celebrate our Bar Mitzvah, I am asked again: why? I know the building does not provide an education; the value of a King David education comes from our people – the staff and students who have filled its halls every day of every year, and from the community that believe in its mission. 

We mean no disrespect to our history, which started in 1986 with Maimonides High School. The opening of this building provided the impetus and opportunity to transform Jewish high school education in Vancouver. Prior to moving to this building, the 14 previous years had approximately 120 graduates. Our 13 years at King David will represent over 440 graduates – add in next year, and we will be close to 500 graduates – and without this building, that simply does not happen. 

So as we say thank you to everyone for their support, with their Board of Trade recognition last week, this is the perfect time to thank Gordon and Leslie Diamond, for without them most of these Jewish high school graduations would never have occurred.


Gordon and Leslie Diamond have a long history of giving to the people of British Columbia through their financial support and personal involvement with many organizations, and they are respected and admired as leading philanthropists in Canada. King David High School on Willow Street exists because of their generosity. This week, they received the prestigious Rix Award for Engaged Community Citizenship, given by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. The award recognizes not only philanthropy, but also participation in society. Gordon and Leslie contribute their talent and time to so many organizations, and we are proud and grateful to be a recipient of their generosity. 

On Friday, King David had its own Pink Shirt day. Led by our Student Council, teachers and students donned pink in many creative and wonderful ways to demonstrate their commitment to keep King David a kind and inclusive space for everyone. Students posted messages on a "pledge wall" to articulate what they would do to ensure bullying was not a part of their school.
As part of the day, the students had an assembly featuring Izzy Kalman, a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who has been working in schools and private practice since 1978. The founder of "Bullies2Buddies", Izzy has developed fun and effective methods that use role playing to teach basic psychological principles for solving bullying, aggression and relationship problems
Our students learned through an entertaining role play between Izzy and Avi Mattuck, Grade 11, the "optical illusion" that causes bullying and how to use the Golden Rule to stop being bullied without anyone’s help. Throwing insults at Izzy, Izzy showed us how anger escalated the bullying, while being nice brought it to an end.

Avi Mattuck, Grade 11, "insults" Izzy during the role play and Avia Kaplan, Grade 8, asks questions after the presentation.

Thank you to Rabbi Shmulik Yeshayahu of the Ohel Ya’akov Community Kollel and the Jewish Federation for bringing Izzy to teach all of us at King David.

This past March, fourteen of our Grade 10 students traveled to Guatemala to volunteer their time at Project Somos, a project dedicated to providing women and children with a safe place to live, practical skills, and support in their community. 

To raise funds for Project Somos, the students are selling bags of Ethical Bean Coffee, which is organically grown and fair trade.

For a description of the coffees being offered, please click here.

To download the order form, please click here.

To purchase coffee online, please click here.

Shabbat Shalom!


Rebellion of Hope
Teen Event for Yom Hashoah

Sunday, April 29
1:00-3:00 p.m.

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Community Kollel presents Izzy Kalman

April 27 and 29

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JCC Open House

Monday, April 30
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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JCC Art Hive

Thursdays, May 3 – June 21
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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The Aleppo Codex
With Professor Menahem 

Saturday, May 5
9:30 a.m.

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JCC Yoga

Sundays, May 6 – June 17

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