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This spring, we announced our new Community High School created by the school boards, congregations and rabbis of Kulanu and Mercaz. The new  joint community high school program is for all synagogue-affiliated teens in Cincinnati, grades 9-12. Throughout the pandemic, we have expanded flexibility for student learning opportunities, tried new things, and nurtured the importance of teen wellbeing, mental health and social connections.   We have had much success with joint learning and program endeavors between Kulanu and Mercaz. Therefore, we believe it is in our teens’ best interest to move together as one Jewish Cincinnati by crafting a creative, inclusive and positive teen educational experience for all of our students. Nina Loftspring, Director of Kulanu, is excited to help lead this new joint program and help discover new possibilities through working together. 

Our joint program will meet on Sunday evenings, 5:00-7:15PM. We will also offer midweek classes as well as virtual courses and college credit courses. As of now, it is our hope to have in person classes that include an optional dinner at 5PM and courses from 5:30-7:15.  We will continue to monitor the emerging guidance on Covid, and we will share relevant policy updates as the situation evolves.  First semester will be hosted by Isaac M. Wise Temple and second semester will be hosted by Adath Israel Congregation.

The school costs $400 for the school year which includes all supplies, dinners and field trips. Your synagogue will bill you directly.

Opening day will be on Sunday, September 19 and include a chance for the Teens to name the school and help craft the educational direction and opportunities for the new program. Registration will begin in late August and will be sent to you via email from Nina’s Kulanu email address. 

For questions or concerns, contact Nina Loftspring or your rabbis. Nina’s email address is school.kulanu@gmail.com - but that will change once we have a new school name.

To view the upcoming calendar: https://kulanucincy.org/pdfs/calendar.pdf

For more information: https://kulanucincy.org/about-us/summer-update-to-families.html

Tue, September 28 2021 22 Tishrei 5782