We work with each school to provide a tailored high quality service to fit your educational needs within your budget.
We offer assemblies, as well as workshops that allow children to engage actively and ask lots of questions. Rabbi Zvi also offers workshops for teachers (after school or at lunch) to enable you to teach more effectively and confidently. Let us know how we can help you!
WORKSHOPS FOR ALL AGES
Below are a selection of our offerings. We are adding topics every week so if a topic is not listed, do let us know. We can also combine topics to create custom workshops to fit your needs.
The following can be adapted to any Key Stage, as each topic can be taught at many different levels
*MOST POPULAR* Synagogue tour in the classroom
Experience a visit to a synagogue, without the expense or inconvenience of an out-of-school trip. We set up the classroom as a synagogue. Then the children can have a tour, learn about Jewish prayer and look at Jewish prayer objects. This is combined with an opportunity for the children to ask questions about general Judaism.
Assembly on General Judaism
What is Judaism? What is a rabbi? What does it mean to be Jewish? Rabbi Zvi will normally tie this to whatever festival is current in the Jewish calendar.
Sit around a Shabbat table, learn about Shabbat and (for longer time slots) have some challah and grape juice to role-play a Friday night dinner. One can discuss the meaning of holiness and why it can be good to step back from creating.
This can also be linked to the study of the Creation story and what this story means to Jews -- for example, the notion of being partners in creation and whether evolution is consistent with creation
Tour of Jewish Life
We use props to teach the children and engage them in asking questions about different festivals and aspects of Jewish life such as kosher food and Shabbat. The number of topics covered depends on the time available. A full hour would allow a combination like synagogue with Shabbat, and 90 minutes would allow a combination like synagogue with Shabbat and Passover and kashrut. Best suited to Key Stages 2 or 3.
Learn the story of Chanukah and its relevance today. This can involve songs and stories and the dreidel game, as well as more complex discussions for older children about assimilation and juggling multiple identities in a multicultural society. Latkas are an optional food component. (Best covered in the winter. )
Sit around a seder table and learn about the Jewish exodus story and its moral lessons (value of freedom, not oppressing strangers). Like for Shabbat, there can be a food component. (Best covered in the late winter or Spring. )
Judaism in the Home
What is special about a Jewish home? Learn about Jewish dietary laws, how to organise a kosher kitchen, and the meaning of the mezuzah scroll you find on every door. Ideal for Key Stage 1-2. Normally covered in combination with Shabbat.
Harvest Festival in the autumn. Build a model succah in the classroom (takes minutes). Stories and songs and actions. A great topic for Key Stage 1. Great fun, but the children also learn deeper lessons about communal unity, hospitality, and not judging others.
Building a 'succah' at English Martyrs School, October 2016
Children are not the only ones with questions about Judaism.
We can set aside some time during the day for teachers to ask questions directly and receive advice about appropriate materials and resources for KS1/2/3 and GCSE.
Workshops for teachers can also be during lunch or after school if the visit is extended.