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hebrew School offers after-school, innovative, religious studies and extra-curricular activities for older children. In addition, the facility offers a full schedule of enrichment programs for children and adults of all ages such as a Shabbat service on Friday night or Saturday morning and a separate monthly tot Shabbat program. We hold seasonal programs in conjunction with Jewish holidays or holy days such as an annual purim Festival and a passover Experience, the region’s only museum with interactive displays depicting the passover story.

What is special about the programming you offer? We are nimble enough to respond to local needs in a growing community. When we started meeting in the homes of members, young families told us they wanted the option of a Jewish education for their children. they also expressed an interest in the Montessori Method. My wife, who is an educator, got certified in Montessori and opened a school in our basement. When the Center opened, the school moved to the new building. Now, we are about to outgrow our space there. As the area’s Center for Jewish Life, we continue to address the needs of each individual.

you’re only 37 years old. how did you learn to run such an active center of Jewish life? I grew up in Cincinnati. My father, Rabbi Sholom Kalmanson, brought the spirit of Chabad to this area and opened a similar center years ago in Roselawn. I attended Cincinnati hebrew Day School, yeshiva high School, rabbinical colleges in New york and Montreal, Canada, and served internships around the world. Rochel and I have seven children – five girls and two boys. the oldest is 13; the youngest is 1 ½. our children contribute as well. this is not just a 9-to-5 job. It is a life mission for us. Go online to www.JDiscovery.com or call 513.234.0777 for a description of programs and a calendar of activities. eLAine TRUMPeY

Mason-Deerfield Township Our Town Magazine, August 2009  

August 2009 edition of Our Town magazine, serving Mason and Deerfield Township in Greater Cincinnati