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Listed are the Jewish day schools, supplementary schools and early-childhood schools offered by the Jewish community of Cincinnati this year. 

Adath Israel Congregation – Jarson Education Center

3201 E. Galbraith Road

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236

Contact: Rebekah Skirball Miller, Director of Education and Youth and Family Program

Phone: 513-792-5082, ext. 104

Fax: 513-792-5085

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

Classes begin: Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Wednesday, Sept. 2: Introductory “Getting to Know You” Online Sessions. Sunday, Sept. 27: Online School Opening Day

Format: Online Classes for the Fall session

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.

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

513-366-3946

Chai Tots Early Childhood Center

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. 17 

Format: Choice of in-person class, in-person small pods, or virtual

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 Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45237

513-351-7777

Congregation 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, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 13

Format: Sunday morning virtual programming and interactive home based experiences during the week.

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.

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: Sundays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Classes begin: Wednesday, Aug. 30

Format: Choice pods, virtual or in person at the Jewish Discovery Center, or in person at home

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): Nina Loftsrping, Director of Education

Phone: 513-891-9900

Grades: Preschool-grade 8

Hours: Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-noon; Hebrew School: Tuesday, 4:30-6 p.m. 

Grades 9-12 participate in Kulanu: The Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School on Sunday evenings, 5:00-6:35 p.m.

Classes begin: Sunday, Aug. 30

Format: Grades PK-8 virtual through December 2020.

Affiliation: Reform

Kehal Kodesh offers a Judaic curriculum for students in preschool through eighth grade, and a Hebrew program for students in third through eighth grades. Mishpacha, our Family Learning Program, is designed for our youngest students and their families to experience and learn about Judaism together. Each family will be placed into a small group consisting of similarly aged children. Older grades will meet each Sunday as part of our virtual Religious School. We are excited to announce that students in 3rd-5th grades will have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one Hebrew tutoring throughout the Fall semester and students in 6-8 grade will continue their Hebrew learning in small virtual groups. Throughout the Fall, Kehal Kodesh students will enjoy school-wide family projects known as RockBoxes. Each RockBox is an opportunity for you to take a break from screens, use your hands, engage your senses, and connect with loved ones. While developed with minimal at-home adult responsibility for learning in-mind, resources are offered to encourage informal family conversations and interaction.  

All grades will participate in virtual youth groups and social programs. 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 twelfth grade are encouraged to participate in Rockdale’s Senior Youth Group – YGOR, the Youth Group of Rockdale. 

 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. 

Kulanu: Reform Hebrew High School

513-792-5082  

Mayerson JCC of Cincinnati: 

Early Childhood School

After Crew (after school)

All Day at the J

8485 Ridge Road,

Cincinnati, OH 45236

Contact: Rena Hannon (Early Childhood School);  

Lauren Glynn (After Crew and All Day at the J)

Phone: 513-793-2122 (Early Childhood School);  

513-722-7245 (After Crew and All Day at the J)

Ages: 6 weeks - 5 years (Early Childhood School); 

Grades K-6 (After Crew); 

Grades K-8 (All Day at the J)

Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Early Childhood School, current COVID hours. Non-COVID hours of operation are Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.); 

Monday-Friday 2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m (After Crew)

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m (All Day at the J)

Classes begin: Open year-round (Early Childhood School)

The 2020-2021 school year (After Crew and All Day at the J)

Format: In person

Affiliation: All three programs are open to the public. J Members receive discounts. Financial Aid is available. 

The JCC Early Childhood School provides a high-quality, age appropriate, Jewish and secular curriculum that encourages development, curiosity, imagination, and self-esteem. Our childcare program is open to everyone regardless of race, religion, or ability, and features a low child-teacher ratio. We will be following the CDC and Ohio Department of Health recommendations to keep the children safe and healthy. Spots are limited. 

After Crew keeps children active and engaged long after the school day ends. Kids enjoy fun-filled afternoons with enrichment class opportunities and homework help. Our After Crew program offers FREE shuttle service from many neighboring schools. We will be following the CDC and Ohio Department of Health recommendations to keep the children safe and healthy. Spots are limited with both full-time and part-time options available. 

