6A Class Information


Teachers: David Schwartz, Rebecca Simon

Contact Information:

Rebecca Simon



My name is Rebecca and I am one of the 6th grade teachers at BJEP. I am from Bethesda, Maryland and this is my first year at Brandeis. I plan on studying biology and psychology and I am considering a career in the medical field. My Jewish education and involvement so far have been studying at the Jewish Day School and being active in United Synagogue Youth and my high school's Jewish Culture Club. In my free time I like to play tennis, read, and play with dogs. This year at BJEP we will learn some Hebrew, discuss Jewish history and culture, go on exciting field trips, and build a strong sense of community inside and out of the classroom. It's going to be a great year!

David Schwartz



Hi! My name is David, and I am also teaching 6th Grade at BJEP. I am a senior here at Brandeis, double-majoring in business and psychology. When I am not busy at Brandeis or BJEP, I enjoy hiking biking, skiing, and most other things that end with “ing.” I am especially excited for the upcoming year at BJEP due to the new and improved 6th Grade curriculum. Having been at BJEP for three years now, it is always such a treat to get to teach new students every year and see them grow. I’ve been blessed to have awesome 6A classes every year so far, and I have no doubt that this year’s 6A class is going to exceed all expectations!

Class #20, April 17, 2016

Today was an incredible ending to this year at BJEP! First we watched a funny video and discussed Passover and slavery. Then we had a You be the Judge session about finding the cure for cancer. We also made our own taboo game which was super fun to play. Then we watched the Rugrats version of the Passover story. Finally we joined everyone in the quad for a closing circle. Thank you for a great year!

Upcoming Important Dates: 5/1 Field Trip to Farm!

Class # 19, April 10, 2016

Today was a very fun and busy day for sixth graders! First, we had a discussion about Jewish cemeteries and matched Jewish cemetery symbols to their meanings. Then, we saw the BJEP production of The Rabbi of Oz! We enjoyed having snack with other sixth graders in 6B. And finally, we heard from a guest speaker and learned about the importance and meaning behind many practices following a jewish death.

Upcoming Important Dates: 4/17 Last Day of BJEP on Brandeis Campus, 5/1 Field Trip to Farm!

Class #18, March 20, 2016

Today was a great and celebratory day in 6A! We started with a Teacher’s Star Wars-Purim Shpiel, which was entertaining! This was followed by a special lesson on Purim! We took the lessons of Purim and discussed the importance of helping the world, as well as a You be the Judge on the Bystander Effect. Finally, we had an amazing time at the Purim Carnival!

Class #17, March 13, 2016

6A had an awesome day today! After months of preparation, the students did an amazing job with their Legacy Fair presentations! It was such a privilege and honor for us to see them come through with such meaningful projects and stories. It was especially incredible to see how relatives passed on their legacies to the students and continue to influence them every day. We look forward to the celebration of Purim next week!

Class #16, March 6, 2016

Today was a great day in 6A! After opening circle, we separated for Hebrew and electives as usual. After joining back together, we did a unique You be the Judge case on inclusiveness and special needs. This was followed by an awesome joint 6th Grade music session with Leah. Finally, those of us in 6A who had not yet practiced our Legacy Fair presentations had an opportunity to do so. We look forward to an awesome Legacy Fair next week!

Class #15, February 28, 2016

6A had a great day today! It was great being back at BJEP from the break. We especially enjoyed seeing all the awesome visuals for the Legacy Fair Project, and we spent the last hour actually practicing the legacy fair presentation itself. Everyone did a great job on their first practice session, and we look forward to seeing them shine on March 13! Note: For those students who did not bring in their visuals today, please be sure to complete them this week and bring them in on March 6.

Class #14, February 7, 2016

Today was a great day in 6A! We discussed Legacy Fair Project deadlines and preparations. We also had a special dance class. Finally, we made posters "advertising" a bar/bat mitzvah as a continued part of our lifecycles unit. As we head into the long February break, we ask that each student finish interviews if they have not already done so. Also, students should have their visuals for the Legacy Fair Project complete (and brought into class) by February 28. We wish everyone a wonderful break!

Class #13, January 31, 2016

Today was a very Interesting and entertaining today for the 6th Grade! We spent the entire day at the Mayyim Hayyim mikvah, which was quite a fascinating experience for students, parents, and teachers alike. We were able to learn in an experiential way about the process of a mikvah ritual. We also discussed various reasons and goals for which Jews (and those converting to Judaism) come to the mikvah. Next week, we plan to continue the positive energy and discuss bar/bat mitzvahs as the next part of our lifecycle unit.

Class #12, January 24, 2016

6A had a great day today! It was nice to be back in our routine schedule. After Hebrew and electives, we had a You be the Judge session. Both teams got a perfect score for the first time in months! Afterwards, we began our main activity on lifestyles. First, students brainstormed major life events and how they are celebrated in Jewish life. Next, the class split up into 3 groups. Each group read about a specific lifecycle event and made a colorful poster on this event. Finally, after each group shared its poster with the rest of the class we introduced next week’s field trip to the mikvah. We look forward to seeing everyone at the field trip!

