What is so special about Religious School at Temple?

In my conversations with parents and community members, this is a question that I am asked quite often. My answer lately is a very personal and heartfelt, “No. At Temple we are much different than the religious school of my childhood or that of my parents. The students at our Temple Religious School are an extended family for each other and work together to explore and learn. In multi-age groupings, students work through a program that is experiential, active and hands on, learning Hebrew, studying Torah and connecting the rich traditions of Judaism. It is more of a camp-style way of learning that is fun and inclusive”

 I am looking forward to welcoming returning and new families to our first day Family Program; Saturday September 22, 2018.

 Pre-Registration is live ONLINE! Please pre-register ONLINE by August 31, in order for us to properly plan for your child’s learning experience.

 You can pre-register by emailing our Religious School Director for the direct link: dacellison@anshesholom.ca 

 We have an exciting new addition to our Religious School Program!

So, what is new?? An extensive Wednesday Torah, T’fillah (Prayer) and Traditions through the Arts Program. We are will be working with community artists and experts to learn through visual, dramatic, musical and culinary arts! Each Wednesday our students will have 2 learning blocks and our weekly mini-mincha learning service. Our learning blocks are Hebrew Language and a weekly Arts Activity. I am excited that Rebecca Sampson will be facilitating the Art Sessions, with the support of many community members. We will kick off the year with drama and visual arts. Other activities planned so far include musical theatre, Jewish cooking, print making and more! So, the next time you are asked about what makes your Temple Religious School different than the rest, I hope you will share some of the many things that make learning at Temple so special for our youth!

Our teachers nourish the love of Torah, help form a connection with the Jewish community, and guide students as they explore their faith in G-d. Our Religious School helps students form deep bonds with other Jewish children and adults, as they study Jewish culture, traditions and language.

Shabbat Schedule;

  • Weekly Shabbat School will begin with an Assembly of Song (Shira) at 9:15am followed promptly by classes at 9:30am.                   
  • *All Family T’fillah (Grade 2-7) and YoFi Tunes (JK-1) will take place at 11:45 a.m. each week. Parents are encouraged to please join your child for t’fillah. This is followed by our Community Kiddush at 12:15 p.m.

Our kick-off Family Program is Saturday, September 22. We will begin at 9:15 a.m. with a Shabbat Song Session in the chapel. Families interested in our Temple Religious School, with children age 4-12, are invited to join us. Parents of registered students are asked to please attend the Opening Day with their child. Shabbat Tot-Drop in also resumes on September 22, where children from babies to age 4 are invited to join us at 11am (with a caregiver) for activities, songs and our YoFi Tunes Family Service.

What is up and coming?  A Social Night Out to see Once Upon A Mattress with Drury Lane Theatre; November 8, 2018… Save the Date! This is going to be a great night out for parents and our older students!

The first YoFi Shabbat of the year is Friday Sept 7, 2018, 5:15-6:00. I look forward to welcoming Shabbat with our many families with young children.

Our Senior program, B’yachad, begins on October 3, together with Beth Jacob Synagogue students. We offer our Grade 8-10 students an opportunity to volunteer in the community and learn together with their peers.

There are so many opportunities to get involved in family programs at Temple Anshe Sholom, outside of our Religious School hours. How can we involve you? Look in the next bulletin for information about our upcoming family social events, like a Chanukah skate, winter rock climbing, and more! Please join us for our Family Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Service and Family Program. This year there is a separate ticket option for families who wish to participate together in the Morning Family Programming on September 10 & September 19. Please see the flyer in the bulletin for more information.

Join us, to “LEARN JEWISH, LIVE JEWISH, LOVE JEWISH” we welcome all families!

Dora-Ann Cohen Ellison – Director of Religious Education


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