September 21

Grade 7: Interpersonal Mitzvot

This week we will begin discussing interpersonal mitzvot. Our course will focus on understanding and incorporating Jewish values into our lives. As the year progresses, we will begin to read and analyze Pirkei Avot.

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 7 Jewish Studies Slideshow

September 21

Grade 6: Jewish Studies Life Cycle Presentation

This week we have begun to launch into our Jewish Life Cycle! Students will spend 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 Life Cycle Slideshow

 

Feel free to use this digital mind mapping tool to brainstorm life cycle events.

Jewish Life Cycle Digital Mind Map

September 21

Grade 8: Antisemitism/Holocaust Notes

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 8 JS Antisemitism/Holocaust Presentation

This week we will dive into the origins of antisemitism. We will discuss prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination.

 

Check out this article from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance that discusses various spellings of the term antisemitism. The article discusses the implications of the term anti-semitism vs. antisemitism and the origins of its meaning.

https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/antisemitism/spelling-antisemitism

September 10

Grade 6-8: D’var Torah Weekly Assignment

As we have discussed throughout the week, tefillah will look and feel a bit different this year. We will be having various tefillah experiences in our classroom during our Jewish studies class.

Each week, a student from each class will compose a d’var Torah and present it to their peers.

What is a D’var Torah?

A D’var Torah (a word of Torah) is a discussion or explanation based on the weekly parsha. The D’var Torah provides a brief summary and analysis of a lesson or interesting interpretation regarding the weekly Torah portion. 

Assignment: Each student will create a D’var Torah for an assigned portion that will be shared with their peers during the correlating Thursday tefillah service. Students will practice their public speaking skills and actively engage in Torah study. This assignment will count towards your grade for both Language Arts and Jewish Studies rubrics. 

We will create a schedule in class to assign the various parshiyot.

Jewish Calendar

 

Click here to access the assignment:

Washerstein D’var Torah Assignment

 

Click here to access the example: 

Washerstein D’var Torah Example

 

Click here to access the D’var Torah schedule:

Grade 8 D’var Torah Schedule

Grade 7 D’var Torah Schedule

Grade 6 D’var Torah Schedule