Students continue to build on their Hebrew reading and writing skills. Hebrew vocabulary and knowledge of Israeli culture is increased through music, crafts, games, drama and lively discussion. The Hebrew language program is theme based and units include Jewish holidays, family, seasons, food, time, nature, animals, feelings and Israeli life.
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. The students communicate with a Lone Soldier in the IDF and send him Purim treats.
Several times a year students visit Hillel Lodge (Senior’s residence adjacent to the SJCC) performing acts of Chessed (loving kindness ).
Measly Middle Ages
Students create a mini-library book of the key concepts and events that impacted the Jews during the Middle Ages. Students prepare and perform a mock trial of the Jewish pirate, Samuel Palache, The Pirate Rabbi.
Renaissance and Emancipation
Students learn about the Venice Ghetto and the Russian Shetl by researching then developing a representation of life in one of these two settings. Students study Jewish life in the Russian Shtetl by comparing the movie version of “Fiddler on the Roof” with historical fact.
Students will look at case studies from a children’s perspective during WWII. Students will examine and then create a mini society of Jews during the time of Nazi Germany, specifically the persecution of Jews and other minorities pre and during the war.
Students will learn about the role of the Righteous Gentiles
Students will create a timeline of events leading to Israel’s statehood. Students will visit Modern Day Israel through a virtual field trip using multi media techniques.
Meet Grade 6-7 Teachers
Morah Kami is going into her eigth year of teaching at OMJS. Kami completed an undergraduate degree in History with a minor in religious studies before continuing on to teacher’s college. She has a passion for teaching Jewish history as well as world history. She recognizes the importance of teaching Jewish history to youth so they can make connections with the past and form their own Jewish identity. When she is not at OMJS, Kami is a teacher in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and as if that is not enough she also works part time at Chapters. She has an interest in non-Western world history, mythology, and archaeology much of which she builds into her curriculum with our children. Kami has also developed the Being Jewish program and each year looks for interesting new approaches to sharing the Jewish experience with the students in Grade 6 and 7.