Exploring the meaning of Pesach

Despite time frames changing dramatically from day to day, students across the School participated in a range of Pesach activities, varying from learning the songs and symbols of the seder, to engaging with the concepts of change and reversals in the Pesach story, connecting to our present-day context. Junior School activities centred on working through and learning about the Haggadah through discussion, art and craft activities, music and movement. Our explorations of Pesach will continue in Jewish Studies and Jewish ...

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A joyous Purim

From the youngest Queen Esthers and Mordechai, to our Year 12 students decked out in space suits, all King David School students enjoyed a full day of Purim activities, characterised as always by intense colour, music, food and engaging sessions. Across the School, all students had the opportunity to fulfil the four mitzvot of Purim: exchanging mishloach manot (gifts), giving matanot l’evyonim (gifts for the needy), hearing the megillah and enjoying a mishteh (feast). ELC students donated to Flying Fox ...

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Inspirational Service

Starting the year on the right track, the Senior School students attended an uplifting and inspiring Back to School Service yesterday, lead by the Hanhagah and Jewish Life team. There were special honors given to staff and students in recognition of their contribution to school life and personal reflections. Much of the service included music accompaniment by Senior School music students and singing. The Year 12 cohort received a blessing by Rabbi Gersh Lazarow with wishes for a successful year ...

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The festival of Tu B’Shevat

The festival of Tu B’Shevat (the “birthday” of the trees) was celebrated this week at the School.

At the Junior School, Preps students focused on gratitude for trees and performed for the first time in P-2 Tefillah by השקדייה פורחת. They were so proud to wear their festive crowns and take part in their first ‘big’ school tefillah! Years 1 and 2 students participated in a Tu B’Shevat seder. Year 1s focused on dried fruits and Year 2s focused on red ...

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Year 3 students – Kabbalat Siddur

On Tuesday morning, the Year 3 students received their Siddurim from their families at our Kabbalat Siddur tefillah. The Year 5s led the minyan (prayer community) and welcomed the proud and excited Year 3 students with some reflections and words of wisdom.

• “My personal Siddur is important to me because it is mine and nobody else’s. It feels nice to know that you have a Jewish object of your own to use in our community.”
• “I feel a part ...

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Year 7 – Kabbalat Mitzvah

In the first of what will become a regular fixture in the School’s Jewish Life calendar, Kabbalat Mitzvah was held for Year 7 students and their families. Centering around the mitzvah of Shabbat and the concept that, to quote the Zionist thinker Ahad Haam, ‘More than the Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews’, the evening began with hearing from members of three generations about their thoughts and associations with Shabbat. Participants then chose from fifteen Shabbat-themed sessions ...

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Junior Kinder Kabbalat Shabbat

Junior Kinder children showcased their Jewish learning to delighted grandparents and special friends today in a joyous Kabbalat Shabbat filled with meaning and song . Special handmade candlesticks were then given to their grandparents and special friends before big hugs and kisses were exchanged!

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A joyous Kinder Kabbalat Shabbat

Our Senior Kinder children delighted their grandparents and special friends today in a Kabbalat Shabbat that was full of joyous song and genuine engagement with the brachot and rituals of Shabbat. Each Kinder class then presented a video where the question “what do you love most about Shabbat” and “why do we have Shabbat” which was answered very thoughtfully by each child. Special handmade Shabbat-themed gifts were given to the grandparents and special friends before big hugs and kisses were ...

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Connecting to our rich Tanach heritage

Year 4 students were presented with their personal Tanachim by their families in a special celebration, Kabbalat Tanach on Thursday this week. The Tanach is a compilation of our foundational stories, guiding our personal, familial and communal ethics, values and beliefs. It is the history of the Jewish people and this ceremony is a handing down of heritage and tradition.

Recently the students have been learning Jewish Studies through a lens of understanding character analysis. Who a person is, what motivates ...

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Year 1s learn from Sofer STaM

According to Jewish tradition, it is a Mitzvah to affix a Mezuzah on the doorpost of each room. A Mezuzah is a parchment scroll contacting the Hebrew words of the ‘Shema’ prayer. The parchment also known as Klaf is written by a scribe who is known as Sofer STaM. As part of our Mezuzah unit the Year 1 students met Rabbi Eli Gutnick who is a Sofer STaM. Rabbi Gutnick explained about the tools he uses to write not only ...

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