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 through the Contact Us page, email her at email@example.com, or call (617) 739-9200. Or fill out the registration form here!
Registration & Important Information
Register now to join us for the Ansin Religious School! Contact Amy Deutsch, ARS Director through the Contact Us page or call (617) 739-9200 for more information.
2017-2018 ARS Registration Forms
2017-18 ARS Registration (clickable online form!)
ARS Release Form (must be mailed back to us!)
HomeBASE Walking form (for Pierce, Lawrence, and lower Devotion schools)
Team Chaverim (ages 3-5) – Tuesday 3:15 – 5:45 pm
Grades K to 6 – Tuesday 3:15 – 5:45 pm
Grade 7 & up – Tuesday 6 – 8:00 pm. Dinner followed by class.
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
I really like the high school faculty because they treat us like people, not kids.— Mariah, Grade 9
Our Curriculum: Three Pillars of Jewish Life
Torah, Avodah (prayer) and G’milut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness). These are the three pillars upon which the totality of Jewish tradition is based – Torah is learning through stories, heritage, values and ethics. Avodah is the heart of Jewish life, connecting us to God and community. Prayer is the cornerstone of our daily lives as Jews. G’milut Chasadim is the actualization of Jewish values – the way we interact with the world and those around us. These values guide 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, through the Contact Us page or call (617) 739-9200, to discuss these options.
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 Facilities staff are ready to help you plan your family’s special day. Learn more about B’nei mitzvah planning.
Grades 8 & 9 – High School
Our high school students study and explore traditional texts, history, Israel, philosophy, literature, Hebrew and the arts through our curriculum. We seek to engage with our students on a new and higher lever as they gain a genuine love of Jewish learning from our wonderful High school staff.
Grade 10 – Confirmation
A year of exploration and reflection taught by our clergy.
Grade 11 & 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.
Youth group membership is automatic when you are enrolled in the Ansin Religious School and we encourage all students to participate in our innovative shul-ins, mitzvah projects and other youth opportunities.
Mahkelah Choir (Youth Choir)
Students who love to sing are encouraged to join in the fun. Mahkelah performs several times a year at services, congregational events and in the community. Mahkelah is open to all children Grades 1 through High School.
In our culture, maintaining self-esteem and developing a positive Jewish identity are critical challenges for girls. Empowering them through Jewish identity, self esteem, and leadership is Rosh Hodesh, a monthly group for girls in grades 5/6, 7, 8, 9/10 and 11. To register complete our Brochure and Registration form. Small groups of girls meet monthly with a carefully adult leader trained in a well designed curriculum. Through discussion, arts and crafts and drama, the girls integrate core Jewish values as they focus on the things they care about most; body image, friendship, relationships, competition, stress, and family.
Rosh Hodesh is a program of Moving Traditions, which envisions a dynamic and welcoming Judaism that incorporates new gender roles and understandings. Moving Traditions was founded in the belief that women and men are full and equal participants in Judaism.
Team Chaverim (a joyful class for children ages 3-5)
Tuesday afternoons from 3:15 – 5:45, open to TOS members, BEEP families, and the whole community. More details here.