Chag Shavuot Sameach!

Tonight, is erev Shavuot, a harvest festival and also one of the pilgrimage festivals. It is where people brought their spring offerings (known as ‘bikkurim’) to theTemple in Jerusalem. It is also celebrated as the anniversary of the gifting of the Torah on Mt Sinai, arguably the moment that the people of Israel were transformed into a nation. It is a custom to devote the whole night of Erev Shavuot to Jewish learning, known as Tikkun leil Shavuot. This is ...

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Warm hearts in the ELC

Celebrating the 33rd day of the Omer, Lag B’Omer, children in the ELC focused on the tradition of lighting a bonfire (a pretend campfire in this case), the importance of being safe with fire, what to do if there is a fire (call 000), and enjoying playing outdoors. Shiri (Hebrew teacher) and Ido also sang Hebrew songs related to the festival.


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Yom HaShoah 2020 – Remembering at home

Despite the challenges of distance and functioning in a virtual landscape, Yom HaShoah (Holocaust memorial day) was commemorated with a range of engaging and moving activities. In the Junior School, students heard about the meaning of the day in morning tefillah and watched as six candles were lit. They then heard age-appropriate stories linked to the theme of the Shoah, including a children’s story about a child survivor, Henryk Kranz, read by his daughter Andrea Kranz.

In the Senior School, a ...

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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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