June 13

Israeli Nobel Prize Winners

Israelis have won 12 Nobel Prizes – no small feat for such a small country. The
categories have ranged from literature to chemistry to peace. Who are these 12 prize
winners, and what were their world contributions? This video presents the winners and
their accomplishments. Watch the video and use the prompts below to learn about and
take pride in Israel’s impressive achievements.

After watching the video answer the following questions: Due Monday, June 22

1.Which of the personalities you learned about do you find most impressive? Why?
2. When learning about Israel, why might it be important to focus on aspects of
Israeli history and culture outside of war and the Arab-Israeli conflict?
3. Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yassir Arafat won a Nobel Peace Prize for the
Oslo Accords, which has not resulted in the peace that Israel maintains with sovereign nations like Egypt and Jordan. Do you think the committee was right to award this prize, or was it premature? Do later events impact this prize, or is hindsight 20-20?

4.If you were to become an expert in any field, what would it be and why?
5. What does it really mean to win a Nobel Prize? Why is it such a source of pride
for the individual and his or her country?






June 8

Mossad – Inside the Missions

Israel might be a tiny country, but its revered spy agency – the Mossad – is the stuff of legend. While there’s so much the Mossad has done that we don’t know about (and will probably never be revealed), the missions that have been made public are mind-blowing. From capturing Adolf Eichmann, to ending Syria’s nuclear program and helping smuggle Ethiopian Jews to Israel, there are countless reasons the Mossad is not your average intelligence agency. Find out how this Israel intelligence agency came into being, why it’s so feared and respected, and discover the role it plays in the overall security of the world’s only Jewish state. After watching the video, use the prompts below to learn more and get your students thinking.


Please watch the video and answer the following questions: (You can send the answers via google doc or email. Due Friday, June 12

1. Of the following objectives of the Mossad, which do you think is most important
and why?
a. Neutralize military threats to the state of Israel
b. Bring justice to those who have harmed the Jewish people
c. Gather intelligence
d. Retaliate against the perpetrators of terror
e. Help Jewish refugees reach the land of Israe

2. As the only Jewish state in the world, Israel has taken upon itself the role of
“defender of the Jewish people”. Do you think that Israel is responsible for the
security of Jews worldwide?
3. The Mossad’s first motto is “For by stratagems, you wage war” from Proverbs
24:6. What is the meaning of this motto and how does it relate to the Mossad?
4. “Meir Dagan, former head of the Mossad, argues that neutralizing a few major
figures is often the more ethical choice because it can prevent the loss of lives of
countless soldiers and civilians” (Rise and Kill First). What do you make of this
argument? Does it outweigh the potential risks of targeted killing? List three
reasons for, and three reasons against, targeted killing.

May 4

When you think of Israel… Hummus The Movie

Hummus! The Movie
Secret recipes, a Guinness World Record and the power of Hummus to bring Muslims, Christians and Jews together… in the Middle East, America and around the world.
Beyond the mystique and competition, beyond arguments over who makes the best Hummus and even beyond religious and political divides, Hummus! The Movie showcases the personal stories of the colorful men and women who simply live their lives and love their Hummus.

Background and Goals
Hummus! The Movie features three Israeli characters: an ever-smiling Jew, a hard-working Muslim woman, and a young Christian Arab on a restless quest for meaning. Despite their historical and cultural differences, they all have one thing in common: a passionate love of hummus (don’t we all?!). Through viewing this film we will create a profound moment of understanding of this element of Israeli culture, which transcends the food itself, among Jewish students across the diaspora.

● Deepen students’ connection to Israel through film and activities
● Pique students’ curiosity about Israeli culture
● Educate students about Israel’s culture, society and demography through a mature, nuanced
● Provoke student inquiry and dialogue about topics surrounding Israel
● Show the power of food – hummus in particular – and how it can be used to either unite or
divide people
● Build Jewish unity by connecting students to peers across the world

DUE: Monday, May 11, before class

(If you do not think you will be able to finish watching the movie by May 11, please let me know so we can make other arrangements.)

The movie is in Hebrew with modern English Subtitles.  If reading subtitles is challenging, please let me know and we will figure out a better option for you.  Make sure you let me know by the end of class, Monday, May 4

May 4 watch the first 30 minutes

May 6 watch the next 40 minutes

May 8 watch the final 40 minutes

April 30


Good Luck!


  • Enter the challenge here kahoot.it/challenge/05249896 or by entering 05249896 on the Kahoot! app.
  • You will be asked to enter your email address as an identifier, use your school email address.
  • For the Kahoot! nickname enter school name.first name (there is a max of 15 characters, so if school name doesn’t fit, use an acronym)
  • Only one entry per student is allowed into the Championship. If a player plays multiple games, their lowest score will be counted.
April 27

Celebrating and Memorializing Israel

Shalom Grade 7,

I hope you all had a wonderful Shabbat. I am proud of all of you for writing letters to Holocaust Survivors!  You are all modeling our North Stars: Being Responsible For One Another.

