Weekly Newsletter – June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021 / 1 Tamuz 5781

Shabbat Begins: 9:00 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 10:25 p.m.  
Parsha: Korach: Numbers 16:1 – 18:32
This week, the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver sent out a letter to our Muslim community members on behalf of the community Jewish organizations, including King David.

“We wish to express our deepest condolences to the Lower Mainland Muslim community on the
terrible loss of four members of the London Ontario Muslim community this past Sunday
evening. This deliberate act of anti-Muslim hatred that resulted in the death of three generations of one family solely because of their faith is truly shocking to us. We condemn this act of violence and call on the justice system to prosecute the suspect to the fullest extent of the law for committing both murder and a hate crime. Such actions are repugnant and destructive to people of all faiths, they are an affront to G-d and to all human values. Tragically, we are seeing a dramatic increase in hate crimes directed toward people of many faiths and cultures.”

To read the full letter, please click here.
Click the image above to watch the ceremony.
The video will be available to watch until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 18.

On Wednesday evening, we hosted our annual Year End Celebration: Celebration 5781, where we acknowledge the accomplishments of our students.

It was once again online this year, but we still had hundreds of viewers. Recognition was given to outstanding student achievements in all grades and across all disciplines. As a school, we define outstanding in many ways, which are not limited by the narrow definition of a student with the top mark in a course. While recipients may be academically strong, teachers are encouraged to give additional consideration to other characteristics such as effort, improvement, positive contribution to the learning environment, resilience or perseverance, to name a few.

The audience was also entertained with a variety of videos created by staff and students in the Fine Arts Department. Foods students showed their journeys throughout the year with original music from Grade 12 student, Yishai Estrin, as the soundtrack. Our Art students displayed their work and shared what Art means to them, and our Music students created some incredible music videos!

This event is always spectacular, online or otherwise, and we hope that next year we can return to having it in person! We’re so proud of all our students for their hard work and persistence throughout this year!
Along with the acknowledgement of our students at our Year End Celebration, at the end of each school year we recognize student athletes who best personify PRIDE (Personal responsibility, Respect, Integrity, Diligence, and Empathy) and sportsmanship with Heart of a Lion awards for each sport and age group. This year, our athletics program has looked much different than usual, but we would still like to share the successes of our athletes.

To view the list of Heart of a Lion recipients, please click here.
Maya Cantor, Grade 12, Erica Forman, Grade 11, and Ilana Guez, Grade 12, give the
World Oceans Day presentation on behalf of Green Club
June 8 was World Oceans Day! To celebrate, leaders of the Senior Green Club presented an educational presentation during a morning assembly, followed by in-class discussion questions. Then, during each lunch block, students had the opportunity to join a recycling relay race.

A portion of the money donated by students, who all wore blue, will go towards adopting our own King David whale! The whale of choice will be protected by Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and we will get to follow along and receive updates on how our whale is doing.

Green Club hopes the day has shown our students how important it is to be educated about the issues impacting the world.

~ Maya Cantor, Grade 12
Clockwise from top left:

  • Josh Schecter combined his passion for both biking and skiing, his interest in building things, his aptitude for physics and his future engineering pursuits to create an incredible Ski Bike.
  • Vida Sussman talking about her research project on Vaccine Hesitancy.
  • Yishai Estrin debuting his recording of his song “I Wish I Knew”
  • Alex Scher with the vegan cookbook she put together with the help of her Capstone mentor, Sophie Chelin. 

As we’ve mentioned in previous newsletters, last year at King David we implemented Career Life Connections 12 (CLC 12), a new provincially-mandated course that all Grade 12 students must complete to qualify for graduation. Part of CLC 12 is a Capstone project which is a self-directed passion project that each student gets to choose for themselves. We had another amazing week of Capstone Projects, with topics including body image, music production, the history of hip hop, electric vehicles, field hockey, horseback riding, supporting local businesses, vegan cooking and more!
In Ms. Neuman’s Hebrew 9 class, it was sandwich-making time! Who knew that putting together gveena, agvanya and tapuach between two slices of lechem could be so delicious! Students created videos for their final projects, where they shared the steps of making their favourite sandwiches. Check out Penina Berger’s video by clicking the image above.
Hebrew 12 students Ethan Doctor, Ben Sussman, Isaac Biegel Evans, Issy Lipetz,
and Mattea Lewis, with Ms. Keselman
This week in Hebrew 12 with Ms. Keselman we went on a small field trip for one of our last classes before graduation. The Hebrew 12 class wants to thank Ms. Keselman for a great few years in Hebrew. We had a lot of fun in your class and learned so much!

