Weekly Newsletter- September 9 2022

September 9, 2022 / Elul 13, 5782

Shabbat Begins: 7:20 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 8:24 p.m.  

Parsha: Ki Teitzei: Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19


Tuesday morning was filled with lots of laughter and excitement as our King David Family finally returned from summer break to kick off a brand new school year. Grade 12 students were on hand to greet all of our new and returning students and welcome them into the building with bright posters and even brighter smiles – plus some excellent music! We had a special guest to welcome the students, Mr. Klein’s dog, Mars.


We began our first day with a school-wide assembly, with an introduction from Mr. Monchamp, our Deputy Head of School. Rabbi Berger then said a few words before calling up some volunteers to blow the shofar. The shofar is central to Rosh Hashanah and relevant on the first day of the new school year as it is a literal “wake-up call,” a reminder to pay better attention during the coming year to the most important things in life, things we may have neglected in the past year.


As our older students went to their classes, Grade 8 students had an orientation to introduce them to life and learning at King David. They had the opportunity to hear from Mr. Dichter, our Outdoor Education and Social Studies teacher, and Lu Winters, our Wellness Counsellor, who helped talk them through what their school days would look like, including giving information about their lockers, class schedules, uniforms, technology, and more.  Ellia Belson, our Director of Jewish Life, also introduced them to opportunities to get involved at King David.


They were then given a scavenger hunt to complete, full of tasks designed to get them exploring the school and making connections with staff members and their peers, as well as to get them laughing! And of course, they met all of their soon to be teachers!


We are so excited to have 81 students in all grades join our King David Family, and we look forward to the year to come!

64 Strong Class of 2027!!

Students pictured above in their new TAG group, meeting with teachers and support staff, welcoming new students, and collaborating with classmates in the atrium.


The King David Vocal Ensemble featuring Kailey Bressler, Mhairi Hemingson and Rachel Gerber performed both national anthems to a packed house at the Beth Israel Synagogue on Thursday, September 8 for the JFGV’s Annual Campaign Opening 2022. 


In June, Sophie Chelin (Class of 2021) was presented the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Community Service Award which is given to one graduate every year who best exemplifies the qualities of community service and philanthropy. The recipient of this award has the honour of gifting the award money to the charitable organization of their choice. Pictured on the Happy Herd’s Instagram account this summer is Sophie presenting a donation to The Happy Herd, a farm animal sanctuary for animals either abused or at risk. They were honoured to be chosen as Sophie’s act of Chesed.


And baby makes three!

Congratulations to our Visual Arts Teacher, Kathy Zhang, and her husband, Andrew Beaty, on the birth of Michaela Jean!

Project Isaiah is almost here! JFS Vancouver and JWI-BC are planning our annual food drive to fill up the JFS Food Pantry. Our goal each year is to collect enough non-perishable food to stock food security programs for 4-6 months.

Last year, the food collected by our community partners (YOU!) was enough to supply 4 months of non-perishables to over 700 clients, including 160 children and 278 seniors in the community. What a fantastic achievement!

Our goal this year is to collect 4,000lbs of food and $100,000 to purchase the rest of the 20,000+lbs of food needed through the end of 2022.

Shabbat Shalom!


Canadians Baseball Game


Sunday, September 11

Tailgating Party 12:00 p.m.

Game 1:00 p.m.

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Free Your Child From Anxiety

Project L’chaim

Thursday, September 15

4:30 p.m.

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Real Leaders, Real Journeys

Axis and CJPAC

Thursday, September 15

 7:00 p.m.

Hear from real leaders in the Vancouver Jewish community.

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Beth Israel Presents Selichot: Emerging from the Past Two Years

Saturday, September 17 8:30 p.m.

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BatterUp and BBYO Rosh Hashanah Fundraiser

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Teen Programs at the JCC

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