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Hebrew School/Tichon at Ohev

Welcome to the

Hebrew School and Tichon (middle/high school)

at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County

We invite prospective families/students to visit our school.   Call 215-322-9597 to arrange a tour!

Complimentary membership for families whose oldest child has not entered 3rd grade.  Complimentary Hebrew School for all members until student reaches 4th grade!

Ohev Hebrew School announces a PreGAN (pre-kindergarten) class with Miss Denise Kaplan for 3 and 4 year olds on Sunday mornings from 9-11:30! A free weekly class open to the Ohev and surrounding communities, fun activities with music, art and Hebrew Through Movement!
Call Barbara at 215-322-9595 or email bglickman@ohev.org for more information and to enroll!

Dear Ohev Shalom Hebrew School families and prospective families,

The faculty and I are very excited for a new Hebrew School year!  We look forward to continuing our partnership with you in fulfilling your children’s Jewish education!  Some innovative enhancements are planned to supplement real-time Jewish experiences, engaging curriculum and innovative teaching methods.  Our goal is to build a strong foundation for Jewish learning while giving our students the joy and love for Judaism. As partners and collaborators, your involvement is welcome and always encouraged.  Please feel free to email me (bglickman@ohev.org), call (215-322-9597) or visit the school office to share with me how wonderful your child(ren)’s experiences are, or to share an idea or communicate a concern.  We are busy preparing for a fantastic year of learning, enthusiasm and growth!  Together we can create a bright and joyful home of Jewish education.

With warm regards,
Barbara Glickman, Education Director

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The 2018/19 school registration link:

https://goo.gl/forms/g2AFgEoSMXVhTaWD3

Our 2018/19 school calendar is now available!

Hebrew School & Tichon Family Calendar 2018/19

*All dates/times and programs are subject to change.

OVERVIEW

  • Our supplementary Hebrew/Religious School program provides Jewish education for children in kindergarten through tenth grade.
  • The course of study offered delivers academic and experiential knowledge of Jewish tradition, culture, prayer, history and Torah.
  • Curriculum is designed to develop fluency in reading Hebrew, comfort and familiarity with the Siddur and Jewish liturgy, and a basic understanding of prayers.

PROGRAMS

  • Sunday program for PreGan (Preschool/PreKindergarten), Gan (Kindergarten), Kesher (First Grade) and Mechina (Second Grade)  and is open to children from the community, both members and non-members.  The classes meet for two and a half hours on Sunday mornings.
  • The four-year Hebrew School program (Third through Sixth Grades) is open to the children of Ohev Shalom members only. Students attend two days a week (Wednesday afternoon and Sunday morning) for a total of 5 hours.
  • NEW for 2018/19 – 7th grade joins our Hebrew Middle/High program, Tichon at Ohev Shalom.  7th, 8th and 9th grade meets once a week, usually on Wednesday evenings for 2 hours and includes dinner!  Occasional trips on Sunday as well as other holiday program may fall on a different weekday.
  • Confirmation for 10th grade meets with Rabbi Perlstein and Cantor Annelise from 5:30-7:45 and includes dinner with our Tichon 8th & 9th graders. 

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

  • Supplements and reinforces classroom learning.
  • Experiential and meaningful.
  • Encourages participation and involvement in the Jewish community.
  • Music and trope with Cantor Annelise Ocanto-Romo.
  • Examples include A Hero in Heaven, Jewish War Veterans, Olive Oil Press Workshop, Israel Shaliach (emissary), the Anti-Defamation League, Innovations:Africa, and many others.
  • The entire school visits the Jewish Relief Agency warehouse in Philadelphia to pack and distribute food to those in need.

CURRICULUM

  • Based on the spiral curricular concept in which students visit similar areas of study each school year but on an increasingly sophisticated and theme based level.
  • Our goal is to continually challenge our students to understand concepts more deeply; we facilitate their religious and spiritual growth and development, and share with them the joy and excitement of Jewish living.

