From the Wolf’s Mouth: London Again – Thankfully!

Three hundred years ago Samuel Johnson, the famous English dictionary compiler, wrote these words: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” Little did I realise that three centuries later these words would assume a relevance that is uncanny in that they describe so precisely Raelene’s and my experience during our short visit to London in early November.

Once again we had the pleasure of eight days in temperate and welcoming London weather that gave us the opportunity to reconnect with many of our loyal King David partners, who welcomed us and showered us with their wonderful hospitality and genuine interest in our cause. We are so grateful for this kindness that was epitomised by our accommodation organised by a former Davidian, Neil Braude, who ensured our every comfort.

Perhaps, most significantly the King David reunion at Investec Bank, thanks to the generosity and kindness of our KDSF trustee, Mr Stephen Koseff, was a great success.  Our guest speaker, Sir Mick Davis, a loyal and very generous contributor to our cause, delivered a carefully crafted message that heightened so forcefully our awareness of the importance of Jewish education. To add a South African flavour to the evening, the biltong provided by Moshe Tatz proved a winner, as were the smarties, jelly tots, fritos and nougat.             .

For any South African who has reluctantly to accept a non-existent public transport system in South Africa the London underground is an absolute miracle, which provided Raelene and me with a true spirit of adventure.  Though the tube was at times very crowded, my conspicuous old age and English good manners often prompted a fellow traveller to offer me a seat, occasionally with Raelene’s nudging! Our surface geography knowledge of London left much to be desired, but careful pre-scrutiny of a tube map ensured that we always reached our destination on time and with the concerned reminder to MIND THE GAP! Let me take this opportunity to thank Raelene, my wonderful co-traveller, for her ever available assistance and caring – like Sir Walter Raleigh I was reminded of every puddle!

For all its visitors the beauty of London is to be seen and felt in making the past, the long indelible past, an integral part of its emerging present.  During this visit we were once again reminded of the magnificence of its stately buildings, theatres and homes, and to marvel at the unique combination of historical landmarks adjoining the sleek, shiny skyscrapers. It truly is a city of countless terra cotta chimney-pots and chrome and glass! Both Raelene and I were blessed to enjoy all this during our short visit, and we shall cherish wonderful memories of our special friends in this beautiful city.

On behalf of Raelene and myself I express our gratitude to Gila and Shana, our KDSF colleagues, for their preparation and meticulous attention to all the minutiae of our trip to London.

Best wishes.

Elliot Wolf

A wrap up of the year – Raelene Tradonsky

As 2017 draws to a close and I look back on another very busy year at the KDS Foundation, I am once again grateful for the investment in Jewish education and in our schools by all our generous donors.

Meeting with donors and keeping them abreast of our efforts and the developments within our schools is always our core focus.  In addition to this, we continue to hold events which bring together all our stakeholders- donors, alumni and current parents.

In February we hosted yet another wonderful Dynamic Davian breakfast, at which Professor Robert Lawrence, (KDL 1966) Professor of International Trade and Investment at the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard,  gave fascinating insights on “The Prospects for the World Economy in the Era of Trump”.

In March another Dynamic Davidian, Colin Schachat (KDHSL 1979), internationally acclaimed baritone together with his son Gabi, South Africa tenor Given Nkosi and conductor, maestro Dudi Sebba from Israel, all accompanied by the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, treated audiences to a musical extravaganza in a tribute concert to my co-director Elliot Wolf, for 50 years of service to King David Schools and Jewish education.  

In June we ran another fantastic ‘game lodge’ raffle, where a percentage of the funds raised are allocated to the Samantha Amy Brest Fund, which assists deserving matric leaners with their matric dance expenses. This time, the prize, generously sponsored by an anonymous donor, included a three nights’ stay for two at the magnificent Dulini lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, flights, meals and game drives, all valued at over R100,000. The winner, Stephen Gottlich an alumnus from Baltimore USA, will be taking up his prize early in the New Year.

