April 8

Grades 6-8: Yom HaShoah Across Canada

For the second year, the Neuberger is proud to partner with Jewish communities, Holocaust Institutions, and Federations across Canada to commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. As a nation, we will once again come together virtually, to honour the victims of the Shoah and pay tribute to Canada’s diverse community of Holocaust survivors. The program will include special guests from the east to the west, poignant readings, and survivor testimony, providing us with continued strength as Canadians during these unprecedented times.

The live program will be available for viewing on Thursday, April 8th at 7PM

Click here to access the live link: https://www.holocaustcentre.com/yom-hashoah-2021-live

April 8

Grades 6-8: Yom HaShoah Virtual Assembly

Today is Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). Today we remember the 6,000,000 Jews who lost their lives at the hands of the Nazi regime.
Here is the video presentation of our Yom HaShoah virtual assembly:
The Grade 8 class has set up a museum-like experience in the chapel. Classes visited the chapel to learn more about the Holocaust. The exhibit included: QR code survivor testimonies, a timeline of events, quotes, information about what life was like for children during the Holocaust, and a poetry/writing prompt station.
March 17

Grades 6-8: 2021 Yom HaShoah Cross-Canada Commemoration

Yom HaShoah will be commemorated on April 8th, 2021. Students and families are invited to access a nationwide virtual commemoration program on this date. If you are interested in participating in this event, please click this link to register. 

OJCS students have been invited to participate in a program that provides students with an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas about the significance of learning about the Holocaust.

Students will write/create videos respond to the following prompt:

“Why learn about the Holocaust?”

We will submit their responses which will be included in the nationwide commemoration.

March 1

Grades 6-8: OJCS Annual Rabbi Simes Z”l Yom Iyun

We are very excited to invite a panel of rabbis from our local Jewish community to participate in our OJCS Annual Rabbi Simes Z”l Yom Iyun (Day of Learning). Students brainstormed a list of interesting topics that they would enjoy learning about. The rabbis have each selected a topic and will be providing the students with an opportunity to learn together.

Click the link below to access the schedule/Google Meet links for each session:
OJCS Annual Yom Iyun Schedule
February 28

Grade 6: Patience and Humility

Our next stop on our Jewish life cycle journey revolves around dating and marriage within Judaism. We have already begun to discuss how dating and marriage practices look and feel different across different Jewish communities. This week we will focus on two essential characteristics of a successful relationship (patience and humility).

We will spend time this week reviewing, discussing, and analyzing various texts that relate to patience and humility.

Check out the Shabbat Table Discussion Source Analysis PDF below:


January 25

Grade 6: Responsibilities of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Quiz (Wednesday 2/3)

Yesterday our class decided that our next Jewish studies assessment will take place on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021. 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.

Grade 6 Jewish Studies Notes

Slides 27-28: Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Slides 30, 33, 34: Tefillin

Slides 38, 39, 40, 41, 43: Tallit/Tzitzit

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Quiz Review Sheet

January 19

Grade 6: Bar/Bat Mitzvah Unit Prep Assignment

As we continue our study of the responsibilities of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, students are asked to research a variety of terms and reflect upon our previous lessons. The purpose of this activity is to learn research vocabulary terms related to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah as well as demonstrate knowledge and understand of the concepts we have discussed in class.


Click the link below to access the assignment:

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Unit Prep Assignment


Check out the following slides to answer questions and define terms:

Grade 6 Jewish Studies Notes

Slides 27-28: Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Slides 30, 33, 34: Tefillin

Slides 38, 39, 40, 41, 43: Tallit/Tzitzit

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

January 4

Grade 6: Responsibilities of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah (Watch and Respond)

Prior to the break, we began discussing the meaning behind reaching the milestone of Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We will spend the next month focusing on the responsibilities that one has once reaching the age of Bar/Bat Mitzvah. In class, we often emphasize that everyone practices Judaism in their own unique way. When discussing traditions and practices within our class, we celebrate the idea that Judaism may look and feel differently in every household.


Take a look at the video below and comment your thoughts:

How does your Jewish community embrace the needs of others? In what way could it improve?