Weekly Newsletter

May 16, 2014
16 Iyar 5774
Spreading Kindness, One Mitzvah at a Time.
Todah Rabah!

Thank you to the Teaching for Tomorrow Committee for organizing a wonderful evening.
Every year at King David’s Teaching for Tomorrow, our community comes together to celebrate Jewish education. This year our focus was on chesed and spreading kindness, and we were all moved by keynote speaker Linda Cohen who dealt with her father’s death by performing 1,000 mitzvahs in his honour. Linda’s message is about the transformative power of grief into kindness and how we can all include acts of chesed in our daily lives. Her book, 1,000 Mitzvahs, inspired our students earlier this year to perform 1,000 mitzvahs in just one day, as a kick-off to our Random Acts of Chesed Week.

The evening started with a beautiful reception at King David to thank our many generous supporters. During the program at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, our Head of School Russ Klein spoke about the lifelong values that start at King David.

“Our students are happy, passionate, vibrant Jewish citizens who know themselves, are comfortable in their skin, and have an identity founded on values of kindness, compassion and giving.” 
~  Russ Klein  
Cocktail Reception in the King David Atrium
The event also highlighted our many successful alumni. David Rosengarten, Class of 2012, presented the Gordon Diamond Community Service Award to current recipient Eli Landa, who exemplifies chesed as he shares his musical talent with our community.

Stephanie Mrakovich, Class of 2010, was also a shining example of chesed and gratitude. Stephanie shared her personal story and thanked the community for the generosity that allowed her to connect to and explore her Jewish identity.

“Without a place like King David, I, like many other graduates, 
would not be the same people we are today. We are all connected to this place that many of us call home. I would like to thank you 
for supporting the school and for giving my family and I the 
opportunity for a meaningful Jewish education.” 
~  Stephanie Mrakovich

Thank you all for a beautiful evening!
If you would like to support chesed programming at King David, please click here.  
The evening ended with a joyful rendition of “Happy” by the Grade 12 band and Grade 9 singers.

Thanks to Rachel Lando Photography for the images.
Elizabethan Feast!
The Grade 10 students wait to taste the Elizabethan  
dishes they prepared

For the past month, the Grade 10 students have been studying Shakespeare. We are reading Macbeth, which is a tragedy and considered to be one of William Shakespeare’s most powerful works. In Mrs. Wiesenthal’s class we researched Elizabethan foods to make a feast. Then in groups we gathered in the Foods room and baked our Elizabethan-style dishes. Through all the chaos in the kitchen, we all managed to bake our dishes to perfection. During the feast we all sampled each other’s food, and there was Elizabethan themed music playing in the background. Other teachers came in to sample some foods as well, and we also had grape juice to symbolize wine, as it was a delicacy in those times. 

                      ~  Ally, Grade 10


Welcome Esther!

We are thrilled to welcome a new member to our King David family. Esther Mogyoros has joined our team as Development Manager as Sharon Dwek will soon be going on maternity leave.  

“We are really excited to have Esther join us. She knows King David well, having had two sons, Marcos (Class of 2008) and Alex (Class of 2012), graduate from our school. Esther has remained connected as an alumni parent, volunteering at school events and serving on the King David Board of Directors. She brings an immense amount of development experience and has a strong knowledge of the Vancouver and King David communities. I am confident that she will add value to our overall development goals.”
        ~  Russ Klein, Head of School

A Community Partnership




Coming this fall, some of our senior level English students will participate in an exciting multi-generational media-lab storytelling project in collaboration with the Jewish Literary Laureate program of the JCC Jewish Book Festival. Inspired by Laureate Mark 

Leiren-Young, students will explore the elements of a good story, prepare questions, conduct on-camera interviews with participating seniors in Vancouver’s Jewish community and create their own digital stories. The edited stories will be posted online and presented at the Jewish Book Festival in November. 


We look forward to participating in this legacy project and sharing the stories of the people and transformative moments that make Vancouver’s Judaic identity strong and vibrant. 


In This Issue
Candle-Lighting Times

Shabbat: 8:32 p.m.

Shabbat Ends: 9:50 p.m.

Parsha: Bechukotai
Leviticus 26:3-27:34

Do you have Kippot looking for a good home?

We promise to provide one! Please drop them off at the school or give us a call  604 263 9700

  Community Events
  Congregation Beth Israel   presents
  Negotiating Identities
  Tuesday, June 3
  8 p.m.
  JCC Wosk Auditorium



More Information


  Sweet Shavout Sweets 

  Wednesday, June 4

  11:30 a.m.


  RSVP: 604 731 4161


  More information

  Teen Takeover at Hillel

  Sunday, June 8

  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.



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