Weekly Newsletter – May 10, 2019

May 10, 2019  / 5 Iyar 5779

Shabbat Begins: 8:24 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 9:41 p.m.   
Parsha: Kedoshim: Leviticus 19:1-20:27

Our Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration was a rousing success! It was an amazing day full of fun, excitement, and loads of happy students – the energy was amazing!
King David was filled to capacity, with almost 500 staff, students, parents, volunteers, and guests participating in the day’s activities. We welcomed students from VTT, RJDS, and VHA, as well as a troupe of 40 dancers from Mexico. 

Our Mexican visitors paired up with our Grade 9 students, while our younger guests were placed into groups with Grade 10 leaders, and they all participated in many different activities set up throughout the school, at stations led by our Grade 11 and 12 students with help from our shinshinim, Or and Ofir. There was a Shuk, Eurovision Music Station, Dead Sea Spa, cupcake and face decorating, and a Museum for the Visually Impaired, just to name a few activities – and that was only the inside! Outside, students had a blast jumping in bouncy castles and enjoying the gorgeous warm weather.

The King David PAC parents prepared an absolutely delicious falafel lunch, which everyone loved! Thank you PAC for providing an excellent meal for so many people! After lunch, we gathered in the atrium to say goodbye to our elementary school guests and sent them off with pretzels coated in white chocolate and covered in blue and white sprinkles – yum! Thank you so much to Hilit Nurick and her hard-working Foods students for the delicious treats!

Our students were then treated to a high-energy dance performance by the Mexican troupe, to cap off an incredible day.

Our student greeters!

It was a truly spectacular celebration! Thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated, and especially to our students who worked so hard to make it a success under the wonderful leadership of our Director of Jewish Life and Events, Ellia Belson.

A special thank you as well to our sponsors: Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, Vancouver Talmud Torah, Congregation Beth Israel, NCSY Vancouver, Temple Sholom, Congregation Schara Tzedeck, Richmond Jewish Day School, Jewish Community Centre, Jewish National Fund Vancouver, and Vancouver Hebrew Academy.

For more photos from the day, please click here

On Wednesday, the day before we celebrated Israel’s 71st Independence Day, we took time to remember those who have sacrificed their lives in order to protect their country, and the victims of terror attacks.

Our shinshinim, Or and Ofir, planned a very moving ceremony. They worked with the students who led the assembly – Izack Kastiel, Grade 12, Erica Forman, Grade 9, and Lynne Altow, Tia Sacks, and Gali Goldman, all Grade 12. 

Elad Pelleg, Vancouver’s Habonim Shaliach, told the audience the story of his grandmother, a Holocaust survivor who eventually moved to Israel, and her son – Elad’s uncle – Michael, who lost his life working as a medic for the IDF.

Those who have known and lost someone to war and terror attacks were invited to light a candle. Jillian Marks, Grade 12, accompanied on guitar by Landon Slobin, also Grade 12, sang a beautiful and haunting rendition of "Brothers in Arms" by Dire Straits.

Thank you to Or and Ofir for planning a beautiful ceremony of remembrance, our student volunteers, and to Eldad for sharing his family’s story.

"I recently attended the Vancouver Holocaust Centre’s Annual Holocaust Symposium along with the rest of the Grade 11 class at King David High School. Six other public and private schools from around Greater Vancouver joined us in the full day Symposium. We were privileged to listen to Holocaust survivors share their stories and their wisdom on how to ensure that such horrific actions will never be repeated. During the Symposium, students and teachers were able to ask the survivors questions in a Q&A period. We also discussed why Holocaust education is imperative for Jewish and non-Jewish youth now more than ever. To commemorate the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, the survivors lit memorial candles together with students, including Romy Ashkenazy, Grade 11. In my opinion, what made the Holocaust Symposium so unique and powerful was that Jewish and non-Jewish students learned about and commemorated the Holocaust together. This added an element of mutual understanding and cooperation that, please G-D, is a promise for a brighter future."
~ Aaron Schaffer, Grade 11

Congratulations to our Grade 9/10 Junior Floor Hockey Team, who won the Junior Lower Mainland Invitational Floor Hockey Championships this past Tuesday! Noam Guralnick was named the tournament’s most valuable player, and Max Laskin was named a First Team All Star. Mazal Tov, Lions!  

Tali Keil, Neta Goldman, Haylee Topp, Gilad Jankelowitz, and Oliver Kraft show off their DNA projects

In Mr. Mymko’s Science 8 Accelerated class students are building paper DNA models to learn about the structures that make up the DNA double helix. 

Here’s what people are saying about 
Doron Kornbluth!

"It’s tough to keep 50 teenagers totally engrossed but the engaging manner in which Doron wove his stories, contemporary insights, fascinating data and interactive activities was refreshing and compelling. While he spoke, no one moved, no one texted. He had them all spellbound! His book Why Be Jewish is as brilliant as it is succinct and easy to read. We give each high school graduate a copy."
~ Rabbi Yitzchak Sapochkinsky, Westlake Village, CA

Shabbat Shalom!


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