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Mispallelim Religious School

Teaching aid sits under a tree with 1st grade students, who are smiling and giving a thumbs up

At Ohev Shalom’s Mispallelim religious school, we seek to help our students build Jewish knowledge, as well as a sense of Jewish community and identity.  As a staff, we continue to seek new ways in which to help our students have spiritually authentic Jewish experiences and to ask meaningful Jewish questions at every developmental stage. We believe that, beyond passively “receiving a Jewish education, students and families have the exciting task of actively constructing their own Jewish identities, as they encounter inspiring ideas, surprising experiences and caring role models. We aspire to give our families the tools to do that work in a way that engages the whole person – heart, intellect, body/senses, and spirit. 

Thanks to our teachers, aides, students and families for a wonderful year!

Mispallelim in the coming year

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the coming year will be unlike anything we have experienced or planned for in the past. Fortunately, we have a really wonderful team of teachers and lay-leaders working on different possibilities for instruction.  We will most likely embrace a hybrid model, with some parts of the year conducted in person and others conducted remotely. 

When we are "on site" we will practice a range of safety measures, including masking, hand-washing, and holding only small-group sessions.  Depending on conditions, we may exclusively meet outdoors for periods of time. We are committed to making meaningful Jewish education available and accessible to all of our families, and welcome any feedback regarding safety protocols and remote learning accommodations.

While the realities of the pandemic certainly present challenges, the creative thinking that we are undertaking right now will also, undoubtedly, present opportunities and ideas that we might not otherwise have explored.  I am looking forward to a fruitful, fascinating, and *different* year together!

When we are on-site, Mispallelim Meets on the following days:
Gan (Kindergarten) through Kitah Zayin (7th grade)  meet Sundays 9:00 AM-12:15 PM
Our Early Learning (pre-school) group meets every other Sunday, from 9:00 AM-10:30 AM


Kitah Gimmel (3rd grade) through Kitah Zayin (7th grade) also meet Wednesdays 4:00 PM-6:15 PM

Meet Rabbi Kelilah Miller, our Education Director 

Our Curriculum 

Resources for Families

Have questions about our school? Want to see it in action and meet Rabbi Kelilah Miller, our Education Director? Call her at 610-874-1465 x105 or e-mail her at school@ohev.net.

Ready to join our learning community? You can register below!

Section A: Family Contact Information

If there is a secondary contact, all emails and mailings will go to both contacts. In case of urgent need, the primary contact will be notified first

