Weekly Newsletter – January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019  / 5 Shevat 5779

Shabbat Begins: 4:18 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:31 p.m.   
Parsha: Bo: Exodus 10:1-13:16

"Minyan and Munch" is a club integral to the school community. Students have regularly been congregating on Thursday mornings throughout the school’s history, and I am certain that it will remain that way. Although students are first enticed by the "munch" aspect, many are genuinely drawn to the spiritual component that the club provides. They may come for the delicious bourekas that our Foods teacher, Hilit, so graciously makes, but the students are nourished in another sense. Rabbi Berger not only helps to conduct the minyan but is, in fact, our spiritual guide. Even in the short time that the club gathers in the morning, the Rabbi shares a brief, yet profound sermon that we all meditate on for the rest of the day. Due to our diverse membership, students from all grades interact with one another and form meaningful bonds that transcend age. As I am the Rabbi’s service student, it is my responsibility to set up and orchestrate the service. I do this along with my peers, Avishai Infeld, who studies and reads the Torah portion of the week, and Solly Khalifa, who serves as "gabbai". Occasionally we have the privilege of having a guest (either a parent or another member of the community) join us, and we thank them in return by honouring them with an aliyah.  All this is done before school has even begun, and we owe our success to all the staff and to the parents for their immense contributions. 

~ Adam Rosengarten, Grade 12

After spending the past few weeks exploring the French Revolution and its causes, today the Socials 9 class took part in a French Revolution-style salon, complete with tea and cookies. The students were given three articles written by French philosophers, and asked to read them and create a summary. The students then discussed the articles in groups, exploring how the articles would have been important in the time period in which they were written, and also how the issues they explore relate to our world today. Much like big thinkers from that era, the students debated several philosophical topics that were meant to inspire them and encourage them to share their opinions, and help them learn from each others’ perspectives. 

Our Senior Boys Basketball Team with Coaches Amram, Dichter, and Shpanya.

Congratulations to our various King David basketball teams! Our Junior Boys, Senior Boys, and Bantam Girls have all had great success in their games this week, as well as constantly showing great teamwork and sportsmanship. Mazal Tov, Lions!

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Our Bantam Girls Basketball Team with Coach Vondracek.

A few weeks ago, I asked the students what they thought is the emotion or desire that most drives us. While happiness and success were two of the top answers, there was another one that scored just as high: fear. We did not have too much time to delve into it deeply, so we saved it for this week’s discussion.

The Hebrew word yirah means both "to fear" and "to see." The essential choice of life is to open our eyes to available opportunities, and to fear the consequences of avoiding that reality. Last week we saw that God opened up Pharoah’s eyes to a new reality, and yet he chose to avoid dealing with that reality – and as we all know, avoidance of reality did not end well for him. Fear is like any other emotion – there are both positive and negative aspects. Negative fear is debilitating. Positive fear is exhilarating, and it gives you power to accomplish what you want to do – this is pointed out by Rabbi Noach Weinberg. If you’re walking along and spot a snake, fear propels you to run with blazing speed and hurdle the fence like an Olympian. Fear of failing a test makes you study harder. In the end, this fear helps you succeed and develop self-respect. Fear has the ability to awake you out of your dream world and let you see 100 percent into reality.

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Applications for new students are now open and are due by January 18, 2019.
We are accepting applications for Grades 8, 10, and 11. 
There is a wait pool for Grade 9.

Applications are completed online at kdhs.org/admissions.

If you know families who may be interested in visiting the school for a tour, 
please invite them to contact the Admissions office.

Questions? Email Debbie Appelbaum or call 604-263-9700.
Happy New Year! We are only 6 weeks into our Annual Campaign and have already reached 40% of our goal! Thank you to all of you who have contributed already. If you have not had a chance to make a gift, please click the button below.
Any contribution is greatly appreciated and we value your support.

Questions? Contact Esther Mogyoros, Director of Development, 
at 604-263-9700 or by email.

Shabbat Shalom!


Community Longing and Belonging
Art Exhibit

Opening Reception
Tuesday, January 15
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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Family Life 
Education Event:
Michael Landsberg

Wednesday, February 13
7:00 p.m.

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The Earl Parker Award for Jewish Film

Application Deadline April 8, 2019

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Click here for the application

Volunteer with Jewish Family Services

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