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Jewish School (aka Religious School)

It is time to register for the 5780 (2019-2020) school year at Oak Park Temple!
To register, Log In, click on My Account, scroll down to School Enrollment. 

Classes begin on Sunday, September 8 for Gan through 10th grades.
The first Wednesday of classes for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders is September 11.
6th grade Hebrew prayer chevruta (study groups) begin on September 8 

On September 8:
Join us for an opening day celebration before school begins on September 8: Rabbi Weiss, Rabbi Kirzane, Cantor Green and our professional staff will serve a pancake breakfast between 8:30 and 9:30am.  At 9:30 students and families please join us in the sanctuary for our kick off program!

About Jewish School in 5780:

Rabbi Kirzane and Ben Mann continue to lead junior congregation this year! 

Gan, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Grades:
Every Sunday all of our gan, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders begin in the sanctuary at 9:30. Parents please bring your gan, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade student directly to the sanctuary – not their classroom – for junior congregation.  Parents are welcome to stay for the service.  For those parents not staying, please seat your child close to their teacher in the sanctuary! Teachers will take students to classrooms at the end of junior congregation.

4th, 5th and 6th Grades:
Our older students will also participate in junior congregation led by Rabbi Kirzane at 11:30 every Sunday. In addition to Shabbat and holiday worship, this junior congregation program is critical for mastering prayer fluency in preparation for B’nai Mitzvah.

Important Dates:

September 8 Opening Sunday
September 11 Opening Wednesday
No classes meet:
· September 29
· October 9 (Wednesday)
· November 27 (Wednesday)
· December 1
· December 22, 25, 29, January 1
· March 22, 25, 29
· April 8 (Wednesday)
Last day of classes: May 3, 2020

Other Important Information for you

Rabbi Kirzane is teaching family education programs in different grade levels throughout the coming year:

  • October 6 -  Gan Quilt Workshop 9:30
  • November 17 and February 9 – 5th grade  Family Education
  • December 8 -  1st grade Family Education
  • February 23 -  9th grade Family Education
  • March 8 -  2nd grade Family Education
  • April 19 – 3rd  grade  Family Education
  • The first Sunday of every month is Project Sandwich. Families bring sack lunches prepared at home and a different grade level will assemble lunches each month. Lunches are delivered to a mission in Chicago.  
  • October 20 is Simchat Torah, this year with a Klezmer band! Join the celebration at 7:00 on October 20.
  • Friday November 22, during the 6:30 service, our gan students will participate in consecration.
  • February 21-24 our 10th graders and Rabbi Weiss participate in the L’Taken workshop through the Religious Action Center in Washington DC.
  • Monday March 9, is our Purim celebration (and carnival) for all ages.
  • March 20-22 is the annual Oak Park Temple retreat at OSRUI in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. 4th grade family education is part of retreat programming.
  • Sunday April 12 is an all-school and community Pesach program.
  • Wednesday April 29, our last Wednesday evening of classes, is a special program to celebrate Israel Independence Day.
  • Friday May 1 at 8:00 our 10th grade class will lead Shabbat worship and share their ideas about Jewish identity. This is Kabbalat Torah for our confirmation class.
  • Sunday May 3 is our last day of Jewish school for the 5780 school year.
  • Friday May 8 at 6:30 all students graduating high school are called to the bima for a special blessing at this major transition in life.

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