November 30

OJCS Hanukkah Celebration

We are looking forward to celebrating with you. Following are details to help you plan your evening:
  • The show will be roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour and will end at around 7:15 pm.
  • The new families will be invited to the front with Rabbi Finkelstein to light the Menorah.
  • All the children are asked to wear shirts or dresses (for the girls) that are colours of a flame (either orange, red or yellow).  
Order for the Hanukkah Show:
  • Opening words from Grade 8
  • New families light Menorah
  • Opening video clip with Dr. Mitzmacher and Mrs. Gordon
  • Video clip by grade 7
  • Skit by grade 5
  • Dance by grade 1
  • Video by grade 6
  • Skit by grade 4
  • Dance from Kindergarten
  • A song by grade 3
  • Dance by grade 2
  • Staff video  

See you there.

November 1

Interview Assignment

Friends Across the Sea Assignment from Morah Batya

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Interviewing Family Members

Recently we have been learning about the different migration paths of Jewish families during the 20th Century. We have investigated how the Shoah (Holocaust) affected these families. We have looked at families assimilation and integration as well as Zionism.

Please choose a grandparent or great aunt or uncle (if possible) to interview. They do not have to answer all of the questions, especially if a question has already been answered.


  1. Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
  2. What were some of your favourite activities as a kid?
  3. What was your favourite food?
  4. Did you ever go on vacation? If so, where?
  5. Where were your parents born? Where did your parents live?
  6. What is your profession?
  7. What was your parents profession?
  8. Was anyone in our family born outside of Canada? Where?
  9. Why did they decide to leave their country?
  10. Where did they move to?
  11. When did this happen?
  12. Was this usual for people to be moving or unusual?
  13. Did our relative(s) move alone or with parents, siblings, etc?
  14. Did they have friends or distant family members they knew that       left their country as well?
  15. Did the Shoah affect our family? If yes, in what way?
  16. Have members of our family assimilated? If so, describe how.
  17. Do we or did we have any family members who were orthodox Jews?
  18. Do we have any family members who live in Israel?
  19. Would you consider your parents as Zionists? Are you Zionist?
  20. Is there something else you’d like to tell me that I did not ask?


Due Dates for Interview assignment:


Monday, November 5: Tell Morah Batya who you will interview.

  When and how will the interview take place?

  (In person, telephone, skype, Facetime)


Monday, November 12: Interview completed


Friday, November 16: Interview transcribed (type answers)


Monday, November 19: Hand in finished product.

This can include:

-a very brief google slides document

-a picture of your interviewee attached to typed interview

-a news article you create about your family member

-any other way you’d like to present your finished product


Please ask questions far in advance of due dates. I am happy to help you in any way you may need.

September 17

Shana Tova


Kitah Hey has been learning about the ten days of teshuvah (repentence) between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We discussed the importance of apologizing for our wrong doings and how we can make things right again. Through teacher given scenarios, as well as paper bag dramatics where the students could create their own scenarios, the students practised the stages of a good apology:

  1. Showing you really feel bad about what happened.
  2. Showing you understand how the other person feels.
  3. Understanding that the apology doesn’t automatically make the “hurt” go away.
  4. Showing that you are serious about not making the same mistake again.

September 7

Resolution Sticks

Shana Tova!

Today we created our own resolution sticks. We discussed what we’d like to work on in the coming year and how we can achieve our goals. We wrote our resolutions on a slip of paper and wrapped them around our branch. Then we covered the branches with string and little “chatchkes”. The resolution sticks are coming home today and will hopefully remind them of their goals for themselves for the new year.