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

Welcome to another year at our newly restored Temple Israel Religious School. TIRS is Ottawa’s premier center for Jewish learning from birth through Grade 12 and we are back on track for a fantastic year ahead.

We are kicking off the new year with a family program on the theme of “What’s in a Name?” on Wednesday, September 4thfrom 4:30 – 6:00 pm. In addition, FROSTY, JYG and TIRS have joined together for a Challah and Honey fundraiser to support family and youth programming in the coming year. Don’t forget to order!

We continue to benefit from Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s P2G and Gesher Chai programs. Our bond with Einat Hagalil Democratic School in the north of Israel has strengthened over the last 3 years. In the past, Morah Malkah was the lead teacher. Morah Jenny joined her about 2 years ago and will be taking on that role for our Grades 5 and 6 classes. We are very proud to be the only supplementary school in Canada that has a partner school in this program. Our students are just as excited to receive mail from their Israeli pen pals as they are to send their own letters and videos. Some of the students have even been communicating by WhatsApp, Skype and email outside of class time. This partnership has truly advanced the notion of Klal Yisrael (unity of the Jewish people) for our students.

I look forward to another year where each grade will be active participants in a Kabbalat Shabbat or Shabbat morning service. In addition, younger students will have opportunities to learn and interact with older students throughout the year (i.e. Simchat Torah). Please plan to support all of our students at this monthly service.

Programming for families, children and youth continues this school year with Jewish holiday and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) themes. We invite families with young children to monthly programs like TOTally Shabbat (4thFriday), JBaby Shabbat Play Group (2ndShabbat) and JBaby Oneg Shabbat at Hillel Lodge (1stFriday).

For children in Grades 3-8, Junior Choir returns monthly as well as JYG (Junior Youth Group) for grades 6-8 or 5-8. Morah Ranit provides 2-3 JYG programs like Dungeons & Dragons (4thSunday) and a NEW JBotics program (2ndWednesday) thanks to a microgrant received from Jewish Federation of Ottawa.

For our high school students, we have FROSTY (Federation of Reform Ottawa Senior Temple Youth) who travel with their Advisor, Lisa Rossman, to other camps and cities within the North East Lakes region of NFTY as well as local programming. Sometimes, JYG and FROSTY get together for “ALL YOUTH” (Grades 6-12) programs like Tu Bishvat & Chocolate Seders. For more information, please contact me at any time.

NEW!! This year, we are offering 2 certificate programs:

  1. Madrichim Program for High School/University students. This program will teach our TAs how they can better serve the teachers and students they work with and will be facilitated by Morah Karli.
  2. Grade 11-12: This once per month class (1stMonday) will delve into the world of Jewish and Israeli approach to Jewish law (Halacha), society and government from a Talmudic and modern perspective.

With all of the great things going on in our school, it is no surprise that our enrollment continues to grow.  At the end of the last school year we had over 90 students. With the growing interest for 3 year-olds to attend,  We are anticipating a preschool program on Sunday mornings for 2- and 3-year-olds in the near future. Please let me know if you are interested!

I am always open to receive feedback as we work together to ensure success for our children in a safe, inviting, inclusive, and engaging school.

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