Weekly Newsletter – May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018  / 19 Iyar 5778

    Shabbat Begins: 8:16 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 9:31 p.m. 
Parsha: Emor: Leviticus 21:1-24:23

We tend to think of math as a series of numbers and symbols on paper, often preceding a list of multiple-choice answers intentionally presented to confound you. Working to  change the perception of math only happening in a classroom to being a part of our everyday lives, our Grade 8 students embarked on the task of creating their very own pop-up Math Museum. They were given the opportunity to choose a topic of interest to them that has a component of mathematics in it. 

Students discovered math could be found in sports, including soccer, hockey, dance, football, and gymnastics. Through games, they were able to explore mathematical logic and strategies and had displays on Monopoly, Rummikub, Backgammon, and stick puzzles. The role of math in art, architecture, space, the kitchen, the city, and nature was demonstrated as well. They discovered that math is everywhere around us, and it’s beautiful.


Ava Katz lights a candle with a Holocaust survivor

On Wednesday, a group of Grade 11 students attended the annual VHEC Holocaust Symposium at Beth Israel Synagogue. King David was one of 18 schools that attended! The full-day program included a lecture by UBC history Professor Chris Friedrichs, a short film on genocide, and the incredible opportunity to hear several Holocaust survivors tell their remarkable stories of survival. The program concluded with a meaningful panel experience, during which students were given the opportunity to ask questions. This was followed by a candle lighting ceremony. The King David students agreed that this was a moving and meaningful experience. They learned and listened alongside fellow Grade 11 students who were from all different parts of British Columbia, most of whom were not Jewish.
 ~ Tia Sacks
It was really amazing to see so many non-Jewish students taking initiative to expand their knowledge of the Holocaust and learn about such an important part of Jewish and world history. 
~ Taylor Williams
I had the experience to hear survivors first hand. This was the first time I was able to listen to them with non-Jewish students. It was amazing how everyone was engaged and eager to learn.
~ Thiago Goldbach

On Wednesday afternoon, I attended a luncheon hosted by the Centre of Israel Jewish Affairs with Rabbi Berger. The purpose of this event was to build a bridge between Jewish and Catholic communities so that we can learn about each other through new friendships. After lunch we were invited to the Archdiocese to hear from various speakers. It was incredibly meaningful to speak with various leaders in the Catholic community. Through the conversations, I learned that we are more alike than I ever thought. I feel honoured to have been invited! 
~ Maytar Fadida, Grade 12

Sarah Tedford, Arielle Zabek, Gabe Stern, Roi Jankelowitz, Gabe Israel, and Zack Seguin wait for a turn.
The Physics 11 students went to Playland to participate in the "Amusement Park Physics" activity. Students used their knowledge of motion, forces, and energy to analyze various aspects of the rides. In doing so, they were able to apply their conceptual understanding to real world applications, proving that physics works! Of course, much fun was had enjoying the park rides once the assignment was completed.

Edden Av-Gay, Leora Bloom, Harel Ruhr, Jillian Marks, Avichai Mattuck, Landon Slobin, Gabe Stern, Jacob Wiseman, and Zack Seguin enjoy the sunshine.


The Grade 10 Boys PE class played European handball in the beautiful weather on Wednesday!

On Tuesday, students had a special presentation on the importance of Theodore Herzl and the philosophy of Zionism by Elad Pelleg, Habonim Shaliach. Students were given the opportunity to participate in an interactive, experiential learning activity.

On Thursday, Taylor Williams, Alex Scher, Katie Huber, and Nicky Scher, all members of the Chesed Club, along with Esther Mogyoros, Director of Development, volunteered at the Jewish Food Bank.

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!


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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Festival Ha’Rikud
Dance Shows and Israeli Street Fair

Sunday, May 13

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BBYO & JCCVG Present:
Festival Ha’Rikud CLosing Party

Sunday, May 13
7:00 – 9:45 p.m.

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