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Congregation Or Shalom
835 Darby Paoli Road
Berwyn, PA 19312
Tel: 610-644-9086
office@orshalom.com

Contacts

Rabbi:
Jacob Rosner

President:
Andrew Levin

Education Director:
Ellen Glassman

Office Manager:
Lauren Porter

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Our Religious School

Mission Statement

  • Promote pride in Jewish identity, Jewish values and the Jewish people
  • Develop a knowledge of the Bible, Jewish holidays, and Jewish history
  • Create a love for God, home, and community
  • Foster an interest in and connection with Israel
  • Connect daily living and the cycle of Jewish life
  • Instill a commitment to synagogue, study, prayer and mitzvot

Education Director: David Monblatt
Education Co-Chairs: Heidi Lurie and Alice Presley

Education Director

David Monblatt is a Philadelphia native and has been a Jewish educator for twenty years, specializing in experiential religious school education and teen leadership development.

In 2004, David became a founding member of the first full-time teaching team in the United States for supplementary school education at Central Synagogue in New York City, where Hebrew University described his program as “a bold new archetype for 21st century supplementary schools.”

In 2006, David left New York for San Francisco to serve as Director of Education for the Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation (JPEF) where he produced curricula about the stories and life lessons of the Jewish partisans of World War II. While there, Slingshot Magazine ranked JPEF as one of the 50 most innovative Jewish organizations in the nation. His curriculum on the Jewish partisans is used by schools and museums across the country, including the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City.

David went on to direct a multi-million dollar synagogue school enhancement project in San Francisco called the NESS Initiative (Nurturing Excellence in Synagogue Schools). Through NESS, David produced a customized school-intervention program designed to strengthen five Bay Area synagogue schools through onsite consultation with teams of experts.

Most recently, David served as Director of Education for Congregation Kol Ami in Elkins Park. In addition to his career as a Jewish educator, David is an accomplished actor and singer with numerous stage, television, and film credits. David is the grandson of Holocaust survivors; his grandmother lives in Northeast Philadelphia—she is 96, and a survivor of Dachau.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Hours

Gan (Kindergarten)* Sundays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Alef (1st grade) Sundays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Bet (2nd grade) Sundays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Gimmel to Zayin (3rd to 7th grades) Sundays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Tuesdays 4:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

*Age 5 by September 1st

We now have a joint program with Congregation Beth El Ner Tamid call Or Tamid.  Classes meet together on Sundays alternating every two months.  Check the Or Shalom Calendar to see where the classes meet on any one Sunday.  Classes meet at individual synagogues on week days.

Curriculum

Our curriculum has four primary components: Hebrew through prayer, Torah, Israel and Jewish Life. The curriculum is designed to give students a broad overview of Jewish traditions and beliefs. Learning in each grade builds upon what was learned the previous year.

Hebrew The Hebrew component emphasizes the study of Hebrew through prayer. It combines Hebrew reading skills with a study of selections from the siddur. Upon completion of the course of study the student will be able to: (1) read prayers in the siddur in Hebrew; (2) demonstrate an understanding of key prayer words and concepts; (3) understand the order of prayers in the siddur; (4) participate in and lead prayer services; and (5) participate actively in home ritual observances.

Torah    Students will learn Torah on a regular basis.  In the younger grades they will learn Torah stories and in the older grades, they will study the weekly Parsha including Commentaries

Israel  Although the students don’t study this as a regular subject; it is woven throughout all of the other subjects.  The students will develop a connection to Israel as the homeland for all Jews.  The land of our ancestors and a place to visit, support, and care for.

The Jewish Life component allows for focused study of selected topics in each grade. Upon completion of the course of study, the student will be able, on a basic level, to (1) identify the Jewish holidays and the history, customs and rituals associated with each holiday; (2) articulate a personal theology; (3) identify customs and rituals of significant life-cycle events; (4) understand the historical continuity of the Jewish people; and (5) be prepared to become active participants in the Jewish community.

 

Youth Group

Our youth group is affiliated with BBYO.

High schoolers are encouraged to come to our events and register for membership at www.bbyo.com. Both teens and their parents will be prompted to set up b-linked accounts. I have attached a link for our Liberty Region conventions. Upcoming events will be posted onwww.wcbbyo.com

We hope that WCBBYO (visit www.wcbbyo.com) can be a place for your teens to feel included in a diverse group of Jewish teens who obserance and customs differ, along with their  extra-curricular activities. We come together with acceptance and appreciation for individual differences. The goal is for everyone to have fun while leadering these chapter through programming of events that incorporate our “folds” Judaism/ Jewish heritage, creativity, brotherhood/sisterhood, recreation/athletism, community service/social action, and education. BBYO prides itself on being teen-led; most planning and decisions are made by the teens

 

Post B’nai Mitzvah

Our students are enrolled in a joint program with Congregation Beth-El Ner Tamid (CBENT) in Broomall.  The program meets on Sunday morning with occasional sessions on Wednesday afternoon.  Most sessions are held  at CBENT with trips to museums etc.  Some activities are also held at Or Shalom

Weather Related Closing Information

An email will be sent to all parents informing them if school is cancelled.  Please make sure that the synagogue has up to date email addresses for all contacts.

 

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