Olam Tikvah Religious School

                                                                                                                            

Debra Beland Ackerman, Director of Education and Youth Activities

Want to know more about our Self-Paced Hebrew Program for 2nd-7th graders? You can find all the information you need here.

Each month our teachers provide a look at what's happening in our classrooms.

To read all about it, check out the links below. 

Congregation Olam Tikvah Religious School (OTRS) encourages our children to identify their place in the story of the Jewish people and understand the sacred space of the synagogue and its inhabitants. Based on a strong foundation of core knowledge, we help them develop confidence in their beliefs and become life-long Jewish learners, with their time at OTRS signifying only one part of their Jewish journeys. We strive to make Jewish learning accessible and engaging for each student and teach them how to be Jewish at every age and stage of their lives. Our parents recognize the importance of their involvement in school and synagogue life, and our students commit to building an atmosphere based on respect.  

Children growing up in our community will:

  • See themselves as part the larger Jewish community;

  • Feel proud and confident in their beliefs;

  • Develop a respect for Judaism’s rich heritage;

  • Be knowledgeable enough to feel confident walking into any synagogue; and

  • Understand the fundamental practices and beliefs of Conservative Judaism.

OTRS Meets:

  • Kindergarten and Grade 1: Sunday, 9:00am-noon

  • Grades 2-7: Sunday , 9:00am-noon, and Tuesday, 4:45pm-6:30pm  

  • Grades 8-10: Sunday, 10:00am-noon

OTRS Monthly Class Summaries

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Tichon (8th/9th Grade)

Confirmation (10th Grade)

Weather Cancellation Policy

Tuesdays

  • If FCPS announces an early dismissal, we will automatically cancel classes for that afternoon and that announcement will be sent by email, text alert, and will be listed on our website
  • If FCPS announces that all afternoon/evening programming is cancelled, we will make a decision about our program by 4pm and that announcement will be sent by email, text alert, and will be listed on our website. Please note that if that if FCPS announces cancellation of evening programming after 4:00pm, OTRS classes WILL continue under our normal schedule.
  • If FCPS announces that school is cancelled, we will make a decision about our program by 10am and that announcement will be sent by email, text alert, and will be listed on our website. Because there are circumstances where schools are closed that don't apply to our program (like days when it is too cold to wait at the bus stop), we do not automatically follow the school closing decisions.

Sundays

  • If FCPS announces that all Sunday programming is cancelled, we will make a decision about our program by 7:30am and that announcement will be sent by email, text alert, and will be listed on our website.

  • If we determine that the area immediately surrounding OT presents weather-related safety concerns or if there are nonweather reasons why we cannot open school (like a power outage), we will make the decision to close school by 7:30am and that announcement will be sent by email, text alert, and will be listed on our website.