Welcome 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, Co-Principal
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.
Dovi Chein, Co-Principal
Dovi is a well known Ottawa leader. He has had a diverse career in politics, education, and the nonprofit sector.
Dovi is currently the Director of Campus Programming with the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee. He is responsible for university affairs from coast to coast and running the CJPAC Fellowship Program. Before CJPAC, Dovi was the Director of Hillel Ottawa, where he fostered an unprecedented period of growth for the organization.
Dovi is experienced in leadership, education, relationship building, conflict resolution, and creating inclusive spaces.
What We Offer
- 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.
“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.”