Weekly Newsletter – May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019  / 28 Nissan 5779

Shabbat Begins: 8:14 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 9:29 p.m.   
Parsha: Acharei Mot: Leviticus 16:1-18:30

Holocaust survivor Dr. Robert Krell shows the audience a toy dog, his only toy during his three years in hiding.

On Thursday morning, students, staff, and community members, along with about 60 student and staff guests from Alpha Secondary School in Burnaby, gathered in the atrium for our Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) assembly, where we took a moment to remember the six million Jewish men, women, and children who were cruelly murdered during the Holocaust.

Yahrtzeit candles were lit and carried down the aisle by Holocaust survivor Robert Krell, his granddaughters and King David students Mattea Lewis, Grade 10, and Estie Kallner, Grade 9, as well as Grade 12 students Ava Katz, Hanah Rozen-Delman, and Landon Slobin.

On this day of remembrance, Rabbi Berger led the group in prayer for the victims of the recent horrific shooting in Poway, California. Cantor Yaakov Orzech, father of Netanel, Grade 11, and Matanya, Class of 2017, followed the prayers with a beautiful and heart-wrenching chanting of El Malei Rachamim. 

Mattea Lewis and Estie Kallner introduce their grandfather

Mattea and Estie introduced their grandfather, who went into hiding in Holland when he was only two years old. Dr. Krell spoke at length about his experience living with a wonderful Christian family for three years and pretending to be their son. He described how he knew, even at such a young age, that there was constant danger, and about the constant stress involved in being away from his parents and feeling like if he made a wrong move he could be cast out by his surrogate family. 

Dr. Krell also talked about what it was like after the war, when he and his parents were reunited but the remainder of their extended family had been murdered. He talked about their decision to come to Canada and his father’s struggle to teach his son about Judaism while having a personal crisis of faith. 

This speech was incredibly moving, and the audience was sombre and silent throughout. Dr. Krell encouraged us all to always be aware of what is going on around us, and make sure that we are always kind to others. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Robert Krell: we are so grateful to him for taking the time to come and speak with us about his experiences.

Thank you as well to Jewish History and Holocaust Studies teacher, Ms. Wiesenthal, for organizing such a moving and impactful ceremony, and to our student emcees: Lauren Shore, Ally Lutrin, and Gali Goldman, all Grade 12.

Our PE classes have had an amazing week, getting out into the gorgeous spring weather. On Tuesday, our Grade 10 students went out for a scenic hike at Quarry Rock in Deep Cove. On Wednesday, it was our Grade 9 students’ turn, going for a bike ride along the Seawall. 


Here’s what people are saying about Doron Kornbluth!

"We hosted Doron Kornbluth for 2 lectures at the Academy: one for teens and one for adults. Although I had heard that he was good, I must tell you that he was more than just good – he was superb. He engaged his audiences from the beginning through the end. He challenged them to think and presented practical suggestions for engaging the entire family in Yiddishkeit… he takes on very difficult subjects and uses his talk to inspire rather than condemn."
~ Rabbi Moshe Bryski, Chabad of the Conejo

Shabbat Shalom!


Yom Hazikaron Memorial Service

Tuesday, May 7
7:30 p.m.

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Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with Yoni Rechter

Wednesday, May 8
7:30 p.m.

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Navigating the World of Addiction

Saturday, May 11

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Sunday of Israeli Culture
Community Street Fair

Sunday, May 12

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Shabbat with a Difference
Featuring March of the Living

Friday, May 24

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Life is Funny VI

Sunday, May 26
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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Celebrate Israel’s Birthday
Musical event

Tuesday, May 28
7:00 p.m.

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Paint Night and Blintze Bake

Sunday, June 2
6:30 p.m.

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