Cheder Jewish Studies

The Jewish Studies Cheder Programme engages students in learning about Jewish studies within the context of broader life and their positions in it. The lessons are dynamic, all inclusive and function with incredible open mindedness towards anything that is contributed in class. We engage everybody, yet also cover a particular point that the students go home with; to think about, discuss further and if desired, continue to research.

This year each lesson was focused towards ‘Between Heaven and Earth’; a topic that brings together knowledge of the past, recognition of the present and evolving towards the future. We learn through play, acting, discussing, crafts and debates. Depending on the week and its nearest holiday/bible portion, the lessons always progress by reconciling biblical expectations within realistic contemporary life without judgement or justifications.

A recent example in covering Passover: what does it mean to be free? How do we identify with slavery in the distant past, recently, and currently? How are we seen to be slaves to ourselves? How do we imagine our future in embracing freedoms and what can we accomplish towards that.

The students range in ages of approximately 9 to 14. Although the lesson content and dynamics seem to stretch the mind, they are age and range appropriate. I am grateful for the privilege of working with the students present and for the opportunity in working with such a marvellous community. The atmosphere is always palpable and makes Shabbat mornings more special by being part of it.

Where we are

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The New Community Rooms, Spensley Walk, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 9ES.

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A Prayer for London

Eternal God, now more than ever do we understand that everyone of us is connected, none of us is alone. None of us untouched by the suffering in our city, in London. Our ears are filled with the sounds of sirens, our eyes and minds are full of the sight of terrible terrible suffering. None of us is left untouched. We think of those who lost their lives in Grenfell tower. They and their families are like us and our grandparents and parents. They came here for a better life and a life of peace. We think about the terrible wounds, and the terrible deaths of those in Borough Market and London Bridge, and Westminster, and now outside the Finsbury Park Mosque and we search for the courage it takes to carry on. To live with such loss and such pain. Give us the courage to fight for what is right, and the gentleness to be open to our grief, and let every scar that we Londoners must bear, be one day part of what will make us strong, and let us say, amen.

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Kehillah North London
(Formerly North London Progressive Jewish Community)

71-75 Shelton Street 
Covent Garden
London WC2H 9JQ

Tel: +44 (0)20 8123 5752
Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu: 020 7403 3779

Registered United Kingdom charity no.1097713

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