Weekly Newsletter – October 4, 2019

October 4, 2019  / 5 Tishrei 5780

Shabbat Begins: 6:27 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 7:30 p.m.   
Parsha: Vayelech: Deuteronomy 31:1 – 31:3

Last Friday, a group of King David students, with the permission of their parents and the support of our school, headed down to Vancouver City Hall to take part in the Global Climate Strike. Our proud and spirited students, carrying signs and chanting "Climate Justice Now" marched from City Hall, across the Cambie Street Bridge and into the heart of downtown Vancouver. Speeches, encouraging words, smiles and music along the entire route provided additional motivation and positive energy, as our students made their voices heard. We are proud to be helping our students become active members of a global community.

Eryn Vaida and Jordana Stern, Grade 11, check out the brand new yearbooks!

Every year, the arrival of the yearbook is the highlight of the first few weeks of school! It is a book of memories created by students for their high school peers. Our Yearbook Club worked very hard, giving up their lunch hour once a week. They spent all year taking photos at school events, creating artwork and layouts, and writing articles to create a wonderful collection of memories from the school year.

Any alumni who would like their yearbooks are encouraged to come to the school and pick them up from the front office, and parents and friends are welcome to have a look!

King David student Melila Chesick-Gordis (above centre), Grade 12, along with her family, were proud to host NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and NDP MP Don Davies at their home for Rosh Hashanah. 

Mr. Singh and Mr. Davies wanted to learn more about the holiday, and connect with Jewish community members. 

Melila showed them how to braid challah, and the Chesick-Gordis family, along with some friends, shared apples and honey and explained the symbols of Rosh Hashanah, as well as blowing the shofar.

To see the Global News coverage, please click here

Tal David from the Center for Israel Education (CIE) at Emory University spent two days at King David last week to work with all of our teachers and show them how and where they can bring Israel education and content into all areas of our curriculum and school. The guidance from Tal was part of a three-year grant sponsored by the Legacy Heritage Foundation that King David gratefully received three years ago.
Focusing on the timely issues of migration and immigration, Tal highlighted the opportunities for our teachers in different subjects to work together and include information about the State of Israel in their teaching, and how we can learn about our own issues through that lens. 

Through multiple hands-on activities, teachers left with an increased knowledge of Israel’s relevance in Jewish identity and how to address universal values through the benefit of belonging to a minority community. Tal will continue working with our staff throughout the year, culminating in a project where all teachers will show how they made use of Israel’s diversity in their own teaching materials.
It was a great opportunity for us to learn from her incredible knowledge, and she offered us a window into what other schools are doing and how we can learn from them and inorporate their successes into best practices for our school.

In our ongoing efforts to introduce our senior students to as many of the politicians up for election in the Vancouver-Granville riding as possible, last week Taleeb Noormohamed came in to speak to the Grade 12 class, accompanied by King David alumni Sam Shuster, Class of 2019, and Sason Ross, Class of 2012.

"Mr. Noormohamed spoke to us to let us know that he understands the challenges that middle-class families face every day, and is committed to working on a solution to make a real difference for Vancouver-Granville. He is a big supporter of Israel, and also has extensive involvement in the Ismaili community. I believe that it is a great idea for King David to bring in candidates/representatives from all the parties to speak to us, because this is the year many of us become of age to vote."
– Sagiv Fadida, Grade 12

We are very excited to introduce our new Mentorship Learning Program, which is a pilot program for the 2019-2020 school year. Our goal is to connect our students with professionals in our community who share their interests. In our first year, we will focus primarily on students in Grades 10 and 11. Each student will be asked to fill out an application to outline their reasons for wanting to work with a mentor as well as what they hope to gain from the program.

We are reaching out to all of you to ask if you may be willing to spend some time with one of our students in this capacity. Students may be interested in learning about your professional field, your educational path, your community service work, or even your recreational passions. The time commitment will vary with each pairing, but we are hoping that mentors can offer a minimum of 5 hours throughout the school year.

If you are interested, please fill out this form with your contact information and we will be in touch with you if and when there is a possible mentorship match.

For more information, please email Jordana Corenblum, our Community Connections and Special Programs Counsellor.

Shabbat Shalom!


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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