Weekly Newsletter – September 30, 2016

 September 30, 2016  /  27 Elul 5776
Shabbat Begins: 6:34 p.m.       Parsha: Nitzavim
   Shabbat Ends: 7:37 p.m.         Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20 
King David Mourns the Loss of Shimon Peres z’l
On Wednesday, King David staff and students honoured the life of an extraordinary man – a Founding Father of the State of Israel and a statesman whose commitment to Israel’s security and pursuit of peace was rooted in his own unshakeable moral foundation and unflagging optimism. 

May his memory be for a blessing.
A Rosh Hashanah Message from Rabbi Berger

In the book of Exodus, just moments after entering a relationship with God, and while they were waiting to receive the Torah at Sinai, the Israelites were found celebrating and dancing around an idol of a golden calf of their own making. This lapse seems nearly unforgivable. God then threatens to destroy all the people, and start over with Moses. In the end, the people are not destroyed; instead, Moses begs for forgiveness, and God reveals to him something about Himself. That dialogue between Moses and God revealed to us God’s 13 Attributes of Compassion. These attributes saved us then, and would be the formula that would save us and offer us compassion countless other times for our future transgressions. This is why these attributes are the main words of the selichot prayers that head into Rosh Hashanah and end the service on Yom Kippur.

Remembering Residential Schools

Today, King David observed Residential School Remembrance Day, reflecting on the history and legacy of Canada’s residential schools. Grade 12 students from the Social Justice 12 class prepared information, testimony, and discussion questions to explore with younger students in their TAG groups. Students were challenged to consider how the treatment of indigenous Canadians in residential schools from 1880-1996 impacts current generations of indigenous people in Canada, and how the resulting struggles and marginalization relate to our students’ own experiences and histories as Jewish youth. 

Students brainstormed actions they can take, personally or with others, to work towards promoting a just and inclusive Canadian identity. Students ate oranges provided by PAC to commemorate a story about a young indigenous woman who was not allowed to wear her new orange shirt on her first day at residential school. 

"It’s really important that we’re doing events like this at our school, because there are plenty of people who haven’t talked about indigenous issues very much."
~ Nicky, Grade 8

"I think we can be sympathetic and empathetic to all of the indigenous people who went through the residential schools because we, as Jewish people, have been through many things – like the Holocaust – which allow us to understand the tragedy of discrimination." 
~ Connell, Grade 8
Outdoor Education is Off to a Great Start!

This fall, 17 students participated in King David’s Outdoor Education program, leaving the confines of school and heading out into the great outdoors. After training sessions on tent use, leave-no-trace camping, and bear awareness, the students were well-prepared for their adventures. 

The Junior students enjoyed a 14 km hike to Cheakamus Lake, with a night of beautiful camping at the foot of Singing Creek. The students bonded over nature, catchphrases, and some delicious veggie burritos. The trip was a huge success, giving many students an introduction to hiking, environmental stewardship, and camping out under the stars. In the spring we will have more Junior level hikes and some special introduction to camping nights at local provincial parks.

"Outdoor Ed was an amazing experience for all of us. In a regular school day, you don’t usually get to make such unique bonds with people while being in the outdoors at the same time. Being in nature gives you a calming break from city life." 
~ Aaron, Grade 9

Following the Junior trip, the Senior students headed out for their excursion. Taking on an alpine hike was a great bonding experience for the students. Over three days the students trekked 30 km through Garibaldi Provincial Park, enjoying the different landscapes and environments of the area. Everyone was awed by the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, glaciers, and wildlife. 

"Our trip was so much fun. We learned from our experiences, which was meaningful for everyone." 
~ Shayna, Grade 11

These will be the last trips until the spring season, but students will have the chance to participate in some club activities during the winter. In the spring we will have another parent information night, introduction to camping nights, as well as Junior and Senior camping trips.
Meet our 2016-2017 Shinshiniot!

Welcome to the King David Family, Dani and Shahaf!

King David is delighted to welcome our shinshiniot, Dani Favel and Shahaf Shama. They will be working with students at both King David and Richmond Jewish Day School. We look forward to a year filled with ruach Yisraeli (Israeli spirit)!

A "shinshin" is an 18-year-old Israeli emissary sent by the Israeli government and the Jewish Agency for Israel to communities abroad with the goal of educating people of all ages about Israel and Israeli culture. Shinshinim bring ruach Yisraeli to the people with whom they work and provide informal programming to build Jewish identity and educate children and adults about Israel.

Shabbat Shalom!
Community Events

Leadership Opportunities 

Sept. 21 – Dec. 14
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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Interest-Free Student Loans
Hebrew Free Loan Association of Vancouver

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Beth Tikvah
High Holiday Seats

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Local Artisan Fair
North Shore Jewish Community Centre

Sunday, October 16
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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