Weekly Newsletter- May 20 2022

May 20, 2022 / Iyar 19, 5782

Shabbat Begins: 8:38 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 9:58 p.m.  
The wind blew, the sun shone, and even though it was chilly, the students loved being outdoors challenging themselves on the high ropes, climbing wall, and on the water in the canoes. Not sure how many arrows hit the target but the Grade 11 and 12 students had fun trying!

The joy of being together again on Keats Islands was tremendous and the students had so much fun participating in the outdoor activities during the day and the school activities organized for the evenings. It was special to be able to celebrate Lag B’Omer in the forest around a campfire this year!
Thank you to Stacey and Renee for feeding students and staff so well! A special thank you to Matt Dichter Anne Bonnycastle, Rabbi Berger, Justine Martins, Cameron Metcalfe, Esther Mogyoros, Megan Neary, Claire Ripley, Johnny Seguin and Marie Vondracek for spending three days ensuring this retreat was a wonderful, fun, bonding experience for everyone.
This past week, along with other King David students, I participated in the CJPAC Generation: Student Leaders trip to Ottawa. It was a very valuable experience for us. We met other students interested in politics from across the country and we were able to listen and speak with many speakers and MPs. The trip was also very educational as we were able to watch Question Period and see all of the MPs interact with each other and watch how our government works. I recommend this program to anyone else interested in politics as it is very educational and extremely rewarding. 

~ Zachary Bordan, Grade 11
Lag B’Omer was on Thursday and stands for the 33rd day of the Omer. The Omer is the seven weeks that start during Pesach and lead up to the holiday of Shavuot. This is generally a time of mourning due to the plague where 24,000 of Rabbi Akiva’s students died. The Talmud tells us that they were hit with the plague for treating each other with disrespect therefore during the Omer, we are especially aware of having an Ahavat Yisrael for each other. On Lag B’Omer the plague ended and each year we celebrate with bonfires, shooting arrows, picnics and music. Grade 11 and 12 students are fortunate that Keats Camp facilities allowed them to celebrate in all of these ways!
There is a story that Rabbi Sihimon Bar Yochai and his son lived in a cave and studied Torah while hiding from the Romans in ancient Israel. After 12 years, they heard that it was safe to come out however they were on such a high spiritual level that when they saw Jewish people tilling the land and farming, they couldn’t understand why they were engaged in such mundane physical activities. Legend has it that by gazing upon the fields, their eyes sent out flames and burned the crops. A heavenly voice told them to go back to the cave which they did for one more year, after which they once again emerged from the cave and met a man carrying two bushels of wheat. They asked him, “Why do you have two bushels of wheat?” His reply reassured the Rabbi and his son that all was well in the world. He said, “One bushel is to remember Shabbat and one bushel is to guard Shabbat. As it says in the Torah, “Shamor (guard) V’Zachor (remember) Shabbat ” The rabbi and his sons realized that mundane activities can be infused with spiritual light. 

Our students celebrated Lag B’Omer in the school during lunch by listening to these stories and taking on small acts of kindness before collecting their s’mores treat. Thank you to Grade 10 students and Ms. Belson for leading these activities. 
This week the King David Mental Health Awareness Club spread some chesed and love by baking delicious cookies and serving Starbucks coffee, sponsored by the Weinberg Board, to residents and staff at Louis Brier! Pictured above are Sophie Chelin, Maya Miller and Erica Forman.
This week and last, Grade 12 students learned about how they can connect to Jewish communities in their lives after King David.

On May 9, we hosted the director of the Hillel at UBC who shared opportunities available to them through Hillel after they graduate. She also virtually connected our students with the directors of other Hillel International centres on campuses across Canada. Our Grade 12 students got to hear directly from current students, including King David alumni Ethan Doctor, Sagiv Fadida, and Ava Katz, about their experiences in becoming active in Hillel and participating in Jewish life on campus. All students are welcome at the UBC Hillel, even if they do not attend UBC. UBC’s Hillel will be hosting a dinner for prospective students on May 25.

On May 17, we welcomed Rabbi Chalom Loeub from the Chabad Jewish Centre at UBC. He shared all that Chabad has to offer at UBC and on campuses across Canada and beyond. After his visit with us he shared about his experience on social media, “From my short time there today and from the questions that were asked, I can safely say that the future of the Jewish people is really bright!”
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Canadian Hadassah-WIZO

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Suicide Safety: Early Warning Signs and Interventions

May 25 8:00 p.m.

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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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