Temple Sholom - Cincinnati, OH

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This is the Lifelong Learning Logo for Temple Sholom, a Reform Jewish Synagogue in Cincinnati, Ohio

Lifelong Learning: Reinventing Jewish Learning  

 Temple Sholom approaches learning in a holistic manner. We believe that individuals of all ages have something to teach and something to learn.

Our engagement opportunities are experiential, communally focused and driven by each individual’s unique educational and spiritual goals.

For adults, we offer a wide range of classes in which we seek to meet adults in sophisticated study and dialogue.

These range from Introductory Hebrew... to Jewish Spiritual Direction to... the Hartman iengage courses to... weekly Jewish Yoga and Meditation.

We also have a book group, cooking for those in need, soup kitchen, and volunteer opportunities with our social action partners:

  - Valley Interfaith (a local food and clothing bank),

  - Elementz (and urban hip-hop center for respect),

  - Tikvah (a Jewish organization in Odessa), and 

  - The Amos Project (an interfaith advocacy group). 

All ages and varieties of experienced are encouraged to be part of our learning initiatives.

To learn more about current class offerings for adults please contact: Juliesolomon@templesholom.net

Commitment to our Students: Enduring Understandings  

  Our Learners Will...

  • Understand how to use the Hebrew Bible as a guide to good living

  • Engage in the practice of Hebrew Prayer, in synagogue and beyond

  • Commit to daily acts of kindness, justice, and goodness

  • Develop bonds of Sisterhood and Brotherhood that inspire care for family, Jewish community and the world

  • Value our Jewish history of engagement with people of diverse backgrounds and actively practice welcoming

  • Experience how a group can achieve much more by working together.
Elementz - Temple Sholom Program January 2013  

  Martin Luther King, Jr Lifelong Learning Program with Elementz January 2013:

2014 - 2015 Religious School Registration Forms  
Our Lifelong Learning Program in Pictures  

  Lifelong Learning Program Photo Album

Community Based Sunday School  

At Temple Sholom, Sunday learning is experiential, interactive, communally oriented and informed by tradition, introspection and joy!

Our children are asked to move around, to ask questions with all of their senses and to engage with Judaism from a place of excitement, curiosity, respect and fun.

We reach our children by offering opportunities to explore their relationship with God through sacred encounters with Torah, creative electives and through acts of loving kindness (social action partnerships).

We believe that true learning comes from feeling safe, at home, and intellectually and spiritually inspired.

To learn about a typical morning in our Sunday school, click here: Sunday Mornings

Chris Kraus, Director of Lifelong Learning  

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Chris Kraus is Temple Sholom's Director of Lifelong Learning.  

Over the past four years, Chris worked with our temple community to develop and implement our re-envisioned lifelong learning program that is consistent with our unique niche of being an innovator in the Cincinnnati Jewish community.

Chris has taught at all levels of the Wise Temple religious school, had a decade of camping and counseling experience at the URJ Goldman Union Camp Institution, a 4-year liberal arts studies degree in the psychology of religion at Bowdoin College, two years of graduate ecumenical theological studies at the Harvard Divinity School, Kivunim (New Directions)Institute of Experiential Learning for Israel & World Jewish Communities Studies 2008.  

Chris has also been a Visiting Instructor in Jewish Education at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati Campus.     Chris was also recently selected by HUC-JIR for the Celebration of Teaching Award.

Chris and his wife Bari, who is an early childhood education professional, have two teenage daughters.

His email address is: lifelonglearning@templesholom.net


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3100 Longmeadow Lane     Cincinnati, OH  45236

  513.791.1330        office@templesholom.net    

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