 

HEBREW/PRAYER and HOLIDAYS

  • Students entering Aleph (Third Grade class) begin an intensive course of study, approximately half of which is dedicated to learning how to read, decode and pray in Hebrew.
  • Once Hebrew reading is introduced, the focus turns to familiarization of the Friday night and Shabbat morning services.
  • Hebrew Through Movement, a total physical response approach to learning the Hebrew language.
  • Basic prayer themes, key words and chants associated with each prayer are learned.
  • The meanings of words and prayer are evaluated and shared.
  • The long-term goal of our Hebrew/Tefillah (prayer) curriculum is to enable our students to walk into any Conservative synagogue and follow a service.
  • In addition to the Friday night and Shabbat morning services, students study the other central prayers associated with holidays, life cycle events, and home rituals. 

Click on the link below to access Cantor Annelise’s T’fillah recordings!

http://www.ohev.org/ohev-shalom-tfillah/

CLICK HERE TO HEAR CANTOR ANNELISE WITH THE HEBREW SCHOOL SING Hava Nashira- Ohev Hebrew School kids

The translation for the song, “Hava Nashira” is:  Let us sing a song, a song of praise. Halleluyah is actually two words, hallel (which means praise) and yah (is another word for God).
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HEBREW HIGH SCHOOL

  • An interactive, experiential Hebrew Middle/High School program which is geared towards students in 7th through 10th grades.
  • Meets Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30PM and includes dinner, or an occasional Sunday or other weekday.
  • Ohev Shalom 10th graders in the Confirmation Class, attend a weekly session with Rabbi Perlstein on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30, then have class with Cantor Ocanto-Romo and join the 8th and 9th graders for dinner.    

HEBREW SCHOOL AND TICHON FACULTY

The Ohev and Tichon faculties consists of:

  • Knowledgeable, experienced and passionate teachers who engage the students in enjoyable and enriching learning experiences.
  • Teachers who know how to make Judaism come alive in the classroom.
  • Teen assistants, madrichim, who are knowledgeable and passionate about Judaism and are role models for students.
  • Ohev Shalom is committed to providing a high quality, meaningful Jewish education in a warm and nurturing environment.

MEET OUR HEBREW SCHOOL & TICHON TEAM

bio picBarbara Glickman, Education Director

Barbara Glickman is the Education Director at Ohev Shalom of Bucks County.  This is her fifth consecutive year leading the Hebrew School and Tichon at Ohev Principal. Barbara recently earned a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Service from Gratz College, where she was a mid-career fellow.  She graduated with high honors and won the graduate prize in Hebraic studies.  Barbara also has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Temple University and studied towards an M.B.A. at Philadelphia University.  Prior to her role as Education Director, Barbara taught 2nd grade religious school for five years, then took a year off to work closely with the Education Committee to help shape the program.  Barbara also completed the coursework for the Hebrew Through Movement curriculum and as well as other Hebrew studies courses.  She began her career at Ohev in 2007 when she started working in the preschool as a substitute teacher and then the inaugural teacher of the 18-month program.  In 2013 she became the ELC’s Hebrew and Movement Specialist while assisting office.

 

Denise Kaplan, PreGan PreKindergarten.  Denise enrolled her children in a Jewish pre-school and was immediately drawn in to the world of Jewish education.  It has become her lifelong career and passion as she has been teaching in a Jewish setting for 25 plus years.  She is thrilled to start her second year in  a new career setting with the Hebrew/Religious School.  She graduated from Georgetown University and William Paterson University, where she earned masters credits and a teaching certificate for early childhood.  Her philosophy centers on developmentally appropriate expectations of children.  It is her hope to facilitate a love of Judaism and a sense of community while introducing Jewish content to young children.

