December 2

Grade 6: Responsibilities of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Song Creation (Extended Due Date: Tuesday 12/10)

This week students will be tasked with creating a music video for their original song that highlights the various responsibilities of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Students will be working in groups to create a product that demonstrates their knowledge and understanding.  Students should look back at their Bar/Bat Mitzvah Unit Prep. Assignment to re-read key words they might want to include. Additionally, students can always re-read the notes we use in class.

The purpose of this activity is to allow students to discover how their lives changes within a Jewish context once reaching the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah.


  • Video must focus on the traditions/responsibilities associated with becoming a Bar Mitzvah (remember that you should be able to clearly hear and understand the words in your song)
  • Min. of two minutes long
  • Five vocabulary terms must be included from the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Unit Prep.
  • Video must be edited

Sources that can help you create your song:


Read this rubric to uncover how you will be graded:

November 6

Grade 6: Bar/Bat Mitzvah Unit Prep Assignment

Please click the link below to access your next Jewish Studies assignment:

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Unit Prep Assignment

This assignment asks students to research the various terms associated with Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Additionally, students will reflect upon what becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah means to them. The purpose of this activity is generate discussion points revolving around important milestones within the Jewish life cycle.

November 6

Grade 6: Watch and Respond

Last we began discussing the meaning behind reaching the milestone of Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We will be focusing on the responsibilities that one has once reaching the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah. In class, we often emphasize that everyone practices Judaism in their own unique way. When discussing traditions and practices within our class, we celebrate the idea that Judaism may look and feel differently in every household.


Take a look at the video below and comment your thoughts:

How does your Jewish community embrace the needs of others? In what way could it improve?

October 25

Grade 6: JS Quiz #1 Preparation (Quiz will take place on Friday 11/1)

The Grade 6 students will be taking their first Jewish Studies Quiz on Friday, November 1st, 2019. The quiz will consist of multiple choice questions, matching questions, and short answer questions.

Study Tips:


Please click the link below to view the study guide:

Jewish Life Cycle Quiz 1 Study Guide

October 11

Grades 6-8: The Fun Has Just Begun With Our Shinshinim

Last week, the middle school students had the opportunity to participate in creative activities revolving around the chagim with our shinshinim. They used their directional skills to help guide their partner to the sweetness of Rosh Hashanah. The students also played a “headbands” activity that related to the customs and traditions of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. We can’t wait to see what other activities the shinshinim have in store for us!




October 11

Grades 6-8: Sukkot Decorations

I hope everyone had a meaningful and easy fast. With Sukkot right around the corner, we will spend some time in class today creating decorations for our OJCS sukkah.

We will be competing amongst the middle school grades today to come up with the most creative decoration along with the longest paper chain!

Although we might not have all of the materials used in the activities below, feel free to choose an idea and adapt it. Check out these links for inspiration:


September 25

Grade 6: Brit Milah Source Study

Today we will be looking diving deeper into the covenant between G-d and Abraham as we discuss the brit milah. Students will be asked to read, highlight, annotate, and analyze verses from the Torah in order to comprehend the significance of the covenant.

We will read the text (Genesis 17: 1-27) together as a class and practice the following skills:

  • Previewing questions prior to reading
  • Highlighting key words/phrases
  • Looking up unfamiliar vocabulary terms
  • Taking notes/jotting down ideas while reading (annotation)
  • Answering questions in complete sentences (referencing the text)


September 23

Grade 6: Mishpacha Project Due: October 10th, 2019

Your family history is important! Every family is filled with stories that you should learn about and record. In our Jewish Studies course, we are beginning the Jewish life cycle. We are currently discussing the process and traditions associated with naming a Jewish child. You are being tasked with conducting an interview of your parents/family members. The purpose of this activity is for you to explore your family history. As we begin our journey through the Jewish life cycle, students are being asked to engage their families in discussion.

Due Dates

Part 1-Interview due September 27th (Check-in)

Part 2- Hebrew Name Research due October 3rd (Check-in)

Part 3- Presentation due October 8th (Check-in)


Final presentations begin October 10th, 2019

  • Final copies of videos, posters, presentations need to be shared with Mr. Washerstein by this date



Mr. Washerstein’s Example:

September 18

Grade 6: Jewish Life Cycle Notes

This week we have begun to launch into our Jewish Life Cycle! Students spent time brainstorming various events, moments, and holidays that could be incorporated into the Jewish Life Cycle.

The link below can be used to access the Google Slides Presentation that we will be using in class to take notes/participate in activities. Students should feel free to bookmark this page on their device. Please note that this document is a living tool, which will be changed and updated regularly.

Grade 6 Jewish Studies Notes