Weekly Newsletter – February 5, 2021

February 5, 2021 / 23 Shevat 5781

Shabbat Begins: 4:58 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 6:08 p.m.  
Parsha: Beshalach: Exodus 13:17 – 17:16
Grade 12 student Ben Sussman and Professor Irwin Cotler

On Wednesday, King David was honoured to have Professor Irwin Cotler “Zoom in” for a special assembly. As a world-renowned human rights lawyer, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and most recently Canada’s Special Envoy for Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Anti-Semitism, Professor Cotler shared his perspective on the state of international human rights, the rise of anti-Semitism and authoritarianism around the world, the plight of political prisoners, and his role as special envoy.
Professor Cotler also shared an op-ed he co-wrote with Baroness Helena Kennedy of the UK regarding imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh. You can read that op-ed by clicking here. Professor Cotler encouraged us to get involved and advocate for the release of Nasrin Satoudeh.

~ Ben Sussman, Grade 12

Professor Cotler praised our students for their attention throughout his presentation and said, “Your questions reflected to me how informed and engaged your school is in human rights. I come away from this encounter emboldened, inspired, and encouraged to continue my own work.”

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Ben Sussman for organizing this incredible opportunity for the school, and to Professor Cotler for sharing his time and experience with us!
Our Psychology class had a second opportunity to hear from Dr. Gary Lazar (pictured right), a parent of two King David alumni. Dr. Lazar, who is an adolescent psychiatrist, highlighted the impact COVID-19 is having on adolescents socially, mentally, and physically. He shared three examples of how people are coping with the pandemic in very different ways. Dr. Lazar was very open to questions which allowed us to broaden our knowledge and understanding of adolescence. On behalf of the Psychology class, I would like to thank Dr. Lazar for taking the time to share his expertise with us and we hope to have the opportunity to learn with him again!

~ Rachel Seguin, Grade 11

If King David parents would like to hear from Dr. Lazar first-hand, we encourage them to join our Meet the Doctor event on February 16. Click here for more information.

The Physics 11 students took on a project to build a ball launching machine as a way to put the concept of projectile motion they had covered in the classroom into a real-world application. The process involved designing the machine, building it by hand, and testing it for accuracy and predictability. Finally, on Tuesday, the teams demonstrated their projects to their peers in the Atrium, launching a ball to a target in the centre of the room. The students all did a spectacular job!
As a young person with dyslexia, King David alum Aaron Friedland discovered that while listening to and reading along with another reader he was able to master reading. Inspired by his experience, and motivated to help struggling students in Africa, Aaron, along with fellow King David alum Ran Sommer, has created the Simbi Foundation, whose technology allows readers to narrate storybooks into a software program that can then be watched and read by students in places where education and literacy are unattainable for many. 

At King David, our students and staff are supporting Simbi as a way for our students to volunteer their time in a virtual way. On December 4, we kicked off a school-wide Read-A-Thon as a friendly competition between TAG groups, which will conclude in time for RAC Week in April.

On Friday, during TAG, our students listened to Mrs. Belson interviewing Grade 11 student Sara Bauman, who has already recorded 16 books! They also watched a testimonial from a Headmaster in Africa talking about the positive impact of Simbi on his students. Our students then documented their own intentions for reading to add to their volunteer hours.
Shabbat Shalom!
A Night of Laughter
with VTT

Thursday, February 18
7: 30 p.m.

32nd Annual Jewish
 Film Festival

March 4 – March 14, 2021

Young Adult Singles Survey
from Axis Vancouver


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