Religion School

Religion School

The world itself rests upon the breath of the children in our schools – Talmud: Shabbat

The Wimbledon Synagogue Religion School, which we call the Cheder (Hebrew for Room), aims to provide a caring environment for the children of the community in which to learn together and make new friends.

We aim to foster a positive Jewish identity amongst our pupils, where all are equal and individual strengths and talents are celebrated. We fully support children with special needs and recognise all areas of skill including drama, crafts and Mitzvah projects.

We also strive to provide the highest level of Jewish Education. The curriculum in Playshul (pre-school) through to  Hay ( year 5 ) focuses on:

  • Festivals
  • Bible
  • Jewish history and current events
  • Israel
  • Hebrew reading and writing skills
  • Jewish values
  • Lifecycle events and traditions

Bar / Bat Mitzvah Programme – For Children School Years 6 to 8

At age 11 to 13, the curriculum focuses on the diversity of Jewish life and what it means to be Jewish in a non-Jewish world. This course of study will ensure that every child is prepared to become a Jewish adult in the community. The curriculum is based on 6 strands:

  • Jewish literature – Torah, Tanach and Talmud
  • Jewish History
  • Prayer and ritual – Festivals, traditions and synagogue literacy
  • God
  • Israel
  • Hebrew

Post-B’nei Mitzvah Programme (formerly GCSE)

Following the changes to the GCSE in Religious Studies coming into effect from 2017, Wimbledon Synagogue is putting into place a new Post B’nei Mitzvah programme which will be validated by Leo Baeck College under the accreditation of Middlesex University.

The course will focus on Jewish identity and leadership, and the curriculum will include:

  • Social Responsibility/Tikkun Olam
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Anglo-Jewish History
  • Jewish Texts
  • Life Cycle
  • Holocaust
  • Festivals
  • Hadracha/Youth Work
  • Teaching skills for Assistants

There will be varied marked projects and mentoring aiming to help prepare students for sitting others exams, as well as taking on leadership roles in the community and beyond.

To register your child/ children for the upcoming Cheder year, click this link or click REGISTRATION FORMS on the navigation pane to the right: Cheder Registration forms 

For the full current prospectus in PDF form, click this link: Prospectus 2017-2018

And to see how we are trying to build bridges and understanding between Jews and Muslims in our religion school click this link to read a Jewish Chronicle article.