Weekly Newsletter – January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020  / 27 Tevet 5780

Shabbat Begins: 4:37 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:48 p.m.   
Parsha: Va’era: Exodus 6:2 – 9:35

The Physics 11 students were tasked with finding a functional way to put their conceptual knowledge of projectile motion to the test. In teams, students designed and constructed their own unique ball-launching device, and tested both its aim and distance. The teams all succeeded in turning basic designs into machines whose performance was remarkably accurate!

The Holocaust and Genocide Studies class and the Bakonyis (Teah, Grade 12, Noah, Grade 9, and their father, David) with Holocaust survivor Dani Wollner and his granddaughter Talya Wollner

"I was honoured to have a close relative, Dani Wollner, come share his story with our Holocaust and Genocide Studies class on Wednesday. Dani shared his childhood experiences in Hungary leading up to the Holocaust. He clearly remembers the rising anti-Semitism. He was 17 at the time of the war; as 17-year-olds ourselves, living in such a free country, we could hardly imagine what it must have been like to have gone through what he had at our age. 

When the Nazis invaded Hungary in 1944, Dani, his little brother, and his mother were taken into the ghetto. It wasn’t long before they were shoved and crowded into cattle cars and deported to Birkenau. Unfortunately, Dani’s family did not survive. As Dani said, he was lucky that when he entered the shower room, water came out of the faucets and not the gas. He was then sent to Auschwitz, and survived by working multiple jobs. From there, he was transferred to Dachau and survived two death marches. He eventually escaped by swimming through a nearby river in the dead of winter and was liberated days after by the Americans. 

We are so grateful to have had Dani share his story with us. Holocaust education is extremely important and with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz coming in a few days, hearing first-hand stories from those who survived is critical in keeping the past alive."

~ Teah Bakonyi, Grade 12

On Monday, our Grade 8 boys went indoor rock climbing at Cliffhanger in Vancouver. No King David class had been before, and the kids had a blast!

"One of the great ironies of life is this: he or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served." 
~ Gordon Hinckle

Volunteering is an integral part of King David’s student community activities. As a school we recognize how important student volunteering is, not only for the individual volunteering but also for the positive impact that students are having on the community and organizations where they volunteer. This week, small groups of students volunteered at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, and two neighbourhood elementary schools.

On Tuesday, a group of our students – Jordana Stern, Grade 11, and Maya Zilberberg and Taya Asadurian, both Grade 8 – headed off to Admiral Seymour Elementary to volunteer and spend time with some younger students.

On Wednesday morning, Grade 9 students Rachel Marliss, Tali Keil, Haylee Topp, and Emma Silber volunteered at the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

On Thursday, a group of Grade 9 students, including Ali Fadida and Liya Dorfman, volunteered at Tillicum Elementary, reading books and playing games!

Shabbat Shalom!


Brazilian Shabbat
with special guest, Brazilian Ambassador Silvio José Albuquerque e Silva

Friday, January 31
5:30 p.m.

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Navigating the World of Addiction

Friday, January 31
4:45 p.m.

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Inside the Mossad with Ronen Bergman

Sunday, February 2
6:15 p.m.

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1 Billion Rising Lower Mainland Initiative

Monday, February 3
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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Mindful Relationships
Practical Communication
Tools to Build Healthier Connections!

Thursday, February 6
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Temple Sholom.

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Isaac Waldman Library Used Book Sale

February 9 – 13
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Using Our Voices
Interactive Choir Experience featuring Choir! Choir! Choir!

Sunday, February 23
7:00 p.m.

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Optimism and Hope
Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness, Addiciton, and Homelessness

Wednesday, February 26

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Limmud Vancouver 2020
Festival of Jewish Learning

February 29 – March 1

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Beth Israel Casino Night

Thursday, March 5
5:30 p.m.

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