 11796414_10206443515793991_6755714875407694557_nMichele Fields, Gan/Kesher Kindergarten/1st grade
Michele has been teaching Religious School at Ohev Shalom for the past eleven years.  For over 25 years she has been involved with Jewish Education. Michele worked for various synagogues and Jewish Day Schools.  Throughout most of her teaching years, she taught Kindergarten and First Grade.  Michele truly enjoys working with children of this age.  Over the years, she has even taught the upper grades as well. On a more personal front, Michele graduated from Temple University with a Degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Development.  She is the proud mom of five great children, ranging in ages from twenty down to ten. Michele feels fortunate to be able to combine my love of children with my love of Jewish Education, by teaching the Gan and Kesher Class at Ohev Shalom!
 IMG_8750Joyce Most, Mechina, 2nd grade
Originally from CT, Joyce spent her first ten years of school at the Hebrew day school, The Yeshiva of Hartford.  After high school, she met her husband Alan, and moved to Boston then received a B.S. in Health Sciences from Boston University.  Thirty years ago, job relocation brought them to Bucks County where she and Alan raised their three grown daughters.   They attended Ohev’s preschool and Hebrew school through confirmation, and celebrated all of their Bat Mitzvahs here.  Ohev has been part of her family for over 25 years!  Over the past 8+ years, she has been an assistant preschool teacher.   She also assisted and taught 1st, 3rd and 4th grades in the Hebrew School over the past six years.

 pictureDena Rosenblatt, Aleph 3rd grade

Dena is a graduate of Penn State University and certified in early childhood and elementary education. She has been teaching for 24 years. Currently Dena teaches PreK at Temple Beth Am.  Dena is also a graduate of Gratz Hebrew High School and earned a teaching certificate.  She is starting her 7th year teaching at Ohev Shalom. Dena taught Hebrew school for 12 years at Har Zion Temple in Gladwynne. During the past 14 summers, Dena is a senior counselor to 5 & 6 year old boys and girls at Camp America Day Camp.  She is married for 23 years and has 2 amazing children, Melissa, an elementary school teacher, and Brett a junior at University of Pittsburgh.  Dena is also involved with the Special Olympics and with “Celebrations!” a program sponsored by Ohev Shalom’s inclusion committee.   These two volunteer activities make her very happy. Dena is also an animal lover and has 3 cats that were rescued from shelters. Teaching has made a huge impact on her life and she hopes that she has done the same for her students. Dena feels blessed to be able to do what she loves most which is being able to work with children and make a difference in their young lives.
 11539774_10200657980887408_4108857468960657922_nGalit Barzeski, Bet 4th grade
Galit received her BA in Jewish Studies and a Certificate of Special Education in Jewish Studies from Gratz College. She has worked for several area schools including Perelman Jewish Day School as an Assistant Hebrew Teacher where she was for 11 years.  Galit mainly worked in the lower grades teaching Jewish Holidays, Hebrew language and traditions.  She also taught Hebrew at Gratz College Ulpan for adults, which was mainly conversational Hebrew and grammar. This year will be her 9th year teaching at Ohev Shalom Hebrew/Religious School.  She enjoys working with the kids and sharing with them her love of Judaism and Israel.
 mlambMarla Lambert, Gimel 5th grade
Marla earned a Masters of Jewish Liberal Studies in 1997 and earned 30 credits past her Master’s.  Coursework included the study of the Holocaust.  She also studied Secondary Education Foreign Language at Temple University with a Pennsylvania certification to teach Spanish and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1990.  She graduated Gratz Hebrew High School in 1985.  Marla has been teaching Hebrew school since 1987 and has been with Ohev Shalom since 1997.  During the school year, Marla is a Spanish teacher at Northeast High School and has been with the Philadelphia School District since 1990.  Her passion is Spin so she teaches three cycle classes per week at LA Fitness.
 
