This week we will be concluding our study of the Jewish wedding and divorce. We have spent the last month learning and discussing these significant life cycle events. Students should begin to review their notes/complete the review sheet below in preparation for their quiz on Thursday, June 2nd.
This week we will continue to discuss the various ceremonies, principles, and concepts relating to the Jewish wedding. Our course will examine the significance of admitting mistakes. Students will review various scenarios and textual sources related to this topic. After responding to the corresponding questions, students will work in groups to design a skit.
As we dive back into the Jewish life cycle students will be working on a Jewish Wedding Webquest! Over the course of the last two weeks, we have begun to analyze the various traditions and practices associated with the Jewish wedding.
This assignment provides students with 11 response questions. Students will need to click and read the link above the question in order to find the answer. Please do not simply search for these answers on random internet sites. I will be looking for specific information from the articles/videos associated with each question. Your responses should be written in complete sentences. Be sure to read over the instructions prior to starting the assignment.
On Monday, April 4th, 2022 we will be creating Passover care packages for senior citizens. We will be partnering with Jewish Family Services (JFS) to help them create care packages for elderly members of our community. Many of these members of our community are isolated and are unable to celebrate the holiday with their family members. These care packages will allow them to celebrate the holiday.
Today students learned about the Jewish value:
Judaism teaches us that we must “honour our elders”. Paying respect to senior citizens is essential. It is important to learn from those who have come before us. We value the wisdom of past generations. We will be spending time analyzing and discussing this essential Jewish value.
This week in Jewish Studies our class is beginning to discuss dating, marriage, and the concept of Shalom Bayit. We have watched videos and discussed the importance of recognizing, understanding, and appreciating the values of peers and potential life partners. Over the next few days, we will be focusing on the importance of “peace within the home”. Students will read and analyze the following text in an attempt to draw their own conclusions and connections.
Our next Jewish Studies assessment will take place on Thursday, March 10th, 2022. The review sheet below provides students with key terms to define along with short-answer practice questions. Students should review their notes in order to prepare for the quiz.
This week the middle school students will be focusing on the Holocaust. Although we typically commemorate the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah, we will also be participating in a variety of Holocaust-related discussions and learning opportunities this week. International Holocaust Remembrance Day was is commemorated on January 27th, as this the date that Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Forces.
On Thursday, students will be taking a virtual tour of the Los Angeles Holocaust Museum.We will learn about the Holocaust and have the opportunity to view some of the exhibits via Zoom.
Additionally, students will be participating in the #WeRemember campaign in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.
I have put together a smallslideshow with a variety of resources and videos that correspond with International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is a live document that will be continually updated with resources, videos, and activities.
The time to light the Hanukiah approaches! Over the course of the next few days, middle school students will dive deeper into some of the various traditions associated with Hanukkah. Students will read and analyze a few different texts and complete the corresponding comprehension questions.
Please remember to answer the questions in complete sentences.
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.