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Welcome to the Ansin Religious School of Temple Ohabei Shalom!

What We’re All About:

Our ARS teaching team are facilitators, helping students and families find their own unique path to Jewish life. There’s no one-size-fits all in Judaism; each of us is an individual, yet made in God’s image (b’tzelem Elohim), and each of us has to find the ways in which Judaism can be inspirational. Rooted in ancient wisdom, we find relevance for our current times. Our teachers and staff are guides for families along this path. By the end of their time at ARS, students will be able to actively participate in Reform worship services while finding meaning in the prayer; be familiar with Jewish holidays and values; have an understanding of the arc of Jewish history through the Torah and beyond; and most of all, find relevance in the Jewish story to their own stories.

What You Need To Know

-ARS is a one-day-a-week religious school program, meeting on Tuesday afternoons from 3:15-5:45 pm

-First day is September 13, 2022, and last day is May 16, 2023. Full calendar is here.

-Register HERE now! Registration is due by August 8. 2022 - or you will incur a late fee

-Click here for tuition information

-Our COVID Policies and Procedures can be found here

-Information about Team Chaverim, our extra enrichment class for grades K-3 on Thursday afternoons, can be found here

-Click here for our policies and procedures; click here for our full parent handbook

-If you have questions about ARS, contact Amy Deutsch, ARS Director, or call 617-739-9200.

-If you have questions about ARS registration, contact Cassie Dezii, Membership & Engagement Coordinator or call 617-739-9200.

ARS 2021 - 2022 

As we plan for fall 2021, we are planning that most of our programs will be back in the building; but as we've learned throughout this pandemic, flexibility is key. We will continue to update you as we move forward. No matter what, we are assuming that we are always sanitizing hands, wearing masks, keeping 3 feet of distance (more when possible), and keeping our HVAC at a high standard of excellence.

Our theme for ARS 2021-2022 is Kehillah Kedoshah, a holy community.

What does it mean to be a holy community?

When we come together—whether it’s to pray, to learn, to teach, to have fun, or just to be—there is something more in the air. You might call it magic, but we call it kedusha: holiness. As a kehillah kedoshah, a holy community, we welcome new friends, we help others find their own way on their personal Jewish journeys, and we elevate our individuality in the bonds of community. ARS, when it’s working right, is filled with the magic, the secret sauce, the awe-inspiring feeling of kehillah kedoshah.

We accomplish this through three pillars of Jewish life and learning:

Torah is more than simply the bible stories we pass down from generation to generation. It’s the learning and the teaching we do in our classrooms. It’s the history we live when we learn about the Jewish stories of our own families. And it’s our commitment to our own stories—from baby namings to preschool to kindergarten Consecration to ARS learning to b’nei mitzvah to high school exploration and Confirmation and beyond.

Avodah may literally mean work, but it’s work in the service of something greater. Work for others—whether volunteering in our own community and being a teacher’s helper, or our b’nei mitzvah students’ Mitzvah Projects out in the community. Avodah also means service in terms of prayer: holy service. Learning the components of the Shabbat service, feeling a sense of mastery and understanding of prayer, and being able to lead the ARS community in prayer, are all parts of what Avodah means at ARS.

G’milut Hasadim, acts of loving kindness, are a crucial component of being a holy community. The way in which we treat each other—with kind words, with kavod (respect), with caring—we are enacting the world in the way we want it to be. G’milut Hasadim starts at a student-student level and builds to a whole class, to the whole school, and to the greater TOS community. It also includes the things we do for each other because we’re all in this together, whether it’s calling a friend who’s been sick and home from school, going to every bar/bat mitzvah for the students in your grade, or making a shiva call—we enact holiness when we create community through g’milut hasadim

B'nei Mitzvah

In the years preceding your child's b'nei mitzvah, families participate in The B'nei Mitzvah Experience, an innovative family education program that prepares the whole family for this momentous occasion. Families gather a few times a year to build community, learn together, and begin to plan for this beautiful lifecycle moment.

Our historic sanctuary as a backdrop adds just the right amount of tradition to innovative and inspiring B'nei Mitzvah services. With full caterer's kitchens and banquet halls, our Event Coordinator is ready to help you plan your family's special day.

TOS Teens : Our High School Program

In grades 8-12, we have a variety of different offerings through our TOS Teens program, prioritizing relationships first, building a joyful, caring and meaningful community of learning and growth. We offer weekly opportunities for teens to be assistant teachers in our ARS classrooms, as well as other learning throughout the year, this semester we offer a "Curb Your Enthusiam" themed class. We also collaborate with Moving Traditions and The Tent at Temple Israel. 

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