Weekly Newsletter – December 4, 2020

December 4, 2020  / 18 Kislev 5781

Shabbat Begins: 3:57 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:09 p.m.   
Parsha: Vayishlach: Genesis 32:4 – 36:43

Hilli Kedem, Emma Silber, Noam Knurick, Max Koenigbaur, and Brody Tolensky

Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude! On Tuesday, the Vancouver Jewish community made it perfectly clear how much they value Jewish education during our Jewish Day Schools’ Day of Giving. We collectively raised $180,000 for all five Jewish Day Schools! To everyone who made a gift to one or more schools, THANK YOU

A special thank you to King David grandparents, Norman and Sandra Miller, for their unexpected matching gift. It got us over the line and helped King David exceed our goal of raising $36,000 in 26 hours by more than $2,000! 

What a wonderful way to launch our Annual Campaign through such a heartwarming Day of Giving. 
Together, we thrive!

Grade 9 Art students explored the traditional medium of graphite pencils by drawing a very difficult subject: themselves! Using the gridding techniques of the New York artist Chuck Close, they demonstrated great understanding of shading and tone (light to dark) to create a variety of self portraits. Most chose to depict themselves in a way that reflects the times by keeping their masks on in the portrait.

Students reflected on the process and the display includes their reflections.

I made a portrait of myself and I worked so hard on it. The people around me inspired me to make this piece. I detailed everything: my skin, nose, ears, hair, you name it. Along the way, I made mistakes, like shading in too much. I realized that my portrait didn’t look like me yet so I took a way deeper look at my picture and noticed a few things and added them. The project didn’t turn out exactly how I expected it to, but it’s very close. I learned that patience is key to everything. 

~ Orian Yona

I drew a portrait of myself and used many different tools to create it. I decided to make my portrait without a mask because I thought it would be a good challenge to draw the nose and mouth. I first gridded the photo onto a larger piece of paper, outlined it, and then drew and blended it. I changed my drawing habits throughout the process because this was not something I usually draw. I learned to really pay attention to detail because that’s what makes the drawing really look like you.

~ Julian Lewis

Our attention has already shifted to our annual Random Acts of Chesed (RAC) Week, when we focus on doing acts of kindness by volunteering throughout the Lower Mainland. As this is a challenge this year because of the pandemic, we have explored alternate ways to volunteer. 

Today, during TAG, our students were introduced to King David alum, Aaron Friedland, Class of 2010, and the work his organization Simbi is doing (partnered with another King David alum, Ran Sommer, Class of 2009). Simbi gives students an opportunity to actually see how they can make a difference by using their voice to narrate books that will be used by others around the world to help them learn how to read. It is a way to bring global stewardship into King David in a tangible way by helping students expand their horizons and learn about people from other countries while making a difference by reading books.

The challenge is on to see if we can narrate 1,000 books by RAC Week in April!


Ethan Doctor, Yishai Estrin, and Ben Mizrahi watch as Nicky Scher and Ilana Guez test the strength of their spaghetti bridge

Each year, as part of their learning about forces and torques in equilibrium, the Physics 12 students take on the challenge of competing for the strongest spaghetti bridge. The goal is to use only pasta and hot glue to build a structure that would support a minimum load of 10 times its own weight. This year was a little different, with Ms. Uzan overseeing the competition via Zoom, but the results were as incredible as always!

As winter approaches and the weather gets colder, students find taking a mask break or eating lunch outdoors less appealling. We have a solution – a new tent out back!

Science 8 Accelerated students Eden Almog, Romy Alterman, and Levy Arazi worked on a fun chemistry project – models of volcanoes, complete with glittery “lava”! 

Grade 11 and 12 Foods students are getting ready for Hanukkah by making sufganyot! Pictured here are India Harris, Neve Haber, Sophie Fishman, Casey Krombein, and Jenna Tedford.

With Term 1 over, the Grade 8 Music class put on an end-of-term mini concert!

Shabbat Shalom!


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