Weekly Newsletter – November 23, 2018

November 23, 2018  / 15 Kislev 5779

Shabbat Begins: 4:04 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:14 p.m.   
Parsha: Vayishlach: Genesis 32:4-36:43

This week, RAC Week was a huge success, full of opportunities for learning and impact. We started off the week with inspirational speeches, videos and school spirit. Then all week long each grade contributed to the greater Vancouver community by volunteering at 15 different organizations, including:
  • Greater Vancouver Food Bank
  • Quest Outreach
  • Union Gospel Mission
  • The Covenant House
  • Admiral Seymour Elementary
  • The Open Door Food Bank
  • The Salvation Army Harbour Light
  • Community First Foundation
  • Pedal Foundation
  • Vancouver Talmud Torah
  • Richmond Jewish Day School
  • Vancouver Hebrew Academy
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Louis Brier Retirement Home
  • Kerrisdale Community Police Centre 
Our students helped out by sorting through donations, handing out lunches, raking leaves, collecting garbage from the streets, mentoring young students, taking apart bikes and rebuilding them to donate, and more.

We wrapped up RAC Week by getting back together with our TAG groups. TAG is where 12 students from each grade gather together once a week for a time of reflection. Students and teachers talked about what they had seen, done, and learned from the experience. At the end of the day the whole school gathered together for an assembly to share our "take-away" experiences of RAC Week. Here’s what some of them had to say:

"I taught one child in Grade 1 five new words, and led students in an activity. I found it very meaningful and it let me see what it feels like to be a Grade 1 teacher. The little girls were so cute, holding my hands – the connection made me feel great."
~Nicky Scher, Grade 10 

"I found going to The Covenant House an eye-opener. It was beautiful to see how people donate brand new items for others."
~ Ezra Tischler, Grade 11

"It was interesting to see that everything we were sorting were things that people need in order to survive. It was kind of shocking to think about what would happen to these people if no one volunteered their time."
~ Noah Leinburd, Grade 11

"I was at Admiral Seymour Elementary. I noticed that it seemed underfunded and that there were lots of students with special needs. It made me realize how privileged we are."
~ Mattea Lewis, Grade 10

"I learned how important it can be to accept help and love when others want to give it. When people did not want to accept our random acts of kindness it made us feel rejected and hurt. I wondered if I had done something wrong. I realize that half of tzedakah is not only giving, it is also receiving."
~ Hilit Nurick, Home Economics Teacher

A special thank you to the Gabrielle Isserow z"l Chesed Fund and the Isserow families for supporting the many aspects of this remarkable week. The week was inspired by the qualities of Gabi z"l and it continues to inspire us all to make the world a kinder, better place. 

Thank you so much to all our parent drivers, PAC BBQ parents, and everyone who gave of themselves in various ways to make our RAC Week 2018 such an amazing success! But RAC is not over… there will be more volunteer service opportunities for all students throughout the year!

On Sunday evening, the King David atrium was filled with staff, students, parents, and community members for our RAC Week Benefit Concert. The concert featured two King David bands, Sunday at Six and 24/7. Our talented student musicians lit up the stage with fantastic performances. It was a wonderful event, full of amazing music and a ton of fun!

All proceeds from the concert and other RAC Week fundraising efforts will be donated to both Save a Child’s Heart and Kids Up Front.

Complementing our RAC Week of giving to others, we took a little time to look at one of our own needs. The sages say quite bluntly that the prime motivator for humans is the desire and drive for honour. Despite some negative connotations, the root of this drive is the desire for our lives to have value and meaning. It’s a need to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and say "I am somebody." Another way to see it is that we work to "make a name" for ourselves.

The sages in the Midrash write that "In life, people are called by three names: One is the name the person is called by his father and mother; one is the name people call him; and one is the name he acquires for himself. The best one is the one he acquires for himself." This week, students explored different ways of understanding what the sages meant by this. In Jewish thought, a name is not merely an arbitrary designation, a random combination of sounds – the sages say that naming a baby is a statement of her character, her specialness, and her path in life. It contains a parent’s hopes and dreams for the child. At the beginning of life, we give a name, and at the end of life a "good name" is all we take with us and it sticks with you forever (see Talmud – Brachot 7b).

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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

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

Used Book Sale

November 27 – 29 & December 3 – 4

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JFS Richmond Jewish Food Link

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