March 27

The experience of learning Hebrew at OJCS – What Hebrew Grade 8 was working on the past week

Shalom shalom,

Few weeks before the internet and virtual learning, having the end of the year in mind, in grade 8 we started talking about having a project that will present the experience of learning Hebrew at OJCS.

In the last week, it was the main point of focus for Grade 8. Next week the students will share their videos after they wrote the base text for it this week. Reading the student’s notes and ideas for this project can give some understanding of the love they have for past teachers, together with their appreciation and feeling of accomplishment.

Stay tuned, for next week you will actually listen and see it in Hebrew videos of course : )


Here is how we framed the project (Hebrew translation will follow):

The Hebrew language is one of the oldest, ancient and complicated languages ​​that exist, according to traditions, academic scholars and linguists experts, it has been spoken for thousands of years.

After the destruction of the Second Temple of Israel and the exodus of the Israelites into exile, Jews all over the world stopped using Hebrew as a day-to-day language and moved to the local languages ​​in the locations where they were. For thousands of years Hebrew maintained its place as a religious language in which holy books are written, and prayers are held but it was not spoken otherwise

The return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel after the Holocaust and World War II marks an important turning point. From that moment on, the Hebrew language became once more the spoken language of the Jewish people living in Zion. The Hebrew language has been renewed. Today many words from the Torah are spoken in everyday life, along with new words that gap the need to bring Hebrew into the modern era.

This change also had a major impact on Jewish education around the world. In our school, as in other Jewish schools, Hebrew is learned as a content topic by its own right (beyond Torah and Jewish studies). It strengthens our local Jewish community’s connection with Jewish communities around the world, with our history and heritage, and with the State of Israel. There are other benefits to learning the Hebrew language.

Now that you have completed eight years of learning Hebrew, it is time to summarize your learning experience by answering these three questions:


How did you learn Hebrew in different ages and classes?

הַסְבִּירוּ אֵיךְ (כֵּיצַד) לְמַדְתֶּם עִבְרִית בַּכִּתּוֹת הַשּׁוֹנוֹת לָאֹרֶךְ הַשָּׁנִים

How knowing Hebrew could help you in the future?

הַסְבִּירוּ כֵּיצַד יְדִיעַת הַשָּׂפָה הָעִבְרִית תַּעֲזֹר לָכֶם בַּהֹוֶה וּבֶעָתִיד

What would you change in it (for future learners)? What could be done better? What was great?

הַאִם הָיִית מִשְׁנֶה מַשֶּׁהוּ בַּדֶּרֶךְ שֶׁלּוֹמְדִים עִבְרִית בְּבֵית סִפְרֵנוּ? אִם כֵּן מָה הָיִית מְשַׁנֶּה?


השפה העברית היא אחת השפות העתיקות ומסובכות ביותר שיש, אנשי דת, חוקרים אקדמיים ובלשנים מאמינים שהשפה העברית מדוברת מזה אלפי שנים. 

לאחר חורבן בית המקדש השני ויציאת בני-ישראל אל הגלות, יהודים בכל העולם הפסיקו להשתמש בשפה העברית כשפת יום יום ועברו לשפות המקומיות בארצות שבהם חיו. במשך 2000 שנים מקומה של השפה העברית נשמר כשפה דתית שבה כתובים ספרי קודש, ובעזרתה מתפללים.

חזרתו של העם היהודי לארץ ישראל לאחר השואה ומלחמת העולם השניה, מסמלת נקודת תפנית חשובה. מרגע זה והלאה השפה חזרה להיות השפה המדוברת של העם היהודי החי בציון. השפה העברית חודשה, מילים רבות מכתבי הקודש מדוברות בשפת היום יום, יחד עם מילים חדשות שעונות על הצורך לחסר את העברית לתקופה המודרנית.

