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Listed are the various programs, Hebrew schools, early-childhood schools, etc. offered by the Jewish community of Cincinnati this year. 

Adath Israel Congregation –

Jarson Education Center

3201 E. Galbraith Road

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236

Contact: Dara Wood, director of Education

Phone: 513-792-5082, ext. 104

Fax: 513-792-5085

Grades: Pre-kindergarten-grade 7; grades 8-12 encouraged to attend Mercaz High School

Hours: Sunday, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for grades K-7; Wednesday, 4:15-6:15 p.m. for grades 2-7; grades 8 - 12 Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mercaz

Classes begin: Aug. 25

Affiliation: Conservative

Adath Israel offers an innovative curriculum that incorporates the study of Hebrew, Bible, prayer, Jewish values, traditions, history, music and bar/bat mitzvah preparations.

Students begin learning how to read and decode Hebrew at a young age. As they progress they participate in a modern Hebrew curriculum and learn Hebrew as a living language through engaging stories, folktales and activities. They build their Hebrew vocabulary comprehension skills as well as grammar rules. They also take part in a prayer component so they can participate in prayer with understanding and reading fluency.

The sixth- and seventh-grade students participate in Project Etgar, a curriculum that teaches students how to think critically about Judaism. It builds on their prior knowledge and current experiences and builds breadth and depth in student’s understanding and observance of Judaism. Project Etgar is ideal for students coming from a day school as well as students that are already in the Religious School.

Atara Girls High School

6701 Elbrook Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45237

Phone: 513-366-3946

Beth Adam Religious School (Our Village)

10001 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland, Ohio, 45140

Contact: Rabbi David Burstein

Phone: 513-985-0400

Grades: Preschool to teen program 

Hours: Religious School – Sunday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Bar/Bat Mitzvah – Sunday following Religious School.

Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 8

Affiliation: Humanistic

Under the direction of Rabbi David Burstein, Our Village (the Religious School of Congregation Beth Adam) continues to break new ground in what Jewish education can and should be. You and your children will find this innovative, creative and immersive Jewish experience to be meaningful and relevant. The value-added lessons learned and skills developed will last a lifetime.

Our Village will prepare students to be kind, confident, collaborative, critical thinkers. They will learn to be change-makers and social justice advocates through the lens of Jewish history, thought, and practice. Students will learn skills to enable them to be successful in the wider world in which they live.

Learn more about Our Village by calling Rabbi David Burstein at Congregation Beth Adam.  Arrange to visit Our Village and  meet with Rabbi Burstein. For further information call 513- 985-0400.

Chai Tots Early Childhood


7587 Central Parke Boulevard 

Mason, OH 45040

Contact: Rochel Kalmanson,

education director

Phone: 513-234-0777

Fax: 513-234-0711

Ages: 6 weeks-6 years

Hours: Flexible hours from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Classes begin: Wednesday, Aug. 15 

Affiliation: Entire Jewish community

The Chai Tots Early Childhood Center is a Jewish community school, serving the entire Jewish community in the Mason/Deerfield/Loveland/West Chester area. Chai Tots students range from ages 6 weeks to 6 years and reflect the diversity of the Jewish community coming from a variety of Jewish affiliations and backgrounds. It is the first Jewish Montessori school in Ohio and offers infant care, toddler and preschool programs, and kindergarten.

Chai Tots provides a blend of Jewish Montessori education offering strong academics stressing life skills, interpersonal relationship skills, and nurturing a love of life-long learning.

They customize a curriculum for each student facilitated in expansive naturally lit rooms, with low student-teacher ratios. Offering year-round child care, a flexible “design-your-own-schedule,” webcams, state-of-the-art computer lab, yoga, music, Hebrew, Spanish, art, Tae Kwon Do, after-school enrichment and a “drop-off” sitting service. Separate Discover Hebrew School. Now enrolling.

Cincinnati Hebrew Day School

2222 Losantiville Road

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45237

Phone: 513-351-7777

Discovery Hebrew School

7587 Central Parke Boulevard

Mason, Ohio, 45040

Contact: Rochel Kalmanson, Discovery Hebrew School educational director

Phone: 513-234-0777

Ages: 6-13

Hours: Wednesdays, 4:15-6 p.m.

Classes begin: Wednesday, Aug. 19

Affiliation: Entire Jewish community

Promoting Jewish awareness and education, Discovery  Hebrew School offers a stimulating, friendly environment where students embrace their Jewish identity and gain a sense of Jewish pride through fun and meaningful activities.