 August is national Women’s month in SA and this year, we hosted a ‘Power Breakfast’ for all women alumni and parents at the Villa Arcadia, a beautiful mansion built at the beginning of the 20th century that once housed the Arcadia Jewish orphanage.  Our guest speaker was the formidable Sivan Ya’ari, who is the founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a NY based nonprofit that brings Israeli technologies to Africa, and which has helped over one million people in rural Africa. Sivan stressed the importance of education and how none of her achievements would have been possible without the education she received and without the technology engineered in Israel. A video was shown at the event where I, as a subsidy recipient, expressed my gratitude to King David for the education I received. To watch this video, see:

In July I had the privilege to attend a course at the Harvard Business School (HBS) entitled ‘Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management’ together with 160 delegates from 20 countries. The course aimed to bring business thinking and strategy to the social space, where success is measured not only by profit, but also by the impact on the community, a goal far more difficult to measure.  The course centred on leadership and how business principles could be applied to non-profit organisations, as well as the issue of sustainability, a challenge to any and all non-profit organisations reliant on donor funding.

Fundraising is all about relationships and earlier this month Elliot and I travelled to London, where a number of our alumni live.  We hosted a wonderful KD get-together with Sir Mick Davis as our eloquent guest speaker.  Mick, a South African/British businessman who served as the Chief Executive of Xstrata plc until its merger with Glencore in 2013, and who in 2015 was knighted ‘for services to Holocaust Commemoration and Education’ is currently the Chief Executive and Treasurer of the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom.  He spoke passionately about the need for Jewish education in our turbulent times and thanked Elliot and me for facilitating Jewish education to all who need it in our Johannesburg Jewish community, irrespective of their parent’s financial circumstances (See a copy of his speech in this newsletter)

These alumni gatherings, together with the number of wonderful high school reunions that we held throughout the year, offer former students a great opportunity to reconnect and to give back to the institution that nurtured them in their formative years.

I am proud to report that total commitments to the Foundation have reached almost R240 million, with over R159 million of this already received, and the balance in pledges to be received over a three to five year period.  This has allowed our schools to embark on many exciting projects, including the building of the new remedial school, KD Ariel, which is set to open its doors in January 2018. KD Ariel will offer children with learning difficulties in our community a Jewish and secular education of excellence.

For all this, I have to thank my partner- in- crime, Elliot Wolf, whose dedication to our Schools and whose passion for Jewish education is legendary and our fantastic team, Gila Glazer, Shana Sassen and Andrea Nussbaum for all their hard work. I also want to thank our Chairman and all our Trustees who give so freely and willing of their time, experience and counsel.

Last, but by no means least, I would like to express my grateful thanks to all our wonderful donors and loyal supporters for their support of our cause, without whom the Foundation would cease to exist and none of this would be possible.

Wishing you all a wonderful December break and a happy Chanukah!

Sir Mick Davis Speech to the King David Schools’ Foundation London Function

Thank you very much for that lovely introduction, Raelene. I am so pleased to see you tonight as not so long ago you were threatening to move on from the Foundation. But thankfully you did teshuvah and returned even before you left. The work that you have done these past years and the dedication you have shown is appreciated by all of us associated with the Foundation and we are more than pleased that you decided to stay on.

Elliot, who it is always a delight to see, made the Foundation his life’s work after retiring as Head Master of King David Linksfield. Elliot, I have yet to meet a pupil who was taught by you or was a student when you were headmaster who does not speak graphically and sincerely of your positive influence on them and the wonderful environment for learning that you created in your long teaching career.  And now long after you brought an end to your formal career as an educator, you continue by your own example to teach all of us that every Jewish child merits an education in a Jewish school and if they want to take that opportunity it should be granted to them irrespective their parents financial circumstances.  It is because of this noble example of chesed that it is such a great pleasure and honour to be with you and Raelene and of course all of your guests  this evening.

I was not a pupil of King David, however, my association with the King David Foundation, jointly with my wife Barbara, has been a long one and one which both Barbara and I are proud.

I have another reason to be grateful for the King David School system. Barbara, before she was called to the Bar, taught there and through a mutual friend, who was also a teacher at the time, we met and now 31 years later, having weathered the joys and opportunities of marriage, we stand together in support of this great institution.

When I asked what I should talk about this evening it was suggested that I canvass the importance of Jewish education; thank you all here tonight for your support for the Foundation and I guess emphasise that the job is not yet done! Now I will presently return to this but I am not sure that I am the best person to use to raise funds for worthy causes these days.

On becoming Chairman of the UJIA I faced this challenge at my first annual fundraising dinner. Standing before a thousand donors all enjoying their meals, I can’t say that I had a spectacularly good start. I was young and imbued with a naïve and quite nauseating enthusiasm and I quite fancied myself as a fundraiser of note. I certainly thought of myself as quite excellent in the appeal speech business.  I called on the guests to up their game. I made an impassioned speech and asked the UJIA supporters to not just add a smidgen to their gift of the previous year but to follow my lead and double their gift. I was so proud of that speech. It was direct and reminded the audience of their duty and I was quite sure it would have a significant impact.

