Weekly Newsletter – May 31, 2019

May 31, 2019  / 26 Iyar 5779

Shabbat Begins: 8:50 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 10:14 p.m.   
Parsha: Bechukotai: Leviticus 26:3-27:34

On Wednesday evening, our King David community – students, staff, parents, grandparents, and others – gathered for Celebration 5779. 

Every year, our year-end celebration is an opportunity to celebrate the many achievements of our students in all areas of school life: academics, tikkun olam and service, menschlichkeit, and more. Students are also recognized in a variety of subjects: Fine Arts, Humanities, Applied Skills, Math and Science, and Judaic Studies.

Throughout the evening, the audience was wowed by the amazing work of our Fine Arts students. Beautiful pieces of art from our Art students were hung in the hallways and around the atrium, creating a wonderful gallery for our guests to peruse. We also had the opportunity to watch some creative videos of performance art. The incredible Foods students kept everyone well-fed and happy with delicious hors d’oeuvres and treats served by student volunteers. And we were all delightfully entertained by our Grades 9-12 Music students with some upbeat classics such as "Another One Bites the Dust", "Tom Sawyer", "Roundabout", and more. Our Grade 10 Music students were also featured in a music video of the song "Africa", courtesy of 604 Records. Thanks to Jonathan Simkin and Jennifer Watt for once again bringing our students into the studio for such a wonderful experience. 

Celebration 5779 was exactly that – a fun, colourful celebration of all the hard work and dedication our students have shown over the last nine months. Our students are the very heart of King David, and we are so proud of their outstanding achievements. As a school, when we recognize our students, we define outstanding in many ways, which are not limited by the narrow definition of a student with the top mark in a course. While recipients may be academically strong, teachers are encouraged to give additional consideration to other characteristics such as effort, improvement, positive contribution to the learning environment, resilience or  perseverance, to name a few.

Behind our incredibly talented students is a team of King David staff dedicated to our students’ success, and this event is the result of their hard work, as well. Many thanks to Art teacher, Ali Margulius, Foods teacher, Hilit Nurick, and Music teacher, Johnny Seguin, for all the time and effort they put into helping organize and get students ready for this event. Thanks as well to King David alumni, Leah Weidman and Mitchell Neuman, Class of 2018, for their help in the kitchen – we love it when our alumni come back to visit, and even more when they help us out! A very special thank you to every member of our community who came to the event to show their support and recognize our students.

Click here to view the full list of award recipients.
Click here for the music video, "Africa", featuring our Grade 10 Music students.  

On Thursday, Hillel and Chabad joined our Grade 12 class to help prepare our students for university and life after King David. Sam Heller from Hillel BC and Rabbi Chalom Loeub from Chabad UBC ran an activity that asked our students to choose and prioritize the Jewish values and challenges that they anticipate they will encounter in their next stage of life. The students discussed and debated, and the session ended with Sam and Chalom describing what Jewish life looked like on the UBC campus. They offered to make themselves available to our students heading to UBC next year or those staying in the Vancouver community. 

We work to connect all of our Grade 12 students to the Hillel and Chabad at the school or community they choose to head to after graduation to keep them connected to their Judaism and the Jewish community.

"I thought the activity we did as a grade today was very helpful. It made us see the Jewish priorities of our classmates and showed us what we value most. I also appreciate that they took our information so we may continue to live a Jewish life in university."
~ Jacob Wiseman, Grade 12

Last week, Rabbi Berger was honoured at Congregation Schara Tzedeck’s Mosaic 2019 event. This year’s event centred on recognizing volunteer educators for their many contributions to the community. King David alumnus Aaron Friedland, Class of 2010, spoke about Rabbi Berger and the connection they share. Aaron also talked about how Rabbi Berger has had an incredible influence on his life, and has encouraged him in his continued philanthropy. We also extend our congratulations to Rabbi Pacht, Head of School at VHA, and Rabbi Goldman, Principal of Judaic Studies at VHA, who were recognized along with Rabbi Berger for their leadership and service to the Vancouver Jewish community.

Each and every day at King David, Rabbi Berger exemplifies the Jewish values of tzedakah and tikkun olam. We are continually inspired by his dedication and commitment to the enrichment of the lives of our students and the broader community. We are so proud of his work, and of this well-deserved honour.

Shabbat Shalom!


Paint Night and Blintze Bake

Sunday, June 2
6:30 p.m.

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Tikkun Leil Shavuot Program
Facilitator: Rabbi Stephen Berger

Saturday, June 8
8:30 p.m.

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Geneskool Summer Program
Summer Science Program

August 19-23

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