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.

Employment Opportunity – Principal for Temple Israel Religious School

We are looking for a new leader for our dynamic and inclusive Temple family!

Temple Israel is searching for a half time Religious School Principal (20 hours weekly). The Principal of Temple Israel Religious School (TIRS) is an integral part of the Temple Israel community and creates a foundation for lifelong Jewish engagement for the young people of our congregation. The Principal provides vision, leadership, implementation and oversight for religious and cultural education for our youth and their families from toddlers through high school. The principal reports to and works in collaboration with the Rabbi.

Duties and Responsibilities

Working closely with the Rabbi and lay committees, the Principal is responsible for developing a vision for the school that will build on its current strengths and attract families to our experiential learning model. Responsibilities include overseeing curricula, training/professional development, evaluating and supervising teachers, running special programming, administration, and outreach to families and the broader Ottawa Jewish community.

The TIRS Principal is expected to be present at the school’s three weekly sessions (Sunday morning, Monday evening and Wednesday afternoon), at special programming, committee meetings and other events as needed. In addition to leading TIRS, the Principal is also responsible for programming for school age children and youth that supplement services for Shabbat, High Holy Days and all other Jewish holidays, as well as supporting the junior and senior youth group advisors in publicizing and promoting programs. The Principal is expected to attend Shabbat and holiday services at Temple Israel when children and youth have a leadership role.

A comprehensive job description can be found below.

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Excited to share your passion and vision for Jewish education!
  • A./B.S. or higher degree in education and/or Judaic Studies or related fields
  • Commitment to the tenants of Reform Judaism, committed to a pluralistic approach to Jewish learning and Israel
  • Sound knowledge of Judaic content and current events and an ability to develop curriculum and design programs that incorporate Jewish content and issues of concern to Jewish youth.
  • Hebrew literacy, including modern Hebrew and prayer
  • Highly organized self-starter, able to manage multiple projects concurrently
  • Strong administration and organizational skills including experience managing a budget, computer literacy to manage remote learning, social media savvy to enable connection with current and prospective students and families
  • Dynamic leader with ability to develop, support and motivate a diverse instructional team
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, open collaborator & team player
  • Experience with working with children with special needs or experience in differentiating instruction for non-typical learners is a plus.

We encourage all interested candidates to apply. Please submit your application to cathy@templeisraelottawa.com  by Friday, May 14th.

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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.

From the Principal’s Desk 5780

Sue Potechin, Temple Israel Religious School PrincipalI can’t believe this school year has already come to an end. If feels like we just started! I am excited to see what the future will hold for us at TIRS. There will be changes, but we will make sure that everyone knows what to expect before our students come back in September. No matter what happens with respect to Covid-19, we will ensure that the quality of Jewish education at TIRS remains engaging, innovative and creative.

Our goal remains that our students will achieve a strong Jewish identity through Torah, Gemilut Chasadim (acts of kindness) and Tikun Olam (repairing the world). Students will continue to take a journey through Israel, Hebrew, Jewish history (ancient and current), Jewish holidays, life cycle, Jewish ethics and values.

Registration forms will be ready by the end of June as will the draft calendar for the 5781 school year. Watch for information on programs to be held over the summer. Before you know it, it will be September and we’ll be back together again!

If you need to pick up anything from TIRS, please email or call any time!

I wish you all the best summer you can make of it in good health and continued safety. Make sure to read at least one new book, make a new friend, and try something new!

L’hitra’ot (until I see you again),

Morah Sue

“Children are the priority, change is the reality, collaboration is the strategy.”
— Judith Billing


“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.”