Weekly Newsletter- March 11, 2022

March 11, 2022 / Adar II 9, 5782
Shabbat Begins: 5:54 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 7:00 p.m.  
Mark z”l was integral to the growth of King David High School. He served on the King David Board for many years as Treasurer and then as our Board President. Our Head of School, Russ Klein, recalls there were some challenging days for King David back then, and Mark calmy and professionally ensured that King David would not only survive but have an opportunity to flourish.
In addition, Mark, with his wife Laurie, were not only committed volunteers but proud parents of four outstanding young adults, Sonny, Keegan, Yolanna, and Ben. Russ fondly remembers how we had the pleasure of getting to know Yolanna (Class of 2010) and Ben (Class of 2013) and saw firsthand how they learned from their father to work hard and to always act with care and kindness towards others.
Mark will always be remembered for his commitment and dedication to not only Jewish education but to Jewish causes from school age to seniors as he also worked tirelessly for the Louis Brier Jewish Aged Foundation. Mark was the epitome of a mensch and leaves a legacy of chesed and tzedakah in the community.
We send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Zlotnik family and know that Mark’s contributions in so many areas will significantly impact future generations. 
May his memory be for a blessing.
As the crisis in Ukraine deepens, our Student Council organized a day to show our solidarity and support for the people of Ukraine. Wearing blue and yellow and giving donations, we raised over $700 for the Jewish Federation’s Ukraine Emergency Fund. This gift will be matched x2!
With the urgency and scope of needs escalating quickly in Ukraine, the Federation is ramping up its fundraising efforts. Three leaders in our community are partnering with them to maximize your impact by matching your gift to the JFGV Ukraine Emergency Fund. Click here for more information.
Purim preparations are underway!
This week, I had a very interesting dialogue with my Grade 10 students. We are exploring a unit on Jewish business ethics, and we were learning about finding great deals at garage sales and should you buy it? I mean, we were talking about great deals. For example, you get a chance to buy a $10,000 item that is priced at $10. The owner really does not know what he has. Or flip the situation. You go online to Air Canada and see there is some sort of glitch on the site and all flights, including first class, are going for $10 (yes, this really happened).
Many of our students answered that it is the sellers responsibility for knowing what they are selling and “business is business,” meaning business and Judaism live in entirely different realms and play by different rules. You have to lose in order for me to win.
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This Purim I pray we all can take advantage of the opportunities to help the vulnerable all around us, whether in business or everyday life. May we have a wonderful Purim celebrating and uplifting each other together.
~ Rabbi Stephen Berger
Since the start of the year, Grade 11 and 12 students have had the opportunity to attend presentations by a variety of post-secondary institutions. Until this week all the presentations have been virtual!
Max Kimel, Grade 11 shared his thoughts about Tuesday’s presentation, “We had the privilege of listening to an amazing in-person presentation from Huron University! Their presentation included excellent insights into some of their most intriguing programs, outstanding testimonials from alumni, and an extremely helpful Q&A session. Huron has some of the smallest classes sizes out of any university in North America, while also giving students the opportunity to work closely with institutions such as the Harvard Business School. Huron’s close-knit community vibe and all-around amazing courses makes it an amazing option for aspiring young students.”
Moving to a new phase of COVID restrictions means we are able to welcome back some favourite King David traditions including our school store which sells treats at lunch on Day 1. With the support of Mr. Gorski, Joshua Isakov and Jonah Lazar staffed the store this Wednesday.
On Wednesday, at lunchtime, Music 8 students performed “Paint It Black” by the Rolling Stones, “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars and “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley for a very appreciative audience made up of their Grade 8 peers. Kol Hakavod!
Congratulations to the Bantam Girls Basketball Team on a fantastic season. The team won the silver medal in the GVISAA Bantam Girls Basketball Championship. A huge thank you to our Coaches Eitan Prisman and Lucas van den Berg! We are really looking forward to this team’s bright future!
Game photos by Rachel Gerber. Grade 11
The Senior Boys Basketball Team lost a heartbreaker in the first round Provincial Championship game against Aberdeen Hall from Kelowna. The Lions had a slow start but finished the game strong almost coming back from behind. In their second game against Khalsa, the Lions demonstrated strong teamwork. All 11 players who dressed for this game scored, an impressive feat in itself, with the Lions dominating most aspects of the game. King David plays their remaining two Provincial games next week. Thanks to all of our parent drivers and supporters!
Disco Bowling Costume Party
Saturday, March 12
7:45- 10:00 p.m.
Please click here for your last chance to register! Email [email protected] 
with any questions. 
Stay Safe & Babysitting Course (up to age 13)
March 13 and 18
The Stay Safe program teaches applicable and age-appropriate skills, while increasing and reinforcing a youth’s capacity to improve his or her own safety. 
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Join the J for A Magical Purim Family Celebration
Sunday, March 13
11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
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 Minecraft e-sports is coming to the JCC
Mondays March 28-June 20 5:30– 6:30 p.m.
Join Lost Tribe E-Sports in a custom-created collaborative, innovative and social Jewish programming. Counselors lead groups of 8 participants through interactive games and fun Jewish experiences, grounded in values of sportsmanship, self-respect and positivity.
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Jewish National Funny Comedy Show
JNF Pacific
Thursday, March 31
7:30 p.m.
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Yom Ha’atzmaut 2022 Community Song
Be part of the SIMCHA and join our community song video!
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Shabbat Dinner with Rav Gav
Schara Tzedeck
Friday, April 8 6:00 p.m.
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