What We Do
To live fully as a Jew requires knowledge of our history, tradition and observance. Just as important is a secure emotional bond to our religion, our people, our heritage. The educational programs at Temple Adas Shalom integrate experience and knowledge, nourishing both heart and mind.
Education is Temple Adas Shalom’s foremost commitment and is demonstrated by providing a quality Jewish education to our Jewish youth. We host a faculty of committed Jewish educators chosen for their ability to inspire students with a love of Judaism, while imparting skills necessary to become active and knowledgeable Jews. Temple Adas Shalom embodies Reform Judaism’s commitment to strengthen the fabric of Jewish life and ensure the future of Judaism and the Jewish people by offering a curriculum that is both age-appropriate and pedagogically sound.
Kehillah MAGNET Religious School for Pre-K through Grade 10 is open to all Jewish and Interfaith families regardless of membership.
Enrollment for Fall 2023 is OPEN
Classes start September 11.
Midweek classes are 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm virtually on zoom.
Sunday classes are 9:00 am – 12:00 pm in our building.
Please contact us to schedule a visit or for more information!
Kehillah MAGNET Principal
The Mission of Temple Adas Shalom Kehillah MAGNET is to provide and promote the highest quality religious education to a diverse community of Jewish children. We aim to cultivate students to be responsible members of society within a nurturing environment. Our focus is to inspire a love for learning while teaching a broad base of Jewish culture, history, tradition, and Torah.
To provide our students with a well-balanced exceptional Jewish education, teaching customs, practices, and rituals while guiding Jewish identity development. Installing a life-long commitment to Judaism and providing a quality experience rooted in the community with parents, teachers, and students working together.
Our Core Values
MAGNET: is an acronym representing the most prioritized components of Jewish education to be taught in our religious school:
M: Middot (Jewish Values)
A: Avodah (Service)
G: G’Milut Chasadim (Acts of Loving Kindness)
N: Nachat (Pride)
E: Emet Ha Torah (The Truth of the Torah)
T: Tzedakah (Justice)
Academics: Teaching every child, regardless of academic ability, and cultivating independent and critical thinking skills with our innovative, integrated, and rigorous curriculum.
Community: Kehillah MAGNET promotes inclusiveness, celebrates spirituality, and honors our shared heritage and love for Israel.
Jewish Identity: We instill within our students a solid Jewish identity through Torah study, mitzvot, and Middot (virtues/ethics).
Meet Our Principal
Sarah O’Donnell is excited to be the Kehillah MAGNET Religious School Principal for the 2021-2022 school year. As a child, she completed her religious school studies through Confirmation in Reading, Pennsylvania and went on to teach Jewish life cycles her senior year of high school. Growing up, the Jewish community played a major role in her life. Her mom taught in the religious school for several decades, and her dad remains an active member of the temple. The friendships that she made growing up in the Jewish community have been lifelong, and she looks forward to forging new ones at Temple Adas Shalom.
Sarah graduated from Penn State University with a double major in Secondary Education and Spanish, as well as a minor in International Studies. She earned her Master’s of Arts in the Leadership of Teaching Spanish from Notre Dame of Maryland University and a Post Master’s Certificate in School Improvement and Leadership from Goucher College.
Sarah lives in Bel Air with her husband, their two young children, and their cat, Tinker.