TEMPLE SHOLOM EDUCATION

YOUTH LEARNING

For children, Temple Sholom offers an environment of spiritual creativity, encouraging development and expression of the spirit from an early age. We believe that children have sophisticated spiritual lives, and that their spiritual development is as essential as that of an adult. We understand the demands of family life in this day in age. We also know that families come with many different backgrounds, educational needs, and personal goals for synagogue engagement.

To learn more about our education programming please contact: Juliesolomon@templesholom.net

Currently, our youth education primarily happens on Sundays. However, do not confuse our programming with run-of-the-mill Sunday school. Our greatest aim to is to offer children and adult alike opportunities to LOVE Judaism, to have fun and to feel like their time is spent meaningfully.

DOWNLOAD THESE FORMS TO REGISTER FOR RELIGIOUS SCHOOL

Sholom Registration School Form 2015-16
Registration Packet Contents 2015-16
Health and Media Release (2015/5776)
Tentative Sunday School Calendar (2015/5776)

**Please email completed registration forms to Julie Solomon at JulieSolomon@TempleSholom.net OR hand it to Julie Solomon or Jenny Costello in the Temple Sholom Office.

SUNDAY MORNING YOUTH EDUCATION:  OCTOBER 11 – MAY 1

9:15AM – 10:00AM:  CORE CLASS
Meet with other students of the same age to learn about Jewish culture, holidays and theology in interactive and engaging ways. This includes music, movement, art activities, working in the garden, library, reading, discussions with experts and having tea with Rabbi T!

10:00AM – 10:30AM:  WORSHIP
Prayer is not limited to a book, or two a sanctuary – prayer can happen anywhere. We worship through song, yoga, art, nature walks, scavenger hunts, Hebrew and English words and more.

10:30AM – 11:00am:  ELECTIVES
Students of all ages mix together for their elective choices. Each child chooses a “major” for the trimester. This allows the student to focus on their preferred method of learning and really concentrate on taking ownership of the work that they create. Electives are led by our High School Madrichim (student teachers) and are assisted by our core teachers. Electives vary with each trimester. We have offered: Jewish cooking, Israeli dancing, Jewish sports, making blankets for those in need, Jewish art, building a Jewish garden, and more!

11:00AM – 11:45AM:  CORE CLASS
Meet with your core class for the final few minutes of school to connect the many activities of the day, enjoy one another’s companionship and learn about our faith.

OPTIONAL:  HEBREW EDUCATION (3RD – 7TH GRADES)

11:45AM – 12:15PM :  LUNCH!
We believe that students meeting other students of various ages and backgrounds is essential to our success. Sharing a meal together brings us closer and open to informal relationship building. Parents sign up to offer 2 meals a year from a country of their choosing. Children have tasted food from Italy, Russia, Israel, and Brazil, just to name a few. Meals range from snacks from the country to full on coursed menus. It is a favorite time in our week for adults and children alike.

12:15PM – 1:30PM:  HEBREW
Students preparing for the b’nai mitzvah cultivate their Hebrew language and liturgy skills in Sunday afternoon Hebrew.

WAIT!  THERE’S MORE!
Approximately once a month our whole school meets outside of our building for a hands-on education experience. We have volunteered with seniors at Cedar Village, learned hip hop dance and graffiti art at Elementz in OTR, and served at the soup kitchen. We believe that it is essential to teach our children that our faith is about action, helping make a difference in our world and enjoying the process.  Each school year begins with an overnight at Hueston Woods  9/26/15-9/27/15 where we meet other families, sing around a campfire and begin our year with an experiential learning adventure.

KULANU:  9TH – 12TH GRADES

In Cincinnati, all the Reform synagogues are blessed to be part of a collective Reform Jewish Highschool program for all of our teens. All the rabbis teach in the school in addition to other specialists and teachers. It occurs on Sundays from 5:30pm-7:15pm including communal dinners. For more information about Kulanu, our Jewish High School experience please contact Kulanu Director, Rabbi David Burstein at: drumrebbe@gmail.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What if we Sundays do not work for our family?
Our primary concern is the wellbeing of our students and their families. We work with each family to help them on their unique spiritual path to reach their Jewish education and life cycle goals.

2.    This sounds so fun but my children are younger than the ages mentioned, can we be involved too?
Yes! We have lots of programs for young children. On Sundays we offer a program called “Infants as teachers” where each class is assigned an infant and parent. The infant attends class for a ½ hour once a month. This teaches socialization with different ages, compassion for non-verbal communication and that we are all teachers and students regardless of ages. We also offer monthly Shabbat get togethers, potlucks, song sessions and other fun events for families with young children.

3. My child has little Jewish knowledge but wants to know more, is this a good fit for them?
At Sholom, we have a variety of learning levels, styles and needs. All children are welcome regardless of background and experience.

