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King David teachers win World ORT award

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King David educators Heidi Morgan and Mandy Gruzd were recently announced as winners of the World ORT Beatrice Wand-Polak Educators award. This was for their dedication to their profession, and inspiring and encouraging students above and beyond expectation in the lockdown period.

The competition was established by former ORT Latin America Director Bernard Wand-Polak in memory of his wife, Beatrice. It’s open to ORT schools internationally and to schools affiliated to the World ORT network.

This year, 12 teachers from across the globe, including South Africa, Italy, Spain, France, Israel, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Ukraine, and Russia were selected from hundreds of nominees as winners of the award, and acknowledged for their excellence in teaching and efforts toward “educating for life”.

Heidi Morgan is the director of educational technologies at King David High School Linksfield, and Mandy Gruzd deputy head of teaching and learning and HOD History at King David High School Victory Park.

“Heidi and Mandy are worthy winners of this prestigious award,” said Rabbi Ricky Seeff, the general director of the South African Jewish Board of Education. “Their contribution to education in our schools has been tremendous. Their commitment to excellence, to adapting to new teaching methodologies and encouraging change and growth in their colleagues, has brought great credit to the King David schools. Our students and teachers are lucky to have them in our midst.”

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  1. Maureen Keet

    Feb 6, 2021 at 8:20 am

    Mazeltov Mands, Super so happy for you. Kind wishes from the Keet clan in USA.

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KDL remembers fallen Israeli soldiers and civilians

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In a moving Yom Hazikaron ceremony, King David High School Linksfield on 14 April commemorated the fallen soldiers of all the wars in Israel and those who lost their lives to terrorism. May their memories be a blessing.

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Yeshiva appoints new pre-primary school principal

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After a rigorous search, Yeshiva College has announced the appointment of Morah Janna Kirkel as principal of Yeshiva Pre-Primary School. The school wishes Kirkel much hatzlacha and brocha in her new position, confident that she will take it to new heights.

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KDVP holds siyum for firstborn boys

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King David Victory Park held a siyum this year to celebrate the completion of a section of Talmud. Participation in the event, run for the first time at the school by Rabbi Ricky Seeff, general director of the South African Board of Jewish Education, is seen as a seudat mitzvah, which mitigates the need for firstborn sons to fast on erev Pesach.

The fast of the firstborn before Pesach, Ta’anit Bechorim, is a long-standing custom connected to the last of the 10 plagues – the slaying of the firstborn – in which firstborn sons fast to show appreciation for being spared from this plague. However, it’s considered a lenient fast, and if a person is able to participate in a seudat mitzvah, they aren’t required to fast.

Other examples of seudat mitzvah would be attending a wedding or a bris. In the case of the siyum, all those at the event and not only the person who completed the section are considered participants, and therefore don’t need to fast.

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