And I was right!

The next day I received an email from one of the UJIA patrons saying that he had never before been motivated to action by an appeal. I had asked for more and he noted I was doubling my gift and he was so moved by my words that he was halving his and I should be assured that if I gave a similarly powerful appeal in the next year he would be inspired to halve it again.

I learnt my lesson the next year. Instead of hectoring the audience, I used humour. I told a story about a phone call I’d made to an old lady from originally Lithuania during our annual Super Sunday telethon. There I was at the UJIA headquarters with Mrs Rubenstein’s card. I phoned her for a donation. She demurred. “Oh come, Mrs Rubenstein,” I said, “don’t disappoint me. Give me at least the same as last year. At that speech I used my best imitation of a Litvak accent to relate the rest of my conversation with her; “Well I would not want to disappoint you.  Certainly I will give you what I gave last year”.  Gee was I pleased. I picked up the card to remind her what she had given and then yelled into the phone, “But you did not pledge last year”. “Yes,” she said, “certainly, but at least you can’t be disappointed….” Following that fundraising dinner I received an email from a lifelong donor excoriating me for mocking the generation which survived the Holocaust and that in future his gift would go to any organisation who “would guarantee that their chairman was imbued with sufficient wit to understand the proper sensibilities of the English Jew”.  

I am not sure that I ever passed that test. But we are today, all of us, in testing times.

The general election in the United Kingdom last June has again shown the divisions in modern society. The rise of the far right in France, Austria and Holland, the Trump victory in the United States and last year’s referendum on membership of the European Union highlight our troubled societies across the globe.  In South Africa the Rhodes must Fall demonstrations and the almost state of anarchy that took hold of university campuses last year over tuition fees are ample reflections of a complete state of disharmony.  And I fear that soon the issue of land and land claims will envelop the country of our birth, stoked by malevolent hands but nurturing deep seated grievances.

Yes these are dangerous times.

It all goes to property; who owns it, who will own it and who can legitimately aspire to own it. Many young people in the United Kingdom, unless they have wealthy parents, have little credible aspiration of owning their own home in a major centre or even building capital at all. Out of these frustrations are bred every other sense of injustice real or imagined. Populism takes hold with devastating consequences and future generations live with the scars for years to come.

Nationhood is indelibly bound up with territory – this is clear from the Torah. Indeed man is not unlike the beasts of the wild in this respect; he is a territorial creature. Take away a man’s territory and he is diminished, take away a nation’s land and it is finished.    There is a sense by a number of people, young and old that while the few have prospered, the many have stagnated. They hold the establishment to blame and therefore in this world of protest they cast their ballot or come out to demonstrate and sometimes riot  to show their disgust and deep anger at the injustice of it all.

But they protest without regard to the consequences.   

Such is their anger that they are indifferent to the risk that society as a whole would face if what they vote for or protest for indeed comes about.  

Why am I talking to you of this, here tonight?

What has this got to do with the Foundation and its crucial support for Jewish education and the subventions it gives to the worryingly large number of families in Gauteng who can’t afford the fees that the schools levy annually?

Allow me to get there with just a brief meander into history.

We have just celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

It is a short letter written by Lord Balfour, the then British Foreign Secretary, to Lord Rothschild and its key phrase reads thus:

“His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object” There are many in our community and in Israel who complain that subsequent British Governments honoured this declaration in the breach and that is true but none of us should underestimate the fact that it is because of this declaration that Israel exists today.

Had David Lloyd George and his Cabinet not on that day one hundred years ago proclaimed a Jewish National Home to the world I suspect we would to this day be a People without a State and with little opportunity of even temporarily visiting our ancient Land.

Whatever our thoughts are of Britain and its role in the years that followed the declaration we Jews must acknowledge the nobility and greatness of that simple letter and its decisive contribution to the establishment of the modern State of Israel and the rehabilitation of our rights as a People and Nation to self-determination after two thousand years of it being denied.

We laboured under the yoke of that gross inequity. We were separated from mainstream society and often prejudiced while others prospered. Denied our own land for two thousand years we can well understand the emotional trauma that societies face when they are denied their land or even a piece of ground where they can build or own a house, plant a tree, bequeath an inheritance to their children and build with their fellows a community.

