Grades 7-8: Holocaust Survivor Narrative Reflection (Due: Friday, March 1st)

Today students will read and reflect upon the story of a Holocaust Survivor. The website  Holocaust Survivor Stories provides students with various personal narratives of survivors.

*Students are encouraged to read multiple stories to determine which narrative speaks to them personally*

Directions: Students will choose a survivor’s narrative to read. After reading their story, students will answer the following reflection questions. 

  1. What feelings did this narrative elicit? (Explain the thoughts or emotions you felt while reading this story)
  2. What part of the story did you find most intriguing? Why?
  3. What lessons can you learn from this narrative?
  4. How could you use this story to educate others?


Answer the questions in paragraph form. 

Review reflective writing strategies: Reflective Writing Google Slides


Click the link below to access the Holocaust Survivor Narrative Reflection Graphic Organizer:

Holocaust Survivor Narrative Reflection Graphic Organizer

Grade 7: Tu Bishvat Activities with Ganon (Rabbi Bulka Kindness Project)

Today the Grade 7 students visited their friends at Ganon to lead a variety of Tu Bishvat activities. The Grade 7 students read a story, played a matching game, and helped the children at Ganon colour some amazing Tu Bishvat pictures We can’t wait to see our friends at Ganon next month!

Grades 6-8: Fundraiser for Magen David Adom (Rabbi Bulka Kindness Project)

The Grade 6 students have been making bracelets and will begin selling them tomorrow to raise money for the Magen David Adom. Each bracelet will be sold for $5. Bracelets will be sold during the first and second recesses outside of the chapel. Please help support this important initiative!

handcrafted braslets for Israel by ezra.grossman

Grades 7-8: WWI/Treaty of Versailles Assignment (Due: Thursday 1/25)

Students are being asked to complete a reading comprehension/two viewpoints graphic organizer assignment. This assignment is based on the WWI/Treaty of Versailles note packet that we have spent the last four classes reviewing. We have been focusing on discussing these events from varying perspectives.


Treaty of Versailles - Wikipedia

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Grades 7-8: Treaty of Versailles Guided Notes

How could the Holocaust happen?

As we continue to study and analyze the various components of the Grade 8 Jewish Studies curriculum, this week we are beginning to set up the Holocaust. Rather than diving directly into the start of the Holocaust, the Grade 8 class is learning about WWI. This foundation will play a very important role in understanding the historical context in which the Holocaust begins.

Attached you will find the WWI/Treaty of Versailles Presentation and Guided Notes Packet. This will be useful for any students who missed any of the notes during class. Students should review their notes throughout the week.

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Grade 6: Shabbat Program at Hillel Lodge

On Friday the Grade 6 students went to Hillel Lodge for a Shabbat Program. Students sang Kabbalat Shabbat prayers and got to know the residents. Together they completed Shabbat-themed crossword puzzles, word searches, and coloring activities. This was a beautiful way for both the students and the residents to welcome in Shabbat together.



Grades 6-8: Showing Support for Israel

Our middle school students have been discussing/brainstorming various ways we can show support for Israel. Today our school raised money for the Magen David Adom. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nation of Israel. עַם יִשְׂרָאֵל חַי

10 Ways to Pray for Israel Today ‒ Day to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem | Jewish Voice




Grade 6: Mishpacha Project (Due: Thursday, November 23rd)

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 tasked with conducting an interview with 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 asked to engage their families in a discussion.

Mishpacha Project Assignment/Rubric

Mishpacha Graphic Organizer

Due Dates

Assigned: Friday, October 27th

Part/Task Due date: Complete?
Complete the Mishpacha – Graphic Organizer  for the interview Monday, November 6th
Hebrew Name Research  due Friday, November 10th
Create presentation 

  • Choose one of the following: Google Slides, Canva, video, poster
Friday, November 17th
Practice Presentation Monday-Wednesday

November 20-22nd

Presentation due  Thursday, November 23rd 

Check out Mr. Washerstein’s Mishpacha Project (Example)


Grades 6-8: Supporting the State of Israel

Yesterday we had the opportunity to video call a former OJCS student named Maayan. She is an Israeli high school student who shared her perspective and personal experience with our Middle School. She advocated for our students to be ambassadors to Israel within our community. She encouraged our students to ask questions, uncover media bias, and ensure that we remain up to date as new events unfold. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Nation of Israel.

Next Friday, we will have a dress down to fundraise for Magen David Adom.

Grade 7 & Grade 8: Forgotten Battle Series Mitzvah Trip

Students in Grade 7 and Grade 8 visited Beechwood Cemetery which serves as The National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces. We learned about the Battle of Scheldt and the involvement of the Canadian Armed Forces in the liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. We heard from the Defense Attaché of the Netherlands about his role and partnership with Canada. Students had the opportunity to engage with a historian who described the significance of the battle. After viewing a series of artifacts from the time period, students painted wooden tulips that will be delivered to Canadian Veterans.