Class #11, January 17, 2016

Today was a great day for 6A and all of BJEP. We began the day talking about our breaks and moving forward with the Legacy Fair Project. Next, all grades got together to speak about Tikkun Olam and MLK. After that, Grades 4-7 got together to see the awesome presentation of Sojourner Truth and her story. Then, both 6th Grade classes came together to speak about the presentation, as well as a general Tikkun Olam discussion. 6A ended the day back in the main auditorium to hear Rabbi Ari Lev wrap up Tikkun Olam Day in style. By next week, we ask that all students in 6A please complete their interviews for the Legacy Fair Project, and we also ask they finalize the general layout and plan of each of their individual projects.

Class #10, December 13, 2015

6A had an awesome Hanukkah-filled day today! Everyone absolutely loved the special Hanukkah program. As sad as we were to say goodbye to Andrea Baron after 15 years at BJEP, we were happy that the last day with her was so joyous! And we even got to play a couple cool Hanukkah videos and conduct a You be the Judge session in our class today. With that, we wish everyone a happy Hanukkah, a joyous holiday season, and an amazing break!

Class # 9, December 6, 2015

Today was a great day in 6A! We got to do two You be the Judge debates, including a special Hanukkah one. We learned about Hanukkah and the two miracles related to it. Finally, we began brainstorming for the Legacy Fair Project. In this brainstorm, each student put their ideas on a piece of paper - each student put a face of him/herself in the middle of the paper, and then they brainstormed, all around that face, what and who has made them who they are. We would like to wish a very happy Hanukkah to you and your family!

Class #8, November 22, 2015

We had a very busy day today beginning with a discussion about an 18 year old victim of a terror attack in Israel and how important it is to live our lives in a meaningful way. Then after Hebrew and electives we gathered with students from 6B and parents to get to know each other better while learning about Bar and Bat Mitzvah and the Legacy project. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving break and begin brainstorming for the Legacy Project!

Class #7, November 15, 2015

6A had an awesome day today! The entire class was extremely involved in discussions and had lots of positive input. We did a You Be the Judge on France and its response to terror, which evoked lots of passionate and respectful discussion. Music was an awesome supplement. We finished the Tikkun Olam unit with a great discussion on the American Soviet Jewry unit and how each of us can help the world. Overall, it was a great day in 6A!

Upcoming Important Dates: 11/22/15 6th Grade Family Program From 11:00-12:00

Class #6, November 8, 2015

Today was another great day for 6A! We started by using our discussion on Tikkun Olam last week as a starting point to preview our activity on charities. We did this with a brief video about Hope for Henry (DC’s Jimmy Fund-equivalent). After Hebrew and electives, we had an interesting You Be the Judge discussion on whether one, when pressed on time, should lend a classmate her textbook even if the classmate has refused to help her in the past. Last but not least, students divided up into three groups for our main activity on charity. Each group created a charity (including name, slogan. charity goal, and geographical extent of charity), and they made a poster for their charity. We were extremely impressed with all the charities and posters. We are so fortunate to have such a great class, and we look forward to continuing our Tikkun Olam unit next week!

Class #5, November 1, 2015

We had an awesome day today! Between the You Be the Judge debate, the surprise music class with Leah, and our discussion on Civil Rights and Judaism, 6A was at full speed! We especially enjoyed hearing all the students get involved in our discussion about Tikkun Olam and Civil Rights. Each student had the opportunity to express their opinion on one issue they feel is in important case of Tikkun Olam. We look forward to continuing this unit of American history and social justice in 6A!

Class #4, October 25, 2015

Today was a great day in 6A! Between our class discussions on George Washington and multiple You Be the Judge sessions as well as an awesome dance class with Anna, we had a wholesome day. Students have now acclimated to the new structure in BJEP, and they are excited by the change of scenery in regard to both Hebrew and elective. We are excited to move on through American history and social justice in the coming weeks!

Class #3, October 18, 2015

In today’s class, we enjoyed a wide variety of fun and important activities. Between multiple You be the Judge sessions, Hebrew, our first normal elective day, and our main discussion on unions and the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, students took in a lot of new information and ideas. Perhaps most importantly, students treated each other with full respect even when disagreeing on crucial issues in class discussions. We were extremely impressed by the ability of all of 6A to quickly adjust to the normal BJEP schedule after so many unusual weeks. We are excited to finally have a full structure here in 6A, and we’re excited to see what comes next!

Class #2, October 4, 2015

Today’s class was fun and educational in many different ways. We started by refreshing with a welcoming activity, after which we split up for Hebrew sections. After Hebrew, students had the opportunity to split up once again for a taste of electives. After trying out two different electives, 6A came back together to debate a You be the Judge case. Next we went to a combined music lesson with 6B. Last but definitely not least, 6A had its main discussion of the day on [Jewish] heroes. During this time, we had lively conversation about Jewish heroes and heroes in general, including a story about Emma Lazarus.

Class #1, September 20, 2015

Today in class we learned about…tradition and innovation

One question you can ask your child is… why are tradition and innovation both so important for us?

One resource for more information…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2voIPNhogU “They gave each other a pledge” scene from Fiddler on the Roof.

Upcoming Important Dates: 10/11/15 will be a field trip to the zoo.

Hebrew Hazara/Review: None