Temple Israel Religious School (TIRS)


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Rabbi Rob Morais and Temple Israel Religious School Principal Sue Potechin teaching Ismaili students about Judaism and the sacred Torah scroll.

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Temple Israel Religious School Principal

Welcome to Temple Israel Religious School! I am very excited to be your Principal and to be a part of so many wonderful changes coming to our school. I am looking forward to another amazing year of partnering with families, our volunteer School Committee, as well as with Rabbi Morais and the rest of the professional team at Temple Israel.

My vision for TIRS is to create Ottawa’s premier center for Jewish learning for JK through Grade 12. Your children (and grandchildren) will be a part of a positive and interactive learning environment as we partner to create the best possible Jewish education we can offer using the most up-to-date resources for student-centered lessons and experiences.

This year, thanks to Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s P2G and Gesher Chai programs, TIRS will further strengthen our bond with Israel by:

  1. Twinning with a school in Israel’s northern region, introducing the “Friends Across the Sea” curriculum with the support of “Jerusalem Ed Tech Systems.” This program looks at Jewish Identity and Peoplehood through dilemmas that Jewish children face all over the world including Israel.
  2. Welcoming two “Shinshinim,” Guy and Canaf, who are Israeli teens between high school and the army on “Shnat Sherut” (a year working abroad). They will be working at TIRS all year as well as on Shabbat at Temple Israel from April to June.

As we celebrate Temple Israel’s 50th anniversary year, our school will have many special activities such as “50 Random Acts of Kindness.” At the beginning of the school year, we will open the time capsule made at TIRS many years ago and add contributions from our current students.

Our classes will continue to be active participants in Shabbat services. Younger students will have opportunities to learn and interact with older students (i.e. on Simchat Torah when our high school students will present Torahs to new students at Consecration).

This year, we will offer classes for adults to learn Conversational Hebrew or to improve their reading skills so that parents are better equipped to nurture their child’s education or just for fun! We will continue to support children living outside of Ottawa through online learning with a commitment to thinking “outside the box.”

I am always open to receive feedback. We are part of a team, working together to ensure success for our children in a safe, inviting, inclusive, and engaging school. Last year’s energy was so high throughout the year that we are already seeing an increase in enrollment. There is nothing more powerful than word of mouth. Please continue to spread the word!

Shana Tova U’metukah — Wishing you all a sweet and happy New Year!
Sue Potechin,
TIRS Principal


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

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

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 Doctoroff

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
1301 Prince of Wales, Ottawa, ON K2C 1N2
613-224-3133 or tirs@templeisraelottawa.ca
www.templeisraelottawa.ca / www.facebook.com/TIRSOttawa