But you will not find in our long and troubled history a deep and collective sense that the politics of protest, where the negative consequences of one’s actions is submerged beneath the supposed righteousness of the cause, held any traction in the Jewish psyche. Yes we are the People of the Land, in our case, now, the Land of Israel, but we are people of the Book too.

Jews who faced decades of pogroms sought their salvation in building the strength of their communities by educating their children and reinforcing their heritage and keeping alive hope:  A hope for a return to Zion and a hope in their fellow-man which Balfour made good when he wrote that fateful letter.

But even when it was just a hope and nothing else, Jews over years of oppression constantly sought to contribute to the very society which injured them. Jews over years of injustice sought to add value to the very society that wished to exclude them. It is not that they did not yearn for something better, something fairer; it is just that they did not believe that taking from others and placing a society , a village, a town or even a country at risk would in the end of the day bring them the their rightful share.   

Why is this?

It is not because we were not harmed by the injustices we had to suffer, it is not that we did not battle to nurture our Peoplehood in the absence of our Land; it is not that we were not bold or lacked initiative.

No it is none of those things.

It is because a people and a society, even when bereft of territory,  can also be built by  values and actions which uplift and inspire no matter how disadvantageous the circumstances and no matter how bad a deck of cards they have been dealt.

The Jewish People are an embodiment of that proposition.

Thrown out of their land; dispersed amongst the empires and hounded out of everyday society and often denied the rights to property; they nevertheless prospered. They outlived their conquerors and tormentors and maintained their peoplehood because of core value propositions which are sourced from the most ancient of books and are ingrained in their consciousness.

Those values demanded contribution and hope and eschewed dependency and despair. That is the powerful heritage passed from generation to generation until grace favoured us to regain our ancient land and renew its potential and symbolism to the world.

Today we prosper after so many years of trauma.

We have reached this state because of these values which we have practiced since Avraham and Sarah set forth on their great journey.

The value of peace which places the welfare of the State above the needs of the individual and causes us to love our Land and protect it and the things in it; the value of learning which ensures that youth are always prepared to make good with their lives; the value of tradition which ensures ones heritage is a positive force in society; and above all the value of care – care for one’s family, ones community and one’s fellow man. It is this value of care which ensures that when we shout out with grievance and protest our cause we do so in a way which strengthens society rather than detracts from it.

This is what we bring to this world – a light to the nations.

This is what Jewish education is all about and this is why the Foundation is such an integral part of the offering of King David; and why your support is therefore so worthy and why your future ongoing support is so vital.     

Vital is such an interesting word. It connotes youthfulness, creativity and vibrancy…the core elements of a dynamic and resilient society. At the same time it talks of importance and urgency. It talks of the need to have an ongoing momentum so that we are capable of dealing with the pressing challenges which we face today – the education our young people in their Zionist heritage, their Jewish values and religion, their history, and their language.   Making sure that every Jewish child has access to that opportunity is the most vital thing that every Jewish Community has to do.  I have no doubt that with your support all of these things will be true and your old Alma Mater will prosper as will the Jewish community it serves.

Dynamic DavidianProfessor Jonathan Berk (KDHSL 1979)

The KDSF is constantly on the lookout for Dynamic Davidians – alumni who have been hugely successful in their chosen careers and whom we can proudly claim as our own. If you are a Dynamic Davidian or know of any, please let us know!

This month, we are thrilled to feature Dynamic Davidian Professor Jonathan Berk (KDHSL 1979), the A.P. Giannini Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), who is currently on sabbatical in London, and who met with Raelene and Elliot on their visit to London earlier this month.

Jonathan Berk (KDHSL 1979)

Jonathan Berk is the A.P. Giannini Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). His research is primarily theoretical in nature and covers a broad range of topics in finance.

Professor Berk has co-authored two finance textbooks, his research is internationally recognized and he has won numerous awards. He served as an associate editor of the Journal of Finance from 2000-2008, is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Portfolio Management, and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Financial Management Association.

Professor Berk received his PhD in finance from Yale University. Before joining Stanford he was the Sylvan Coleman Professor of Finance at Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He was born and grew up in Johannesburg, and was a student at King David High School Linksfield from 1975 to 1979.

