Rockdale Temple

"Kehal Kodesh Religious School is a fun and exciting place to be, where each student is nurtured and valued. We teach to a variety of learning styles. Our teachers instruct out of a love of Judaism and community. They are rabbinic students, college students, parents, and committed individuals of our community. Our educators are committed to their own learning, and strive to bring relevance and Jewish literacy to our students.

Kehal Kodesh meets on Sunday mornings 9:30-noon. We begin each Sunday with t'filah (services), to which parents, grandparents, and caregivers are invited. We begin Religious School with Pre-School, and students stay in our program through 8th grade (in 9th grade, our students join other teenagers in Kulanu: The Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School). Our teenagers continue on Sunday morning as madrichim (student guides). Our schedule includes Family Education (learning with parents and children together), class Shabbat services, and other opportunities for gathering and community-building for the entire family.

We teach Hebrew in fun and meaningful way to students in grades 3-7 on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 p.m. The goal of our Hebrew program is for our students to become knowledgeable in the structure and meaning of the Shabbat and holiday liturgy. We are educating our children for life-long learning and participation in congregational life, not for one specific lifecycle event. We use a combination of classroom instruction and web-based access to supplement each student’s learning, as well as providing parents with resources to aid in their child(ren)’s education. Our Hebrew school teachers are rabbinical students from Hebrew Union College who bring their unique skills and talents to engage our students in the study of Hebrew. The Hebrew school curriculum is guided by Behrman House’s Kol Yisrael series. In addition to classroom work, students also have access to Behrman House’s Online Learning Center (OLC). This web-based resource allows students to practice and improve their Hebrew skills from home or anywhere else they may be!"

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