שינוי זה גם השפיע רבות על החינוך היהודי ברחבי העולם, בבית ספרנו, כמו בבתי ספר יהודיים אחרים, מלמדים את השפה העברית כנושא תוכן בפני עצמו (מעבר ללימודי קודש, ולימודי יהדות), על מנת לחזק את הקשר של הקהילה היהודית המקומית לכלל עם ישראל, למורשת שלנו ולמדינת ישראל.


March 23

Grade 6th Hebrew project and remote learning these days

Shalom all,

Remote learning is a unique situation for us, so far it is going well.

Well done grade 6th students!

Here is our  Weekly Plan for the week of March 23-27.

With regard to the פְּרוֹיֶקְט הָאֹכֶל הַיְּהוּדִי Jewish foods project, you do need to log into our groups’ portal, so please log using this link to our Voice thread group.


Only good!

Dr. Sagy

March 23

7th Grade Hebrew projects and learning activities in our class these days

Shalom all,

Remote learning is a unique situation for us, so far it is going well. Well done students!


Here is our Weekly Plan for the week of March 23-27.

With regard to the פְּרוֹיֶקְט הָאֹכֶל הַיְּהוּדִי Jewish foods project, you do need to log into our groups’ portal, so please log using this link to the Voice Thread.


Only good!

Dr. Sagy

March 9

Grade 6, Ivrit class is traveling to Yam Hamelach (The Dead Sea)!

ים המלח

After our visit in Jerusalem and learning about the central part of Israel, we are ready now to drive south to “Yam Hamelach”. We are planning a few activities such as having a SPA in our class with minerals from the Dead Sea and more. I am attaching a learning menu that students will be working on in the next few days and a list of new vocabulary words.

Yeladim, please follow the Learning Menu and use the new vocabulary to complete your work from home.

Morah Ruthie

January 15

The city of Tzfat through Virtual Reality lenses.

Recently, Kitah Zayin Hebrew II students finished learning about the city of Tzfat and if you can’t visit this beautiful city directly, our students have learned how to visit and transform through the world of Virtual Reality (VR).  Four different groups of students have transformed places in the city into lively places with lots of interesting characters. Students focused on familiar sites such as: The Artists’ Quarter, HaAri Synagogue, the Davidka Monument, and Old Town alleys.  They gave each place a special character that almost makes it possible to touch the characters and hear their voices, smell the smell of spices in the city, enjoy walking in the alleys of the city or praying in the famous synagogue HaAri along with other worshipers!  I have to admit that this is a very exciting experience and I am as passionate about the project as my students are. I hope that by the end of this week the students will be able to finish their projects and then we look forward to showing you the wonderful work that they have produced.

January 10

Review of the past week’s activities

We opened the week by a Hebrew conversation about what students did in the Hannukah Holiday. During the week we played memory games to refresh our vocabulary, we read text from our textbook, translated it and answered a set of questions about it. Later on, we had two activities of group vocabulary practice and a competitive game of reading comprehension based on the text we learned earlier.

At the end of the week, the students recorded and sent a Hebrew happy birthday and feel better notes to peers who missed school on Friday.


Shabbat shalom,

Dr. Sagy

December 19

Writing, performing and acting a scene in class

In grade 6 Hebrew the class followed the study book texts and do the exercises and activities. I was looking for additional ways to enjoy and celebrate what we learned recently.

I offered the students to make up a scene with Hebrew dialogue where they will incorporate the new linguistic items they recently learned into a text which they will create and will base on the texts in our study book.

The students worked in groups, they choose characters similar to the ones in the story they have at their study book and added new characters to enrich the scene they created. They also added aspects and elements to the story and did it while using the new linguistic items that where recently learned in class.

After a few lessons of developing the text and practicing it, the students acted the scene using the dialogue they developed. They had fun writing, performing and acting.

The students found that working together creatively was a great way to make learning a meaningful fun activity, particularly when some of the students had limited experience talking and writing in Hebrew.

Hannukah Sameach,

Dr. Sagy