- Student Worksheet - Bibliography/Resources
EPISODE: 1 "Something
From Nothing: The Shumiatcher Saga"
Directed by David Paperny
Judah and Chasia Shumiatcher
were Russian Jews who emigrated to Canada in the early 1900s. This film
explores the historical, cultural, and economic evolution of the Shumiatchers
and their descendants and the important economic and cultural contributions
this Jewish family has made to Canada.
- The reasons behind Russian
- The contribution of Jewish
immigrants to Canada
- The success of the Shumiatcher
- Torah Scroll
- To understand the contributing
factors of Jewish emigration from Russia
- To appreciate the contributions
Jewish immigrants have made to the cultural and economic evolution of
- To develop an awareness
of basic Jewish customs
- Develop a time chart showing
significant events relating to Jewish immigration to Canada. Begin your
timeline in 1750.
- Create a genealogy chart
for the Shumiatchers, starting with Judah and Chasia. Wherever possible,
indicate the type of occupation their descendants had/have.
- Create a map showing the
geographical dispersion of the Shumiatchers family from their arrival
in Canada to today.
- Using an organizer like
the one below, compare the lifestyle and values of Jewish families as
portrayed by the Shumiatchers with that of your own family.
Role of Parents
Role of Grandparents
- Choose one of the following
people and prepare a three minute biographical presentation. Be sure
to focus on their contribution to Canadian society.
Dave Barrett Samuel Bronfman Leonard Cohen Garth Drabinsky
Barbara Frum Herb Gray Lorne Greene A. M. Klein
Irving Layton Stephen Lewis Peter C. Newman
- Morris Shumiatcher, through
the Smithbilt Hat Company, created a symbol that has come to represent
western Canadian hospitality -- the white cowboy hat or Stetson.
- Identify positive qualities
or characteristics that in some way make a statement about your
- Develop a symbol that
can be easily associated with these qualities, using paper and pastels
or coloured pencils.
- Prepare a three minute
presentation about these important characteristics.
- Write a brief report explaining
the basic beliefs and customs of Orthodox Judaism. Some things you may
want to consider in your report are: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot,
Purim, Passover, Shavuot, Hannukah
- Explain the following Jewish
- Why do Jews put stones
on the grave when visiting a gravesite?
- What happens on the
- What is an Orthodox
Jewish wedding like?
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