In the last pre-pandemic year nearly 1400 children came to the synagogue with their teachers in a total of 54 school or educational visits.
Sadly during the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions we have been unable to welcome students and teachers into our synagogue.. however in the last school year over 900 children were able to participate in our video-based digital virtual school visit.
We made our school visits video to cover the majority of the information that we would usually include in an ‘in-person’ visit, such as the features of a synagogue, the importance and content of Torah, and a demonstration of how Shabbat is celebrated in a Jewish home.
We believe the best learning comes from questioning, and so our virtual visit includes both video of the synagogue, explained by members of our School Visits Team and opportunities for students to ask us questions in real time. We have a Zoom account on which we can facilitate this, however we are able to work with you to provide this ‘digital visit’ on another digital platform if necessary.
In addition to this, we have provide comprehensive teachers’ notes for the digital visit which will be sent to participating schools in advance of their session. We also have a number of freely downloadable teaching resources on a variety of Jewish topics which can be found on this website.(https://www.wimshul.org/education/school-visits/additional-resources-for-teachers/
We understand that teachers are under incredible pressure at the moment, but believe that now more than ever, when children are unable to meet a wider range of people in their daily lives, interfaith learning is of the utmost importance. We hope that by providing the opportunity to talk to Jewish people and learn about ‘living Judaism’, we can help to break down fear and prejudice, by fostering understanding and good relations with those parts of the non-Jewish world that our team can reach.
As the pandemic fades we are hoping to restart our program of live visits, while virtual visits will remain an option.
If you would like to discuss this further, or would like to book a digital school visit, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Email email@example.com