Weekly Newsletter- April 29 2022

April 29, 2022 / Nisan 29, 5782

Shabbat Begins: 8:08 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 9:22 p.m.  
On Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), we paused to remember the six million Jewish men, women, children, and countless others who were brutally murdered as a result of the atrocious actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its collaborators.

Students entered the Atrium silently grade by grade, taking a seat and waiting for the ceremony to begin. Yahrtzeit candles placed on a table at the front were lit. Thank you to Cantor Yaakov Orzech for his beautiful and heart-wrenching chanting of El Malei Rachamim

The assembly was led by Grade 11 and 12 students, Ethan Dreyshner, Itav Estrin, and Penina Berger. It included a performance of the song Chai, which means alive in Hebrew, by Sara Bauman and Liam Greenberg. The song is an anthem of victory and defiance of the Jewish people against those who tried to destroy them. In the song, the author addresses the Jewish people and the nations of the world and emphasizes that he is still alive and intends to continue living. The song refers to the attempts at extermination, directed against the Jewish people for generations, in the words of the song, “This is the song that Grandpa sang yesterday to Dad and today me.”

Rabbi Berger spoke about the comparison between current events and the Holocaust. We were fortunate to hear the story of Alex Buchman, a Holocaust Survivor. Alex’s story was heart-touching, and painful to hear. He was only four years old when the war began. Alex mentioned a couple of times how lucky he was, and it is incredible that he is standing in front of us to tell his story. The lesson we learned from Alex was not to take anything for granted and to always be thankful. At the end of the assembly, he was asked many questions with one of them being, “What can our generation do to continue remembering the Holocaust?” He replied: “being kind to each other is the best way to remember.”  
This week, the King David Vocal Ensemble rehearsed for their performance of the Canadian National Anthem at the Yom HaZikaron Memorial Service on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Rothstein Theatre.

If you would like to attend this ceremony which honours Israeli fallen soldiers and victims of hostile acts, more information is available here.
April 28th is Yom Hashoah, which is Holocaust Remembrance Day. In Israel on this day, a siren sounds for two minutes to announce a national moment of silence when we all remember the massacre that should never be forgotten.

The Holocaust took place in Europe from 1939-1945. During that period, Jews were ruthlessly persecuted, imprisoned, and often murdered simply for their ethnicity. Unfortunately, since the Holocaust took place, it has been frequently distorted and even denied by people who want to use this tragedy to support their own (usually antisemitic) narratives.

Often, the Holocaust is compared to current events such as mask mandates, which is, needless to say, an incredibly inaccurate and harmful comparison. This distorts the public understanding of the events of the Holocaust, and with so few Holocaust survivors left to tell their stories, we cannot afford any misunderstandings about history.

So how can we help prevent lies and misunderstandings about the Holocaust from being spread? The responsibility falls on our shoulders to educate others. It is very important that we discourage Holocaust comparisons and that we correct others when we hear them spreading misinformation (even if they are doing so unintentionally). Without continued efforts to slow the spread of Holocaust distortion and denial, far too much will be lost over time.

Shabbat Shalom,
The Social Justice Club
Silent Auction is Live and 50/50 Tickets are on sale! Join the fun!
To purchase tickets for the gala, find out more about our exciting evening, and learn about our guest speaker, Aaron Friedland, Class of 2010, head to goldenthreadgala.com.

The King David PAC is hosting a fun event to bring us all together after so much time apart! Please join us 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!
Grade 11 and 12 students and first year university guests are welcome to join StandWithUs Canada on Sunday, May 15 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at King David to explore how to address antisemitism on their college or university campus.

“Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism Today: What to Expect on Campus” is the chance for high school and first year university students to attend interactive sessions, hear from some incredible speakers, meet like-minded students, and enjoy a free kosher dinner. Students who register and attend can also receive community service hours and a gift card!

The very special guest speaker, Hussein Mansour Aboubakr, was a dissident and imprisoned in his home of Cairo, Egypt for the crime of wanting to learn more about the country and the people he was raised to hate – Israel and the Jews. One of the sessions will be Hussein speaking about his journey.

Read more here and register for the May 15 session here. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Penina [email protected].
Making a Life of Meaning with Rabbi Eliezar Diamon
Beth Israel

April 29 & 30

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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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Festival of Israeli Culture

May 15, 2022

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Whitecaps FC Match hosted by BBYO

May 18, 2022

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Schara Tzedeck Synagogue

June 19, 2022

Celebrate Chabad Richmond’s 25th anniversary and honour Rabbi Yechiel and Chanie Baitelman.

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