Weekly Newsletter – October 30, 2020

October 30, 2020  / 12 Cheshvan 5781

Shabbat Begins: 5:35 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 6:41 p.m.   
Parsha: Lech-Lecha: Genesis 12:1 – 17:27

We are proud to report that King David was recently confirmed as a Canadian Accredited Independent School (“CAIS“), which is the highest standard for independent schools across Canada. King David joins a community of 90+ independent schools that choose to meet and exceed rigorous national standards that inspire continual whole-school improvement. We look forward to continuing our learning and benefiting from the significant and ongoing support of the CAIS community. 

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Faculty, Senior Leadership Team, and Board of Directors for their hard work and commitment, and in particular Alex Monchamp, our CAIS Coordinator, who was instrumental in this lengthy process to obtain our accreditation.

~ Russ Klein, Head of School

Each year, Orange Shirt Day is held nationally on September 30. Because this date often coincides with the High Holidays, and because we feel we need to give the event appropriate attention, King David commemorates Orange Shirt Day in late October. 

Orange Shirt Day is a national day of remembrance of the horror of residential schools for Canadian Indigenous peoples and the legacy they left behind. It is intended to spark conversations among all Canadians and help us all on the path of reconciliation.

The Social Justice class, led by Ms. Cameron, organized this year’s Orange Shirt Day for October 30. Students gathered in their TAG groups to hear from residential school survivor Susan Hunter.

Susan is Muskego Cree, from the Weenusk Band, Peawanuck, Ontario, a community located on Hudson’s Bay. She attended the St. Anne’s Residential School in Fort Albany for 7 years from age 7 to 14. She worked for the Federal Government for 31 years, and was introduced to Native organizations in Toronto. She volunteered to create Elder Gatherings and First Nations Day events, and sat on the Dodem Kanonhsa’s Advisory Committee. Today, she is retired and works with the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre as an Indian Residential School Survivor Peer Support Worker.

Susan shared her story of her time at St. Anne’s with our staff and students. She described the psychological and physical abuse she and her peers experienced at the residential school, and how she was separated from her family and forced to give up her culture and language. Her story was deeply affecting, and we are very grateful to Susan for agreeing to share her experiences with us.

Dr. Asher Kasirer (husband of King David teacher, Camelia Kasirer) speaks with the Holocaust Studies Class

On October 26, Asher Kasirer spoke to the Holocaust Studies 12 class. Dr. Kasirer is the son of two Holocaust survivors. He currently works as a dentist and has a deep interest in World War II and the Holocaust. Dr. Kasirer taught us about how Hitler rose to power, the rise of the Nazi party in Germany, and how Hitler scapegoated Jewish people. He also explained how the Nazi party manipulated German citizens and used scare tactics to achieve their goals. Dr. Kasirer has a deep knowledge of this period and explained everything in a very clear fashion. On behalf of the Holocaust Studies class, our thanks and we hope Dr. Kasirer will speak to us again – it was very informative!

~  Ben Sussman

The Grade 12 Holocaust Studies students also had the opportunity to share a Zoom call with Jack Micner, a second generation survivor. Mr. Micner went into great detail about his parents’ experience in the Holocaust, and how it affected his childhood. He also explained the trauma that he inherited and still carries to this day. He further explained the ripple effect this has had on his own children. Students had the opportunity to ask questions involving history and the Holocaust as a whole, ranging from his family’s experiences to general conditions at the time. Thank you, Mr. Micner, for sharing your story with us. 

~  Maya Cantor and Vida Sussman
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This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to hold our traditional King David Open House. However, we still want you to have the opportunity to experience our special school and are excited to host an innovative and informative virtual event that will allow you to learn more about who we are and what we offer.

Register now by clicking here, so we can send you all of the information you’ll need to participate.

Questions? Email Debbie Appelbaum or call 604-263-9700.

This week, orders must be placed by Wednesday, November 4 for pick up on Friday, November 6. Click here to place an order. 
Community is built on solid partnerships like the one between King David High School and Jewish Federation. Working together enables us to do more.
When you support the community through the Federation Annual Campaign, you can direct 75% of your new gift or increase to King David High School. Just type in “King David High School” on the donation form when you make your gift online.
We, along with many other local community organizations,  are counting on Federation Annual Campaign “plus gifts” to support our work. 


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Shabbat Shalom!


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