Weekly Newsletter – April 5, 2019

April 5, 2019  / 29 Adar II 5779

Shabbat Begins: 7:32 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 8:40 p.m.   
Parsha: Tazria: Leviticus 12:1-13:59

Last Sunday, 50 Grade 8 students and 7 very brave chaperones boarded an early morning flight to Israel. 

While they are away, we’ve all kept up-to-date on what our students are up to with daily journal entries from the chaperones. Read on for summaries of the days’ events!

Day 1:

After two flights, many hours, and some unfortunate luggage mishaps, the students and staff headed out into the beautiful Israeli… rain? But the sun persevered, and the group headed off to Herzliya Beach to get some sun and sand before heading up north.

Unfortunately the rain returned, but the students showed nothing but good cheer in the caves and caverns of Rosh Hanikra before heading off to Kibbutz Dafna, where everyone enjoyed an excellent dinner before going off to bed after an extremely long day.

Click below for a video from the day. 

Day 1 Israel

For the full Day 1 update, please click here.

Day 2:

After a hearty breakfast and packing up lunches for the day, the group headed to Beit Vancouver in Kiryat Shemona, a community centre that provides a variety of programming for kids in need. One of the goals of the Israel trip is to show our students how Vancouver supports other communities philanthropically and to encourage that empathy and sense of caring. While there, the group met Camille, who will be our Shinshin for next year!

Afterwards, it was off to our sister school, Har Vagai, and the students got to meet the Israeli friends they had been speaking to on social media. After introductions and some lunch, the kids were off on a scavenger hunt to explore the school. 

Then it was off to the Helicopter Disaster Memorial, which honours 73 IDF soldiers who died in 1997 when two transport helicopters collided near Kibbutz Dafna. It was a sombre affair, and afterwards the students had free time before dinner and bedtime. 

Watch the video below to meet Camille, our new Shinshin!

Beit Vancouver

For the full Day 2 update, please click here.

Day 3:

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and while our Head of School, Russ Klein, prefers using the words, our other chaperones are visual thinkers. Matt Dichter, our Outdoor Education teacher and video creator extraordinaire, has taken on the role of creating videos for the whole Israel experience. You can watch the video from Days 2 and 3 below.

Mifgash 2019

Day 4:

Both King David and Har Vagai students headed off together to Tel Dan Nature Reserve. The students wandered the very busy trails, before heading back to Har Vagai for a game of volleyball.

Our chaperones prepared our students for a weekend with the host families before gleefully – er, tearfully – waving them off on buses. Then our staff headed to Kadima, an after school program for youth in an under resourced neighbourhood in Qiryat Shemona. Money raised at King David from a recent non-uniform day allowed us to purchase school supplies and soccer balls for the program, which they very badly need. 

Click below for a video from Day 4.

Day 4

For the full Day 4 update, please click here.

Stay tuned for more in next week’s newsletter!


On Thursday evening, parents, grandparents, staff, and other community members gathered for our annual Lion’s Den dinner. Every year, the Grade 10 Foods classes spend months selecting a theme and testing recipes before creating an incredible final menu to prepare and serve to their guests.

This year, the theme was Raion No Kyōen "The Lion’s Feast" – the Grade 10 students’ re-imagining of Japanese cuisine. The food was absolutely spectacular, as was the music provided by Grade 12 students Gabe Stern and Zack Seguin, and Music teacher Johnny Seguin. The decorations created by Art students and our Art teacher, Ms. Margulius, beautifully complemented the wonderful meal. Patrons were thoroughly impressed by the dedication shown by the students in putting together this magical evening. 

The evening was an incredible success, and many thanks must go out to all the students, staff, and parents that made it all possible. An extra special thank you to Foods teacher Hilit Nurick, who put her heart and soul into this event and helped our students shine. 

Mazal Tov, Grade 10 Foods class, on an unbelievable event!

"Last Friday, Carmel Tanaka came to speak to the Grade 12 Holocaust and Genocide Studies class. Carmel is a descendant of Holocaust survivors on her mother’s side and Japanese internment camp survivors on her father’s side. Through sharing the stories of her grandparents, she explained to the class about how cultural genocide effects generations continuously. While discussing how ancestral trauma can flow through an individual’s lineage, Carmel inspired the students to find out more about their own heritage and how it affects their families’ and their own day-to-day lives."

– Edden Av-Gay, Grade 12
King David PAC invites you to an amazing event, "Competitive Tools to Succeed in an Ever-Changing Environment", featuring speaker Elan Divon. Elan Divon is a Harvard-trained author, speaker, and founder of Divon Academy, an organization that prepares students and professionals for success. 

Monday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.
King David High School
Click here for more information.
Click here to purchase tickets.

Shabbat Shalom!


Effective Israel Advocacy
with Hussein Aboubakr

Sunday, April 7
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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JNF Negev Gala

Sunday, April 14

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Yom HaShoah Holocaust Commemorative Evening

Wednesday, May 1
7:00 p.m.

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Temple Sholom Dreamers and Builders Event
Honouring Susan Mendelson and Jack Lutsky

Sunday, May 5
6:00 p.m.

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Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with Yoni Rechter

Wednesday, May 8
7:30 p.m.

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Hebrew Free Loan Association

Special Loans for Special Needs

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