A critical piece of K-7 education is the personal connection between the teacher and the student. This school year is a challenging year for all of us. Implementing a video conference tool helps maintain this connection during this time of distanced learning. One of the new technologies we are implementing to support the ability to maintain personal connections is Zoom.  

Hebrew School on Zoom is redesigned and developed mutually by the Jewish Russian Community Centre and Israel American Council/Ofek Project. For more information, contact Ariel Zaltzman at ariel.zaltzman@jrcc.org  416 – 222- 7105 ext. 225  

Our staff and teachers have been working on an engaging, interactive and exciting program that your child will not want to miss.

Our new curriculum has been developed to ensure that the content is both developmentally appropriate and user-friendly for both settings. The subjects will come alive as students master the Hebrew language, learn about the Jewish holidays, empathy, respect and integrity, amongst other life skills and Jewish values. The curriculum is scaffolded to cater to each student within grade 1 - 4, however, programs will be opened upon age demand. Each session is a 5 weeks program and if your child likes it,  he can continue for the next 5 weeks.

We are mindful that students and staff have a range of comfort with participating in a video conference meeting from their homes. We also understand that students have varying levels of access to technology. Teachers have been provided with guidelines for best practices for hosting video conference meetings, and below are some guidelines that we expect all students to adhere to as they participate in these calls. 

Quality Video Conferencing Tips:  

1. Consider the environment that you are sitting in. Try to limit any background distractions and ensure that you are in a common area of your house (no bedroom furniture in background, etc). 


2. Remember that if your camera is turned on, everyone can see you. 

3. Keep the source of lighting in front or above you. Avoid having a bright light or window behind


4. Make use of the side chat bar during a meeting to ask questions or add comments. The host is responsible for moderating this chat space. 


5. All questions and comments should be related to the learning expectations or core purpose of the call. 

6. Progress slowly. Everyone is learning (including the adults) and it will take some time for participants to adjust. 

7. Be patient and forgiving with technology. It can be temperamental, glitchy and sometimes difficult to navigate so pause, breathe and keep this in perspective.