Reading’s JCoB Cheder gathered on Sunday to celebrate the start of the new term. The children recorded a special Rosh Hashanna greeting to match their delightful photograph, with apple, honey and shofar. Based in Reading, the Jewish Community of Berkshire (JCoB) is a new group which meets in Reading under the aegis of Rabbi Zvi and Rebbetzin Shira Solomons, running synagogue services, a cheder and other Jewish social, cultural and educational activities. This is the eighth year in which cheder activities have been run in Reading.
“When we arrived in Reading there was no Cheder,” observed the Cheder Headmistress, Rebbetzin Shira. “We have always had high standards of Jewish education and there were families in Basingstoke, Wokingham and Newbury who had no opportunities for their children to learn except with us. We set up a cheder and within a few months had a dozen children.”
“Our numbers fluctuate, but we are committed to providing this vital service to the Jews of Berkshire,” added Rabbi Zvi. “As the only Orthodox Rabbi in the region, I wanted to ensure that we have the services traditionally associated with a synagogue community.
JCoB are running services over Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur, and are welcoming Jews from all over Berkshire to their home for the Yamim Noraim. If you live in Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell, Newbury, Henley, Basingstoke, Slough, Windsor or Maidenhead, you can contact JCoB on 0118 9500409.