Shelanu means "ours"- A community designed by Teens. We bring together teens from 6 synagogues in Cincinnati: Adath Israel, Northern Hills, Rockdale Temple, Temple Sholom, Valley Temple and Wise Temple. Rabbis from all synagogues teach at Shelanu in addition to a talented teaching staff. Together we stimulate and challenge teens as they begin their independent Jewish lives.

Shelanu empowers individual teen exploration and Jewish pathways Students will be inspired to:

  • Think critically, creatively, and compassionately as active contributors to the local Jewish
  • Community and caring citizens of the world.
  • See Judaism as a lived and applied experience
  • Respect and appreciate diversity and nuance


What does Shelanu Teach

Shelanu creates courses and opportunities with input from the Teens. Courses  includes text, Israel, Hebrew, Yoga, acting and music courses. Each semester is different!

What are Shelanu’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.


How is this accomplished


Each semester, students pick electives. Electives span a wide array of subjects and modalities allowing participants to find a great fit. Some synagogues have required courses in tenth grade. 


Shelanu starts with free vegetarian dinner for students. While, optional, students are encourage to, meet up with friends and  get to know other students.


Shelanu partners with local Jewish organizations to create off-site opportunities throughout the school year.