Am Shalom Congregation in Barrie, Ontario, is thrilled to announce that they will be offering no-fee Jewish Heritage education classes commencing in September 2022 for children aged 4-13. This initiative is a first ever for the region and will be offered to all Jewish children in the Barrie, Innisfil and Simcoe community for members of the Synagogue.

 Rabbi Audrey Kaufman, spiritual Leader of the congregation explained, “Last fall, I suddenly woke in the middle of the night with a dream – actually an epiphany – that our beloved Am Shalom Congregation was offering free Jewish education…the days of charging fees for our students had come to an end!  When I awoke in the morning and recalled my dream, I thought….why not? We can make it happen!”

 With the generous support of donors, the program has become a reality. “Taught by professional Jewish educators, this educational program will provide students an opportunity to embrace their history as they move forward into their future as Canadian Jewish citizens,” explained the Rabbi.  To encourage attendance a deposit is required to register which will be refunded after students attend a minimum of 70% of the classes.

 By participating in the program, students receive a well-rounded education, understanding and appreciation of Reform Judaism that will help prepare them for and continue well after their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.

 Furthermore, students will develop an understanding of Hebrew necessary for meaningful Jewish living, as well as an interest and desire to participate in local, national and world Jewish affairs, to take leadership positions in Jewish life, and to contribute toward the fulfillment of a just society and a united humankind.  

As we are embarking on this new and exciting venture, we have changed the name “Religious” School to:

“AM SHALOM JEWISH HERITAGE SCHOOL”  This name is more applicable to the educational components that are taught to the students.  Our dream is to continue free Jewish education for many years and generations to come!

 To become a member of the Am Shalom Congregation, please contact Rabbi Audrey Kaufman at rabbiamshalom@gmail.com