Weekly Newsletter – September 27, 2019

September 27, 2019  / 27 Elul 5779

Shabbat Begins: 6:42 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 7:45 p.m.   
Parsha: Nitzavim: Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20
SHANA TOVA!


This morning, the whole school gathered in the atrium for our Rosh Hashanah service. Student representatives from each grade performed songs, music, read stories and led tefillot (prayers). Kudos to all our volunteers, who did an outstanding job!
 
Grade 9 students Max Kimel, Jesse Millman, Adam Sussman, Joella Pravda, and Maya Feldman read and enacted a mashal (parable) that explained the meaning and theme of Rosh Hashanah and was a comparison of G-d and the Jewish people on Rosh Hashana. There are three themes that appear in our Musaf prayer, that highlight the purpose of Rosh Hashanah: Malchiyut, to proclaim G-d authority over us; Zichronot, to remember G-d as Creator of every living thing; and Shofrot, the blasts of the ram’s horn to remind us to reflect and contemplate on our actions.
 
The first prayer was the most important prayer, the Shema. Grade 11 students Prielle Laniado, Keren Katz and Ilana Guez sang a beautiful Hebrew song, "Keshehalev Boche" (When the Heart Cries). 

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Judah Moskovitz, Grade 8, then took the lead while everyone covered their eyes and recited the Shema together.
 
Uriel Presman Chikiar, Itav Estrin, Zach Fisher, Max Forman, and Judah Moskovitz, from Grade 8, read the incredible story of Don Fernando Aguilar, who bravely risked his life and reputation during the Spanish Inquisition and performed a symphony including 100 blastings of the shofar. Our reading was concluded with our own Spanish band of Grade 12 students Josh Switzer, Noah Marciano, and Aaron Schaffer, accompanied by our shinshin, Omer Shpatz on the shofar.
 
Grade 10 students Tal Pretli, Erica Forman, and Eitan Sasky told the story of Unetane Tokef before the reading of the prayer itself, which was read in Hebrew and in English by Nitzan Berger and Barak Lapid, also in Grade 10.
 
The prayer ended with a rousing blast of the shofar. The significance and meaning behind the shofar sounds, were explained by Grade 12 students Melila Chesick-Gordis, Noa Haber, David Clark, and Zevi Kline. Once again, Omer blew the shofar, surprising us all with his Tekiah Gedolah, with a seemingly endless blow! Kol Hakavod, Omer!
 
Finally, Grade 11 students Benjy Kraft, Cameron Gorski, Noam Guralnick, Jacob Weidman and Oliver Munt led us in the conclusion of our service with the Aleinu Prayer, getting down on the floor to bow as is our tradition on Rosh Hashanah.
 
As always, a celebration of a holiday is nothing without something good to eat. Prepared by Casey Krombein, Grade 11, delicious, sweet challah was available for everyone before they headed back to class.
A ROSH HASHANAH MESSAGE FROM RABBI BERGER

The High Holiday season is a time for teshuvah: for reconciliation between people, and between people and God. But reconciliation usually entails some sort of willingness to apologize for something wrong that they have committed, and apologizing is something that can be difficult to do.
 
It is hard, but not because it’s tough to figure out how to do it. Actually, the formula, at least on paper, is pretty clear. Structurally, an apology is a very simple thing. 
 
"I have wronged you." 
 
If you dissect that sentence, you’ll see that there is a subject, a verb, and an object. Taken together, these three components hammer home a rather direct message – one that allows for little, if any, evasion. The subject is "I".  There is no evasion there, as "I" am the one who did this to you; there’s no wiggle room. The verb is "wronged" – no mistake, no accident, no temporary insanity, no morally neutral error. Just an acceptance that I did the wrong thing to you. The object of the sentence, the victim of that wrong, is "you". No vagueness there – you were the target of my action and you were affected by my action. I hurt you.

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EXPLORING THE OUTDOORS


Smiles from the top of the mountain! 
L-R: Yishai Estrin, Alex Scher, Isaac Liedemann, Nicky Scher, Noam Guralnick, 
Aviv David, Benjy Kraft, and Cameron Gorski

This week 8 King David students braved the wilderness to complete portions of their Duke of Edinburgh levels. The group spent two nights camping at Elfin Lakes in Squamish and hiked 35 kilometers. The group had an exciting experience with mountain weather and a handful of animal sightings! Next week the Junior students will head out on their outdoor trip to Cheakamus Lakes.

ATHLETICS THIS WEEK


The PHE 10 Boys class took advantage of the nice weather and had a great time at the driving range at Musqueam Golf Center this past Tuesday.


On Thursday, our Junior Girls’ Volleyball Team spent the day at a tournament at Lions Gate Christian Academy. 


On Thursday evening, our Senior Boys’ Soccer team won their game against St. George’s. Mazal Tov, Lions! 

Shabbat Shalom!

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Hebrew Free Loan Association

Interest-free student loans

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Jewish Food Bank’s Annual Food Drive

September 19 – October 9

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The Federal Election, 
the Jewish Community and You

Sunday, October 6, 2019

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High Holidays 
Cemetery Service

Sunday, October 6, 2019
11:00 a.m.

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Vancouver Gap Year Fair

Sunday, November 24
5:00 p.m.

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