Weekly Newsletter- May 6 2022

May 6, 2022 / Iyar 5, 5782

Shabbat Begins: 8:19 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 9:35 p.m.  
FROM SADNESS, YOM HAZIKARON …
This year’s Yom HaZikaron ceremony was both stirring and meaningful. We had student representatives from Grades 9-12 taking part as presenters and participants. The ceremony started with a beautiful rendition of Hatikvah, performed by King David’s Choir directed by Johnny Seguin. This was followed by Grade 12 student, Leiana Kahlon’s explanation of the meaning of Israel’s memorial day, a day to commemorate fallen soldiers and victims of terrorist acts in Israel. Shir Stein, (Grade 11) our Emcee, shared her memories of listening to the siren sound on Yom Hazikaron in Israel. We followed this meaningful recognition, hearing the siren and holding a minute of silence.

Tom Goodman’s (Grade 9) reading was especially touching. He spoke about two friends of his mother, Ronit, who were killed while serving in the IDF. Their photo on the screen along with the words spoken and read was so impactful. Yahrtzeit candles were lit by Nitzan Berger and Adi Talmaciu (Grade 12), in honour of these two soldiers and for other relatives of our King David family.

Yair Infeld, (Grade 11) read the prayers and Grade 9 Hebrew students sang two songs for the school. Nitzan Berger and Max Kimel (Grade 11) recited a poem about one young man’s loss of his dear brother.

Students were remarkably respectful throughout. Although it was a serious assembly, we were able to follow up the next day with the excitement that comes with celebrating Israel’s Independence Day!
The King David Vocal Ensemble performs at the Yom HaZikaron ceremony at
the Norman Rothstein Theatre on May 3.
Jonah Lazar, Grade 11, read beautifully to honour lives lost. on this solemn occasion.
…TO JOY, YOM HA’ATZMAUT
Yom Ha’atzmaut…Wow! What a day! After three years, we were finally back in action! The school was set to celebrate; the Israeli flags were hanging, carnival stations were stocked, food was prepared, and bouncy castles were ordered! Anticipation filled the air on Thursday morning, as everyone got ready to host Grade 5 and 6 from VTT and RJDS. Altogether, with students and staff, we hosted over 400 people! Thank you to our friends from RJDS and VTT for joining us!

The school was filled with joyous children who were treated to many different options and opportunities to mix with their teenage buddies for the day. Stations included an Israeli Shuk where students needed to bargain for their treats and gifts. There was Chamsa making and beading in one room, a Blind Museum in another, the Atrium was filled with shrieks of laughter and excitement while games of Gaga and Spike-ball were played. We had cookie decorating, karaoke, dance and face painting. There was popcorn and cotton candy for all and the best part of course… the bouncy castles! A huge thank you goes out to the JCC for being able to make room for them – no need to cancel because of rain! 

PAC and Hummus Express did an awesome job of feeding us all a really yummy falafel and hummus lunch. Thank you! No celebration at King David does not include delicious food!

Once our younger guests had left, our Tour Guides and Station Leaders from Grades 10-12 got to have their own bouncy castle fun. We ended the day with a gathering in the Atrium to say goodbye with a final chance to help out by doing some tidying. It was truly a day of giving, hosting, and fun for everyone.
Silent Auction is Live and 50/50 Tickets are on sale! Join the fun!
You don’t have to attend the Gala to participate!
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 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].
SHABBAT SHALOM
COMMUNITY EVENTS
BBYO Parent Info Night
Dayson Boardroom at the JCC

May 9 7:00 p.m.

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Festival of Israeli Culture
JCC

May 15, 2022

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Quieting the Silence: How to be a Source of Support
Zoom

May 17 4:30 p.m.

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Whitecaps FC Match hosted by BBYO

May 18, 2022

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Suicide Safety: Early Warning Signs and Interventions
Zoom

May 25 8:00 p.m.

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Freilach25
Schara Tzedeck Synagogue

June 19, 2022

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

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