11070646_10152785176876279_2015985625_oAnnie Bloom, Daled 6th grade
Annie Bloom has been teaching at Ohev Hebrew School for seven years including second, third, fifth grades, and most recently, sixth grade Jewish studies.  During the school year Annie teaches preschool at a local synagogue.  Annie spends her summers as a preschool camp counselor at Southampton Summer Day Camp. Annie graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Philadelphia College of Textile and Science (Philadelphia University) and obtained her CDA (child development associate) in October 2014.  She also was confirmed and attended Gratz College to further her Jewish Studies. Previously, Annie taught Parent/Child classes and Sunday school at Beth Israel of Chester County.   Annie resides in Southampton and is married to Eric.  They have three children Andrew, Lauren and Brian and a rescue puppy named Bailey.
 
Michelle Taylor, Daled 6th grade
Michelle is spending her fifth year as part of the Ohev Hebrew School team.  She is also a B’nai Mitzvah tutor.  Michelle has a strong background in Hebrew and Prayer and worked for local synagogues for the past 12 years.  Most recently, she taught a Hebrew Through Prayer curriculum to 4th through 7th graders.  Her Hebrew/Jewish training comes mostly from having attended Solomon Schechter Day School and Gratz College in the ’70s and ’80s.  By day, she is the Inventory Manager for company located in Warminster.  Michelle lives in Warwick with her husband and two teenage boys.  For fun, she plays softball in a women’s league and enjoys game nights and watching movies with her family.
 
gold picSuzanne Gold, Inclusion Facilitator/Special Needs and Academic Support Coordinator
Suzanne collaborates and partners with the Education Director; Staff; families and clergy to design appropriate, supportive environments and accommodations for students in need of specially designed instruction.  She reviews existing student’s Individual Educational Plans (IEP), 504 Plans and Individual Health Plans that are shared by families and collaborate with teachers to design Hebrew School Action Plans (HSAP).  Additionally, she works closely with the madrachim (teen assistants) to help implement a meaningful, positive program for identified students.  Suzanne is also the Celebrations! Lead Teacher.  Celebrations!  meets monthly  for children ages 4 through 18 years of age and is designed for students with cognitive, neurobehavioral, sensory or physical disorders.  Suzanne is a retired Demonstration Special Education teacher for the School District of Philadelphia.  She has enjoyed teaching students diagnosed with a diverse levels of disabilities, including students diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, and developmental and intellectual disabilities.  She and her husband Larry are members of Ohev Shalom for over 3 decades.  Her children Ariel and Jeffrey attended Hebrew School and Confirmed at Ohev Shalom.
 
Denise Kaplan, PreGan/PreKindergarten
 
 
11665736_10207083424141203_1274467466332285535_nShari Williams, HS Administrative Assistant
Shari is an attorney by day, specializing in family matters.  Originally from Lower Moreland, she relocated to Florida and taught Hebrew School 7th grade.  Upon moving to Charlotte, NC she taught 5th grade Jewish Studies and Hebrew High school at her synagogue.  In 2011 Shari returned to Bucks County and began working at Ohev as the Hebrew School administrative assistant.  Shari has two children.
 

Hebrew High School faculty bios coming soon!

 
Soni Feld, Library volunteer
Jeff Bloom, Library volunteer

 Ohev Shalom celebrates the uniqueness of each individual and family, and welcomes diversity within our sacred community.

 

SEE OHEV SHALOM’S PURIM CELEBRATION ON 6ABC http://6abc.com/society/joyous-purim-celebration/1260032/

READ ALL ABOUT IT!

In the Jewish Exponent:

http://jewishexponent.com/headlines/2015/10/after-gratz-program-s-end-a-steep-learning-curve

In the Newtown Patch:

 http://patch.com/pennsylvania/newtown-pa/new-hebrew-high-school-program-ohev-shalom-gets-boost-federation-grant-following-closing-gratz
In the Bucks County Courier Times:
http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/life-style/local-feature/new-look-new-approach-to-teens-at-hebrew-school-in/article_f82fcd64-622a-11e5-b2a5-5b5cae4038dd.html
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