Weekly Newsletter – September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019  / 13 Elul 5779

Shabbat Begins: 7:12 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 8:16 p.m.   
Parsha: Ki Teitzei: Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19

A glimpse of the first day of fun!
On Wednesday, our Grade 8, 9, and 10 students – 118 strong, along with 17 staff, including our two new shinshinim and two wonderful chefs, kicked off the school year with our annual retreat at Keats Camp. This year the dire weather predictions were correct, and after the first day of sunshine they awoke to a wet and much cooler second day. 

The day of sunshine allowed our students and staff to enjoy hikes, a High Ropes course, kayaking, canoeing, and a variety of other great activities, including – most importantly – eating! The wet weather kept Mr. Dichter on his toes as he reorganized activities to keep students occupied and dry! 

As is his custom, our Head of School, Russ Klein, shared each day’s details in his nightly updates!

Day 1 

What a great trip over to Keats – I am applying the Vancouver definition of "great" – dry! As an added bonus, it was amazingly mild on the high seas with warm temperatures embracing those on deck – at least, that is what I was told as I was on the lower, inside level of the boat, drinking hot coffee. Walking around the Britannia there seemed to be students everywhere doing what kids do darn well – making lots of noise, eating food, and making a mess! All in all, just having fun. The boat is three levels and they were all in use.

At camp, Matt Dichter, our leader in all things related to Outdoor Education, … 
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Day 2 

A very brave minyan hiked up for morning Tefillah with Rabbi Berger. They were up and out before most of us had woken up – kudos to the students who took part. By the time the students made their way to the breakfast spot for cereal, bagels, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, etc., their energy was returning and it was clear that a little rain was not going to dampen their spirits. 

This is generally an easy flow day with four activities before dinner – with two of these before lunch. Due to weather we adjusted some of the activities, … 
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Wet weather doesn’t get us down!

BC Minster of Education, The Honorourable Rob Fleming

We were thrilled to host the BC Minister of Education, the Honourable Rob Fleming, to show him what a Jewish education at King David looks like!

Isaac Herzog, Chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel

Our Grade 12 students had the opportunity to engage with Isaac Herzog, the Chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), before #FEDtalks on Monday evening!

Zach Segal, Vancouver Granville Conservative Candidate 

Herb Silber (above R) is very involved with the Federal Conservative Party and as a longtime friend of King David, organized for Zach Segal (above L), candidate for Vancouver Granville, to speak with our Grade 12 students, many of whom will vote in their first election this October.

With the upcoming federal elections, we have extended an invitation to all candidates running in Vancouver Granville to speak with our students.

Shabbat Shalom!


Newcomers Welcome Event

Sunday, September 15
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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March of the Living Information Session

Tuesday, September 17
6:30 p.m.

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Jewish Food Bank’s Annual Food Drive

September 19 – October 9

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Federal Pre-Election Town Hall

Sunday, September 22
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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The Federal Election, 
the Jewish Community and You

Sunday, October 6, 2019

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Hebrew Free Loan Association

Interest-free student loans

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