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Weekly Newsletter- September 23, 2022

September 23, 2022 / Elul 27, 5782

Shabbat Begins: 6:50 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 7:53 p.m.  

Parsha: Nitzavim: Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20


It is with an incredible sense of gratitude, appreciation, and if we’re being honest, a touch of sadness, we share that our Head of School, Russ Klein, has decided to step down from his position in June 2024, nearly two full years from now.

Since joining King David as head of school in July 2008, Russ has overseen the transformation of King David into a strong, lively, and inclusive Jewish high school and laid the groundwork for its future success. We are incredibly appreciative of all that Russ has done for our school.

We are grateful to Russ for the past 14 years (and the next 2 years) and we appreciate that he has given us a long runway to find his successor.

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In the coming months, the King David Board will convene a Search Committee to find a new Head of School.

As we commemorate King David’s 18 years, the board is confident that the school will continue to expand steadily in terms of student enrolment, sound fiscal management, inclusivity, and strong community support.

The board of directors would like to wish you and your family a Shana Tovah. May this time of reflection bring us into a year of blessings for you, your family, and our community.


At King David, we encourage the development of a sense of gratitude all year long so that we feel proud, thankful, and joyful. As a school, we are grateful every day for the support received from students, families, alumni, staff, and the broader community. Your support allows us to provide students with the inspiration and preparation to lead lives

of meaning. 


Each fall, we reflect on the previous school year and all that we have accomplished as a school and as a community.

Please click on the image to read our Annual Report.


Terry Fox said, “anything is possible if you try.” Inspired by his amazing example, our school proudly took part in this year’s Terry Fox School Run.


Friday was a cool autumn day to celebrate Terry Fox’s bravery, altruism and tenacity! Some ran, some walked, and many people donated to get us one step closer to Terry’s dream of a world without cancer. 

We are so grateful for the leadership of Miss Lane who shared her family’s story and inspired so many people to participate and give generously to the Terry Fox Foundation.


Through online donations and a raffle at school, are close to our fundraising goal of $1,800 and raised an incredible $1,600! If you would like to help us reach our goal, online donations will be open for the rest of the week. 


Way to go, Lions!


Thanks to our wonderful PAC and King David Foods classes for preparing a lunchtime treat of honey and apples (some of which were picked from our King David orchard) in celebration of Rosh Hashanah!


Judaism knows the secret to happiness. It is to imbue everything with significance and meaning. During the Rosh Hashanah evening meals, we employ various customs aimed to get us into the proper frame of mind. Among the customs is the series of the simanim, literally signs or symbols. These are the foods that we bring to the table at the beginning of the evening meal to express our hopes for our upcoming year

So you may ask: “how does eating an apple dipped in honey guarantee us a sweet new year?”

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Shana Tova and G’mar Chatima Tova from the King David family.


Grades 8 and 9 students had a fabulous time on Wednesday when they attended Bard on the Beach! Students saw William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, which many of them are currently studying in English 9. 


On Tuesday evening King David hosted its first in-person Meet the Teacher evening in three years. Parents were able to move through their children’s classes to have a brief introduction (or reintroduction) to our teachers. It was evident that both teachers and parents enjoyed having time together to catch up and connect.


Our Senior Boys Soccer team had a great game this week. After falling behind 2-0 to the Meadowridge Gryphons, the Lions stayed composed and came back to win the game 3-2. It was an excellent effort from the whole squad. Go Lions!

Benje Bondar, King David’s Resource Teacher Leader, was excited to run into so many King David alumni at a wedding in Edmonton last weekend. He’s happy to share an update on everyone’s journey since graduating from King David (left to right):

  • Jordana Gaerber, Class of 2020, is in her third year at Western University studying Actuarial Sciences
  • Vanessa Stern, Class of 2014, has her own business in Vancouver as a make-up artist and hair stylist and also works in the film industry
  • Liza Nifco, Class of 2013, is excited to be a new teacher, working with two non-verbal students in Calgary
  • Aron Rosenberg, a past King David teacher, is writing his Ph.D. dissertation on “supporting students’ responsible digital practices” at McGill University in Montreal and worked with students at King David last year as part of his studies 

Benje was simply thrilled that alumni were willing to pose in a photo with him, even when one of the alumni thought that Aron was Mr. Bondar because the last time she saw him he didn’t have any grey hair!

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 and Shana Tova!


Hasbara Canada

Learn about Israel education and advocacy, and make a difference. Applications are open for the 2022-2023 High School Internship program. 

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CJPAC’s Generation

Applications for CJPAC’s Generation: Student Leaders Program are live!

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Vancouver Granville Constituency Youth Council

Applications are open for the Vancouver Granville Constituency Youth Council

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Technion is coming to Vancouver!

Aerospace Keynote

Thursday, September 29

7:30- 9:00 p.m.

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King David High School acknowledges we teach, learn and live on the traditional and

ancestral lands of the Coast Salish nations of Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), the

Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh), and the Tsleil-Waututh (səl̀ilwətaʔ),

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