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Welcome to Kitah Zayin (Grade 7) Meet your teacher, see your schedule, and learn about your curriculum! 

Rachel Oshinsky

Kitah Zayin Lead Teacher

This is Rachel’s second year teaching Kitah Zayin, and she is excited to work with students during their B'nei Mitzvah year. Originally from New Jersey, she earned her B.A. in English from Brandeis University and her M.Ed. in Reading and Writing from UMass Amherst. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities and writing.




Joanna Marcus

Kitah Zayin Co-Teacher

Joanna is a second year student at Brandeis University. She has a deep passion for the violin and plans to major in music, while also exploring other academic areas. Joanna was a student at Dorshei Tzedek Religious School as a child, and she absolutely loves seeing the current students build their own sense of Jewish identity and create new memories where she once did. 



Curriculum Overview

The 7th grade curriculum focuses on Jewish experience in the 20th century. Themes include diversity of Jewish life in pre-war Europe, Jewish immigration and experience in the United States, development of different strands of Zionist thought, the holocaust (Using a Facing History approach), modern Israel: cultural narratives and ethical dilemmas, movements of American Judaism.

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Thu, June 17 2021 7 Tammuz 5781