Our Goal

For 60 years, Ottawa Modern Jewish School (OMJS) established itself in Ottawa as the non-affiliated, supplemental school offering quality Jewish education for Kindergarten to Grade 7.

As a non-affiliated supplemental school, OMJS attracts a variety of families from the Ottawa Jewish community, including non-religious/affiliated and mixed religious families.

Our Programs

The curriculum is learned by connecting children with their Jewish roots and cultural heritage by focusing on subject areas covering all aspects of Jewish life and culture such as Hebrew language, history and bible studies, Yiddish culture and a variety of community driven activities that embrace Chesed, Tikkun Olam and Tzedekah.

 

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Jewish Identity

OMJS celebrates the diversity of Jewish identity with all our families and students.

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Holidays

Enjoy the festivities that comprise holidays from A to Z from minor to major in a fun and creative way.

Jewish History

Patriarchs, Matriarchs, and Pirates… Jewish History at OMJS covers biblical history to the Holocaust and Israel and everything in between.

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Israel and Current Events

Learn about the vibrant homeland of Israel through stories, song, dance and visits from Israeli friends.

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Jewish Art and Music

Our parent led music program brings music from our past and present, from the solemn to the boisterous and gets our students participating with a smile on their face and in their heart.

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Modern Hebrew

Students learn to speak Hebrew like an Israeli. Where’s the chicken soup and pass the Kishke!

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Yiddish Language & Culture

Remembering the roots of European Jews and their life with a sprinkling of the Yiddish your Bubbi and Zaide spoke.

Being Jewish Program

What does it mean to live a “Jewish” life? This program explores the customs and rituals of Jewish Life.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Direction on the basic preparation for a B’Nei MItzvah for families exploring their own unique experience.

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Meet Our Teachers

Shelley Rivier

Principal
Shelley Rivier has been a graduate, parent of three graduates and Board chair for OMJS. She is passionate about bringing the love of being Jewish to those families…Read her full bio

Kami Francis

Grade 4-7
Morah Kami is going into her seventh year of teaching at OMJS. Kami completed an undergraduate degree in History with a minor in religious studies…Read her full bio

Aaron Kaiman

Grade 2-3
Aaron loves kids, and kids love Aaron. Aaron always knew he wanted to work with children so he went into the Child and Youth Care Worker where he graduated…Read his full bio

 

Ronja Soroka

Kindergarten-Grade 1
Ronja Soroka is a Montrealer who went to university in Toronto and has made her home here in Ottawa. She is a translator, educator and mother of three girls and a boy…Read her full bio

 

Miriam Rappoport

Hebrew grades 2-7
Morah Miriam is a transplanted Montrealer. She has a degree in Psychology and Recreation and Leisure Studies at Concordia University in Montreal…Read her full bio

 

Classes with Happy Children

JK – Grade 1

Age: 4-6
Through hands on learning, arts and crafts,  and music, students receive a solid base of the traditions of Jewish Holidays and Shabbat. By the end of Grade 1 students will be able to…

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Grade 2

Age: 7-8
Students review the Hebrew alphabet and add vowel sounds to build reading skills. Hebrew vocabulary is developed and Israeli life is experienced through music, crafts…

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Grade 3

Age: 8-9
Students continue to build on their Hebrew reading and writing skills. Israeli life is explored through music, crafts, games, drama and Hebrew language vocabulary.

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Grade 4-5

Age: 9-10
Students continue to build reading and writing skills. The Hebrew language program is theme based and includes Jewish holidays, family, seasons, food, time…

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Grade 6-7

Age: 10-12
Jewish values and Tikun Olam (making our world a better place) is explored and experienced throughout the school year by participating in community events and school activities…

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Yiddish Program

Grade: 2-7
The Yiddish Program is delivered to each grade three times a year for four Sundays each session. Each session has a theme. Each theme is presented to each grade at its appropriate age level…

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OMJS is a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa