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Register for Kehal Kodesh School

Kehal Kodesh School of Rockdale Temple instills knowledge and love of Reform Judaism. We provide pathways to spirituality and God through instruction in Torah, ritual, traditions, tikkun olam (social responsibility), and connections with our sacred community.


Kehal Kodesh Religious School meets on Sunday mornings, 9:30-noon. We begin each Sunday with t'filah (musical prayer services), to which parents, grandparents, younger siblings, and caregivers are invited. We begin Religious School with pre-school aged children, and students stay in our program through 8th grade (in 9th grade, our students join other teenagers at Kulanu: The Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School). Our teenagers continue on Sunday morning as madrichim (student guides). Our year includes Family Education (learning with parents and children together), class Shabbat services, field trips, holiday programs, retreats, and other opportunities for learning and community-building for the entire family. 

Kehal Kodesh Hebrew School teaches Hebrew in fun and meaningful way to students in grades 3-7 on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-6:00 p.m. The goals of our Hebrew program are for our students to: become knowledgeable in the structure and meaning of the Shabbat and holiday liturgy; decode, read, and write Hebrew consonants and vowels; familiarize themselves with Hebrew and Jewish life vocabulary; and experiment with Modern Hebrew. We are educating our children for life-long learning and participation in congregational life, not for one specific  lifecycle event. At Kehal Kodesh Hebrew School, we teach students in the classroom, using a variety of active, artistic, written, and musical experiences.

For more information, please contact Rabbi Meredith Kahan, Associate Rabbi and Educator. 

Opening Day - Sunday, August 25th at 9:30am!

shabbat@Home Tonight: No services at Rockdale

As a reminder, there will not be services at Rockdale tonight as we celebrate Shabbat@Home. We have pre-recorded services for you all to watch along--whether you are hosting a Shabbat dinner, joining as a guest, or celebrating on your own.

Shabbat Shalom!

Watch stream here.


Friday, January 25

We invite you to find meaning, to forge connections and to belong, by being host for Shabbat@Home.

We are looking for both hosts and guests for Shabbat dinner on January 25 as we strive to deepen community connections around the dinner table. Hosts, please consider opening your hearts and home by inviting guests to share a Shabbat dinner with you and your family. You can invite friends and colleagues. If you see someone in the halls of the temple, or a fellow religious school family, invite them. If you see someone in an adult education class or committee meeting and you'd like to get to know them better, invite them. If there are extra seats at your table, consider welcoming those who have signed up through our website to be guests. Dinners do not need to be fancy, but rather a chance to be together and get to know one another around the table.

Both guests and hosts can sign up HERE

Rockdale Temple will provide each host with challah, grape juice, prayer sheets, and discussion questions to help you break the ice. We will also pre-record and stream Shabbat services that evening.

Please note: we will not be having services at Rockdale Temple on January 25.

*We do have limited funding available to offset dinner costs. Rockdale Temple can offer up to $10/guest for the first 100 guests with dinner receipts and a photo of your group. For groups where the majority are under 35, dinner funding is available from You must register in advance, and may only receive reimbursement from one source.

Dan Nichols: Artist-in-Residence

Dan Nichols
October 26-28, 2018

Spend a musical weekend with the Rockdale Temple community as we sing, pray, and learn with Jewish singer-songwriter, Dan Nichols!

Friday, October 26
Rock Shabbat, 6:15 p.m.

Dan leads our monthly Rock Shabbat, an upbeat, music-filled Shabbat service for all ages! Dinner will follow the service. Dinner cost is $14/adults, and $6/kids aged 4-12, with a family maximum of $40. Kids under 4 are free! RSVP here by October 24.

Saturday, October 27
RUACH Shabbat Service & Brunch, 11 a.m. (Growler House)

RUACH will host a musical Shabbat brunch with Dan Nichols! Dan will teach us, inspire us, and celebrate Shabbat with us through song. Jewish young professionals, their significant others and friends, and those exploring Judaism, ages 21-39 are welcome.

Havdalah & House Concert, 8 p.m. (Home of Rabbis Coran & Kraus)
Join us in an intimate, musical experience for adults with Dan Nichols as we celebrate Havdalah in the home of Rabbi Coran and Rabbi Kraus. RSVP here by October 24.

Sunday, October 28
Community Concert, 11:30 a.m.

Our community is invited to sing along with Dan at a special concert, featuring Rockdale's religious school students. This concert follows a morning of musical programming for our students. All are welcome! 

Welcome to ShulCloud

Karen Martin

In the course of the last year, your Rockdale Temple staff has been working hard to update some of our critical systems, including our database software. We were looking for software that would give our community a better way to interact with the Temple online and more control of their information, while also giving us a better way to ensure we are staying in touch and meeting your needs.  After months of research and preparation, we will be launching ShulCloud, the next step in congregational communication, this June. By the time you receive your membership packet (look for those in your mailbox by June 15), you’ll be able to log in to our new website, update your personal information, pay your Sacred Annual Commitment online, and make a donation to Rockdale anytime the mood strikes!

The new website will be live on June 4, and you are welcome and encouraged to explore. If we have an email address for your family, you will receive an email with login information on June 4. Any adult members of a household for whom we have an email address should be able to log in. If you do not receive an email on June 4 and would like to be able to access your account online, please reach out to the Rockdale Temple office at 513-891-9900, or email Patty at

Once you are able to log in, you can view and update all of the information on your account. For starters:

•  Click on "View & edit your profile” to review your personal information, and then click on each of the other categories under your name (Contact Info, Business, Other and About Me) to make sure that the information in your profile is correct. When done, scroll to the bottom of the page and select "Save changes to person".

•  On your Welcome screen, scroll down the screen to "Manage People" and review or add your family members by clicking “Edit” next to their name(s) or "Add New Person".

•  The person whose name is preceded with an "*" is the Primary person within your account. We recommend that the Primary person be the bill payer in the household. To switch roles between Primary and Secondary, click "Edit Your Family" and then the "Switch" button at the top of the screen. Make certain to scroll to the bottom of the page to “Save Changes to Account”. If bill paying is a shared role, it's your choice as to who is Primary.

•  Scroll further down the screen to review your yahrzeits. If you would like to add Yahrzeits to your account, please contact Paige Barker, in the Rockdale Temple office to receive information about our Perpetual Memory program.

•  Note: There are two sections within your Welcome screen which do not need to be edited. "My Subscriptions" and "My Events" are features we will explain and enable in the future.

All done? Click on the “Welcome” button at the top of the screen and click “Sign out.” The procedure above explains logging in for the first time. To subsequently log in, use the website address www.rockdaletemple. org in your browser and then click the “Login” button at the top right. Enter your email address and password and click “Sign in”. Looking for the other uses of ShulCloud? Sit tight. We’ll let you know about more opportunities to use this system to interact directly with us as they come up. In the meantime, we encourage you to log into your ShulCloud account and explore! If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Paige or Patty (contact information above) or me, Karen Martin,


Rockdale Temple is the oldest congregation west of the Allegheny Mountains, but we are always looking for new ways to better serve our members and our community. shabbatCTY is Rockdale’s most recent foray into innovative programming, as we hosted a special Shabbat service overlooking beautiful Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine in April 2018.

The idea for a Shabbat service in the city originally came from Philip T. Cohen, a past president of Rockdale Temple, who expressed his desire to see more young people taking advantage of all that Rockdale has to offer. Joe Hirschhorn, who served as part of the team that helped make Phil’s idea a reality, says that shabbatCTY was designed with the hope to not just attract young people, but to “draw an entirely different crowd—or at least some different people who don’t make it out to Ridge Road for Shabbat.”

“I love OTR, and I thought it would be a great place to spend time with friends,” says Caroline Winstel-McLeod, a new member of Rockdale. The bright and attractive new venue added to the excitement of the service, but it was the spirit and the community that set the program apart. shabbatCTY is about the experience—loosely structured, it’s partially social, partially religious, and almost entirely musical. “The atmosphere was so cool. All of the young professionals from RUACH were in a row together, and we were all singing really loud. There was just a youthful energy, and everyone was ridiculously welcoming.” The service didn’t have a formal sermon—that time was used for people to meet one another and study Torah.

The Rockdale leadership heading shabbatCTY are working to grow the program to new locations throughout our urban core and to attract even more newcomers, and the spirit of the event will only continue to grow along with it. Even in its early days, shabbatCTY has come to reflect the truths and values of the dedicated people who helped bring it to life—it’s community, it’s accepting, it’s spiritual, and it meets you where you are.

Come into the FoRT!

Families of Rockdale Temple (FoRT) is one of Rockdale’s most fresh and exciting programs. FoRT is a growing community of Jewish families with children aged six and under and their older siblings. The group is spearheaded by Stephanie De Falco, Alexis Nordrum, and Rabbi Meredith Kahan, along with a committee of dedicated parents and grandparents of young children. Together, FoRT’s leadership puts on monthly programming designed to engage and educate kids and parents alike, including Havdalah PJ parties with adults-only beer tastings, Spaghetti in the Sukkah, Challah Shabbat, and FoRT on the Farm.

“We all want to get together and be together, and to enjoy Jewish activities and watch our children enjoy them, too—that’s the spirit of the group,” says FoRT co-Chair Stephanie De Falco. FoRT events teach children what it means to be Jewish, and a key piece of that is seeing themselves and their parents as part of the friendly and caring community that FoRT has become. “We want to make sure everyone leaves having gotten something out of it. When an event is created with the intention of making a program fun and meaningful for kids, it’s also fun and meaningful for the parents.”

FoRT programs weave a fine balance of family togetherness, kid playtime, and adult camaraderie. Most months, families celebrate Shabbat with musical, interactive services and enjoy a meal together. Afterward, kids play together while adults socialize and build community. Stephanie says “it’s quality time together after a busy week that, if it weren’t for FoRT, we wouldn’t have had.” FoRT Shabbat alternates between Friday evenings, Saturday mornings, and Saturday early evenings with Havdalah.

FoRT co-Chair Alexis Nordrum was pregnant with her first child when the group got its start. “It was perfect for me to get to know other parents of young kids in a city where I had no family. I wanted my kids to understand the meaning of a Jewish community.” Alexis, like others in the group, describes FoRT as a community that is overwhelmingly laidback and nonjudgmental, encouraging families to come and go as their schedules allow. The short, kid-friendly services make it easier for busy families to go to temple and feel engaged by programming that doesn’t treat either the children or their parents as an afterthought. Now a veteran FoRT member and expecting her second child, Alexis believes FoRT was—and will continue to be—instrumental in her young family’s Jewish life.

FoRT was formed at the onset of Rockdale’s participation in a URJ Community of Practice centered on Creating Connected Communities of Families with Young Children. Together with URJ leadership, experts, and our cohort, Rabbi Kahan, Stephanie, and Alexis learned how to best reach, welcome, engage, and connect young families here at Rockdale. FoRT is financially supported by a generous grant from the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati.

You can stay up to date with FoRT via, or email or Rabbi Kahan at for more information.

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