The school provides an academic and enjoyable environment where children of all levels of observance and affiliation acquire a broad knowledge of Judaism, nurtures positive character building and features the acclaimed Alef Champ program for Hebrew Reading. Students also receive free membership in CKids in Action Club, which creates community through shared activities and community projects beyond school.

Through Hebrew reading, writing, Jewish history, holidays and more, students gain an appreciation for the joys, values, and traditions of the heritage as it is brought to life by teachers whose creativity make every lesson a unique and dynamic learning experience.

Discovery Hebrew School endeavors that the students should:

Attain a strong sense of love of Judaism and pride in being Jewish.

Discover and explore the Torah (Bible), the incredible history of the Jewish people & see its relevance in today’s day & age.

Gain an understanding of the practices & traditions of Judaism.

Know the morals, values & ethical behavior taught in the Torah.

Have a hands-on experience and appreciation for all Jewish holidays.

Master Hebrew skills of reading and writing.

Understand basic Hebrew words.

Learn basic prayers so that the students will feel comfortable when attending services.

Identify with the land of Israel and its inhabitants.

Allow for students to express their opinions and questions about G‑d, Torah & religion.

Kehal Kodesh School of Rockdale Temple: Our Sacred Community

8501 Ridge Road

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236

Contact (Rockdale Temple): Rabbi Meredith Kahan, Associate Rabbi and Educator

Phone: 513-891-9900

Grades: Preschool-grade 8

Hours: Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-noon; Hebrew School: Tuesday, 4:30-6 p.m.

Classes begin: Sunday, Aug. 25, at Montgomery Park (9:30 a.m.-noon); Grades 9-12 participate in Kulanu: The Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School on Sunday evenings, 5:30-7:05 p.m.

Affiliation: Reform

Kehal Kodesh offers a Judaic curriculum for students in preschool through eighth grade, and a Hebrew program for students in third through seventh grades. Special programs throughout the year include Family Education class, Shabbat services, holiday programs, music, art, cooking, and library enrichment programs. Students will take an active role in t’filah (prayer services), learning, social action projects, and building community.

Students in grades 4-12 participate in our youth groups. Club 456 welcomes students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades; Rak Noar is designed for students in seventh and eighth grades; and students in ninth to 12th grade are encouraged to participate in Rockdale’s Senior Youth Group – YGOR, the Youth Group of Rockdale.

The opening day program will be an interactive, hands-on exploration of Jewish themes and will feature opportunities for students of all ages to engage in art, music, community building, games, storytelling, and more. Parents and family members are invited to enjoy opening day, participate in the parent schmooze, and to stay for a community picnic at noon. Young children who are not yet enrolled in religious school and their adults are invited to play at the park as part of our FoRT (young Families of Rockdale Temple) playgroup!

As a Reform congregation we embrace every family, every child, and every learner. Children in interfaith families who are being raised in the Jewish faith are encouraged to actively participate in the life of the congregation. For additional information, or to enroll your children, contact Rabbi Kahan.

Kulanu: Reform Hebrew High School

Contact: Dara Wood 

Phone: 513-792-5082

Grades: 8-12

Hours: Sunday evenings during the school year from 5:30-7:10 p.m.  First semester will meet at Wise Temple while second semester will meet at the Valley Temple.

Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 8

Phone: 513-262-8849

Kulani helps your children continue the learning that will help our students find a Judaism that is theirs. We strive to provide a meaningful and challenging journey for each student. We do this through dialog, discovery, and exploration, so that every student begins to establish their own personal Jewish identity as a foundation for the rest of their lives.

We bring together teens from four reform synagogues in Cincinnati: Rockdale Temple, Temple Sholom, Valley Temple and Wise Temple. Rabbis from all four of these temples teach at Kulanu in addition to a talented teaching staff. Together we stimulate and challenge teens as they begin their independent Jewish lives. 

Mercaz Conservative Hebrew High School 

3201 E. Galbraith Road

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236

Contact: Dara Wood 

Phone: 513-792-5082

Grades: 8-12

Hours: Sunday, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 8

Affiliation: Conservative. Enrollment is also open to Jewish students not affiliated with a congregation.

Sunday evening is a time to learn about and experiment with Jewish ideas and concepts that touch your heart and your soul. Active learning takes place with courses offered in a variety of Judaic subject areas.  Compete in the Moot Beit Din program with teens from across North America. Explore With Us at Mercaz and let Mercaz help you to create what Jewish looks like to you.

