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 15

Grade 8: Reflect Upon A Survivor’s Story (Due: Wednesday 3/24)

Today students will read and reflect upon the story of a Holocaust Survivor. The website  Holocaust Survivor Stories provides students with various personal narratives of survivors.

*Students are encouraged to read multiple stories in order to determine which narrative speaks to them personally*

Directions: Students will choose a survivor’s narrative to read. After reading their story, students will answer the following reflection questions. 

  1. What feelings did this narrative elicit? (Explain the thoughts or emotions you felt while reading this story)
  2. What part of the story did you find most intriguing? Why?
  3. What lessons can you learn from this narrative?
  4. How could you use this story to educate others?


Answer the questions in paragraph form. 

Review reflective writing strategies: Reflective Writing Google Slides


Click the link below to access the Holocaust Survivor Narrative Reflection Graphic Organizer:

Holocaust Survivor Narrative Reflection Graphic Organizer

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 8

Grade 8: Current Event (Due: Wednesday 2/24)

Directions: Find an article either in the newspaper or online from a newspaper source. Examples include: CBC News, USA Today,  CTV News, Associated Press, The New York Times, Ynetnews Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Times of Israel,  etc., or any other reputable national or local source. Read the article and fill out the statements or answer the questions below.

Please find and read about important issues that relate/connect to antisemitism or the Holocaust.

Because this is a current events assignment, you are to choose an article that is no more than three weeks old from when the assignment is given.

Be prepared to discuss your article in class on the due date!


Please click the link below to access the current event template: 

Current Events Write Up Assignment Instructions

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


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December 3

Grade 8: WWI/Treaty of Versailles Graphic Organizer + Various Perspective Assignment

Our class has been studying and analyzing the effects of WWI and The Treaty of Versailles in order to build a stronger historical knowledge base. The purpose of this activity is to synthesize their comprehension and analyze various perspectives regarding the Treaty of Versailles. Throughout these discussions and activities, the students will begin to understand the desperation that was felt in Germany following WWI. Next week, students will begin to learn about the rise of dictators and how Adolf Hitler came to power.