For children aged 3-10, our Saturday morning religion school programme named Or Shabbat is at the very centre of Westminster Synagogue offering a dynamic experience of Judaism and a real feeling of a Jewish learning community.
Classes are led by experienced educators from varied backgrounds including qualified teachers, youth leaders and graduates from Or Shabbat. They are assisted by teenage Junior teachers and Help teachers who contribute to ensure that we are well staffed and able to look after the diverse needs of the children with whom we work.
At Or Shabbat the children learn about Jewish Studies during the first part of the morning, as well as the Hebrew language for the second part.
Our curriculum is based on Jewish values, (being built up around the three pillars of Judaism: Torah, study and good deeds) and the premise that being a Jew is very much about being good human beings. The children also learn about the festivals, Jewish history and customs.
One of the central elements of Or Shabbat is the sense of community that we foster. Our mornings begin with assembly and finish with a family Kiddush to which parents and siblings are welcome to join us, as we talk about what we have learned, sing and share wine and challah.
We also encourage the children to read, and to make use of our growing Children’s Library which has a range of books for all ages covering festivals, folk tales, fiction, picture books and all manner of literature of Jewish interest.
Parental involvement is very important to us, and we owe a large debt to the support of the parents on our Education Committee who provide strategic as well as logistical resource and are a wonderful further connection between the families and the Education Department.
For more information on Or Shabbat, our Education Committee or any educational activity please contact Nick Young by telephone at the Synagogue office or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.