May 22

Grade 7: Jewnius Hour Project (Due: Monday 6/3)

This week students started working on their Jewnius Hour Project! The concept revolves around the fantastic idea of Genius Hour.

What is Jewnius Hour?

Jewnius Hour is an opportunity for students to explore their own passions and share their learning with the class. This project should involve research, creativity, and passion. The topic selection is completely up to you! The goal of this assignment is for you to choose an area of interest (that connects in some way to Judaism, Israel, Jewish values, etc.) and explore that topic. You will then create a presentation and an activity to share your findings with your peers. Please do not choose a subject that you are already an expert in! This project is designed to foster and support your own learning and growth regarding a topic of interest.


Due to the creative nature of this project, there are very few requirements that are set in stone.

  1. You must create a presentation (of some sort) and an interactive activity for your peers. The presentation should demonstrate what you learned throughout this process. Your peers should also leave your presentation learning something new!
  2. Time- Your presentation and activity (together) should last a minimum of 15 minutes. (The maximum time frame for one presentation/activity should be 45 minutes. Please see me if you are going to use an entire period)
  3. Review the rubric!
May 22

Grade 8: Jewish History Final Exam Review

Exam Information: Students will have 30 minutes to answer three questions for the Jewish History portion of the exam. Each question will be a short answer. Remember that these three questions will ask you to explain/create a connection related to our major units of study. The Jewish History Exam will take place in the afternoon on Wednesday, June 12th. Students will be given an hour and a half to complete entire Judaics Exam. This exam will be divided into three parts (Hebrew, Jewish History, a text-based portion from Rabbi Finkelstein).

Major Units of Study: Anti-Semitism, The Holocaust, Israel

There will be a response question selected from each of these three units. Take time to look at this outline and go back through your notes.

May 13

Grade 8: Jewish Studies Update-Israel Here We Come

Last week we celebrated Yom Hazikaron and Yom Haatzmaut. The Shinshinim and students worked together to plan moving ceremonies for both holidays. We will continue with our Israel unit in class this week. We will be focusing on the development of Israel as a nation, conflicts, innovations, and Israeli culture.

Link to the Israel unit notes:  

May 13

Grade 7: Jewish Studies Update

This week will we dive into a unit on Jewish History. Students worked in groups the past two classes analyzing and discussing various sets of Jewish values. Tomorrow students will share their findings with their peers in a class discussion. We are continuing to create connections between Jewish values and our everyday lives!


1. Rank the five most important values (most come to a group consensus…need to convince the other group members if there is a disagreement → compromise)

2. Create a group document where you:

  • Explain why you choose each value
  • Discuss the importance
  • Describe the way it can apply to your life
May 13

Grandparents’ Day –> Cities on Moon!

Today we celebrated Grandparents’ Day at the OJCS! Mr. Ray and myself planned an activity that focused on Israeli innovations. After watching Israeli Innovation (Start-Up Nation), we discussed some of the impressive inventions that have come out of the Holy Land. Students and grandparents were then given a mission to design the first city on the moon using the CoSpace program. Groups were asked to channel their Israeli innovative skills and explore their creative abilities.



April 16

Grade 6: Comforting a Mourner Assignment

The grade 6 class has almost finished their study of the Jewish Life Cycle. Students are being asked to read and respond to the following questions regarding comforting and supporting mourners within the community. This assignment needs to be completed be the end of the period tomorrow. You can either make a copy of the document below or answer the questions by hand.

Comforting a Mourning Assignment Link