Weekly Newsletter- June 3, 2022

June 3, 2022 / Sivan 5, 5782

Shabbat Begins: 8:54 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 10:18 p.m.  
This week, we heard the very sad news that our community had lost Joseph Segal z”l, a true mensch and a giant in the business and philanthropic worlds. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family: Rosalie, his children Sandra and Norman Miller, Tracey and Mark Schonfeld, Gary and Nanci Segal, Lorne and Melita Segal, his grandchildren Dan Miller (Jen), Ken Miller (Debra), Robert Schonfeld (Amy), Richard Schonfeld (Gina), Jodi Schonfeld z”l, Haley Crooks (Jim), Adam Segal (Gillian), Stephanie Plotkin (Glenn), Justin Segal (Yael), Chanelle Segal, and Mathew Segal, and his many beloved great-grandchildren, three of whom are King David alumni, Emily and Jessica, Class of 2020, and Maya, Class of 2022.

May his memory be for a blessing.
What a fabulous show! King David’s production of Annie Jr. was a knock-out! From the opening strains from our live band to the final rendition of The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow, our audiences were treated to a couple of thoroughly entertaining evenings full of joy, laughs, adorable cuteness, gorgeous singing and spirited dancing. 

Bravo to all the students who graced the stage, who worked behind the scenes, and played in the band: they demonstrated superb dedication, creativity, problem-solving and teamwork skills throughout the journey from auditions to closing night. A special shout-out to Sara Bauman, India Harris and Rachel Gerber, whose initiative and commitment to putting on a show was instrumental in convincing the King David adults to get on board. Big thanks to the staff team: Anne Bonnycastle, Johnny Seguin, Cameron Metcalfe, Clare Ripley, Megan Neary and Anna-Mae Wiesenthal, also to community member Sara Gerber, the staff at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, and to many others who helped out in so many ways. Special thanks to the King David administration and PAC for their support. 

We don’t think we will ever forget that when you’re stuck with a day that’s grey and lonely, you just stick out your chin, and grin and say . . . the sun will come out tomorrow!
Thanks to Student Council for planning a fun non-uniform Spirit week to celebrate a wonderful school year as we prepare for summer break!
Shavuot begins on Saturday night and lasts until sundown on Monday. Shavuot is celebrated as the day we received the Torah on Mount Sinai and it is customary to stay up all night and learn Torah, eat dairy foods and decorate your home and Synagogue with flowers. It is also one of the three pilgrimage holidays where the Jewish people used to travel to Jerusalem to offer the first fruit/wheat offerings in the Beit HaMikdash (The Holy Temple). 

In honour of Shavuot, our students participated in experiential activities to learn about the holiday. They studied a piece of Torah and taught it to a friend, wrote down the 10 Commandments placing them in the correct order, and played Tic Tac Toe by answering questions about Shavuot. Everyone then enjoyed an ice cream sandwich provided by PAC – Thank you to PAC for the delicious treat!

To read Rabbi Berger’s Shavuot message, please click here.
The successful 604 Sports podcast hosted by three King David Grade 11 students began during Passover Break when Isaac Henry, Jonah Lazar, and Sidney Tolensky (L-R above) decided that it might be fun to record their non-stop conversations about sports.

The podcast has evolved since then. At first, they chatted about a variety of sports like soccer, baseball and American football but soon realized that their best conversations were about their shared passion for hockey. As episodes have aired, they have gained a greater understanding of their listenership. Jonah expressed that although there are plenty of sports podcasts to listen to almost all are hosted by adults, and with few podcasts created by teenagers for teenage listeners, they have found their niche.

The hosts plan to keep recording the podcast for the duration of their time in high school and some dream that this project could serve as a jumping-off point for careers in sports journalism or sports marketing. And you never know, maybe one day, Jonah will get to interview his dream guest, Sidney Crosby! 

You can listen to the family-friendly 604 Sports podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and most other places podcasts are available. Follow them on Instagram here. 
Physics 11 students participated in the Bottle Rocket lab, which allowed them to put into practice their theoretical knowledge of projectile motion, forces and energy that they have worked at learning since the beginning of the year.

Last Physics class, Ms. Uzan took us through a wonderful demonstration. We were amazed as we put theory into practice and were able to launch bottle rockets high into the sky! We will remember this forever!
~ Oliver Kraft and Jesse Millman
On Monday, May 30, our PHE 10 classes went to West Coast Mini Putt in Richmond for some exciting mini-golf. This was King David’s first visit to West Coast Mini Putt and our students told us that they had a wonderful time and appreciated that we are resuming PHE field trips once again.
King David had its first of hopefully many Homecoming Baseball Games. What is Homecoming you ask? ‘It’s named for the coming-home (so to speak) of the alumni of whichever institution is hosting it.’ We hope that in future years we will have even more alumni return to the game and keep the tradition and spirit alive.

The sun appeared as soon as the game began and King David students, teachers, alumni and parents played in a softball tournament led by David Amram. Fun was had by all and there were no arguments to be had. 

We are so grateful for our generous sponsors – Shannon Ezekiel & Marni Tritt (Engels and Volkers); Arthur and Judy Dodek, and our King David PAC -without them we could not have held this event at the UBC Tourmaline Baseball Stadium. We had game t-shirts for all players, enjoyed delicious challah from Sabra’s, and snacks and chocolates for all.  We even had a King David alumnus, Rachel Bugis, join us from the UBC Varsity team.  A big shoutout to Jesse Millman for serving as Emcee and to Rachel Gerber for singing anthems and taking photos.
That’s a wrap on the Girl’s Soccer season! Thanks to our coaches, Ms. Neary, Mr. Metcalf, and Mr. Martimbault!
Breathe Life Give Love Social Media Campaign
Canadian Hadassah-WIZO

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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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Drive in Movie Night

Thursday, June 30
8:30 p.m.

hosted by:
JNF Pacific Region, VJFC, and Beth Tikvah, and JFGV

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