4.  We are an interfaith family who believes that many faiths should be represented in our home, how will our child fit in?
You will be in good company! With a 70% interfaith community where at least one immediate family member does not identify as Jewish we understand that each family comes to us with different needs. It is our role to provide Jewish education, relationships and theology while respecting the various spiritual paths that each child brings with them.

5. How do we learn more?
Contact us at
office@templesholom.net

 

ADULT LEARNING

Here at Temple Sholom, worship, education, community building, and personal spiritual growth are interconnected. We believe that everyone (of every age) is born with a spiritual curriculum; lessons that we each must learn throughout our lifetimes. Our congregation specializes in cultivating the personal path of spiritual development from birth to old age. We accept that every person has a personal truth that can be cultivated and encouraged. In our community we treat each person with respect and dignity, fostering an environment that inspires each of us to realize the potential of each of our souls.

 We offer a large range of classes for all levels of engagement:

Hebrew language, Conversion tutorials, Mussar/Kabbalah and spiritual direction, Jewish yoga, and discussion groups. We also provide a wide range of experiential opportunities such as soup kitchen, book club, social justice work through our interfaith partners at the Amos Project, and more.

We encourage you to make an appointment with our Rabbi, our Director of Life Long Learning and/or our Director of Engagement to discuss you personal spiritual goals and how we can help you on your unique path.

 ADULT CLASS LISTING COMING SOON.

For More Information Contact office@templesholom.net

FAMILY LEARNING

Learning as a family is part of our core mission. We believe that each individual has something to teach and something to learn regardless of background and age. Families come together to learn about holidays, join in Jewish cultural and holiday celebrations and social events where we have opportunities to meet other families.

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES FOR FAMILIES

HIGH HOLIDAY FUN!  MONTH OF SEPTEMBER

Join us for interactive prayer and hands on fun at any of our family programs for the High Holy days including:

  • A New Year’s Eve Party for little one’s where we get to “watch the apple drop” and sing songs and share in a holiday themed activity and dessert.
  • Rosh Hashanah Birthday Party For The World including a short interactive prayer service, dancing, singing, art and a bouncy castle.
  • Yom Kippur Care For All Living Beings Program where we will share in stories and songs about the importance of caring for all living beings, and experience a traveling petting zoo where we get to feed baby animals, pet goats and even touch a snake!

No RSVP’s necessary – just bring yourselves. 

For More Information Contact office@templesholom.net

FAMILY RETREAT:  SEPTEMBER 26TH & 27TH
Each school year begins with an overnight at Hueston Woods where we meet other families, sing around a campfire and begin our year with an experiential learning adventure. There is tie dying, song sessions, horse backriding, swimming, learning and more!  All families, regardless of their involvement in our youth education are welcome. 

Some people choose to stay in tents while others stay at the nearby lodge. For more information please contact Julie: Juliesolomon@templesholom.net

KIDish
Have a toddler that loves to run around with other children, play with parachutes, puppets, books and sing and clap along to fun, Jewish music? Then KIDdish is your program! Once a month we gather together with other young families and celebrate Shabbat in a fun, interactive and age appropriate manner followed by a delicious, vegetarian potluck.

A list of dates for programs and classes for families COMING SOON!

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

At Temple Sholom we believe that learning for all ages should be hands-on, interactive, and relevant to modern life. We believe that tradition, theology, and Jewish life should be experienced through relationship building, engaging programming, and innovative worship opportunities.

ARC-IN-THE-PARK
A Joyful Shabbat experience in Blue Ash Park filled with songs, BBQ, and fresh air! Fun for the whole family!  See “Calendar” for details.

LEARNING AND SPIRITUALITY RETREAT FOR ALL AGES
Every year we take a community retreat to Hueston woods where we explore our educational themes for the year, sing, cook, tie-dye, horseback ride, swim and get to know one another. See “family learning” for details.

ROSH HASHANAH TASHLICH AT FRENCH PARK
A short, gentle, and meaningful community driven experience at French Park where we read poetry, talk about new beginnings, and enjoy a casual picnic together afterwards.  See “Calendar” for details.

YOM KIPPUR SYN-A-PLEX OPTIONS
On Yom Kippur afternoon most of our community remain together for alternative spiritual experiences from 1pm-3pm. Each year we offer different ways to tap into Jewish spiritual modes that reach people who may or may not find spiritual meaning within the traditional Yom Kippur services and liturgy. We have discussion groups, study opportunities, a panel of Jewish storytelling, yoga, meditative walks, and more. See “calendar” for details.

SHABBAT SHABARK
A puppy filled fun Shabbat with blessing of animals, an animal lover’s Sabbath service followed by a delightful oneg of treats for human and animal alike.

ADULT CLASSES INCLUDING:
Hebrew language, liturgy, Mysticism and Kabbalah, The Jewish feminine experience in Israel, Jewish cooking, Jewish yoga and meditation, Theology of Free Will.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PARTNERSHIPS
With The Amos Project around Preschool Promise and Valley Interfaith preparing children for school.

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