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Rockdale Temple high school students (grades 9-12) attend Kulanu: The Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School, a collaborative effort of the city’s four Reform congregations. The community high school allows us to offer a wide variety of substantive courses to high school students, in addition to providing them with a social milieu which reinforces the traditions and values of our faith community. Rabbis from all four of these temples teach at Kulanu in addition to a talented teaching staff. Together we stimulate and challenge teens as they begin their independent Jewish lives. We are extremely proud of Rockdale Temple’s high rate of retention not only through Confirmation in tenth grade, but through graduation as well.

What does Kulanu Teach?

Kulanu presents our students to the relevance and importance of Judaism in their lives. It offers an opportunity to meet and build community with other Jewish teens.

What are Kulanu’s Goals?

Our goal is that our graduates will have a foundational picture of how Judaism is a part of their lives. We work to provide them with a broad and relevant Jewish educational experiences

We do this through...


Each semester, students will participate in a grade specific class and one elective. Each congregation prepares its own students for confirmation. Electives span a wide array of subjects and modalities allowing participants to find a great fit. 


Kulanu starts with free dinner for students. While, entirely optional, students are encourage to, meet up with friends and get to know other students in the Kulanu community, as we enjoy a variety of dinner options.


This Spring Kulanu creates classes, community engagement and speciality programs to help engage students in the Jewish world around them.


We, Kulanu: The Cincinnati Reform Jewish High School, are a supplemental religious high school program sponsored by and for the members of Rockdale Temple, Temple Sholom, Isaac M. Wise Temple, and The Valley Temple, with the assistance of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. The high school student is the primary focus of our efforts. At the same time, we involve the parents, rabbis, and educators in our program. As a Reform Jewish institution, we strive to achieve the following goals:

  • To bring Torah into our lives through the study of its language, concepts, ideals, and values
  • To foster prayer and spiritual growth as individuals, and as a Reform Jewish communtiy through creative worship celebrations of Shabbat, festivals, and personal introspection
  • To teach and practice acts of loving kindness as we actively pursue the welfare of our families, our communities, our country, Israel, and our world

Our ultimate goal is that the teaching of Judaism, as learned and experienced in our program, will imbue our daily acts with the highest of Jewish values. Our educational program, therefore, embraces the rabbinic dictum, “Upon three things the world stands: on Torah, on prayer and spiritual growth and on acts of loving kindness.”

For more information visit or contact Rabbi Kahan or Kulanu Director Nina Loftspring.

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