Weekly Newsletter – May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020  / 5 Sivan 5780

Shavuot Candle Lighting: 8:48 p.m.
Shabbat Begins: 8:49 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 10:12 p.m.   
Parsha: Shavuot: Exodus 19:1-20:23
SHAVUOT LEARNING


Top L-R: David Clark (Grade 12), R’ Dan Moskovitz, Sara Bauman (Grade 10)
Middle L-R: Ella Pekarsky (Grade 12)Melila Chesick-Gordis (Grade 12)
Taya Benson (Grade 8)
Bottom L-R: Josh Shecter (Grade 11), Aidan Ariel (Grade 8), Sagiv Fadida (Grade 12)

On Wednesday, we had a special Shavuot learning program during Block 5. On Shavuot, it is customary to celebrate the revelation of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai by eating dairy and staying up all night learning Torah. Here at King David, we couldn’t let this occasion pass us by.

Instead of the regularly scheduled class, students were able to attend two separate sessions, lasting twenty minutes each. We invited Torah scholars from all different sectors of Judaism, in-line with a pluralistic Jewish education. The topics led to fascinating talks, with follow-up questions from students. 

We are so grateful to our community Rabbis and leaders for joining with us!

Here are a list of speakers and their subjects:

Rabbi Dan Moskovitz
(Temple Shalom)
Who are the supporting actors in your life? A study of the Ish b’Sadeh the man in the field that helps Joseph find his brothers.
Rabbi Adam Stein
(Beth Israel)
Face to Face – Whom did we see?
Ayala Wilchfort
(Schara Tzedek)
Shavuot and Megillat Ruth
Rabbi Andrew Rosenblatt
(Schara Tzedek)
Jerusalem’s Last Stand – The Battle for Jerusalem in 701 BCE
Rabbi Carey Brown
(Temple Shalom)
What Makes Us So Special? Why Did the Jewish People Receive Torah?
Karen Levitt
(Deputy City Manager, City of Vancouver)
I’m Jewish but am I spiritual?
Rabbi Yechiel Baitelman
(Chabad of Richmond)
Ruth: Unwavering Commitment & Grace
Rabbi Jonathan Infeld 
(Beth Israel)
Could this be the end of the Jewish people?  
Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan
(Vancouver School of Theology)
The Book of Ruth gives a different view of many ideas in Torah. Discover just how diverse Jewish thought can be.
CHEESECAKE FOR SHAVUOT

On Wednesday afternoon, we held our online Coffee and Cheesecake event hosted by Hilit Nurick and Justine Balin (Class of 2017).

Hilit and Justine led the group through the creation of a variety of cheesecakes, making the process easy and fun. They shared their tips and tricks for making the perfect dessert. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn from expert chefs and to prepare a cheesecake alongside them! 
STAFF ORIENTATION FOR RETURN TO SCHOOL JUNE 1!


Morning group of attentive teachers!

On Thursday, the King David staff gathered at the school for the first time since mid-March! Before some students return to in-class learning on Monday, June 1, our faculty and admin team met in two sessions to discuss the protocols that have been put in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. The faculty also discussed ways to integrate in-class learning with remote Zoom learning for those remaining at home. The new technology in each of the classrooms was demonstrated in preparation for the hybrid learning model that will begin next week.

For King David’s Exposure Control Plan, please click here.


The afternoon group is focussed on everything Mr. Mo has to share!
A HISTORY-MAKING DAY OF GIVING!
May 26, 2020 will forever be a day to remember! In a remarkable show of unity, the Vancouver Jewish community came together to support Jewish Education. The strong spirit of collaboration between the Lower Mainland’s five Jewish Day Schools facilitated the launch of the first ever Day of Giving. We are so grateful for, and proud of, all that we achieved together! The $337,000 raised in 26 hours is truly a vote of confidence in each school’s commitment to Jewish life, learning and continuity.

We would like to say a special thank you to King David’s three donors who made our matching gifts possible. Todah Rabah to the Kahn Foundation, Norman and Sandra Miller, and Claudio and Ruben Grubner and families!
HOW DO PARENTS SAY WE ARE DOING?

Just before COVID-19 disrupted all of our lives, King David was about to enter a new Strategic Planning phase. We had contracted with Berlineaton, a Victoria-based management consulting firm. Berlineaton specializes in strategic planning and data analytics for independent schools across Canada.
 
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we elected to put our Strategic Planning on hold. Berlineaton reached out to us to ask how they could support us, at no cost, to better understand what our parents, students, and teaching faculty are experiencing with this shift to emergency remote learning.
 
As we get ready to welcome students back to school, we thought we would share some of the data gathered with the full unedited summary from Berlineaton.
ONLINE LEARNING WITH OUR COMMUNITY











When you were young, family traditions probably seemed like something that happened naturally – and for you as a child, they probably did. Just as families grow and change, so do traditions. Sometimes traditions evolve or make way for something different as they are passed from generation to generation and help shape a family’s legacy. Jewish rituals and traditions usually revolve around food! What
memories do these traditions and rituals evoke?

Join Deborah Youngson, Debra Miller, Eleanor Braude, Ellia Belson, Pam Wolfman, Revital Lapid, and Ronit Reda Yona for a conversation hosted by Dorin Eilon-Heiber and Shula Talmaciu where we will all share our memories of family rituals, traditions and recipes from around the world.












Please join Rabbi Berger, either as individuals or families, for a special Friday discussion. Rabbi Berger will present, through case studies, a thought-provoking collection of dilemmas that will be make for a lively Shabbat conversation. Here is a chance to share values, discuss ethics, and take a look into the Talmud and the wisdom of the Jewish legal process. These cases will let you be the judge and turn your family room into a Beit Din: "House of Law".
MORE SHABBAT COOKIE DELIVERY PHOTOS


Chag Sameach!

COMMUNITY EVENTS


Zoom call with Israel Consul General Galit Baram

Wednesday, June 3
4:00 p.m.

Learn One Page of Talmud A Week

Every Sunday

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ALUMNI CORNER




Tutoring with Jacob and Landon 
1st Grade to 1st Year

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BBQ Busters
Barbecue cleaning services from Aaron Casseres and Jack Tritt

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