Weekly Newsletter- April 8 , 2022

April 8, 2022 / Nisan 7, 5782

Shabbat Begins: 7:37 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 8:46 p.m.  
A WEEK OF MITZVOT
At the beginning of the year, Grade 12 students met with Mrs. Belson to discuss this year’s theme for Random Acts of Chesed Week. Originally planned to take place in January, with the world in a state of flux, the question was if it would happen. Would we be able to continue our annual tradition of honouring Gabi Isserow’s (z’l) memory by volunteering and spreading joy throughout our community? In the process of this discussion, students shared the hardship of continuously wearing masks and how difficult it was to show their individual identities while wearing them. So, our students decided that this year’s theme was to be: “You are a Star”. In other words, we would go out of our way to celebrate our differences and the qualities that make us unique. 

We also sent out a survey to all students, asking them to identify and select the issues that they care about the most – the majority voted to fundraise to support Homelessness and Hunger with the fundraising dollars going to Vancouver’s Tikva Housing Society and to the Israel Homeless Association in Israel.
Throughout this week, our students have been volunteering. Each day, one grade went out to help our community in various ways.

Grade 8, started Monday morning making sandwiches. Together we made over 400 sandwiches to distribute on the Downtown Eastside. We offered the sandwiches to residents and took a few moments to chat. Then students loaded back onto the bus for a beach clean-up and some time to relax before heading back to school. It was an amazing day and the weather held out until we made it back to school!

Grades 9-12 students volunteered at the following locations:
  • BackPack Buddies
  • Southlands Farm
  • Kerrisdale Police Centre
  • Food Stash
  • Mission Possible
  • Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre

On Friday, for the first time in over two years, we all gathered together in the Atrium for a RAC Assembly. Tikva House representative, Alice Sundberg came to say thank you for the funds raised for them and this was followed by videos of all that we accomplished this week. Rabbi Berger led us into Shabbat with a story, songs and kiddush before we left for our Pesach break.

Our sincere thanks to the Isserow Family for their ongoing support of our Random Acts of Chesed initiative, and an extra thank you to Nikki and Claudia for planning and leading the Yoga Session.

May the kindness continue.
DEVELOPING MORAL LEADERS
For the first time in King David history, we had students who participated in the global Maimonides Moot Court High School competition. The experience brings an international cohort of Jewish students together into a shared conversation rooted in the intensive study of Jewish ethics. Through this process, students explore and study the inner workings of Jewish legal tradition. In the months leading up to the presentation, we explored a detailed case involving a contemporary ethical quandary. 

This year, the conversation centered around public shaming bullies. Four Grade 11 students: Joelle Pravda, Zachary Bordan, Hilli Kedem and Miriam Bohbot explored the topic, under the guidance of Rabbi Berger. The students then wrote a decision and made oral arguments based on Jewish sources. On Sunday over Zoom, the students debated their rulings in front of a panel of expert judges from across North America.

Through a deep engagement with the sources and interesting, fun discussions we aim to inspire the development of moral leadership skills rooted in the timeless wisdom of Jewish texts.
~ Rabbi Stephen Berger

It was a very valuable and interesting experience being a part of the Moot Beit Din debate. I developed my skills as both a debater and learner while preparing for it. Seeing other students from different schools around the world made me and my classmates feel extremely proud to be taking part in this competition representing King David High School.
~ Zachary Bordan
PESACH MESSAGE FROM RABBI BERGER
Adam and Eve suffer the worst nightmare a parent can ever experience: one son murders another. This couple already had reason to lose themselves in guilt and despair. They had just recently been expelled from the Garden of Eden for violating the only law that God commanded. Instead of giving in to the loss and grief, they choose to have another child, Seth. Author Elie Wiesel explains, “When He created man, God gave him a secret—and that secret was not how to begin but how to begin again.” 

From our start, the Jewish people have internalized this lesson.

March, dubbed Women’s Month, has come to an end, and with its end comes the beginning of April: Autism Acceptance Month. This month has sometimes been called Autism Awareness Month, but it turns out that the majority of people have problems with this name. Why?

You’re invited to King David’s Second Annual Golden Thread Gala being held at Congregation Beth Israel on May 12, 2022!

To purchase tickets, find out more about our exciting evening, and learn about our guest speaker, Aaron Friedland, Class of 2010, head to goldenthreadgala.com.
CALLING KING DAVID PARENTS, STUDENTS, ALUMNI, AND TEACHERS!!

The King David PAC is hosting a fun event to bring us all together after so much time apart! Please join for a game of baseball on Friday, May 27.

Spread the word – the baseball game needs players and spectators!

Click here to sign up for the PAC sponsored event!
SHABBAT SHALOM AND CHAG PESACH SAMEACH!
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Family Passover Seder
Congregation Beth Israel

April 15 4:45 p.m.

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Passover Second Night Adult Seder
Congregation Beth Israel

April 16 7:30 p.m.

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Online Hillel College Fair

April 24-26

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Human Star of David
JCC

Join the challenge and create your own Star of David!

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Yom HaZikaron Memorial Service
Norman Rothstein Theatre

May 3 7:30 p.m.

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Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration
Vogue Theatre

May 4 7:30 p.m.

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