All Day at the J is a new program to support students Grades K – 8 complete online learning as recommended by their school. All virtual learning will be facilitated by a certified teacher. Students will be responsible for providing their own technology. After schoolwork is completed, there are enrichment activities.  We will be following the CDC and Ohio Department of Health recommendations to keep the children safe and healthy. Spots are limited. All Day at the J offers both full-time and part-time options. 

Mercaz Conservative Hebrew High School 

3201 E. Galbraith Road

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45236

513-792-5082

Ohr Torah Cincinnati

4131 Matson Ave,

Deer Park, Ohio, 45236

513-652-3615

Northern Hills Synagogue Religious School

5714 Fields Ertel Road

Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249

Contact: Idit Moss

Phone: 513-931-6040

Grades: Preschool-Grade 7

Hours: Preschool-Kindergarten (Kef Katan), Sunday, 10.-10:45 a.m.; Grades 1-7, Sunday, 10-11 a.m.; Grades 3-7, also Wednesday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Native Hebrew speakers class, Wednesday, 4-5 p.m.

Classes begin: Saturday, Sept. 13

Format: Virtual

Affiliation: Conservative

Northern Hills Synagogue Religious School offers classes in Pre-K through grade 7.  During their time at NHSRS, students will learn about the Torah, holidays, Israel, life-cycle events, the portion of the week, prayers, and Hebrew. We have an engaging online curriculum that provides a challenging learning experience via discussions, debates, and practice.  This year, we proudly offer a Hebrew class for native Hebrew speakers. This class will be taught by a native Israeli teacher and will follow a curriculum for Israeli students. 

We welcome Preschool and Kindergarten students to our Kef Katan class. During Kef Katan class, the students will learn Hebrew through fun songs, games, and dance. They will also hear stories and practice selected blessings.  NHSRS registration is open for members and non-members. 

Ohr Torah, Cincinnati

4131 Matson Avenue

Deer Park, OH 45236

513-351-1482

Rockwern Academy

8401 Montgomery Road

Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

513-984-3770

Temple Sholom Religious School 

10828 Kenwood Road

Cincinnati Ohio, 45242

Contact: Rabbi Simon Stratford, Religious School Director

Contact: Bryna Bass, Religious School Assistant Director

Contact: Julie Solomon, administrative staff

Phone: 513-791-1330

Ages: Pre-K (age 4) through 7th grade

Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.

Hours: 9:30-10:50 a.m. for PreK through second grade; 10:00 -11:30 a.m. for third through seventh grade.

Format: Virtual

Affiliation: Reform 

Temple Sholom will be offering another fun-filled year of Religious School. 

Join us virtually to learn about Jewish values, holidays, practices, and more. 

Students will have the opportunity to learn together as an entire school during tefilla (prayers) and e-chugim (weekly presentations on topics ranging from music, Israeli Dance, Yoga, Science, and more). Students will have class time with their teachers and peers each week for core learning of Jewish studies. Weekly one-on-one online Hebrew learning is available for students in 3rd grade and older. 

Valley Temple Religious School

145 Springfield Pike

Wyoming, Ohio, 45215

Contact: Rabbi Austin Zoot, Rabbi/Educator

Phone: 513-761-3555

Grades: Birth-Grade 12

Hours: Gan Emek: babies/toddlers with a parent/grandparent; Religious School: PreK-Grade 6 on Sundays, 10 a.m.-noon; Grades 7-8, a unique program including online chat room, and hybrid 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, Sept. 13 for PreK-grade 6. High School also starts Sunday Sept. 13.

Format: Hybrid: Online - In-person (depending on updating health standards

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: 513-793-2997

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

Hours and Format: Please contact the Religious School or Courtney Anthony for information about the 2020-2021 school year. 

Classes begin: Sunday, Sept. 13 (Sunday Religious School); Week of Sept. 15 (Hebrew Connect)

Affiliation: Reform

The unique "Open Room" program for pre-k and kindergarten students is fun and engaging 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, life cycle, Israel, and Jewish history. The junior high program for grades 7 and 8 offers students the opportunity to connect with each other socially and learn in small groups.

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.

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

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