Weekly Newsletter – May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021 / 10 Sivan 5781

Shabbat Begins: 8:40 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 10:00 p.m.  
Parsha: Naso: Numbers 4:21 – 7:89
A GLORIOUS SHAVUOT CELEBRATION
Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah along with all the Mitzvot. Once received, the Jewish people now had to take time to learn the laws of kosher shechita, (slaughter). Therefore, it is traditional to eat dairy products and to stay up all night learning Torah. 

Last Thursday, our students engaged in fun learning activities led by our Grade 11 volunteer leaders in celebration of Shavuot. One station included learning about the 613 mitzvot that are described in the Torah. At another station, students learned how Ruth, a Moabite woman who converted to Judaism, was famous for her faith in G-d and held up as an example of righteousness.

By decorating our “Mt. Sinai” (located at the grassy hill), students recalled the tradition to decorate flowers in shuls and homes in order to remember the flowers that filled Har Sinai at the time of the giving of the Torah.

At each station, students received a ticket for their participation and could redeem all their tickets for an ice-cream sandwich – perfect for the beautiful weather! 

Thank you to Grade 12 student, Keren Katz, and to Director of Jewish Life, Ellia Belson, for creating the program for the day!
PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
Isabel Wiseman, Jordana Stern, and Micah Shiff present their Capstone Projects
Capstone Projects

Our Grade 12 students are in the process of presenting their Capstone Projects! These projects are a culminating work for graduating students and an opportunity for them to showcase their strengths, passions, and learning journey. The Capstone Projects are such an incredible opportunity for students to share a different and often personal aspect of themselves.

So far, presentations have covered a wide variety of topics, including entrepreneurship, the therapeutic aspects of music, adolescent mental health, fad diets, and more!
Left: Nicky Scher, Ilana Guez, Maaor Rozen, Ella Michaeli and Joey Altow learn
car maintenance from Mr. Mo

Right: Eitan Elishkeviz, Cameron Gorski, and Noam Guralnick learn kitchen basics from Hilit
Learning Life Skills

As part of Career Life Connections (CLC) 12, Grade 12 students were required to attend at least one “Adulting 101” crash course of their choice. Students attended staff-led workshops on computer troubleshooting, filing taxes, car maintenance, sewing, 15-minute fitness, first aid, time management, and kitchen basics. Hopefully our students feel a little bit more prepared for independence with these new skills!
LION’S DEN REIMAGINED
As we mentioned in a previous newsletter, our annual Lion’s Den dinner had to look a little different this year. Grade 10 Foods students spent weeks planning and practicing meals so that they could bring the spirit of Lion’s Den home! Last week, students “shopped” in the Foods Room for the groceries they’d need, then went home and cooked their special meals for their families. They even designed their own menus! The food looked and, from what we heard from parents, tasted incredible. Congratulations to our students for being so adaptable to an unusual situation and making the very best of it.

As always, a huge thanks to our Foods Teacher, Hilit Nurick, for teaching and guiding our students in the art of cooking.
UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO MATH CONTEST
Last week, our Grade 8 – 11 students participated in the University of Waterloo Math Contests. This year saw the highest level of student participation that we have ever had! Congratulations to all our Math students for all their effort and determination to push themselves outside of the box and pursue independent thinking!

Mazal Tov to our contest winners (pictured above): Max Howitt, Grade 8, Daniel Litvak, Grade 9, Isaac Henry and Gilad Jankelowitz, both Grade 10, and Sophie Chelin, Grade 11.
A NEW WAY TO PLAY
The Junior Co-ed Volleyball and Spikeball team are taking advantage of the good weather, and have transitioned to outdoor volleyball at Tisdall Park. This new outdoor volleyball system has been working well, and there were smiles all around! Our students are so thrilled to be able to still participate in sports this year.

A special thanks to Mr. Goldbach and Mr. Amram for coaching and leading this team.
GENERATIONS UNITED FOR ISRAEL
CIJA hosted Generations United for Israel, a national gathering of solidarity. Almost 1,000 people were in virtual attendance as Jewish students and Holocaust Survivors from across Canada led a prayer rally for our Israeli brothers and sisters under attack.

The event featured King David students performing “Hatikvah”.

In case you missed it, you can watch the full event on Facebook or YouTube. Our students perform just after the 22 minute mark.
LEHITRAOT, AMIHUDE FAMILY!
On behalf of King David I wanted to take a moment to wish Ronit Amihude, Head of School at Richmond Jewish Day School, all the best as she moves on from her current position. After three years at RJDS, Ronit and her family are moving back to her hometown, Winnipeg. We are grateful to Ronit for her partnering with us in supporting RJDS students to continue their Jewish education at King David. We are also pleased that Ronit is joining Gray Academy of Jewish Education as their new Director of Learning and Innovation as we collaborate with Gray Academy as we are both members of CAIS and the North American Jewish Day School Network, Prizmah.
~ Russ Klein, Head of School
As an aside, if you are interested in continuing RJDS’s partnership with King David, then click here to see the details on the Richmond Jewish Day School job posting for a new Principal for the 2021-2022 school year.
Shabbat Shalom!
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Community Shabbat
with friends in Khabarovsk

Friday, May 21
6:00 p.m. PDT

Mosaic 2021
Building a Stronger Jewish Future Together

Thursday, May 27
7:00 p.m.

Brunch with Bakan
CHW Vancouver Book Club Event

Sunday, May 30
11:00 a.m. PT

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Celebration of Kindness Gala
Honouring Dr. Bonnie Henry

Sunday, May 30
5:15 p.m.

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Summer Youth Power Hour
at the JCC

Tuesdays and Thursdays
starting July 6

Registration opens May 31

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Ben-Gurion University
Virtual Gala for Brain Research

Wednesday, July 7
2:45 p.m. PDT

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