Weekly Newsletter – November 22, 2019

November 22, 2019  / 24 Cheshvan 5780

Shabbat Begins: 4:05 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:15 p.m.   
Parsha: Chayei Sarah: Genesis 23:1 – 25:18

The Gift of Music

On Sunday evening, our talented King David musicians in Grade 10-12 wowed the audience with our RAC Benefit Concert. Staff, students, family members and friends gathered in our atrium for a truly incredible event, featuring pop songs, classic rock, R&B, and everything in between. We are so grateful to our community for coming out to support our students, and help them raise funds for Krembo Wings in Israel and Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre in BC. 

Thanks also to our Music teacher, Johnny Seguin, for all of his hard work and effort in bringing our students to the stage. 

A Week to Give Back

Throughout the week, each grade was given a day to go into the community and volunteer with a variety of organizations. The students had a great experience, spending their time cleaning up the shore line, baking cookies, serving food and coffee, making buttons, decorating, and much more!

A warm thank you to the organizations who opened their doors and hearts to our students and allowed them to spend time with them this week:
  • Admiral Seymour Elementary
  • Canuck Place
  • Community First Foundation – Backpack Buddies
  • Grandview Woodland Policing Centre 
  • Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup
  • Greater Vancouver Food Bank
  • Kimount Boys and Girls Club
  • Louis Brier and Weinberg Residence
  • Mission Possible
  • Mount Pleasant Community Centre
  • Quest Food Exchange
  • Ronald McDonald House BC
  • Salvation Army Vancouver Harbour Light
  • Tillicum Annex
  • Union Gospel Mission
  • West Coast Cancer Foundation 
Kindness Can Change the World

Anna-Mae Wiesenthal and Russ Klein with Boris and Alvaro Castellanos

To explore the ways in which kindness can have a huge and lasting impact on future generations, King David had the great privilege of hearing from different speakers this week.

On Thursday, we heard from brothers Alvaro and Boris Castellanos, two musicians and filmmakers who created the documentary The Rescue. The documentary details the life of their grandfather, Colonel José Arturo Castellanos, a Salvadoran diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust and has since been honoured as Righteous Among the Nations. Colonel Castellanos, who worked at the Salvadoran Embassy, first saved his Jewish best friend, György Mandl, by hiring him and providing him with Salvadoran citizenship under the name George Mantello. Together, the two men provided citizenship documents for Jews across occupied Europe. 

As musicians, Alvaro and Boris wanted to turn the film into an immersive experience, and as part of their showings they hire local musicians and play live concertos of music from their grandfather’s time along with the screening. 

A huge thanks to Holocaust Studies teacher, Anna-Mae Wiesenthal, for organizing this incredible visit and to the Diamond Foundation for their support of this project.

Former Mossad agent, Yola Reitman

On Friday morning, JNF Canada generously provided the opportunity for former Mossad agent, Yola Reitman, to share her story with our students. Yola, who is also Grade 8 student Ido Goodman’s aunt, took a leading role in rescuing 12,000 Ethiopian Jews from hostile Sudan. They made their way to Israel via the Red Sea Diving Resort that was established by the Israeli Mossad as part of Operation Brothers (Mivtza Achim). The heroic story of this remarkable operation can be seen in the Netflix film The Red Sea Diving Resort.

A Fun-Filled Finale 

This afternoon, everyone was ready in their RAC T-Shirts for our finale. Unbeknownst to our greater school population, our Grade 12 RAC Committee, have been planning a RAC Rave (brain child of Oren Mathews)! In celebration for all the good and supportive actions going on throughout RAC Week, students ended the day with a celebration, complete with music, dancing, and Mocktail punch. As students were led downstairs for a "serious" talk with Mr. Monchamp, the lights turned out and Grade 12 students came running in for a party. With a happy ending to RAC Week, let’s all commit to being "a light in the dark" for others!
A special thank you goes out to Jordana Corenblum, Esther Mogyoros, Syma Shaheen, and our volunteer parents for being lights themselves, putting in extraordinary additional effort to make RAC 2019 an amazing success!

The Annual General Meeting of the King David Board of Directors welcomed incoming Board members Megan Laskin and Aaron Singer.
Megan and Aaron bring a wealth of experience to our Board. Megan has held many community roles. She has served as a director on the Beth Israel Synagogue Board, the VTT Board, the JFGV Board, has co-chaired Choices, and most recently completed her role as Women’s Philanthropy Chair for the Federation Annual Campaign. Aaron is a lawyer whose practice focuses on private company mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and general corporate and commercial law advice.
To learn more about our Board, click here. Thank you to our members for your willingness to share your skills and experience to ensure the long-term success of King David in what promises to be an exciting period of growth for the school.
To retiring Board member Alex Hart, our sincere thanks for your meaningful contribution to the school over the past 8 years. Alex has had many prominent roles, but we are most grateful for his leadership in his role as Chair of the Judaics Committee.
Our sincere gratitude to the members of the 2019-2020 Board for their continued support and commitment to King David and Jewish education, and for lighting the way into the next decade for our school.

What comes after Black Friday and Cyber Monday? 

December 3rd is Giving Tuesday – the International Day of Giving!

BE A LIGHT! Follow in the footsteps of our students and brighten their paths towards the future!

Watch out for more information in your inbox or mailbox about King David’s Annual Campaign!

Shabbat Shalom!


Shabbat Dinner with Yola Reitman

Friday, November 22

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Vancouver Gap Year Fair

Sunday, November 24
5:00 p.m.

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The Changing Landscape:
Housing Choices of the Future

Tuesday, November 26
5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

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NCSY Family Italian Dinner

Friday, November 29
6:00 p.m.

Earl Parker Award for Jewish Film

Application Deadline: April 6, 2020

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