May 12

Final Project

Each student will choose one of the following topics:

  1. Story of Israeli Ethiopian Soldier
  2. Women of Israel
  3. The secret religion of the Druze  (Israel)
  4. Technology – Startup Israel
  5. The Kibbutz
  6. Military – Unconventional War Strategies of Israel and Special Ops
  7. Food and Israel  (you can incorporate the Hummus Movie)
  8. Music and Israel (Techno, etc.)
  9. Russian and Ethiopian Jewry – coming to Israel
  10. The Hatikvah
  11. Sustainable Nation –  How Israel is dealing with the environmental crisis

Presentation/Report Options:

  1. 3 page report including examples, and sources
  2. 5 minute oral or recorded presentation
  3. Open to other options

Due Sunday, May 24, 2020, Presentations begin Tuesday, May 26

RUBRIC

 

May 12

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
lens
● 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

DURING THE FILM, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM.
https://forms.gle/5C8wffcuVxqaBLWg8
DUE: Tuesday, May 12, 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, Tuesday, May 5

May 5 Watch the first 30 Minutes

May 6 Watch the next 40 Minutes

May 7 Watch the final 40 Minutes

April 30

IT HAS ARRIVED !!!!- GLOBAL ISRAEL KAHOOT COMPETITION

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 20

Impact Holocaust Survivors

Today begins Yom Hashoa in Israel.

Especially now, we can make an impact with  Survivors. Please read all 6  Holocaust Survivor (see attachments below) bios.  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.

Due end of class Thursday,  April 23. 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?

Vera Schiff bio

Rose Lipszyc bio

Gershon Willinger bio

Eva Meisels bio

Elly Gotz bio

Edith Gelbard bio

March 31

Pesach Vacation

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 8: Let My Students Go…To Class!

As we approach Pesach, we will spend the week in Jewish Studies focusing on the modern meaning of the Haggadah. Students have been put into groups and asked to create new lyrics to three classic Passover songs. You will have the opportunity to work on this assignment Dr. Marcovitz and Mr. Washerstein’s Jewish Studies classes. 

Click here to find out more about this assignment: Modernize that Passover Tune Assignment Details

 

Process:

Step 1: Read the English translation of your song

Step 2: Think about how you can change the words/add content that relates to 2020

Step 3: Rewrite your song 

 

Groups

  • Max, Ari, Lior (Dayenu)
  • Jessie, Zoe, Aidan (Echad Mi Yodea)
  • Talia, Jayson, Kiera (Chad Gad Yah)

Due date: Each song must be submitted by the end of class on Friday, April 3rd. Please share your lyrics with Dr. Marcovitz and Mr. Washerstein via Google Doc. 

 

Check out the videos below to get in 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

Shalom

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.

 

March 23

Corona Virus and Jewish Law

Today we will read a few articles about Corona Virus and how it affects Jewish Ritual. 

When finished, please comment on 3 of the articles.  Do you agree or disagree with the Rabbinical Decisions and Why.

Orthodox Tel Aviv synagogue begins virtual online prayer services – The Jerusalem Post

Chief Rabbi_ Leave phones on during Shabbat – The Jerusalem Post

Coronavirus shuts Haredi world down despite resistance – The Forward

Ultra-Orthodox in Israel ignoring social distancing_ ‘We’re not scared’ – The Jerusalem Post

Litzman told all ultra-Orthodox schools, yeshivas to close down – The Jerusalem Post

Coronavirus shutters 770 Eastern Parkway, HQ of Chabad, for first time ever _ The Times of Israel

With communal mourning a health hazard, grieving Jews must sit shiva alone _ The Times of Israel

Netanyahu tells Israelis_ Now it’s an order — you must stay at home _ The Times of Israel

UK Jews worried dead may be cremated due to coronavirus pandemic – The Jerusalem Post

leap year

Taanit Dibur

Charedi and CoronaBurial society gears up for COVID-19 funerals, as health officials lay out rules _ The Times of Israel

 

 

If you finish before class is over please complete online Pesach Scavenger Hunt. (See blog)

 

 

 Write your responses in a Google Doc and upload to your personal folder. Due: Tuesday, March 31 before class. (If you forgot how to upload your doc, please email it to a.marcovitz@theojcs.ca)  

March 8

Grade 8

GRADE 8:
ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS USING YOUR LAPTOP OR PAPER. Number your page 1-15, if you do not know an answer, skip it and go to the next question. – DO NOT ASK FOR HELP FROM YOUR NEIGHBOR. IF YOU GET HELP FROM A NEIGHBOR YOU WILL GET AN AUTOMATIC 0
Send to a.marcovitz@theojc.ca
1.What is the special Shabbat Parsha Name during Rosh Chodesh Adar?
2. What is the special Parsha Name the week before Purim?
3. Why and what is the name of the enemy of Israel after they left Egypt?
4. What is the fast day called?
5. Why?
6. What is the Hebrew Date of the fast day?
7. What is the Hebrew Date of Purim?
8. What is Shushan Purim?
9. What is the Hebrew date of Shushan Purim?
10. Who celebrates Shushan Purim today?
11. How many times do we listen to the Megilah?
12. Who is obligated to hear the Megilah?
13. Name the 4 Mitzvot of Megilah, explain what they are and where can these Mitzvot be found – what Jewish text (multiple answers accepted)?
14. Name the King, the first queen he was married to , the second queen he was married to, the villain and the name of the second queen’s cousin?
15. The end of the Megilah we recite ליהודים היתה אורה שמחה ששון ויקר, when else do we say this line?
16. What is the name of the extra Tefilah we add on Purim and during which Tefilot; do we read anything else on Purim besides the Megilah and if yes, what is the subject about?
17. Is God’s name mentioned in the Megilah, and based on your answer, what lesson can we learn?
18. What was Esther’s original name?
19. Which came first,Chanukah or Purim?
20. During the month of Adar, how should we feel?
21. What do you think the connection is between Purim and Yom Kippur?

IN GROUPS READ THE EMAIL AND THE LINKS:
GROUP 1: SUMMARIZE IN YOUR OWN WORDS THE JEWISH LAW -HEARING THE MEGILAH AND HOW IT RELATES TO THE CORONA VIRUS- YOU MUST INCLUDE THE JEWISH SOURCES
GROUP 2: SUMMARIZE IN YOUR OWN WORDS THE JEWISH LAW -MEZUZA AND HAND SHAKING AND HOW IT RELATES TO THE CORONA VIRUS- YOU MUST INCLUDE THE JEWISH SOURCES
GROUP 3: SUMMARIZE IN YOUR OWN WORDS THE JEWISH LAW -GOING TO SHUL AND KADDISH AND HOW IT RELATES TO THE CORONA VIRUS- YOU MUST INCLUDE THE JEWISH SOURCES
WHEN YOU FINISH REVIEW THE “PAY IT FORWARD BLOG” AND ANSWER WHAT YOU CAN BASED ON WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY SEEN.