Temple Israel Religious School

TIRS, September 2019Welcome to Temple Israel Religious School. TIRS is Ottawa’s premier center for Jewish learning from birth through Grade 12. Your child is part of a positive and interactive learning environment that partners with other Ottawa Jewish organizations to create the best possible Jewish education we can offer, using the most up-to-date resources for student-centered lessons and experiences. We provide a strong Jewish identity through Jewish values and ethics, Torah and Prophets, T’fillah (prayer), Holidays, Music, Israel and Hebrew.

Welcome to Our New Principal

Temple Israel Board of Directors would like to announce the new principal of Temple Israel Religious School is Rebecca Zuckerbrodt.

Rebecca will be familiar to many Temple members because she has taught at Temple Israel for many years, from grade 2 through to high school.

“While I am not a member of Temple Israel, I am very familiar with the services, as well as FROSTY,” says Rebecca. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Sheli Braun, Rabbi Garten, many teachers, and doing music with Larry Tarof. I look forward to being involved once again at TIRS.”

“Rebecca brings years of experience in education,” says Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg, “and we are delighted to have her at Temple Israel Religious School.”

Rebecca has extensive experience as an administrator for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board’s International and Indigenous Languages Program. In that capacity, she has worked extensively with the community, parents, teachers and students, and has particularly enjoyed working with parents and community leaders in the Greek, Malayalam and Nepali communities.

She has provided instructional leadership to teachers, presented professional development in the areas of differentiation and inclusiveness, and conducted interviews and performance appraisals of staff.

She describes her vision as a desire to provide “an engaging, high quality, innovative Jewish education to all students at TIRS.”

“I am deeply committed to Jewish education,” she says, “and I believe that there must be an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, regardless of affiliations and exceptionalities.”

As a child growing up in the United States, she attended Sunday religious schools because her parents “wanted to ensure that their children would have a strong Jewish identity, an attachment to Israel, knowledge of Jewish history and holidays, learn Hebrew as well as being able to participate in services.”

She says she understands the challenges for families to have their children attend religious school on Sundays and week days. “It is critical that students be engaged, excited to learn, and feel that they are part of the Temple Israel community in an authentic way.”

Contact Rebecca at tirs@templeisraelottawa.ca.

What We Offer

Morah Karli making her class packages for September and October.
Morah Karli making her class packages for September and October.
  • 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

TIRS – Elementary School: JK – Grade 6

Students enjoy preparing for holidays, learning about Israel and the Hebrew language, engaging in bible stories and the weekly Torah portion, and practicing t’fillot (prayers). Music is a highlight of Sunday mornings. Each class participates in a Friday night service, linking students to community and their TIRS family, while putting their learning into action regardless of the family’s affiliation.

TI High Grades 7 – 12

TI HIGH curriculum includes life cycle, understanding the greater Jewish ommunity through tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) projects and field trips to places like the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank and “In From the Cold” at Parkdale United Church.

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/Temple Israel Religious School. 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.

Learn, Explore, Connect

Help your child develop a strong Jewish identity through fun and learning at Temple Israel Religious School.

Teachers Wanted

We are looking for teachers (elementary and high school) for the 2020-2021 school year. Learn more.


“Dear Morah Karli, Thank you for teaching Ray so much about Judaism. He really enjoyed your class and spending time with you. Taking part in your class has inspired us as a family to do more Jewish activities together and celebrate many holidays we didn’t know about before. We have also started lighting the candles on Friday nights to recognize Shabbat every week which is something we didn’t do before Ray started Hebrew school. You are a wonderful teacher! Thank you so much! Have a great summer.”

Thank you so much for a great (but weird) year. You really held it together when the lockdown hit and we didn’t miss a beat. We even learned Hebrew at home that to the textbooks you and Maya brought. Thank you so much.”

“Good morning Sue! I can’t believe that we’re almost done the school year. What a wild time these last months have been. The accommodations for Hebrew School have been wonderful – all three of our kids remained involved and interested.”

“Dear Sue, Jenny and Ranit, 
I wanted to make sure that we expressed our gratitude to all of you, TIRS, and the Rabbi. This school year got really difficult and you all adapted and kept classes and JYG activities going. Your efforts were much appreciated. Monday classes and JYG became a focal point for Kayla during this isolating time at home. Things may continue to be challenging for a while still. It’s comforting to know that Temple was able to adapt and will continue to as we all navigate a path through this pandemic. [Scheduling for the summer will be] daunting, but we will step up to the challenge, just as you have modelled these past few months.”