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 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

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:



October 27

Grade 7: Jewish Values Project (Presentations Begin Monday 11/9)

As we learn about various mitzvot in Jewish Studies this year, students are being asked to review, analyze, and rank a variety of Jewish values. The purpose of this task is to explore different Judaic concepts and determine which five are the most important. The goal of this project is to convince your peers that the five values you have selected are the most important.

Due Dates:

Tuesday 10/27: Project assigned 

Monday 11/2: Check-in #1 (Five values must be picked)

Friday 11/6: Check-in #2 (Review Google Slideshow progress)

Monday 11/9: Presentations begin 


Click here to access the assignment details for the Jewish Values Project:

Jewish Values Project Instructions


Click here to access Mr. Washerstein’s example: 

Jewish Values Project Example

October 13

Grade 7: Lashon Hara Analysis (Due: Monday 10/26)

Today students will be discussing, analyzing, and determining the significance of the concept of Lashon Hara. As we dive deeper into our discussion of interpersonal mitzvot, students will be asked to create connections between these lessons and their own lives.

Lashon Hara Analysis

Students will also be practicing the following comprehension skills:

  • Previewing questions prior to reading
  • Highlighting key words/phrases
  • Looking up unfamiliar vocabulary terms
  • Taking notes/jotting down ideas while reading (annotation)
  • Answering questions in complete sentences (referencing the text)


October 5

Grades 6-8: Shake Your Lulav (Sukkot 2020)

This week our students will be participating in variety of Sukkot activities!

Today in Grade 6 we started to watch and analyze a video created by Rabbi David Fohrman about Sukkot. The video asks students to dive deeper and examine various elements of Sukkot.

Why We Celebrate Sukkot (Aleph Beta)

Our classes will also examine and discuss the sources that were provided by Kehillat Beth Israel. These resources provide food for thought along with a detailed explanation of “how to” shake the lulav and etrog.

Tomorrow Dr. Mitzmacher will be shaking the lulav and etrog with the Grade 8 and Grade 7 cohorts. Never fear, the Grade 6 cohort will be shaking the lulav and etrog on Wednesday.

Lulav & Etrog Purchase - Columbia Barnard Hillel : Columbia Barnard Hillel


Last but certainly not least, Morah Ruthie prepared an incredible Google Slides Presentation that contains exciting games and trivia related to Sukkot.


September 21

Grade 7: Interpersonal Mitzvot

This week we will begin discussing interpersonal mitzvot. Our course will focus on understanding and incorporating Jewish values into our lives. As the year progresses, we will begin to read and analyze Pirkei Avot.

The link below can be used to access the Google Slides Presentation that we will be using in class to take notes/participate in activities. Students should feel free to bookmark this page on their device. Please note that this document is a living tool, which will be changed and updated regularly.

Grade 7 Jewish Studies Slideshow

September 10

Grade 6-8: D’var Torah Weekly Assignment

As we have discussed throughout the week, tefillah will look and feel a bit different this year. We will be having various tefillah experiences in our classroom during our Jewish studies class.

Each week, a student from each class will compose a d’var Torah and present it to their peers.

What is a D’var Torah?

A D’var Torah (a word of Torah) is a discussion or explanation based on the weekly parsha. The D’var Torah provides a brief summary and analysis of a lesson or interesting interpretation regarding the weekly Torah portion. 

Assignment: Each student will create a D’var Torah for an assigned portion that will be shared with their peers during the correlating Thursday tefillah service. Students will practice their public speaking skills and actively engage in Torah study. This assignment will count towards your grade for both Language Arts and Jewish Studies rubrics. 

We will create a schedule in class to assign the various parshiyot.

Jewish Calendar


Click here to access the assignment:

Washerstein D’var Torah Assignment


Click here to access the example: 

Washerstein D’var Torah Example


Click here to access the D’var Torah schedule:

Grade 8 D’var Torah Schedule

Grade 7 D’var Torah Schedule

Grade 6 D’var Torah Schedule