Section B: Student Enrollment Information
There can sometimes be obstacles to Jewish education but finances should never be one!  We ask that every family commits to some financial contribution, however we are very happy to discuss financial aid options for any family who needs it. If you select yes, you will discuss your payment ability in a confidential meeting with Missy Lowdermilk. 
Student 1 Information
This is the same as your child's grade for the 2020-2021 secular school year unless you have made other arrangements with the religious school office.
This is the same as your child's grade for the2020-2021 secular school year unless you have made other arrangements with the religious school office.
Information will not be shared publicly. Parents will be copied on all communication to students.
Information will not be shared publicly. Students will not be contacted independently from parents.
If yes, Rabbi Miller would love to meet with you and your child’s teacher before the school year begins so that we are able to discuss the best ways to support your child from the outset.  If you are comfortable we invite you to send any documentation ahead of time to school@ohev.net.
Does your child have allergies or medications we need to know about?
Please describe allergies and medications with dosage and timing.
Feel free to share any special interests, talents, struggles, aversions, or pieces of relevant personal history that you feel might be relevant and that you ae comfortable sharing.
Student 2 Information
This is the same as your child's grade for the 2020-2021 secular school year unless you have made other arrangements with the religious school office.
This is the same as your child's grade for the 2020-2021 secular school year unless you have made other arrangements with the religious school office.
Information will not be shared publicly. Parents will be copied on all communication to students.
Information will not be shared publicly. Students will not be contacted independently from parents.
If yes, Rabbi Miller would love to sit down with you and your child’s teacher before the school year begins so that we are able to discuss the best ways to support your child from the outset.  If you are comfortable we invite you to send any documentation ahead of time to school@ohev.net.
Does your child have allergies or medications we need to know about?
Please describe allergies and medications with dosage and timing.
Student 3 Information
This is the same as your child's grade for the 2020-2021 secular school year unless you have made other arrangements with the religious school office.
This is the same as your child's grade for the 2020-2021 secular school year unless you have made other arrangements with the religious school office.
Information will not be shared publicly. Parents will be copied on all communication to students.
Information will not be shared publicly. Students will not be contacted independently from parents.
If yes, Rabbi Miller would love to sit down with you and your child’s teacher before the school year begins so that we are able to discuss the best ways to support your child from the outset.  If you are comfortable we invite you to send any documentation ahead of time to school@ohev.net.
Does your child have allergies or medications we need to know about?
Please describe allergies and medications with dosage and timing.
Student 4 Information
This is the same as your child's grade for the 2020-2021 secular school year unless you have made other arrangements with the religious school office.
This is the same as your child's grade for the 2020-2021 secular school year unless you have made other arrangements with the religious school office.
Information will not be shared publicly. Parents will be copied on all communication to students.
Information will not be shared publicly. Students will not be contacted independently from parents.
If yes, Rabbi Miller would love to sit down with you and your child’s teacher before the school year begins so that we are able to discuss the best ways to support your child from the outset.  If you are comfortable we invite you to send any documentation ahead of time to school@ohev.net
Does your child have allergies or medications we need to know about?
Please describe allergies and medications with dosage and timing.
Section C: Release Forms

By signing my name below, my child(ren) have permission to participate in the Mispallelim religious school of Congregation Ohev Shalom in Wallngford, PA. I hereby authorize the Education Director, or person designated by the Education Director, to obtain emergency medical care for my child(ren) in the event such care is indicated. I give my permission for my child(ren) to receive emergency medical care by any nurse, doctor, paramedic or member of a medical staff of a hospital licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I understand that every effort will be made to notify a parent/guardian prior to treatment.

I certify that my child(ren) is(are) in good physical health. They have my permission to participate in all activities that are part of the regular religious school program. Field trips may be arranged by Congregation Ohev Shalom, and transportation may include bus or vehicle driven by a classmate's parent or guardian.

By typing my name, I confirm I have read, understand and agree to the above.
Media Release

From time to time your child’s photo may be taken in our classrooms or special events.  We use these photos on the synagogue website, on our synagogue display boards, in the weekly Mispallelim email as well as private Facebook groups and other publicity materials.

Section D: Congregation Community
The work of building a powerful Jewish experience for our students is only possible with the help of family support and, from time to time, volunteers for specific programs or projects.  Beyond the logistical help, it is so powerful for our students to see the adults in their lives modeling engagement with Jewish communal life.  

Below, you will have an opportunity to share some ways in which you would like to be involved as a parent volunteer and community member.
Section E: Payment Information

In Jewish tradition, it is the job not only of parents but of the community to provide education for children. The Ohev Shalom community is committed to this obligation.  As such, our religious school fee only covers a portion of the cost of our religious school.  Both fundraising efforts and congregational dues heavily subsidize our children’s education.  We are best able to plan appropriately when we know early on how many students to expect in each grade.  In order to ensure that we have accurate numbers, we do require families to register on or before July 31st. A late registration fee is charged for those returning students who are registered on or after August 1st.

Fee Structure:

Grade

Timing

Regular Fee

With late fee added

Early Learning

Every other Sunday 9:00-10:30

$300

$350

K-2

Sundays 9:00-12:15

$850

$900

3-7

Sundays 9:00-12:15
Wednesdays 4:15-6:15

$1015

$1065


 You have requested financial assistance. Check the box below, then please contact Missy Lowdermilk (exec@ohev.net) to set up your meeting as soon as possible.

 

Thu, October 22 2020 4 Cheshvan 5781