Here is what schools have to say about us.
Bhaktivedanata Manor Primary School (November 2020 - virtual visit)
He has a lovely energy and good story teller. Rabi Zvi was able to catch the attention of our younger students who can be very fidgety.
It was perfectly pitched to all our year groups.
Eden Girls School (November 2020 - virtual visit)
Despite the lesson being online it was interactive and the Rabbi had a variety of visual objects to support and engage learners.
- Nafees Aslam, Head of Religious Education
Stoke Row CE Primary School (October 2020 - virtual visit)
Rabbi Zvi was really engaging and the children really enjoyed it. The story he told and getting them to join in was lovely. It was also great when he showed the children different objects which are important in the Jewish religion.
Thank you - the children really learnt a lot.
- Mrs Charlotte Whittle, Head Teacher
"It was really great talking and listening to someone who knew so much about Rosh Hashanah and It was fun seeing all of the different things that he had with him too!"
- Year 6 student
The year 5 children love meeting him each year and learning about Judaism. They are captivated by his storytelling and wonderful manner.
St Edmunds Catholic Primary School (November 2019)
Rabbi Zvi was amazing and the children and staff were all so engaged.
Mount Carmel Catholic Primary (November 2019)
The children really enjoyed working with the objects and hearing about how they are all used.
St Peter's CofE Primary School Farnham (June 2019)
Thank you for the inspiring talk you gave the children last week in St.Peter's School. I picked my daughter up and her friend after school, who came for a playdate, and they were chattering away very happily about what they had learnt - some even I didn't know about which they thought was fun! (Alison, parent)
Eton End School (March 2019)
Great interaction with the children, they were engaged and came away with a better understanding of Judaism and other religions including Islam and Christianity.
Enjoyed how the Rabbi was encouraging the children to think deeper about why there are particular religious practices… asking the children many why questions. The children thoroughly enjoyed the session.
Selborne School (February 2019)
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 Cedars Primary School (February 2019)
Pitched the talk PERFECTLY for our children who have behaviour difficulties, ASD and ADHD. Kept them interested throughout. Absolutely BRILLIANT!
(Mary Farmer, class teacher)
Long Marston VA C of E Primary School (January 2019)
Rabbi Zvi is a great story teller! The assembly was wonderful and the message from the story was one all the children could relate to. Our KS2 children really enjoyed the stories he told in the workshops and we felt they learnt a lot from meeting Rabbi Zvi. (Wendy Soar, RE subject leader)
St Anne's Catholic Primary School (November 2018)
The Rabbi engaged the children with his knowledge. The children enjoyed having things to look at and wear. This made the session very hands-on. The children most certainly learnt a lot about Judaism. (Leanne Harris, HeadTeacher)
What an amazing day! The kids are really buzzing from their efforts.
(Andrew Rex, Head of RS)
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)
The girls thoroughly enjoyed your thought-provoking assembly, and workshops on Shabbat and Passover. (Aoife Jones, class teacher)
Rabbi Zvi provided a wonderful introduction to Judaism especially as we do not have any Jewish children in our school. His story telling skills captivated the children and staff and children all learnt such a lot. I really appreciated his respectful attitude towards other religions. (Brenda Rolfe, class teacher)
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)
Rabbi Zvi was very engaging and there was so much content. The children really enjoyed the session and were fully engaged the whole time. They all were very positive about the experience. (Suzanne Collett, RE coordinator)
The talks are so engaging and he really holds the children's interest. The interactive elements keep the children engaged. (Felicity Blockley, Assistant Headteacher)
Rabbi Zvi kept the children very engaged. They remembered much information even after the half term break. We liked how he talked to the children of different faiths and made them proud of their religion and beliefs. This fitted very well with our work on anti-bullying which had the theme :All Different All Equal. (Rosalind Somerville, RE coordinator)
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.