The Synagogue has always regarded education as central
to the life of the Synagogue. There are a number of regular groups and classes
devoted to education, formal and informal. For information, please contact the Synagogue
Click here to download the 2012-2013 Cheder Registration Form
For full details of our Educational Handbook/Programmes for 2012 -2013 for children and young people up to age 16 click here
Click here to download the 2012-13 calendar
The creche is held during services on Saturday mornings and on Festival mornings.
Parents may leave their children aged from birth to six or take them there if
they become restive during a service.
Most Friday mornings from 10am until Midday. For dates check our Newsletter click here
Saturday morning once a month. For dates check our Newsletter click here
For children who are at least four years old. This group meets once a month, has a creative Jewish theme provides a opportuity for children to socialise, amd prepares them for Kitta Aleph. For further information click here
Kita Aleph (School Year 1)
Held on average twice a month on Saturday mornings. The class provides a link
to the more formal weekly Cheder sessions, which start a year after the child
has completed the class. With the emphasis on enjoyment, the use of
drama, music and arts and crafts are used to cover a variety of subjects, including
Festivals, Bible stories, the Synagogue and home observance. Children may join
provided they are five years old by 31 August in that year.
Pupils attend the Cheder on Saturday, when Grades 1 to 8 are
covered. Assemblies are varied and the children are encouraged to form their own
creative service utilising material from projects studied throughout the year.
There are 9 grades, including the Kabbalat Torah class. Children may join Class
2 provided they are six years old by 31 August in that year.
Bar and Bat Mitzvah
These ceremonies are held at the request of parents and only under certain conditions
eg additional tuition, regular Synagogue and Cheder attendance, agreement to continue
the child’s religious education up to Kabbalat Torah.
Adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies are encouraged.
Dating back to the very foundations of Progressive Judaism in the early 19th century,
Kabbalat Torah both recognises religious equality for men and women in Judaism
and the fact that at 15 or 16 a person has matured to a point where they are better
able to make a more reasoned affirmation of their Jewish identity. We also know
that the years following Bar/Bat Mitzvah are of vital importance in the development
of a mature religious awareness. Classes are held from Bar and Bat Mitzvah, culminating
in the ceremony created jointly by the students and the Rabbis.
In the Kabbalat Torah year, students have the option to prepare for and take GCSE
Religious Studies - Judaism.
Classes and group sessions are held throughout the year on a wide and varied range