The Mission of the Ames Jewish Congregation Religious School is to:

Motivate, engage, teach and inspire students to identify with the Jewish people through involvement and participation in Jewish life.

The Religious School will do this by:

1. Providing educational experience in such areas as: Jewish religious/cultural diversity; Torah and other texts; rituals/observances; ethics, values and beliefs; spirituality; history; Hebrew; and social action.

2. Using a sequential curriculum that increases in sophistication and complexity as students age.

Ames Jewish Congregation offers religious school classes for children beginning at age 3, and Hebrew instruction beginning at age 8-9. While we are affiliate with the Reform Movement all children being raised Jewish & their families are welcome.  Our little school on the prairie has an inclusive and energetic program.  For more information contact either co-directors - Ellen or Melissa, or come for a visit..



Aaron:  I have been a member of AJC since birth and have taught various levels of Hebrew and text classes for several years. I am 21 years old and a senior at ISU.

Ema: I'm 25 years old and have gone to AJC since I was very young thru Confirmation. I have been learning Hebrew since I was in 3rd grade and have continued to learn and use my Hebrew skills. I graduated Iowa State University with a degree in English literature. I will be a substitute teacher in Des Moines Public Schools this coming school year. I plan on getting my masters in education with a focus on literature as well. I have been teaching religious school for 6 years.

Michelle: I will be teaching the level 1 religious school class this year. I am from Vernon Hills, Illinois. I am a student in my senior year here at Iowa State University, studying Animal Ecology. I attended religious school at the synagogue in my hometown, where I became a Bat Mitzvah and continued on to be confirmed. I have visited Israel twice, once with other temple members and once for Birthright. I love my Jewish faith and I am really looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm with my students this year.