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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 17-18 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 2019-2020 school year is now officially LIVE! If you have any issues, please email Amy Deutsch.

Register now! The calendar for the 19-20 year can be found here.

School Hours

ARS will start on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, and end on Tuesday May 12, 2020.  

Team Chaverim (ages 3-5) - Tuesday 3:15 – 5:45 pm

Grades K to 7 - Tuesday 3:15 – 5:45 pm

Register for 2019-2020 now

Click HERE to sign up for ARS Walking (a supervised walk from Lawrence, Pierce, or Coolidge Corner Schools).

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.

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.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Study

Temple Ohabei Shalom has called young Jews to the bimah for 170 years. Working with our capable teachers, our clergy will spend a thoughtful year preparing your child for this most precious of occasions. Our historic Sanctuary as 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 Production Coordinator is ready to help you plan your family's special day. Learn more about B'nei mitzvah planning.

Chai 5: Our New Innovative High School Program

Here are details. 

Grade 10 - Confirmation

A year of exploration and reflection taught by our clergy.

Grades 10 - 12 - TELEM

TELEM is a major initiative to promote social justice among Jewish youth in the Greater Boston area. TELEM integrates community service with learning, reflection, and opportunities to effect real change. The goal of this service initiative is to make participation in meaningful community service and Jewish service learning a transformational rite of passage for Jewish youth in Boston. Ultimately, we hope that this experience fosters a lifelong understanding of the importance of volunteerism and activism. Along with community service, participants learn about Jewish values and social justice issues. Ohabei Shalom partners with the Dorchester Boys and Girls club where our teens participate in weekly literacy training and tutoring.

Team Chaverim
(a joyful class for children ages 3-5)

Sat, September 21 2019 21 Elul 5779