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 Senior Leaders

We are excited to share that TIRS will be led for the 2021-21 school year by a team of 3 extraordinary leaders. You know them well: Ranit Braun, Karli Speevak and Jenny Burns. Combined, the 3 have spent decades at Temple as students and teachers. They are passionate about everything Jewish, and TIRS holds a special place in their heart. We know them as being creative souls, loving friends, and champions of Jewish education. They will be leading our community as a team and we are grateful to them for accepting this new responsibility.

Ranit will serve as your family’s first go-to for e-mail and phone messages. She can be reached at tirs@templeisraelottawa.com. She will also be available in the TIRS office on Sunday mornings. Jenny will manage weekly newsletters and urgent communications as well as being team lead for holiday programming. Karli will be supporting and mentoring our teachers and TAs, nurturing TIRS’ future senior staff.

Ranit Braun has been a staff member of Temple Israel Religious School (TIRS) for nearly 15 years. She teaches Hebrew, Tanakh, Jewish history, tikkun olam, tzedakah, and gemilut hasadim.

In addition to teaching, Ranit has been the Junior Youth Group adviser for Temple and creator of the JBaby programs, in which parents and their children under two years of age gather to socialize in a group setting.

Ranit is Ottawa’s 2019 recipient of the North American Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. You can learn more about Ranit’s accomplishments in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin.

Ranit Braun

Ranit Braun has been a staff member of Temple Israel Religious School (TIRS) for nearly 15 years. She teaches Hebrew, Tanakh, Jewish history, tikkun olam, tzedakah, and gemilut hasadim. In addition to teaching, Ranit has been the Junior Youth Group adviser for Temple and creator of the JBaby programs, in which parents and their children under two years of age gather to socialize in a group setting. Ranit is Ottawa’s 2019 recipient of the North American Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. You can learn more about Ranit’s accomplishments in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin.
Jenny Burns (MA Folklore, BHums) is a homegrown Temple Israel Religious School educator. She's taught ages 0-18, leading anything from babe-in-arms storytime singalongs to tween D

Jenny Burns

Jenny Burns (MA Folklore, BHums) is a homegrown Temple Israel Religious School educator. She’s taught ages 0-18, leading anything from babe-in-arms storytime singalongs to tween D&D campaigns or blanket fort seders. She was even the FROSTY leader at one point! When she isn’t teaching or programming in an Ottawa synagogue, Jenny speaks at Folklore or Jewish Educator conferences and works freelance in curriculum design, BMitzvah tutoring and content writing. You can even find some of her interfaith parenting articles in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin’s Modern Mishpocah column or in the NewCAJE Jewish Educator Journal.
Morah Karli grew up attending TIRS, and has been a member of Temple Israel since she was 5 years old. She has now been teaching here for 14 years, all in the Kita Gan. She loves playing games, doing crafts, and helping the new generation form their Jewish identity and build a community. Outside of Temple, Karli works as a High School math teacher where she gets to combine her love of education with her passion for mathematics.

Karli Speevak

Morah Karli grew up attending TIRS, and has been a member of Temple Israel since she was 5 years old. She has now been teaching here for 14 years, all in the Kita Gan. She loves playing games, doing crafts, and helping the new generation form their Jewish identity and build a community. Outside of Temple, Karli works as a High School math teacher where she gets to combine her love of education with her passion for mathematics.

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).

TI High Grades 7 – 12

TI HIGH curriculum includes life cycle, understanding the greater Jewish community through tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world) projects.

Learn, Explore, Connect

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

Testimonials

“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.”

“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.”