For so many years we have been sending this final email of the year, “It’s a Wrap!”. This year, as I prepare to retire after 16 truly life-changing years as the Head of School of this magical community, my heart is filled with gratitude and cherished memories. Together, we have built a community rooted in Jewish values, academic excellence, and a profound sense of belonging. It may be a wrap for this school year, and for my leading with you all at King David, but as they always do, new beginnings await for all of us.

As final years go this was a difficult year for our community with the absolute horror of the October 7th attack. Losing our beloved Ben Mizrachi, of blessed memory, was one of the hardest things we have had to endure. The antisemitism that has come at all of us throughout the year, and the constant hate on social media has been difficult to ignore. With all of this pain, we have been resilient, wrapped our arms around each other and cared for each other. Never have the words, Am Israel Chai, had more meaning – our King David Community is strong and I am so proud to have been with all of you during this time – family!

To our parents, thank you for entrusting us with your children’s education and for your unwavering support. We understand that paying for a Jewish education requires sacrifice and commitment. It also requires trust and we are grateful that you have shared your children with us, and by extension, the community. You have told everyone that being Jewish matters and is of high value unto itself.

To our students, your growth, achievements, and resilience have been my greatest joy. You have good hearts and souls. The growth we witness over the five years of high school is remarkable. The gift of teaching is that we are always watching this transformation; such a miracle and one that every parent knows is also not without its challenges. I hope you know how proud I am of our alumni and current students, as is the entire King David staff.

To our dedicated faculty and staff, your commitment and passion have been the backbone of our success. As I shared at our graduation ceremony a few weeks ago, We are especially grateful to our staff – teachers, support staff, coaches, travel chaperones – they are mentors and role models – they provide our graduates with opportunities to demonstrate both learning and growth, they show them patience and help them to overcome challenges, and perhaps most importantly, they provide our students with caring adult relationships. There is nothing more important than the teacher-student relationship as it is the primary educational force and I know how hard our staff work.

And to our extended Jewish community, your partnership and engagement have enriched our school in countless ways. You ensure that every Jewish family can provide a Jewish education for their children. King David is a small school with a big heart where Jewish life is vibrant because all of you provide the leadership and the means. This truly is a precious gift.

I leave with great pride in all we have accomplished together and with confidence that the values and traditions we live by at King David will continue to flourish. May our school remain a beacon of light and learning for generations to come. 


Every year it is bittersweet as we say goodbye to staff who are leaving as well. Once more I would like to mention our two retirees who we will celebrate next week: Julie Lane and Camelia Kasirer. In addition, there are other valued staff who are leaving – we wish our best to all of them – please read on.

Julie Lane is leaving us to follow her dream of returning to New Brunswick and her family as she retires after 45 years of teaching - 20 years at King David! Julie's passion for teaching and her dedication to students will be sorely missed. She says, "I am so grateful to have been a part of this fantastic school/community for 20 years. It has been a privilege to work with a very caring and talented group of teachers and administrators who give their all to make King David the very special school it is. I have experiences and wonderful memories that I will cherish forever. I will proudly carry the Heart of a Lion with me as I journey into the world of retirement."

Camelia Kasirer decided to retire, after 35 years of teaching and 11 years at King David. She says, "As I embark on this new chapter of my life, I am filled with excitement and anticipation. My decision to step away from teaching is bittersweet, but it is driven by a desire to devote more time to my family, especially my grandson. They say that teaching is a calling, and while I will miss being in the classroom, I am looking forward to the joys and adventures that await me in this next phase. Please know that I will carry the memories of my time at our school close to my heart. I am proud to have been a part of this extraordinary community and I am confident that the spirit of dedication and excellence that defines us will continue to flourish in the years to come."

Donna Thomas joined King David six years ago and has been a supportive member of the team. She says, "Leaving the school after six years was a ridiculously difficult decision, but one that had to be made. It is rare to feel such a genuine connection and belonging at work. I will desperately miss my work colleagues as I explore new teaching and learning opportunities in the fall. Rest assured that I may not be in the building, but I will never be that far away. I will also miss finishing the learning journey with my students here at King David. I hope to see them again as they cross the stage as graduates."

Barb Gavin has been at King David for two years working with our Learning Strategies team. Her contribution is very appreciated and we wish her all the best.

Victoria Xu shared, "Reflecting on my time here, I am filled with gratitude for the support and kindness that each of you has shown me. Working alongside such dedicated and talented teachers has been an absolute pleasure, and I have cherished the collaborative moments and mutual respect that define our workplace. I look forward to hearing about the continued success of this exceptional school."

It has been a truly remarkable year. As we move into summer, for the final time as Head of School, I wish all members of our King David family good health and good times!

Russ Klein
Head of School




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