This is to clarify the statement, “We are no longer a program where there are set goals and guidelines,” in the Cleveland Jewish News story. (“Looking for a Hebrew school? Do your homework,” Aug. 2)

Rather, Our Tent, which is our learning program, is the culmination of more than three years of deep study of the best practices in education and the diverse needs of today’s learners. With each member of our community in mind, we produced a multigenerational educational program in the most creative, thoughtful, and engaging ways possible.

During each six- to seven-week trimester, we offer up to 20 options for learners of all ages and interests. Learners choose their classes based on both what they would enjoy learning and what is age-appropriate. Throughout their time in our program, learners can expect to acquire skills and knowledge in Jewish texts, Jewish values, Jewish history, Jewish philosophy, prayer and Hebrew.

The lifelong learning committee along with the rabbi and myself, ensure that what is being offered in our program meets the highest standards of learning. We absolutely have set goals and guidelines, and at the same time, we let each learner take their own path.

If you are interested in learning more about our program or trying it out, email

Rabbi Shoshana Nyer

Director of Lifelong Learning

Suburban Temple-Kol Ami


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