Weekly Newsletter – November 16, 2018

November 16, 2018  / 8 Kislev 5779

Shabbat Begins: 4:11 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:20 p.m.   
Parsha: Vayeitzei: Genesis 28:10-32:3

On Friday, our annual Random Acts of Chesed (RAC) Week kicked off with an amazing start! This year, RAC Week is all about everyday superheroes representing the attributes of Love, Nature, Equality, Wellness, and Chesed. Our Grade 12 RAC Committee organized an amazing kick-off ceremony to launch this year’s theme. The ceremony started with a wonderful video showcasing this year’s RAC Superheroes, featuring Grade 12 students Rachel Cantor, Gabe Israel, Ellie Khalifa, Rebecca Laskin, and Jillian Marks. Click here to watch their awesome video!

King David alumnus Aaron Friedland, Class of 2010, graciously offered his time to speak to our students. His foundation, The Walking School Bus, has recently become a UN partner. He spoke to us about how King David’s RAC Week influenced his life’s path. He described how he overcame challenges by persevering to find answers to his questions. He encouraged our students to pursue their passions in an uncertain future where technology will change careers.

Alex Ferera, King David Class of 2014 and a volunteer at Save a Child’s Heart, introduced Lana Pulvers. Lana Pulvers is the Canadian Board member for the Save a Child’s Heart Foundation, located in Israel. Lana gave a moving presentation on how Save a Child’s Heart provides training to doctors and performs heart surgeries to impoverished kids living in developing nations. She also showed a video explaining the work of the organization, which you can view here

We ended our ceremony with a video of "new students" (who were really King David teachers Mr. Mymko and Mrs. Freedman) showing us how to do random acts of kindness – so funny! You can watch their video by clicking here.

Thanks to Noah McNamara and Gabe Stern, Grade 12, for acting as our emcee and resident tech expert, respectively.

After the assembly, all our students headed out in their TAG groups to spread kindness around Vancouver, offering snacks, gloves, and other items to the homeless, and offering words of love and encouragement to the people they met. 

Upon their return, the students and staff were treated to a wonderful barbecue lunch, courtesy of our King David PAC before returning to their TAG groups to debrief. Then, to finish off a fantastic day, Rabbi Berger led the students in a Kabbalat Shabbat in the atrium.

For months, our RAC Committee has worked tirelessly leading up to RAC Week. They painted and hung the artwork for our RAC City, wrote and filmed the RAC video, organized fundraising efforts for Save a Child’s Heart and Kids Up Front, set up the drive of items to hand out to the homeless, planned our RAC Benefit Concert, and much more. Special thanks to all our RAC Committee members: Lynne Altow, Rachel Cantor, Shira Charach, Emma Cooper, Dina Ferera, Gali Goldman, Nathalie Gotz, Megan Isserow, Maya Kallner, Ellie Khalifa, Georgia Krombein, Rebecca Laskin, Jillian Marks, Hannah Marliss, Hanah Rozen-Delman, Zoe Shnier, Sarah Tedford, and Taylor Williams, and also to our Director of Jewish Life, Ellia Belson, for all their hard work. 

This Sunday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m., please come to support our students efforts and watch our amazingly talented musicians. Tickets are available online by clicking here, or at the door. Hope to see you there!

Today we started our RAC week. One goal of this week is to work with our students to internalize the trait of giving.  The "C" in RAC stands for Chesed; while both tzedakah (charity) and chesed  (benevolence) are both forms of giving, the Talmudic saying (Sukka 49b) describes the differences between them in three areas. Tzedakah can only be carried out by giving money, whereas chesed  involves giving of one’s person – for example, by a kindly word or a pat on the shoulder, or by generally offering words of comfort and consolation. Tzedakah is directed to the poor, whereas chesed involves the expression of goodwill to all, rich or poor, healthy or sick. Tzedakah is given to the living. Chesed can be extended to the dead.

Looking at the differences between the two, we can see a theme. Tzedakah is the gift of money or its equivalent and comes from a sense of duty reacting to distress. But, more often than not, that is not what we need most. We can suffer emotional as well as physical poverty. Any of us can be depressed, lonely, or close to despair. We may need company or comfort, encouragement or support. These are the needs of all humans, whether rich or poor, sick or healthy, successful or defeated. Through RAC we are learning with our students that chesed is about emotional support and "loving kindness" – loving the idea of giving kindness. It includes anything that will help someone feel and build their connection with God, with others, and with themselves.

To read the full message, please click here.

Our students are compassionate global citizens and feel passionately about helping others, so they put together a plan. With Random Acts of Chesed Week coming up this month, they decided it was the perfect time to plan a benefit concert to raise funds for Save a Child’s Heart in Israel and Kids Up Front in Vancouver. The evening will feature two King David bands – "Sunday at Six" and "24/7".

We would love for you and your whole family to join us for an evening of fun, music, and snacks on November 18 at 7:00 p.m. This invitation is open to the whole community, so tell your friends and bring them along!

Click here to purchase tickets. 


This week, King David’s Grade 12 French students were delighted to begin a year-long project with VTT’s Grade 7 French class. This collaboration, developed by Mademoiselle Morrell of VTT and Mademoiselle Miller-Bouchard of King David will have the King David students being reading and vocabulary buddies, and they will provide culture research and project development assistance. In the first session, the Grade 12 students assisted the Grade 7 students with their "Je Me Presente" (i.e., "Let me introduce myself) projects
STAY TUNED … more to come!

A Havdalah Invitation

Watch the video above for a musical invitation to our joint community Havdalah ceremony.

King David is partnering with Congregation Schara Tzedeck to host a free community Havdalah service on Saturday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature music from Moshe Storch, a Bicoastal singer and guitarist.

To RSVP, please click here.

For more information about the event, please email Rachael Lewinski.

Shabbat Shalom!


Jewish Family Services
Volunteer Driver Needed

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Every other Thursday

Campus Crash Course

Sunday, November 18
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Naale Elite Academy
Open House

Monday, November 19
7:00 p.m.

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Auction for Access
By The Walking School Bus and UNHCR

Tuesday, November 20
6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

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South African Shabbat Dinner

Friday, November 23
4:10 p.m.

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Financial Workshop for Women

Sunday, November 25
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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Forum: The Changing Landscape

Tuesday, November 27

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