Weekly Newsletter – February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020  / 26 Shevat 5780

Shabbat Begins: 5:24 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 6:31 p.m.   
Parsha: Mishpatim: Exodus 30:11 – 30:16

In last week’s newsletter, we had an update on our Grade 10 students’ first few days in Los Angeles before Shabbat. On Sunday we got our final update from Matt Dichter so we could learn about their weekend. 

Days 3-5

Friday was primarily spent at the L.A Museum of Tolerance. Our morning session was in the Holocaust and Tolerance sections of the museum. The guide was amazed by the students’ knowledge of the Holocaust. Before breaking for lunch, we met with a Holocaust survivor and asked a plethora of questions.

After lunch, we headed back to the Museum of Tolerance to see their Anne Frank exhibit. This part of the museum is really purposefully constructed so that as you move through the spaces they get tighter and tighter to replicate the conditions Anne and her family lived in for so long. This was a tough day for the students, but they were able to stay focused and learned much from the visit.

The plans for the evening included a trip to the Happy Minyan, which was was full of life and joyful Judaism. We then separated into groups to head out for a home hospitality Shabbat meal. It was a really nice experience to be involved in other families’ Shabbat traditions. 
Saturday morning, we did a workshop in the hotel organized by Rabbi Berger looking at the prayer Shema Yisrael. Next, we walked over to the Yeshiva University Los Angeles Campus (YULA). It was an amazing campus and we used one of their prayer chapels for a session on prayer with Rabbi Jack Malul. We had Kiddish Raba at YULA and then we went back to Rabbi Malul’s home for yet another meal and some Torah learning. 

For Havdallah, we went to the Pico Shul run by Rabbi Yona. He served us our Seuda Hashlishit (third meal) but it was actually our fourth meal of the day. We finished our evening by going to Los Angeles Theatre Sports. Here we were thoroughly entertained by some very gregarious improv actors.

Sean Sandler (left) and Tal Pretli joined the improv actors onstage

Sunday morning finally came, and for once the students were all on time and ready on the bus. This, my friends, is because we were off to Universal Studios. The day was spent on rides, and generally just enjoying the lightness of the atmosphere. 

After some last slices of kosher pizza and pasta we were back at LAX and ready for home.

We’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Jewish Federation, the Betty Averbach Foundation and other supporters who make this trip possible.


Our Grade 10 and 11 Science classes were treated to a presentation from representatives of UBC Women for STEM, a group of female UBC students in a variety of fields who hope to encourage a passion for STEM in today’s high school students.

Simran Gandhi, Selena Shew, and Han Nguyen are students in different scientific fields – Chemical Engineering, Environmental Science, and Biomedical Engineering, respectively. Each of them gave a brief presentation on their field, and how they became interested in studying sciences. 

They also gave a couple of demonstrations. The first was a simple demonstration on carbon dioxide emissions. By filling two water bottles with yeast and placing sugar in one and salt in the other, then attaching a balloon on top that would fill with carbon dioxide, they showed the two different chemical reactions.

Then the students were divided into teams and charged with creating simple prototypes with just toothpicks and marshmallows. The goal was to create sound structures, and points were awarded for the tallest structure, aesthetics, economical use of materials, and soundness (via an earthquake test and a wind test). 

It was a very informative presentation, and we were so lucky to have these three women show our students the beauty of science!

Morning Minyan and Munch has been growing at King David! The optional morning Tefillah attended and led by King David students across the religious spectrum has been happening every Thursday since the start of the year. Rain, snow, or the occasional absence of Rabbi Berger has not stopped the student-led minyan with Torah reading. 

This week, we opened up the Tefillah to all the members of our community so that they could join us for morning prayers and a breakfast catered by our wonderful Foods teacher, Hilit Nurick. Our special guests remembered and joined in with many of the tunes that have been passed down for generations. It was a wonderful experience, and we hope to continue expanding this program!

Tia Sacks, Jonathan Malowicki, and Rachel Cantor, all Class of 2019, with Elle Poirier, Class of 2017, and Neeve Mathews and Noah Kallner, both Class of 2016

Our Grade 12 students were given a wonderful opportunity to hear from King David alumni about their post-secondary experiences. Tia, Jonathan, Rachel, Elle, Neeve, and Noah each took turns discussing their post-secondary journeys. They offered some really great perspectives about choosing post-secondary institutions, setting realistic expectations, and keeping an open mind. Our Grade 12 students asked some important questions and got some great advice from our graduates who truly understand what the senior class is going through this year. We are so appreciative to our alumni who so enthusiastically come back to share their stories with our school and our students!

On Wednesday evening, the Senior Girls Basketball team competed in the Sea to Sky Zone Championship and won the tournament for the first time in Lions history! Congratulations to our Zone Champs! 

Shabbat Shalom!


Hebrew Free Loan Association
Post-Secondary Loan Programs and FAQ

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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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Community Longing and Belonging
Opening Reception

Tuesday, February 25
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, February 26

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Limmud Vancouver 2020
Festival of Jewish Learning

February 29 – March 1

Last chance for tickets!

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Beth Israel Casino Night

Thursday, March 5
5:30 p.m.

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Israel’s New Geopolitical Challenges in the Middle East

Saturday, March 21
7:30 p.m.

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