Temple Israel Religious School (TIRS)

Sue Potechin, Temple Israel Ottawa School Principal School President

Sue Potechin, Temple Israel Ottawa School Principal

From the Principal’s Desk 5780

We have had many events so far —- both exciting and challenging making an interesting beginning to the new year! We now have 95 students at TIRS and l am still fielding inquiries for additional enrollment.

Our challah and honey fundraiser was a huge success, but HUGE can also describe the dough! As some of you know, our dough rose so much that it pushed open the refrigerator door! Not knowing how long it was out at room temperature overnight, we tried to bake anyway, but the dough had fermented. Ranit and I want to thank everyone for their kind-hearted responses and for the chuckles we received as we called each of the families that had ordered challot with our regrets. We still have honey if anyone is interested!

Temple Israel’s Junior Choir has been asked to participate in the Rabbi’s installation service on Friday night, November 15th at 7:00 pm. If you are under 16 and would like to join us, we will be rehearsing this Sunday, Nov. 3 from 12:45 -1:45 pm. (Pizza lunch included.) The same night, we encourage our youth from grades 6-12 to join us for dinner and the service, followed by a movie and mixers!

We will also have a special family program on Sunday morning, Nov. 17th in honour of Rabbi Mikelberg’s installation. For those interested, I’ll be flipping pancakes for anyone who’d like to join the rabbi and I for breakfast from 9:00 – 9:45 am. After Havdallah and a chat with the rabbi, we’ll have stations for families to experience various mitzvot. Please see flyer. 

Grades 5 and 6 will be leading our first class-led dinner service for Kabbalat Shabbat on Nov. 1st. The Gan Yeladim (Pre-K, JK and SK) will be leading us on Dec. 20th for our Chanukah dinner celebration and Kabbalat Shabbat. Please come and support our students! We have had some changes to the school calendar

Unfortunately, our ShinShin, Snir, retuned to Israel during the holidays due to a back injury that was not healing. In November, our new ShinShinit, Shai, will be arriving in Ottawa. I’m sure she will enjoy getting to know our students and congregants alike as she settles in.

Sue Potechin, 
TIRS Principal

Connect with Temple Israel Religious School

Email: tirs@templeisraelottawa.ca
Phone: 613-224-3133
Website: http://templeisraelottawa.ca/religious-school/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TIRSOttawa//

What We Offer

Creating Jewish Community
Instilling Jewish Values
Building Jewish Community that grows with your child

Class Led Services

All of our class-led services on Friday nights are followed by a “Bring Your Own Dinner” where families (old and new) are able to get to know other families and it is a way for the children to be together outside of school/TIRS. Plan to team up with other families for mains, sides, salads and desserts so no one has to prepare it all as we come together to share in community. Check our calendar for our upcoming services led by classes.

A Jewish education that:

  • engages children from JK to Grade 12
  • promotes Jewish ethics and social justice
  • creates a bond with Israel and the greater Jewish community
  • celebrates Jewish life cycle including preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah
  • inspires youth programming for Grades 6 to 12

Parents Comments

Instilling Jewish values
“TIRS provides the foundation for living a Jewish life in the modern world. As a former student and parent of current students, I have experienced firsthand what it means to grow up in a creative, nurturing and enriching Jewish environment.”
— Fern DoctoroffPar

Creating Jewish community
“TIRS means to us, being part of a large extended family, with fun learning and a great sense of community with love, encouragement and support from staff, students and families.”>
— Bonnie Cooper

Building Jewish identity that grows with your child
“TIRS has a warm, inclusive, welcoming atmosphere that fosters learning, growth and a pride in a Jewish identity.”
— Marie Carmen Berlie and Charles Khazzam