Weekly Newsletter – December 20, 2019

December 20, 2019  / 22 Kislev 5780

Shabbat Begins: 3:58 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:11 p.m.   
Parsha: Vayeshev: Genesis 37:1 – 40:23

It has been a busy first term! Thank you to our students and our community for such a wonderful end to 2019! Watch the video below to see what our students have been up to since September.

Term 1 Montage


At King David, we are proud to create graduates who are confident, resourceful leaders and collaborators who thrive academically and are conscientious contributors to their community and the world. 

As our alumni explore post-secondary paths and their careers, we want to continue to celebrate their successes as individuals. Click here to see where some of their journeys have taken them!

"I am currently in my second year at McGill University, majoring in World Religions and doing a double minor in Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and Social Justice Studies and Political Science.

I also run a student group called called the Jewish Chavurah, a student-run organization that began about 15 years ago. We host Shabbat dinners every week in our apartments, cooking for about 20-30 people, and we lead davening and host other events for community building. I feel this is fulfilling a need for a homey Jewish space for people to express themselves and do their Jewish practice in the ways they are familiar with. It really creates a space for connection and community.
King David made me very aware of my Jewish values. I never really realized it growing up within this community, but going out into the big, secular world, I take a lot of comfort in being around Jewish people and creating spaces for Jewish ritual and practice. Growing up in such a small community really fostered that.

Rabbi Berger in particular taught me how to stick to my values and have resilience in challenging situations. My time at King David taught me to follow my passion, even if it’s not the norm, and to exist within the world with authenticity."

~ Rakeea Chesick-Gordis, Class of 2018
CANukkah CANstruction 

Over the last week and a half, students and staff brought in a variety of canned goods as part of a CANukkah CANstruction project. CANstruction is a philanthropic art project, with the food items first being turned into a collaborative sculpture before being donated to people in need. King David’s project of choice was to create one large Hanukkiah, with students from each grade helping to construct it. The end result was very impressive! With the hard work over, all the canned goods will be donated to the JFS Food Bank. Thank you to everyone who participated – we have 550 cans to deliver!

On Tuesday, Math 8 students turned their classroom into a mini mall, where they "shopped" for bargains. They were each given $1,000 to spend, and asked to buy a minimum of three items, with at least one coming from the mock Shuk that had been set up. Students were tasked with calculating discounts and applying them to their items, converting shekels to Canadian dollars with the exchange rate given to them, and applying the taxes to arrive at their total amount spent. They all did very well, and had a lot of fun learning how math translates to the real world! Good preparation for their upcoming trip to Israel!

It is interesting that, according to Jewish law, when we light the Hanukkah menorah, we are prohibited from using its light – from reading by it, or doing any other task by it. Instead, we are commanded to simply look at it. This is also true of the original menorah that was in the Temple – the vessel that our Hanukkah menorah is based on. Normally, we do not focus on the light itself. All year we use the light to look at what it has illuminated. But on Hanukkah, we are to focus on seeing the light itself, and fill our eyes with it. In fact, we are not supposed to do any work for as long as the Hanukkah candles are lit, so that we can focus on the light. What is special about the light of Hanukkah, and what are we supposed to see?
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הילית של הלביבות

Makes 20-30 latkes (depending on size)

5 medium/large Yukon Gold or yellow fleshed potatoes – grated
1 medium onion – grated
1 Granny Smith apple – cored and grated (skin on)
2 garlic cloves – crushed
Fresh thyme – leaves only from 10 sprigs
1/8 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg
1 egg
4-5 Tbsp all purpose flour
1 Tbsp salt
Canola oil for frying
Grate the potatoes, onion and apple into a large-sized bowl. Keep the juices. Add remaining ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon or a spatula. Preheat the oil (preferably in a non-stick pan) and spoon the mix into the oil, one heaped spoon at a time. Give the mix a few turns with the spoon each time before you scoop the mix, so as to blend the liquid that forms at the bottom of the bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Once the latke is in the pan, give it a little press with the spoon to flatten it a bit. When the edges of the latke are golden brown, turn it over with either a slotted spatula or tongs and let it cook until golden brown. Once both sides are golden brown, take the latke out of the oil with the tongs and place on a paper towel-lined tray, to soak up some of the oil.

Serve hot with sour cream or apple sauce (or both).
Note: Make sure your oil is not too hot as you don’t want the latkes to burn. The perfect latke is golden brown on the outside and cooked on the inside.
~ As with every Jewish text, this recipe comes with a midrash (text interpretation):
People often ask: "why the apple"?
In this recipe, the tart apple serves the function of cutting the oiliness of the fried latke. It’s the same idea as when we squeeze a lemon over fried foods.

Have a Wonderful Winter Break!
Chag Hanukkah Sameach!


Kids4Kids Event for the Hungry

Wednesday, December 25
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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Cannabis, Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

Thursday, January 16, 2020
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Tikkun Olam Youth Awards

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