On his time at King David, Jonathan says, “My interest in science and research was born at King David in science class.   Dr Simpson was an excellent teacher.  I loved history class with Mr Lowry, and his unwillingness to accept dogma contributed greatly to how I approach learning today. I have come to understand that not everybody “gets me” but the people that do can sometimes greatly impact my life.  The two teachers at King David that did that were Mrs Bame and Mrs Barkley.   They were wonderful people.

As far as hobbies are concerned, he is an avid skier and biker.  Notable achievements in those arenas include ski descents of Mnt Rainier, Mnt Shasta and skiing the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt.  He has completed the oldest bike race in the world twice: Paris-Brest-Paris, and is the father of Hannah (20) and Natasha (23).  He lives in San Francisco, California.

Are you a Dynamic Davidian?

Reflections from a Davidian: KDL 1987 Reunion Feedback – Eli Atie (KDHSL 1987)

Our 30 year re-union over the last few days provided an opportunity to reflect back and contemplate elements of our own schooling, upbringing, opportunities taken and missed and life choices made.

Many of us would agree that by the time one gets to a 30th re-union one has some personal experiences – often relating to the choices made in relation to one’s own child’s education. Questions such as which school to send your child to, subject choices to advise your children on, when to get involved and when to let the system do its thing.

Having now understood the impact of these decisions as well as the consequence in one’s later life, many of us were grateful to our own parents for the financial and emotional sacrifices they made to ensure that we would have a world of opportunities available to us.

Since departure from the safety and security of this warm and caring environment some of us reflected on the things that are so unique about the King David environment and for which we are so grateful:

  • KD schools have always been an environment that recognises and promotes excellence but at the same time encourages and fosters participation – being a community school one may think that standards could slip a bit – but this has never been the case
  • The KD environment fosters a deep sense of connectedness and commitment to our Jewish values, to our Yiddishkeit and to a love and understanding of our land, Israel. An environment that has over the 70 years of its existence provided about 13,000 children with an education steeped and rooted in Jewish tradition.
  • An environment that has made us into the people we are today – for so many of us our deep rooted networks of friends and colleagues from our school days still play such an important part in our daily lives. The “who we are” and “who we know” is so often impacted by who we played with in the sad-pit all those years ago.
  • An environment that taught us to question and challenge, to seek adequate answers, to accept authority but still be prepared to question its decisions – for helping us understand that a menu at a restaurant is merely a guideline or recommendation rather than an absolute mandate of what can be chosen at that eatery.
  • An environment that encouraged “chutzpah” – roughly translated as gumption. An environment that contributed to our resourcefulness, our shrewdness and our ability and desire to just “get-up-and-do” and just make things happen.
  • An environment where diversity and difference were appreciated and respected. An environment that allowed us to play sport, be academic, debate and public-speak, that exposed us to the arts. It made us aware of political and social issues that fostered a deep sense of caring and concern for less fortunate communities and that piqued our curiosity about ideas and thoughts different from our own and importantly exposed us to the beauty and complexity of a co-ed school environment.

King David – we say thank you – thank you for all the above and for who we are today

King David Linksfield Class of 1997 Reunion – Daniel Zinman (KDHSL 1997)

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two decades since we matriculated from the hallways of King David High School Linksfield. And for the 70 of us from the 1997 Matric Class who attended our 20-year Reunion in early September, it was an evening of reminiscing, and catching up with some long-lost classmates.

Whether one hadn’t set foot on the school grounds since our final matric exam, or if one is a regular on the campus as a parent of one or more current students, the feelings of familiarity, pride and nostalgia flooded back as soon as we all arrived. And while the vast majority of the attendees still live in Johannesburg, there were also a few out-of-towners who flew in especially to celebrate.

Thanks to Paul Yates, a KDHSL 1997 matriculant, each attendee was given a KDSF USB flash drive, with our matric video pre-loaded, which was no small feat, given that 20 years ago, the matric video was just that – a video – and needed to be converted into digital format. To create excitement prior to the event, Paul posted selected clips on to the Reunion’s Facebook page, which certainly did have the desired effect. As part of the evening, we also watched excerpts from the video, which was a source of much amusement.

