Here is what schools have to say about us.
All the children found the interactive and fun workshop thoroughly engaging and informative. It has certainly enhanced our teaching of Judaism enormously.
(Mandy Cook, RE Co-ordinator)
The students had a really good time and I was amazed how much of the information they had taken in when I had a lesson with them the next day. They enjoyed the stories and most of all enjoyed the practical involvement.
Katherine Matsuya, Head of Religious Studies
“I really enjoyed the Rabbi visiting our class. The best bit was hearing the stories he told.” (Jessica, Squirrel Class)
Just before half-term, Year 8 and 7 students had the opportunity to listen to a talk given by Rabbi Zvi Solomons from the Jewish Community of Berkshire.
The Rabbi invited students into his ‘mock’ Synagogue and, in accordance to Jewish tradition, sat the boys (all wearing yamulke skull caps) and girls on different sides.
Rabbi Zvi explored the many comparisons between Jewish culture and other ways of life, culminating in him telling the story of Purim. Purim is a festival that has many similarities with Christmas – families get together, a feast is devoured, the adults dress up in interesting outfits and are permitted to enjoy a drink or two!
It was a pleasure to welcome Rabbi Zvi and we look forward to seeing him again.
We enjoyed a visit from @RabbiZvi this morning from @JCoBerkshire - thank you - we all learnt a lot!
Thank you @RabbiZvi for your visit today to give a very interesting workshop to Y8 on the synagogue, Shabbat, Jewish worship & the Temple.
Thank you so much for the wonderful visit today. All of the children were completely captivated by the sessions and the teachers both reported back how wonderfully inclusive the teaching was. Thanks you!
Rabbi Zvi from the Jewish Community of Berkshire, based in Reading, has returned to Holme Grange, much to the joy of the pupils and staff. Today we have learnt about the Jewish synagogue.
At our morning assembly, Rabbi Zvi spoke to the children about the importance of showing another consideration by relating the old Jewish story of The Gift. He also showed the children the Jewish ram’s horn called the shofar. During Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the shofar is blown. However, this morning Rabbi Zvi encouraged us to think about how we treat one another while he blew on the horn.
Without the expense or inconvenience of an out-of-school trip, the children have had a great opportunity to experience a Jewish synagogue. Rabbi Zvi set up The Studio in the Sportshall as a synagogue and the boys had to wear a yarmulke. Then the children were able to learn about Jewish prayer, look at a Hebrew prayer book (which is read from right to left) and look at Jewish prayer objects.
On behalf of all of us here at St Peter's, please could you extend our thanks to Rabbi Zvi for the day spent in school today.
The feedback from children and staff seems to be very positive and the workshops certainly added an exciting dimension to the children's RE learning. Teachers were also able to add to their existing knowledge.
Thank you for organising the day. We shall certainly recommend to other schools.
I just wanted to thank you for the two fantastic sessions on Shabbat and Passover that you led at my school. The children were really interested and enjoyed taking part in the meals – tasting the food and drink. It was a real success and it was really great the way that you welcomed them to your dining table – they were hooked straight away! Lots of lovely stories told too.
We absolutely loved having Rabbi Zvi for the morning. I certainly learnt a lot, as did the children. I was very taken with the analogy of unleavened bread as this is very much part of the school’s ethos, about being humble and not being puffed up with pride. -- Andrew Rex, Head Teacher
Holy Trinity School, Cookham (March 2016)
Thank you so much for coming to our school last Wednesday and delivering such interesting workshops to our children. It really was a very special day which everyone enjoyed very much indeed. Having spoken to the children after the event, they all spoke positively about how interesting it was to learn from you. They really enjoyed hearing your stories and the way you used the items you had brought with you to bring discussions to life. The staff also enjoyed meeting you as did our Foundation Governor who had only expected to pop into one session but in fact ended up staying all day as she found the sessions so interesting. She has since emailed me to say just how much she enjoyed the day.
I am also delighted that you enjoyed your day with us. Thank you so much for the kind and positive comments you sent in your email. We have worked so hard on developing our approach to RE and ensuring our school is a welcoming place where everyone is valued so t is lovely to hear that, as a visitor to Holy Trinity, you sensed it. I plan to share your comments with the children who I know will feel very proud that they made you feel so welcome.
I do hope very much that our paths cross again in the future but for now, thank you again for making Wednesday such a special experience which we will remember for a long time to come.
We thoroughly enjoyed the visit too. The children really enjoyed visiting the virtual synagogue. They found listening to Hebrew really interesting and listening to the horn being played was great.
Everyone really enjoyed the visit and learnt a great deal.
---- Kerry Seaman, Bisham School, Marlow (November 2015)
Rabbi Zvi visited our school for a morning and we couldn't be more delighted in the workshops that he led our children in. Prior to the visit we had excellent contact with regards to the type of session that would fit best with our school as well as help with timetabling the event. We took part in the Succot, Synagogue and Shabbat workshops and all of these provided children with the opportunity to gain a broader understanding of these aspects of Judaism but they were also able to see the objects that are used as part of these. Within the Shabbat workshop, the subject was brought to life by the use of the chalot and Rabbi Zvi's very engaging teaching style. He was able to work with whole age range of children and we are hoping to see him again soon.
--- Michael Robinson, RE Manager at St Josephs Catholic Primary School, Newbury (October 2015)
The children at Moorlands School really enjoyed Rabbi Zvi's visit (October 2015).
Here is the article on their school website:
Joshua posted: ‘That day was fun can he come again pleas Mrs Randall’
Jenaiya posted ‘That was really fun and I’ve got more questions for him can he come back please’
Rabbi Zvi really enjoyed his visit and hopes to come back soon to your lovely school.