Weekly Newsletter – May 24, 2019

May 24, 2019  / 19 Iyar 5779

Shabbat Begins: 8:43 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 10:04 p.m.   
Parsha: Behar: Leviticus 25:1-26:2

On Wednesday evening, approximately 400 students, staff, and community members gathered at Beth Israel for our annual Teaching for Tomorrow event, featuring renowned Jewish educator Doron Kornbluth.

We kicked off the event with a reception for our Major Donors to thank them for their continued support for King David. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres were served while guests were treated to a variety of musical performances by some of our students. Our Board Co-Presidents, Neville Israel and Jackie Cristall Morris, thanked our donors on behalf of the school and the Board, before everyone headed in for the main event.

Our Grade 12 emcees, Rebecca Laskin, Jillian Marks, and Gabe Stern, did an excellent job hosting the evening, and started by introducing the King David Choir to sing O Canada and Hatikvah. Then our Head of School, Russ Klein, addressed the audience, sharing that this is an exciting time for all of us in the King David Family as the Gordon Diamond Family is funding a $6.5 million expansion. By September 2021, we hope to open our expansion with new and enhanced classroom spaces that will allow us to continue to provide the excellent and innovative programming you expect and our students deserve. For his whole address, please click here. Russ then introduced Doron Kornbluth, saying "our speaker tonight could not be more relevant as we share this exciting news. Doron Kornbluth will talk about the mission that keeps us all going – raising kids (and I think adults too) to love being Jewish!"

Doron spoke to the crowd about the importance of continuing to embrace and explore our Jewish identity, and about the topic of his book, Raising Kids to Love Being Jewish. It was an incredibly timely and engaging talk about some of the challenges parents and grandparents face in raising Jewish children outside the immersive Jewish experience of Israel. 

Doron says the key to a strong Jewish future can be found in five principles. One, we must model for our children what being proudly Jewish looks like. Two, we must involve and immerse our children in Jewish activities and holidays. Three, we must always continue to further our knowledge and our children’s knowledge of Judaism and what it means to be Jewish. Four, we should always reach out to and remain part of our incredible Jewish community. Five, we should find the joy in being Jewish, and make it fun for our children. 

After his speech, Doron gave the audience the opportunity to ask questions, which many did, prompting some thought-provoking discussions that extended even past the end of the evening. 

The event was a great success, and we are grateful to the many staff, students, and parents who brought it all together. Thank you to our emcees, as well as to our student performers Micaela Buchman, Ethan Doctor, Ilana Guez, Keren Katz, and the King David Choir for donating their talent, time, and energy to make the evening special. 

Thanks also to our event co-chairs, Chana Charach, Natalie Wiseman, and Shannon Gorski for organizing this event, and their team of volunteers: Sharon McNamara, Alyssa Bauman, Tamar Bakonyi, Samara Bordan, Jordana Dodek, Shoshana Krell, Cecelia Rosner, Arlaina Waisman, Jane Solovyov, and Meirav Zabek. Big thanks as well to Dina Badour for all the incredible decorations and to Jocelyn Halle for being our photographer.  

Special thanks go out to our Director of Development, Esther Mogyoros, and Development Associate, Syma Shaheen, for spearheading Teaching for Tomorrow. 

And finally, a huge Todah Rabah to our generous Presenting Sponsors for their support!


On Thursday, we celebrated Lag B’Omer, with an assembly led by our Grade 10 Judaic Alternate students, who explained why we count the Omer, and told the story of Rabbi Akiva, and how his students were killed by a plague because they did not treat each other respectfully.

The assembly was followed by a trip outside to eat s’mores cooked over the barbecue and climb the hill to view our mock grave and bonfire.

Congratulations to our Senior Girls Soccer Team who won the GVISAA Senior Girls Soccer Championship on Tuesday. This was their second ever GVISAA championship, and they also were named the tournament’s most sportsmanlike team! Nicky Scher, Grade 10, was named a tournament all star and Maya Kallner, Grade 12, was named the tournament’s most valuable player. A huge thank you to Mr. Levy and King David parent Joel Kallner for coaching our student athletes this year, as well as to Mr. Amram for managing the team. Mazal tov to the girls and coaches!

At the semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on May 16, Israeli group The Shalva Band gave a heartwarming performance of "A Million Dreams." The band, comprised entirely of young members with a variety of disabilities, won over the audience – and  us! – and we think they’ll bring a smile (or tear) to your eye as well. 

You can watch the video by clicking here.

You can learn more about The Shalva Band by visiting their website

Shabbat Shalom!


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