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ARS—Religious School

Welcome to the Ansin Religious School of Temple Ohabei Shalom!

Our students come from many different neighborhoods and backgrounds, learning together as one vibrant and caring community. As innovators, we strive to break the traditional Hebrew school mold allowing our students to feel at home the minute they walk through the door, becoming active participants in their own Jewish journey and forging strong bonds amongst themselves and families. We present a vibrant and complex Jewish experience transforming our students into life-long learners and lovers of Judaism. Students require many different portals into learning and are offered curricula that is ever changing and innovative - accessible yet challenging. Our classroom walls extend into the greater world as capable educators delight in mixing formal and informal educational techniques designed to bring each learner to Torah. To learn more about Ansin Religious School or to schedule a tour, please email Amy Deutsch or call (617) 739-9200.

To get a sense of our incredible programs, check out this year-end slideshow created by Music Educator Josh Cohen! (Our slideshow from 18-19 can be found here.)

Registration & Important Information

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


Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is now officially LIVE! If you have any issues, please email Cassie Samuels

(New students, please use this registration form!)

ARS 2021 - 2022 

As we plan for fall 2021, we are outlining multiple possibilities, though we do anticipate that most of our programs will be back in our building.

If there is a high demand for a remote option, we will assess and let you know. Please fill out your registration form, as there are some questions in there that will help us inform our programming for the 2021-2022 year. No matter what, we are a

ARS will include art, drama, music, and physical activity to keep children engaged, happy, and having fun. Our curriculum is dedicated to helping students to develop their own strong personal Jewish identity as they learn the skills necessary to achieve proficiency in the Hebrew language, to acquire Reform prayer literacy, to read and understand Torah and religious text and to observe and practice Jewish rituals and customs. ARS is enhanced by regular visits with the rabbi, music time with our songleader, and a weekly tefilah (prayer) service that is filled with music and learning.

ARS Policies and Procedures can be found here, and our Parent Handbook can be found here. Click here for information about ARS tuition and costs.

If you have more questions, please reach out to Amy Deutsch, ARS Director.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah

In the years preceding your child's bar or bat mitzvah, families participate in The B'nei Mitzvah Experience, an innovative family program that prepares the whole family for this momentous occasion. 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 are also planning to collaborate with Moving Traditions and The Tent at Temple Israel. Please click here to register for our TOS Teens program. 

What Students Have To Say...

"The great thing about the ARS is that I've learned about what it really means to be Jewish and why it is so important to my family and me." - Sophia, Grade 7

"I like my teachers because they make learning fun and understand that sometimes we are a bit tired from our long (secular) school day." - Eliza, grade 4

"I like all of the special events, especially the shul-ins and field trips." - Alex, Grade 5


Our Curriculum: Kehillah Kedosha (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. We are a kehillah kedosha, 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.

This value guides us to be better, do better, live better, and to influence those around us to do the same. From ages five to eighteen, we help our students see life through a Jewish lens. This vision is attained through the efforts of our strong and devoted faculty and our entire congregation. Lifelong learning is a central value at Temple Ohabei Shalom. We strive to offer individualized learning plans and accommodations for students with special needs in all of our education programs—Jewish studies, Hebrew, and bar/bat mitzvah instruction. Please contact Amy Deutsch, Director of the Ansin Religious School, or call (617) 739-9200 to discuss these options.

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