The children felt like they learned lots and their learning was more memorable because you bought real objects and things to eat, drink, touch and listen to.
They enjoyed hearing you 'sing the Torah.'
They were confident using new terms like 'Kippah' 'Torah' and 'Mezuzah' and had a greater appreciation for what these represent.
One pupil wrote "When we did the prayer it was like magic because the candles just lit!" - you inspired excitement and enthusiasm for their learning.
Another child wrote "I think that Judaism is a wonderful religion and you should be proud." It's lovely to hear children form genuine respect and admiration for another religion.
One child called your visit "life changing and I never knew how similar Islam and Judaism were."
He is great at adapting to our needs and questions, and so clear and engaging in his explanations.
I just wanted to send a massive ‘THANK YOU’ to both you and Rabbi Zvi for a fantastic day on Thursday. We really enjoyed it and loved listening to Rabbi Zvi. He was great fun and interactive. Some of the girls wanted me to send you a photo of their sukkahs that they made on the day. www.st-annes.uk.com/
Rabbi Zvi was a clear and inspirational speaker, and our pupils gained a lot from his visit for our interfaith talk. It was excellent to hear Rabbi Zvi's views on faith in the modern world, the problem of evil and the compatibility of Judaism and science. Thank you very much, and we hope to have you back in the school again soon.
Oliver Clarke, Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy
It was very interesting and informative. Chn loved it so thank you. I learnt lots as a teacher too.
Really enjoyed the religious artefacts the Rabbi brought in and loved the Q and A session at the end.
- Patrick Kelly, RE Head of KS3 www.wiseman.ealing.sch.uk
It was great form start to finish. Rabbi Zvi made all the children feel included, explained things beautifully and at their level.
- Lindsay Russel, RE Subject Leader www.camelsdale.w-sussex.sch.uk
The workshop was marvellous! Rabbi Zvi made everyone feel at ease and interested in finding out about Judaism. The students particularly enjoyed trying on the kippahs and tallits.
Rabbi Zvi was adaptable and was able to tailor his learning to the children's interests. He kept the children engaged and he knew a lot about all areas of Judaism. The children were able to try some of the food from a Passover meal , and where Kippahs which is memorable for them.
The Rabbi is very engaging with all the children. It is always lovely how he draws on any child's religious experiences or beliefs and makes them relevant and important to the workshop. (Rachael Parsonson, class teacher)
The abundance of knowledge the Rabbi shared with the children at an appropriate level of learning was great, sharing jokes and interacting well with them. He also made good links with other religions that helped our multi-cultural catchment, as well as the British Values we hold here. The children also really enjoyed the prayer shawls, kippurs and the range of resources used. (Kathryn Barnes, class teacher)
E P Collier Primary School
"the Rabbi was kind and happy" year 4 pupil
"he made me feel happy" year 5 pupil
"I really enjoyed it when the Rabbi was telling us about peoples names" year 4 pupil
"I liked seeing the hats and things and we were allowed to try them on" year 3 pupil
I was totally in awe of the Rabbi's knowledge of other world religions and the way he engaged with our children of different faiths but also made the children who have yet to find their faith feel that was ok too.
- Zoe Baker - RE lead
Brimpton Church of England Primary School
Pitched the talk PERFECTLY for our children who have behaviour difficulties, ASD and ADHD. Kept them interested throughout. Absolutely BRILLIANT!
(Mary Farmer, class teacher)
The children really enjoyed the sessions and gained a greater understanding of worship in the synagogue. The Year 4 lead teacher said to me that the Rabbi was able to adapt his style of teaching to suit our cohort of children, who are predominantly Muslim and Christian, and he was able to draw comparisons between these faiths and the Jewish faith to make it even more engaging and relevant for them. We appreciate the effort that the Rabbi made during his visit to our school.
(Olivia Ormerod, RE coordinator)
The fact that Rabbi Zvi has a wonderfully calm manner with the children. He was so respectful to the fact that we are a church school and made some lovely links to what the children already knew and the session he was leading. I would highly recommend!
The extras were great and have meant that we are starting to build up some good quality Judaism resources.
The children were fascinated to see the photos of sacred sites in Jerusalem, including those special to our own faith.
We really appreciated the fact that you highlighted links between our faiths so the children could see similarities.
The children enjoyed watching / listening to Rabbi Zvi praying in Hebrew.
By communicating well with the school, the sessions were very relevant to our topic work and either introduced or extended the learning in RE.
Rabbi Zvi held the children's attention with his interesting and charismatic storytelling.
The children loved tasting the bread and juice as well as seeing all the articles, including the blowing of the shofar!
- Mrs Ingham - RE Co-ordinator
Engaging delivery which holds children's attention. Children are able see how practising Jews use the artefacts and learn first hand, the symbolism and meanings attached to these. Children are also given an insight into the direct links with Christianity which although they learn in school, become more pertinent when they come directly from the Rabbi. We value these sessions as CPD for teachers as well.
Rabbi Zvi, thank you so much for a fantastic talk via Zoom with us! The children absolutely loved it, they learnt so much and were really well engaged with the session.
It has really enhanced their learning experience this year.
Please could you thank Rabbi Zvi Solomons for a very informative presentation. My class loved it and it was an excellent start to Faith Week as the children begin to learn about Judaism.
- Year 3 class
Thank-you so much, St John's really enjoyed Rabbi Zvi's virtual visit last week. It really helped engage and interest children in their learning about Judaism and helped 'bring it to life' for them in a way we could not have achieved ourselves.
I liked the interaction with different classes specifically, made the children feel directly involved.
- Marian Lally, year 2 teacher
We liked the props and interactive opportunities. The children enjoyed the opportunities to answer and ask lots of questions! Rabbi was highly knowledgeable and shared lots of information with adults to follow up with after the session to help further inform children.
Despite the workshop being virtual, the children were very engaged. It was highly interactive, with lots of questions being posed to the children, and the stories were appropriate for their level so they could access them easily.
The children engaged well with the Rabbi's stories - he has a wonderful tone!
They also enjoyed examining the props closely to make links with what he was teaching them.
- Emily Woodward, RE Subject Leader