January 19

Grade 7: Interpersonal Mitzvot Video Project

Interpersonal Mitzvot Video Project

Assignment: Students will dive deeper into one of the mitzvot we have studied in class. Each group will create a video that can be used to teach others about their specific mitzvah. The purpose of this assignment is to analyze the mitzvah, discuss its significance/relevance, and create a skit that demonstrates the real-life application. 

Due Dates:

Monday (1/25)-Group check-in #1

Tuesday (1/26)-Group graphic organizer complete

Monday (2/1)- Script complete

Tuesday (2/2)-Group check-in #2

Monday (2/22)- Final project submitted to Mr. Washerstein


Click the link below to learn more about this assignment:

Interpersonal Mitzvot Video Project



  1. Ben-Leo-Lo Tikom 
  2. Maya-Halel-Gemilut Hasadim
  3. Yardayna-Audrey-Lo Tachmod
  4. Griffin-Maytal-Meirav-Lo Tachmod
  5. Sophie-Ezra-Lo Tikom


January 19

Grade 6: Bar/Bat Mitzvah Unit Prep Assignment

As we continue our study of the responsibilities of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, students are asked to research a variety of terms and reflect upon our previous lessons. The purpose of this activity is to learn research vocabulary terms related to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah as well as demonstrate knowledge and understand of the concepts we have discussed in class.


Click the link below to access the assignment:

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Unit Prep Assignment


Check out the following slides to answer questions and define terms:

Grade 6 Jewish Studies Notes

Slides 27-28: Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Slides 30, 33, 34: Tefillin

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

January 13

Grade 7: Partnership with TAMIR

As our class continues to learn about interpersonal mitzvot, we will also continue our Grade 7 Mitzvah Project. Today the Grade 7 students participated in an eye-opening session on inclusion and Jewish values ran by Jodi Green. Our class discussed the importance of B’tzelem Elohim and ways that we can choose to make our environment more inclusive.

Moving forward, our class and three TAMIR residents will be working together to teach one another. Our class is thrilled to begin this partnership with TAMIR!  We will be planning Purim activities and even engaging in virtual megillah reading! We are excited to see where this partnership will take us.


January 4

Grades 6-8: Current Event Update (Israel Leads the Way in COVID-19 Vaccinations)

Israel is leading the way in COVID-19 vaccination distribution. We often discuss the fact that despite being a smaller country, Israel is one of the most advanced nations in the entire world. Here is another example of incredible Israeli ingenuity!

Click the links below to learn more about the success of Israel’s vaccination rollout:

Here’s How Israel Prepared for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Israel Distributes Vaccine at a Rapid Rate

January 4

Grade 6: Responsibilities of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah (Watch and Respond)

Prior to the break, we began discussing the meaning behind reaching the milestone of Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We will spend the next month focusing on the responsibilities that one has once reaching the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah. In class, we often emphasize that everyone practices Judaism in their own unique way. When discussing traditions and practices within our class, we celebrate the idea that Judaism may look and feel differently in every household.


Take a look at the video below and comment your thoughts:

How does your Jewish community embrace the needs of others? In what way could it improve?

December 14

Grades 6-8: Chanukah Celebrations Continue!

The students are quite excited to celebrate Chanukah! Throughout the duration of this week, students will be participating in a variety of Chanukah activities. We will analyze the Chanukah story from a historical perspective and examine the story of Yehudit. Our class will also participate in a dreidel spinning competition! Who will be crowned dreidel champion in each class?

Click the link below to access our slideshow of activities:

Chanukah Activities Slideshow


Happy Hanukkah Gold Menorah, Baked Donuts With Blueberry And Confetti  Chocolate Glaze, Wood Dreidel Stock Vector - Illustration of bokeh,  background: 131658614

December 9

Grade 7: Mitzvah Project

Over the last two weeks, our class has been working on creating our mitzvah project. As we are learning about gemilut hasadim (act of loving kindness), the students decided they wanted to show their appreciation for our local heroes. We are creating care packages for firefighters in Ottawa to help sweeten their holiday. Each member of the class has taken on a specific role to help facilitate our mitzvah project. Our class will be collecting goods and donations until Tuesday, December 15th.


Check out some of the posters that were made by our Grade 7 cohort:



December 3

Grade 8: WWI/Treaty of Versailles Graphic Organizer + Various Perspective Assignment

Our class has been studying and analyzing the effects of WWI and The Treaty of Versailles in order to build a stronger historical knowledge base. The purpose of this activity is to synthesize their comprehension and analyze various perspectives regarding the Treaty of Versailles. Throughout these discussions and activities, the students will begin to understand the desperation that was felt in Germany following WWI. Next week, students will begin to learn about the rise of dictators and how Adolf Hitler came to power.


November 25

Grade 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 that missed any of the notes during class. Students should be reviewing their notes throughout the week.

November 23

Grade 8: Virtual Discussion with Tibor Egervari

Last week the students had the opportunity to engage in a discussion with a Holocaust survivor on Zoom. Our guest speaker, Tibor Egervari, shared his story and explain how he ended up in Canada. Tibor answered a variety of questions and provided the students with his unique insight. Tibor shared his own life lessons and encouraged our students to take a stand when they witness injustice occurring in our world. We are incredibly grateful that Tibor was able to share his perspective with us.