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 and need to connect in community 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.
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 and live Judaism and to feel like their time is spent meaningfully. So, how do we do this?
When God offered the Israelites Torah at Mount Sinai, they first said, “we will do” and only then followed up with, “we will listen.” We think doing should be front and center in Jewish Education—plus, it makes learning more effective and a lot more fun for our kids!
So, how do we DO?
All of these special programs only supplement the high quality learning, meaningful relationships, hands on projects and lively discussions that take place in our classrooms, led by our team of experienced and passionate Jewish Educators.
Why learn Hebrew? Did you know that half of the Jewish world today speaks Hebrew as a first language!
– Hebrew is the language our people pray in– our students gain the tools for communal worship and to lead a congregation at b’nai mitzvah and beyond
– Hebrew is the language our people live in– our students engage with modern Israeli people, media and texts and appreciate the living language
– Hebrew is the language our people come from– our students encounter Torah and its stories in the original Hebrew
NEW this year– Hebrew in Harmony, learn to pray in Hebrew through music and technology. Hebrew School has never been this fun!
Join us as we pilot this multimedia curriculum to provide your child with a full digital learning experience
At Temple Sholom we welcome families from diverse backgrounds in search of all types of connections. Hebrew education and b’nai mitzvah are customizable and families choose to begin at varying times. We offer convenient Sunday afternoon Hebrew so families traveling a far distance don’t need to make the trip twice! Our Hebrew School builds bridges, making Hebrew accessible to students and their families. We will work with you individually to break down any barrier to learning.
In Cincinnati, all the Reform synagogues are blessed to be part of a collective Reform Jewish High School program for our teens. All the rabbis join with educators and specialists to teach at Kulanu. It occurs on Sundays from 5:30pm-7:15pm and includes communal dinners. For more information about Kulanu, our Jewish High School experience please contact Kulanu Director, Rabbi David Burstein at: email@example.com
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.
Yes! We have lots of programs for young children. On Sundays we offer a program called “Infants as Teachers” where your baby can become a member of our faculty! Stick around or come just for, “Bubbes and Babies” our monthly open house for parents of all ages (see our “Family Learning” page). We also offer monthly Shabbat get-togethers, potlucks, song sessions and other fun events for families with young children.
At Sholom, we have a variety of learning levels, styles and needs. All children are welcome regardless of background and experience.
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.
To learn more about our education programming please contact Laura Wright, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org