April 8

Grades 6-8: Yom HaShoah Across Canada

For the second year, the Neuberger is proud to partner with Jewish communities, Holocaust Institutions, and Federations across Canada to commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. As a nation, we will once again come together virtually, to honour the victims of the Shoah and pay tribute to Canada’s diverse community of Holocaust survivors. The program will include special guests from the east to the west, poignant readings, and survivor testimony, providing us with continued strength as Canadians during these unprecedented times.

The live program will be available for viewing on Thursday, April 8th at 7PM

Click here to access the live link: https://www.holocaustcentre.com/yom-hashoah-2021-live

April 8

Grades 6-8: Yom HaShoah Virtual Assembly

Today is Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). Today we remember the 6,000,000 Jews who lost their lives at the hands of the Nazi regime.
Here is the video presentation of our Yom HaShoah virtual assembly:
The Grade 8 class has set up a museum-like experience in the chapel. Classes visited the chapel to learn more about the Holocaust. The exhibit included: QR code survivor testimonies, a timeline of events, quotes, information about what life was like for children during the Holocaust, and a poetry/writing prompt station.
March 17

Grades 6-8: 2021 Yom HaShoah Cross-Canada Commemoration

Yom HaShoah will be commemorated on April 8th, 2021. Students and families are invited to access a nationwide virtual commemoration program on this date. If you are interested in participating in this event, please click this link to register. 

OJCS students have been invited to participate in a program that provides students with an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about the significance of learning about the Holocaust.

Students will write/create videos respond to the following prompt:

“Why learn about the Holocaust?”

We will submit their responses which will be included in the nationwide commemoration.

March 15

Grade 8: Reflect Upon A Survivor’s Story (Due: Wednesday 3/24)

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 in order 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

March 1

Grades 6-8: OJCS Annual Rabbi Simes Z”l Yom Iyun

We are very excited to invite a panel of rabbis from our local Jewish community to participate in our OJCS Annual Rabbi Simes Z”l Yom Iyun (Day of Learning). Students brainstormed a list of interesting topics that they would enjoy learning about. The rabbis have each selected a topic and will be providing the students with an opportunity to learn together.

Click the link below to access the schedule/Google Meet links for each session:
OJCS Annual Yom Iyun Schedule
February 28

Grade 7: Pirkei Avot

This week the students have been diving into the first chapter of Pirkei Avot. We looked through the first five verses of chapter one together. We reviewed the benefits of annotating the text as we read. Additionally, students were encouraged to read and analyze both the Hebrew and English text. As we came across unfamiliar terms, students looked up words in an attempt to uncover their meaning and better understand each lesson. We discussed the value in developing our own interpretations of each text. Students are being asked to create connections between these texts and their own lives. Each student has received a source packet that contains the verses in both Hebrew and English. We have also been using The Illustrated Pirkei Avot as an additional resource. Our sessions thus far have lead to fantastic questions and interpretations.


Click here to access our classroom notes:

Pirkei Avot Google Slides

Pirkei Avot Ch. 1 (Hebrew and English)

The Illustrated Pirkei Avot Cartoons

February 28

Grade 6: Patience and Humility

Our next stop on our Jewish life cycle journey revolves around dating and marriage within Judaism. We have already begun to discuss how dating and marriage practices look and feel different across different Jewish communities. This week we will focus on two essential characteristics of a successful relationship (patience and humility).

We will spend time this week reviewing, discussing, and analyzing various texts that relate to patience and humility.

Check out the Shabbat Table Discussion Source Analysis PDF below:


February 8

Grade 8: Current Event (Due: Wednesday 2/24)

Directions: Find an article either in the newspaper or online from a newspaper source. Examples include: CBC News, USA Today,  CTV News, Associated Press, The New York Times, Ynetnews Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Times of Israel,  etc., or any other reputable national or local source. Read the article and fill out the statements or answer the questions below.

Please find and read about important issues that relate/connect to antisemitism or the Holocaust.

Because this is a current events assignment, you are to choose an article that is no more than three weeks old from when the assignment is given.

Be prepared to discuss your article in class on the due date!


Please click the link below to access the current event template: 

Current Events Write Up Assignment Instructions

January 25

Grade 6: Responsibilities of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Quiz (Wednesday 2/3)

Yesterday our class decided that our next Jewish studies assessment will take place on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021. The review sheet below provides students with key terms to define along with short-answer practice questions. Students should review their notes in order to prepare for the quiz.

Grade 6 Jewish Studies Notes

Slides 27-28: Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Slides 30, 33, 34: Tefillin

Slides 38, 39, 40, 41, 43: Tallit/Tzitzit

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Quiz Review Sheet