Education at Oak Park Temple

Education and study opportunities for every age and interest.
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Beatrice and Morris Glasser Preschool

Glasser Preschool creates a nurturing and stimulating first school experience for young children. The teachers provide a day balanced between planned activities and free choice; quiet time and physical play; group activities and individual attention.

We maintain a low student/teacher ratio.

Children do not have to be potty trained. When the child is ready, the teachers will work with the parents to make potty training a success.

Please visit the Glasser Preschool Website or contact Marci Sperling Flynn, Director, at (708) 386-3937 or glasserpreschool@oakparktemple.org.

Religious School at Oak Park Temple

At Oak Park Temple we aim to make each of our students a compassionate and educated member of the Jewish community.

Jewish tradition requires us to ask questions about beliefs, rituals, traditions, ethics and more. We encourage students to ask lots of questions and explore answers to find the many ways that Judaism is relevant in modern life. We also want each of our students to understand that their opinion and understanding is important and relevant to Judaism at large!

Oak Park Temple’s Religious School Mission Statement

Oak Park Temple B’nai Abraham Zion recognizes the right of our children to a program of religious education which will:

  • Promote the development of a positive Jewish identity through word and deed, mitzvot and tzedakah.
  • Enable our children to become observant and active members of the Jewish community.
  • Provide quality studies of the pillars of Judaism: God, Torah and Israel; of our rituals, observances, services and prayers; and of our holidays.
  • Create a warm, welcoming and inspirational environment where student-teacher-temple relationships will flourish.
  • Nurture each child to assert a proud Jewish identity that will help each to live a life of joy and celebration of self, family and community.
Religious School
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Sunday School
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Spiritual Philosophy of the School

Recognizing the family as the primary site for the formation of spiritual values, the goal of the religious school is to support and facilitate this process. The meaning of God is discussed in an open fashion. Each child is given the opportunity to explore a unique and personal relationship with God. Self-expression is encouraged in order to provide an optimum environment for growth. Our spiritual philosophy rests upon the belief that our lives have meaning, that each of us matters and that we are connected to something greater than ourselves.

As a spiritual resource and in an atmosphere of caring, openness and trust, the Temple provides a safe place where values-related concerns are discussed. The idea of mitzvot is central to our curriculum at every grade level, reinforcing values, ethical behavior, and the responsibilities of the individual within our society.

The spiritual dimension of Jewish life permeates our religious school experience. As they explore their own developing spirituality, our children are encouraged to do so with creativity, freedom of thought and open minds.

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Camp Shalom: OPT’s Summer Day Camp

Camp Shalom is a  high quality day camp program for children entering 1st through 6th grades.  It is a full day of camp five days per week.  Based on Judaic values and fun summer activities, Camp Shalom is all about inclusion and community. Campers have opportunities to participate in art projects, theatrical presentations and sport activities.  There are daily swim lessons with bus service to and from the pool.  There are fun field trips, engaging counselors and two snacks each day!

Questions regarding registration may be directed to Robin Arbetman at 708-386-3937 or via the form below.

Return here in the Spring for more information about Camp Shalom!

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Facts About Camp Shalom

  • Drop Off & Pick Up at Oak Park Temple, 1235 N. Harlem, in Oak Park. 
  • Hours: 9:00-4:00 daily, 7:45 early drop off and late pick up are available.
  • Campers bring lunches Monday through Thursday.  All lunches are refrigerated.  On Fridays we provide lunch. 
  • Each camper receives a camp t-shirt. 
  • Daily swimming! Indoor lessons and outdoor free swim. Round trip bus service provided between Oak Park Temple and pools.
  • Field trips each session.
  • One drama production each session.
  • Excellent (very low) counselor to camper ratio makes Camp Shalom fun and safe for everyone.
  • Field trips to Lego Land, Safari Land, Cypress Cove waterpark, Brunswick Zone, a Bravo production, Putting Edge Laser Mini Golf and more.
  • Weekly special theme days including Maccabiah (olympic) day, pirate day, America day, hippie day and Disney day – with costumes and special activities.
  • Daily visits to Field Center park at Mann School for outdoor games and activities.
  • Campers choose activities each week from sports, art and drama/dance.
  • Group time in age level groups.

Adult Education at Oak Park Temple

Learn Hebrew, study Torah or immerse yourself in Jewish culture and thought.

Study Torah at Oak Park Temple

Oak Park Temple provides a number of opportunities for studying Torah:

  • Torah Study – Group 1 studies continuously, about a chapter per week of Torah (lay-led) – Sundays at 9:30 am.
  • Torah Study – Group 2 studies weekly portions and other themes (lay-led) – Sundays at 9:30 am.
  • Torah Study – Group 3 studies continuously through Torah (lay-led) – Sundays at 9:30 am.
  • Mussar Study – led by Rabbi Weiss – Shabbat mornings at 8:30 am.

There is no need for signing up–just drop in and join in!

Chant Torah: The Adult Education committee is contacting past B’nai Mitzvah to see if they would like to read their Torah portion again in years when there is no Bar/Bat Mitzvah scheduled.  We expect to contact about a dozen teens this year, and of course we’d love to invite a few adults to read as well.  If you have any interest in reading Torah for a Shabbat service, contact the office or Eddie Pont.

alephLearn Hebrew at Oak Park Temple

Please contact the Temple office for the latest info on availability of Adult Hebrew Classes.

Not one, but four lay-led Hebrew classes will be offered for OPT adults starting in Fall 2015:

  1. Sunday Morning Hebrew – a continuation of our exploration of “A Primer of Biblical Hebrew” at 11:00 am every Sunday morning. For more info, please contact Lauren Levrant.
  2. Adult Beginning Hebrew (Part 1) – Sundays, 12-1pm. Teacher: Dick Rubin. For info, please contact Dick at 708-383-4321, Danielle at 708-386-3937, or Mel Loeb at 312-421-0642.
  3. Adult Beginning Hebrew (Part 2) – Mondays, 7pm-8pm. Teacher: Dick Rubin. Same contact info as above.
  4. Prayerbook Reading in Hebrew – Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm starting October 8. Teacher: Ofra Peled. For info, please contact Ofra at 708-383-8309, or Danielle or Mel at the numbers above.

Cantillation Classes

We will not have a Beginning Cantillation class this year, but instead we will have Continuing Cantillation at 6:15 pm on Tuesdays.

We will also have a Cantillation Review class at 7:15 pm on Tuesdays. If you have already learned the basics and are interested in chanting Torah on Saturday mornings, this is the class for you! We will work together on the “extraordinary” trope and learn new Torah portions together.

Please contact Lauren Levrant for further information on Cantillation classes.

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Shure Memorial Library

Access the Shure Library Catalog Online!

We want everyone in our congregation to know about this really quite special collection – every title is here because in some way, it is a reflection of Jewish life and culture. From serious Talmudic tracts to biographies of Graucho Marx, from Shalom y’all, a history of Jewish life in the South to God Must Like Cookies, Too, a picture book about Friday night services, to a DVD of the movie Divan, about a young woman reclaiming her Eastern European past, we’d like to think there is something here for everyone. The library is open every Sunday morning from 9:00 am until noon.

We have even begun to upgrade our library with an online catalog through LibraryThing.com. It is a work in progress. We still have over 1,000 items to enter into our catalog. However, feel free to setup a LibraryThing.com account or log in with your Facebook account so that you can begin to search for items online. If you love or hate a book, feel free to write your own review of it to let everyone know what you think. If you have any questions about how LibraryThing.com works, stop by the library on a Sunday and ask a volunteer to show you how to use it.

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