Weekly Newsletter – January 29, 2021

January 29, 2021  / 16 Shevat 5781

Shabbat Begins: 4:47 p.m.   Shabbat Ends: 5:57 p.m.   
Parsha: Beshalach: Exodus 13:17 – 17:16

Wednesday, January 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking 76 years since the Allied troops liberated Auschwitz. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), a Canadian affiliate of the World Jewish Congress, promotes a #WeRemember campaign each year to mark the day, which our staff and students participated in, taking a moment to remember and honour the lives of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

In their Block 4 classes, teachers and students took time to read an article and watch a video together, with a discussion afterwards. Jewish leaders and leaders of other faiths around the world decided to use International Holocaust Memorial Day as an opportunity to stand in opposition of, and speak out against, the abuse and persecution of Uyghur Muslims in China today. Both the video and article explore what they had to say. 

You can read the article by clicking here
You can watch the video here

Our school has a strong and dedicated Green Club this year. At the beginning of the year, they set the priority of reinitiating our school garden and Tu B’Shevat seemed to be the perfect time to get things started. With the generous support of the King David PAC, we were able bring our garden dreams to fruition. We consulted with Fresh Roots, who bought their school-garden expertise to our site and are helping us optimize our efforts. 

On Thursday, we marked Tu B’Shevat at the school by planting 128 seed starters. These will germinate and sprout for 6-8 weeks inside our school before being transplanted into our garden beds in the spring. The Green Club, along with our Foods classes, will continue to work with the plants, and Fresh Roots will help us with crop planning and planting as the growing season begins. The garden program is open to all students and staff. We hope that interest in working in the garden will grow and that many will want to help out. 

Starting the garden has been great fun, but it’s also important to know why gardening is such an important skill. To help the whole school have a better understanding of this, we  organized a Zoom panel on Food Security held during an extended TAG block on Friday. Panelists from Jewish Family Services and Fresh Roots, as well as our own Rabbi Berger joined us to talk about what food security is, how we are combating it in our communities, and opportunities for youth to get involved. 

For more information, or to get involved with the school garden, please email Jordana Corenblum or Johnny Seguin.

For the past two weeks, the Social Studies 11 class have taken time to explore how indigenous peoples are reclaiming mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being despite the continuing effects of colonialism. In class, students have been learning about the history of Vancouver and how indigenous people have been moved to its peripheries. Students have also been analyzing stories in the news for ways colonialism continues to affect First Nations, and how they are persevering to reclaim their status as the First Peoples of Canada. 

Students listened to a podcast from Indian and Cowboy’s “Stories from the Land” series. Sara Bauman reflected on it afterwards:

It really gave me another perspective. We have learned a lot about the hard facts of what early settlers did to First Nations, and we do touch upon the psychological damage they have faced, but hearing it first-hand is an unforgettable experience. It shows how we still have much farther to go in rebuilding connections and restoring relationships with these people who have been wronged in the past.”

You can listen to the podcast by clicking here

King David, always appreciative of its strong partnership with the Federation, is extremely grateful to be one of the 21 agencies that received grants funded by generous contributions to Jewish Federation’s Community Recovery Fund. The grant is designated specifically to address organizations’ urgent and emerging needs resulting from COVID-19. King David will utilize the funding for on-site health and safety equipment and enhanced cleaning services to keep students, teachers and staff safe.

King David extends its gratitude to the JFGV’s Community Recovery Task Force, chaired by Risa Levine, for the speed in which they processed grant applications. While COVID-19 may have had a negative impact on us all, it has shown the strength of the Vancouver Jewish community and highlighted the positive connections we share. Our sincerest thanks to the many generous donors who made this possible for King David and our entire community.

Shabbat Shalom!


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