In addition to a talk from Raelene Tradonsky about the wonderful work that the King David Schools’ Foundation does, I’m sure many were thrilled to listen to Elliot Wolf speak, not only on the KDSF, but about his memories of the 1997 Matric Class, the first at KDHSL to write the Independent Examination Board exams. As has become tradition at these King David Reunions, four King David Build-a-Bears were auctioned, and owing in no small part to the efforts (and coaxing) of auctioneer and fellow 1997 KDHSL matriculant, Shaun Ellert, we managed to raise well over R100,000 for the KDSF. Thank you very much to all who donated

Thank you to Gila Glazer and her team, who attended to every detail in organising the Reunion, not least of which was the famous KDHSL ‘sloppy joe’ hamburgers, and Big Korn Bites, from the tuck-shop! Thank you to the KDSF, who gave us this wonderful platform to reconnect. And lastly, thank you to all those who attended. We can only look forward to our 30year reunion (gulp!) in 2027

If you couldn’t attend the Reunion, but would like a digital copy of the 1997 Matric Video, please contact Gila Glazer at

Alumni in the news

The KDSF is thrilled to introduce a new feature to our newsletter, which includes snippets of information about our alumni in the recent news.  Please send us any articles on alumni you think would be of interest and will be happy to feature them in the next newsletter:

Marc Pozniak (KDHSL 1999) was elected to the Executive Board of the World Jewish Congress for the next  4 years (until 2021) and was also elected the Chairperson of the Gauteng Council of the SAJBD (2 year term – ends 2019)

Dr Beverley Jacobson (nee Phillips), head girl (KDHSL 1984), received an invitation by the British Prime Minister to visit 10 Downing Street on Rosh Hashanah, for her work as the Chief Executive of Kisharon – a facility that provides education for children with profound learning disabilities.

Anthony Orelowitz (KDHSL 1983) won two prestigious regional architectural awards for the Bowman Gilfillan and Sasol Buildings in Sandton. The Sasol building will go on to the national awards.

During November, Robert Schneider (KDHSL 1970), was recognised at the Rosh Tzipor park in Tel Aviv in Israel by having the gushing pond dedicated in his honour.  Robert is the former CEO of JNF Australia (2000 – 2013) and has been responsible for the creation of many JNF Australia-funded projects in Israel.

Toni Krok (KDHSL 1994), who was diagnosed 10 years ago with Multiple Sclerosis, recently climbed Mt Etna (Europe’s highest active volcano) with her husband and 25 friends and supporters  to raise funds for her new charity MS Positive – a charity in North London aimed at supporting individuals and their families who are affected by MS.

Stacey Lewis (KDHSVP 1995) launched her recently published book Divorce 101: Survive and Thrive which together with her website, public speaking and coaching is aimed at providing advice on support structures for women  going through a divorce.

High School Reunions 2018

The KDSF works with reunion committees to organise High School reunions, which are always a fantastic opportunity for Davidians to reconnect with their fellow matriculants and enjoy nostalgic get-togethers.

The KDSF is in the process of offering reunions to the following classes.  

King David Linksfield Class of 1968 (50 year reunion)
King David Linksfield & King David Victory Park Class of 1978 (40 year reunion)
King David Linksfield & King David Victory Park Class of 1988 (30 year reunion)
King David Linksfield & King David Victory Park Class of 1998 (20 year reunion)
King David Linksfield & King David Victory Park Class of 1998 (20 year reunion)
King David Linksfield & King David Victory Park Class of 2008 (10 year reunion)

For more information on the above reunions, or to arrange your high school reunion, contact Gila Glazer on

 Chanukah Sameach

Wishing you and your families a happy Chanukah from the King David Schools’ Foundation

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We loving hearing about your simchas and apologise if we have unintentionally left anyone out. If you would like us to include your simcha in the next newsletter, email Shana Sassen on


Earl and Candy (Ephron) Engel on the birth of a son
Gavin and Tami (nee Blend) Ruschin on the birth of a son
Greg and Ariella Cohen on the birth of a son
Marc and Nicci (Charif) Elison on the birth of a daughter


Ari Treger and Jody Ritz
Daniel Gur and Ruth Reines
David Sacks and Storm Berchowitz
Gavin Milner and Nila Metz
Johnny Huang and Christa Wang
Kurt Van Dyke and Gabriella Widgerow
Martin Skudicky and Tarryn Chimes 
Michael Hunt and Kim Hatzkilson
Ryan Goldin and Tamaryn Ellison


Brandon and Loulou-Lolita (Mesquida) Davids
Brent and Aimee Fuhr
Chad and Jessica (Schneiderman) Jacobs
Zalman and Jami Lee (Kramer) Ash