handcrafted braslets for Israel by ezra.grossman
On Friday the Grade 6 students went to Hillel Lodge for a Shabbat Program. Students sang Kabbalat Shabbat prayers and got to know the residents. Together they completed Shabbat-themed crossword puzzles, word searches, and coloring activities. This was a beautiful way for both the students and the residents to welcome in Shabbat together.
Our middle school students have been discussing/brainstorming various ways we can show support for Israel. Today our school raised money for the Magen David Adom. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nation of Israel. עַם יִשְׂרָאֵל חַי
Your family history is important! Every family is filled with stories that you should learn about and record. In our Jewish Studies course, we are beginning the Jewish life cycle. We are currently discussing the process and traditions associated with naming a Jewish child. You are tasked with conducting an interview with your parents/family members. The purpose of this activity is for you to explore your family history. As we begin our journey through the Jewish life cycle, students are asked to engage their families in a discussion.
Assigned: Friday, October 27th
|Complete the Mishpacha – Graphic Organizer for the interview
|Monday, November 6th
|Hebrew Name Research due
|Friday, November 10th
|Friday, November 17th
|Thursday, November 23rd
Yesterday we had the opportunity to video call a former OJCS student named Maayan. She is an Israeli high school student who shared her perspective and personal experience with our Middle School. She advocated for our students to be ambassadors to Israel within our community. She encouraged our students to ask questions, uncover media bias, and ensure that we remain up to date as new events unfold. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the Nation of Israel.
Next Friday, we will have a dress down to fundraise for Magen David Adom.
Today students will spend time brainstorming various service learning opportunities. We will explore the upcoming Mitzvah Trip Calendar together. This is a living document that will continue to be updated. As the month of October progresses, we will engage in various Mitzvah Trips.
Check out some photos of our students decorating the Sukkah! Today, during our Sukkah Hop, students fulfilled the mitzvah of shaking the lulav and etrog with Dr. Mitzmacher. We also helped decorate the JCC Sukkah. Chag Sameach!
After an incredible Middle School Retreat, our students are beginning to dive into our Jewish Studies course. In Grade 6, the students will learn about the Jewish life cycle. Our journey will take us from the naming of the baby to the rituals and customs associated with the passing of a loved one. Students will analyze texts, discuss traditions, and examine various Jewish customs from a variety of perspectives.
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 devices. Please note that this document is a living tool, which will be changed and updated regularly.
As we embark on this learning journey together, students have been asked to complete their own River of Life task.
The River of Life is a visual narrative that helps people tell the stories of the past, present, and future. Students may use pictures, words, and phrases to indicate key moments/changes throughout the course of their life
River of Life must include:
- Visuals (drawings or pictures) depicting various moments in your life (5 points)
- A written description of 5-8 complete sentences for each stage explaining a key event relating to each of the following:
- The Past
- The Present
- The Future
This is an opportunity for you to share your story. You decide how it is told! This can be created by hand (on paper) or online via Google Slides/Canva.
Students will have the opportunity to present their River of Life to the class starting on Thursday, September 21st.
I can’t wait to hear all about your narrative. Check out my example below!
Did your sibling change the password to your Netflix account?
Are your parents nagging you to pick up a book?
Never fear…summer reading is here!
Below is a list of novels that relate to Judaism that you may choose to read over the summer. Although I have not yet read all of these books, the majority of these novels have come highly touted.
The Jewish Book Council has also created a variety of book lists based on interest: Reading Lists
- Hidden Like Anne Frank by Marcel Prins
- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
- Kanada by Eva Wiseman
- Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz
- Stolen Secrets by LB Schulman
- Once by Morris Fleitzman
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- My Real Name is Hanna
- Unlikely Warrior
- Holocaust Books for Middle-Grade Readers
- The Mitzvah Project Book: Making Mitzvah Part of Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah…and Your Life
- The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-by-Day Guide to Ethical Living
- The Book of Miracles
- Text Messages: A Torah Commentary for Teens
- This Is Just a Test by Wendy Wan-Long Shang
- It’s a Whole Spiel: Love, Latkes, and Other Jewish Stories
- Stealing Home by Ellen Schwartz
- Broken Strings by Eric Walters
- The Length of a String: Weissman, Elissa Brent: 9780735229471
- My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman
- Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
- The Chosen by Chaim Potok
- My Name is Asher Lev Chaim Potok
- Sandy Koufax
OJCS E-Cycling Event by m.washerstein