Ohr Torah Cincinnati

4131 Matson Ave,

Deer Park, Ohio, 45236

Phone: 513-652-3615

Regional Institute of Torah & Secular Studies – Day School for Girls

2209 Losantiville Road

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45222-0383

Phone: 513-631-0083

Rockwern Academy

8401 Montgomery Road

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236

Phone: 513-984-3770

Spark School for Experiential Jewish Learning – Northern Hills Synagogue 

5714 Fields Ertel Road

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249

Contact: Carol Hershenson, principal.

Phone: 513-931-6040

Grades: Preschool-Grade 7

Hours: Grade K-7, Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; grades 3-7, also Wednesday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Classes begin: Saturday, Aug. 24.

Affiliation: Conservative

The Spark School of Experiential Jewish Learning is held at Northern Hills Synagogue and offers classes in Pre-K through grade 7. We are devoted to learning by doing; our students “do” Judaism and live Jewish traditions, practices, and values.

Throughout their time at The Spark School, students will learn about the Torah, holidays, Israel, life-cycle events, history, prayers and Hebrew. We have an engaging curriculum that provides learning via experience. Through the observance and celebration of Shabbat and holidays during the year, your students will grow into educated and confident Jewish adults.

Temple Sholom Religious School 

10828 Kenwood Road

Cincinnati Ohio, 45242

Contact: Rabbi Miriam Terlinchamp

Contact: Bryna Bass, Religious School Director

Contact: Julie Solomon, administrative staff

Phone: 513-791-1330

Ages: Pre-K (age 4) through eighth grade

School year: Sunday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, May 3, 2020.

Hours: 9:15-11:45 a.m. for PreK through second grade; 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. for third through eighth grade.

Affiliation: Reform

The school’s Jewish values based social justice curriculum brings Jewish learning to life. Its individualized online Hebrew language instruction fits a family’s schedule and a child’s needs.

Valley Temple Religious School

145 Springfield Pike

Wyoming, Ohio, 45215

Contact: Rabbi Judy Spicehandler, director

Phone: 513-761-3555

Grades: Birth-Grade 12

Hours: Gan Emek: babies/toddlers with a parent/grandparent, Sunday mornings; Religious School: PreK-Grade 6 on Sundays, 9:45 a.m.-noon; Grades 7-8, a unique program with retreats, online chat room, and twice-monthly Sunday meetings and field trips; Grades 9-12 Sunday 5:30-7:10 p.m. at Kulanu; Grades 4-6 Hebrew Tuesday 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Classes begin: Sunday, September 8 for PreK-grade 6; and Sunday, Sept. 15 for Gan Emek. High School also starts September 8.

Affiliation: Reform

Valley Temple's classes have a strong emphasis on Torah, Israel, holidays, traditions and values. Highly skilled and experienced faculty nurture the students and help them develop their Jewish identities. Valley Temple also offers family education for all grades and a Hebrew program for grades 4, 5, 6. Families must be temple members to enroll students.

Isaac M. Wise Temple Religious School

8329 Ridge Road

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236

Contact: Courtney Anthony, Religious School Director

Phone: 513-793-2556

Grades: Classes for age 3; Pre-K–8th grade (Sunday Religious School); Hebrew Connect (online midweek Hebrew program for Grades 4-6)

Hours: 3-year-olds class, bi-weekly Sundays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Sunday Religious School, weekly Sundays, 9:15-11:45 a.m.; Hebrew Connect online classes, weekly, at varying times. 

Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 8 (Sunday Religious School); Week of Sept. 9 (Hebrew Connect); Oct. 6 (3-year-olds class)

Affiliation: Reform

This school features a must-see, specially designed “Open Room” space for pre-k and kindergarten, as well as a class for 3-year-olds (and their parents) that is a fun and engaging program with music, drama, story time, and a friendship circle – all while integrating Jewish values. The curriculum for grades 1-6 encompasses a variety of subjects including Torah, holidays, lifecycle, Israel, and Jewish history. The junior high program for grades 7 and 8 offers elective class options as well as hands-on, experiential “Jewish Action Mornings” which include field trips and social justice projects.

The Wise Temple school also features an online Hebrew learning experience for grades 4-6. Hebrew Connect is an interactive, synchronous program that allows families to choose class session times that work for their busy schedules, and students to join their teachers and classmates for interactive Hebrew lessons from the comfort of their own homes.

Special family services, social justice experiences, and holiday celebrations occur throughout the year at Wise Temple.

For parents, they offer adult learning experiences, café and library space with free Wi-Fi, indoor and outdoor play space for infants and toddlers, and endless opportunities to connect with friends. 

At Wise Temple you will find engaging, interactive, experiential learning at its best.

Yeshivas Lubavitch of Cincinnati

1863 Section Road

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45237


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