This week we will memorialize our Heros (Israeli Soldiers) on Tuesday and Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut with the world on Wednesday.

Today, I would like all of you to watch the following 2 videos. The first is about Women of Israel (Zionism).  The second video is about Israel Independence.     Israel Independence   Women of Zionism

On Friday, May 1 we will have a quiz based on both videos. You will be able to use your notes.

Have a wonderful day.

April 20

Impacting Holocaust Survivors


Especially now, we can make an impact with  Survivors.  If you feel comfortable please read all 6  Holocaust Survivor (see attachments below) bios.  If you have time it would be wonderful if you are able to write a personal letter to each one of them.  I understand you many cut and paste a part of your letter but after reading the different biographies, I hope you will comment on their personal stories. (Suggestions:  talk about your family, what you did over Pesach, hobbies, share what life is like at home, and please ASK them questions as well as Advice). Please use one google doc for all 6 survivors.

If you do not feel comfortable, please write to different letters to the residents of the Lodge.

The idea of this assignment is our North Star – being responsible for one another.

Due end of class Friday,  April 24. When you finish writing the letters, please watch some of the episodes of the Anne Frank Diaries Online:  Do you feel any connection after watching some of the videos?  (Since the subject is the Holocaust, if you do not feel comfortable watching an Anne Frank Video, please write a journal entry, how you felt during Pesach vacation).

Vera Schiff bio

Rose Lipszyc bio

Gershon Willinger bio

Eva Meisels bio

Elly Gotz bio

Edith Gelbard bio

April 1


Today, our final class before Pesach break, we will discuss acts of kindness and how we can make this Pesach meaningful. Additionally, we will create a day to day calendar for family activities during Pesach.


We will also create a new song using the verses from Echad Mi Yodeah.  Either a song about kindness or OJCS.  Lyrics click here

March 29

Grade 7: Pirkei Avot + Learning about the Haggadah= A Great Week of Jewish Studies

As Passover approaches, we will spend the week in Jewish Studies focusing on the modern meaning of the Haggadah. Students will be creating their own 2020 Virtual Haggadah. Students will work in groups to design their own Haggadah. You will have the opportunity to work on this assignment Dr. Marcovitz and Mr. Washerstein’s Jewish Studies classes. For those groups that finish early, there is an optional extended learning opportunity. Reminder the Pirkei Avot Playlist Assignment will still be due on Friday, April 3rd, 2020. 


Click here to find out more information about this assignment: Virtual Haggadah Assignment Details

Click here to learn more about each component of the Passover Seder: Stages of the Passover Seder

  • This document will be incredibly useful as students read, analyze, and develop their own virtual Haggadah.


Due Date: Your Virtual Haggadah must be submitted by the end of class on Friday, April 3rd. Please share your Haggadah with Dr. Marcovitz and Mr. Washerstein via Google Doc. 


Part 1- Creating a Virtual Haggadah (Required)

  • Students will dive into the various components of the Passover Seder and provide a new modern meaning.
  • Stages of the Seder Explanation (Click here to learn more about each part of the Passover Seder from Kadesh to Nirtzah)  


Part 2- Creating a Modern Passover Tune (extended learning opportunity)

  • Please note that this portion of the project is not required. Groups that finish early and would like an additional challenge can choose to rewrite one of the classic passover songs. 



Group 1: Maayan, Jenny, Noam, Ruben, Talia

Group 2: Yamaya, Abby, Brandon, Sarah K., Jordana

Group 3: Jacob, Jordan, Sarah N., Sasha


Check out this video to get into the musical spirit!

March 24

Chief Rabbi of Israel Calls for a (half fast) today or a fast

 Israel’s Chief Rabbi calls for public fast day amid coronavirus outbreak


I hope you all having a meaning full day. As you see in the headline above, the Chief Rabbi of Israel is requesting everyone to fast for a half a day today in Israel and the world.  He said if you can not fast:

“For those who can’t fast, Lau asked that they take on a “ta’anit dibur,” a practice in which one abstains from all speech that does not concern Torah or prayer.”

 Today in class, I want to also have all of us participate with our homeland Israel. This is also one of our North Stars, “Being responsible for one another”. I think it is important we focus on the value of Gemilut Chasadim – Being Kind to one another. Please watch the following 3 short videos. They all focus on kindness. After watching each video please answer the following questions: (you can send me an audio file or a google doc with your responses). This assignment is due by the end of class on Friday, March 27, 2020. If you need more time, please be in touch with me.

After video 1: What visually impacted you and why?

After video 2: Orly shares a story about a student who was a bully?  What did Orly do? Please share an example in your life of someone showing you a similar type of kindness.

After video 3: What realistic idea can you come up with, to make the world a better place – Tikun Olam?

The first video was produced by Life Vest Inside. Life Vest Inside is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring, empowering and educating people of all backgrounds to lead a life of kindness.