~ Mattea Lewis, Grade 12
Students experimented with ingredients such as beans, chickpeas, seitan, beets, and mushrooms to create a burger patty that would hold up against beef burgers in shape, texture, and flavour. They also made their own buns and condiments such as ketchup, aioli, and pickles. The results were astounding! 
Today, King David students came together as a community to package bags of snacks for people living on the Downtown Eastside. The bags will be going to an organization called Street Saviors, which provides supplies, medical aid, and food to battle the opioid crisis. As a student in Grade 10, I was so excited to be a part of this project, especially because I know that what we are doing will help other people. You can watch a short video that explains how Street Saviors is helping people by clicking here.

~ Rachel Gerber, Grade 10
Back in April, during RAC Week, our students took part in a mural project. Students created their own individual tiles decorated with something they felt was representative of themselves and their feelings. With the 256 tiles completed, they’ve now been placed together to create a beautiful mural that is a reflection of our King David community and its strength and resilience.

Thanks to Judaic Studies teacher, Elana Freedman, for leading the project, Art teacher, Kathy Zhang, for helping design the mural, and our custodian, Jess Sabado, for putting it all together!
Congratulations to our Junior Street Hockey winners, Team Black: Josh Stern, Joel Jacobskind, Micah Sacks, and Chase Dodek! It’s definitely been a fun and creative year in our Athletics department. A special thanks to Coach Seguin and Coach Amram for all of their leadership and coaching this spring.
Back Row L-R: David Amram, Alex Monchamp, Elana Freedman
Front Row L- R: Amanda Cameron, Hilit Nurick, Tali Keselman, and Irit Uzan
(Missing: Anna-Mae Wiesenthal)

King David is fortunate to have a dedicated and talented staff! A staff who truly care for our students and throughout the last 18 months have done so much to keep things as “normal” as possible at school.

While we thank them all, we would like to recognize a group of staff for their many years of service:
20 Years:
Alex Monchamp, Deputy Head of School

15 Years:
David Amram, Athletic Director and PE Teacher
Anna-Mae Wiesenthal, Psychology and Jewish History Teacher

5 Years:
Amanda Cameron, Social Studies and Social Justice Teacher
Elana Freedman, Judaic Studies Teacher
Tali Keselman, Hebrew Teacher
Hilit Nurick, Home Economics Teacher
Irit Uzan, Physics and Calculus Teacher
Russ Klein, Shelley Rivkin, Meira Federgrun, Ronit Amihude, Don Pacht, and Emily Greenberg at a lunch hosted by the Jewish Federation

As this school year draws to a close, I want to recognize that this is a year of change for the landscape of Jewish Day Schools in Vancouver. Three of the five schools will have a change in school leadership. I want to thank Rabbi Pacht (VHA), Meira Federgren (Shalhevet), and Ronit Amihude (RJDS) for the their partnership and support over the years and wish them joy and success as they begin their next chapters. L’hitraot and Todah Rabah!

~ Russ Klein, Head of School
In December, we launched our Annual Campaign ‘Together We Thrive’. King David relies on our Annual Campaign contributions from parents, grandparents, faculty, community members, and alumni to enrich academics and enhance student experiences.

Our campaign is wrapping up on June 30; this is your last opportunity to support our campaign for this school year. If you are unsure if you have already made a donation, please contact our Development Team and we would be happy to look into it for you.

In anticipation of our final thank you to our incredible donors, we ask kindly, if you can help us wrap up our fundraising efforts for the year. Your philanthropy helps us develop effective leaders by teaching and inspiring our students to be giving of themselves, both to the Jewish community and to the greater society in which they live. Any amount makes a difference and is greatly appreciated! 

King David is powered by the generosity of our entire community. Thank you for making your gift today! 
Shabbat Shalom!
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June 6 – July 25

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Israel Engage Summer
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June 27 – June 30

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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

VTT Has Spots Available!

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Maccabiah Games
Looking for Jewish athletes

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Hebrew Free Loan Association
Loan Programs still available

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Elite Skills Basketball Camp
with Ethan Dreyshner

Weekly sessions beginning July 5

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