“Our school is dedicated to a quality Conservative Jewish Education by
offering a comprehensive curriculum of study that meets the scholastic
and social needs of students and their families.” Each student, upon
graduation will have a greater understanding of their personal Jewish
identity and a Jewish education that will act as a fundamental guide to
help him or her make critical decisions throughout life and provide a
desire to continue Jewish studies on a university and/or adult level.
Mercaz is open to any student in grades 8-12 seeking a supplementary
Jewish High School education.
Mercaz meets September through May on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:30
P.M. in the Adath Israel Religious School building located at 3201 East
Galbraith Road in Amberley. The director’s hours may vary, but you can
expect to find her in the office Monday through Thursday from 10 to 3 and
on Sundays when school is in session. We will follow the calendar which is
included in your packet as a separate document.
It is essential that students make
every effort to attend classes regularly. Parents should send in a
note or call the office at 792-5082 ext. 123 to inform us if your child will
be absent on Sunday evening. If your child is not at Mercaz and we do
not hear from a parent, then we will call or we will send an email
home. Students who have more than three absences in a semester will not
receive credit for their class. Students may have a chance to complete
make-up work assigned by the teacher to receive credit. All class lists
will be posted the first evening. If a student needs to leave early a
note must be sent in from the parents.
the event that inclement weather makes it necessary to cancel Mercaz
classes, an announcement will be made at 3:00 PM. You can find it on
local radio and TV stations, and on their webpages. It will also be on
the Mercaz voice mail message (513-792-5082 ext. 123). We will send an
email to parent and students when a decision has been made. We will SEND
A TEXT to student and parent cell phones that we have available.
Students enroll at Mercaz in order to learn and to spend quality time
with Jewish peers. For effective learning to take place and for quality
social programs and community activities, a respectful and safe
environment is necessary. No student has the right to interfere with
the education or safety of another student or faculty member. Students
and faculty are expected to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner
and to treat each other with dignity and respect at all times.
All Mercaz students are expected to:
appropriate language when interacting with faculty, administration, and
interpersonal conflicts without using aggressive physical behavior or
the privacy of others.
respect for the facility and for personal property of others.
from disrupting the learning process through inappropriate behavior.
off and put away cell phones, pagers, music playing devices, and any
other electronic device before entering class. If any of these are
taken out during class time, the device will be taken by the teacher or
administrator and will be returned only at the end of the session.
appropriately for school. All male students must wear a kippah or hat
when in the building. Wearing a kippah is optional for female students.
on time for classes and show up to the classes in which you are
in the building during Mercaz hours. Students may only leave during
Mercaz if a signed note has been received from a parent or guardian.
use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco products is strictly prohibited.
We hope in a high school setting that
having the above rules will be enough to ensure proper behavior at
Mercaz, however the following system is in place:
First offense: The teacher will give
the student a warning.
2nd offense: The student will be sent
to the director and the student’s parents will be called.
3rd offense: The student will be sent
home and a conference will be called with the parents, the student, and
If a student’s
behavior is extreme or continual, these steps may be escalated, or a
student may be removed from class permanently. Mercaz reserves the
right to suspend or expel a student for a serious infraction and should
this occur tuition will not be refunded
Registration is open to students in grades 8-12. Registration forms are
included in your packet you receive in the mail and on our website as
well. You can register for classes online but need to mail in all other
forms (Please do not fax registration materials). You
will be billed by your synagogue for your tuition so please contact them
with any tuition questions.
You must notify the
Mercaz office by 9/26/2016 if you intend to withdraw from Mercaz, otherwise you
will be included on the final roster sent to your synagogue for billing
and will be responsible for the full year's tuition.
Registration is open to the community.
If you are not a member of one of our affiliate synagogues, you may
still register. Contact us directly for details at
firstname.lastname@example.org or at 513-792-5082 Ext. 123.
your individual course history (mailed to you with your
report card at the end of July) to be sure that you are
meeting the course requirements required for graduation.
To request a second copy, please email email@example.com
Course descriptions and an index of courses by
curricular areas can be found on our
registration page here
Report Cards are sent out to parents at the conclusion of each
semester. The students will receive comments from each of their
In between classes each week we have a ten minute break. During this
time we will serve a light snack and the students will be able to
socialize. We will also offer several opportunities this year in the
hour before Mercaz for the students to come early to socialize and eat!
We expect students to dress
appropriately when at Mercaz. All male students must wear a kippah or
hat when in the building.
We welcome any constructive feedback by parents and students at any time
during the year. Students will also have an opportunity at the end
of the semester to fill out a class evaluation form for each of their
classes. They are also free at any time to come to the director
and offer feedback during the semester. We are also open to
parents observing in the classroom, just contact us and let us know what
week you would like to come in. You may call us at 792-5082 ext.
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercaz has instituted graduation requirements to ensure that each
student is leaving Mercaz with a solid Jewish foundation. Students must
attend through the 12th grade to receive a diploma. Students will need
to take at least one course from the following curricular areas during
their time in high school: Torah and Texts, Jewish History, Ethics,
Theology, Israel, Conservative Judaism, and Holocaust. In addition, if
a student wishes to receive an enriched diploma they must take at least
two Hebrew courses and one course in Prayer. These standards are now in
effect for all of our students at Mercaz. Mercaz strives to offer a
wide variety of courses in each subject area making it easy for each
student to fulfill their graduation requirements. Special
considerations will be made through the director on a per student
basis. An individualized course history form is included with
registration for each student, Please consult this form when choosing
classes to be sure you are meeting the requirements. We believe that
these standards will ensure that each student greatly benefits from
their time at Mercaz.
Ari Finkelstein, Director
Mercaz Conservative Hebrew High School
3201 E. Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
513-792-5082 ext. 123