Schools on song as kids switch on to Shab­bat

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE OLIVER

THE BADGES have been printed, the ban­ners raised and the count­down has be­gun as 27 Jewish schools pre­pare to take part in Shab­bat UK.

This year, more than 2,000 stu­dents are ex­pected to at­tend the Chief Rabbi’s Kab­balat Shab­bat party, which will be held on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 23.

As well as the Great Chal­lah Make, a na­tion­wide drive to gather hun­dreds to bake chal­lah to­gether, the day will in­clude a con­cert and an in­ter-school assem­bly led by Rabbi Mal­colm Her­man, as­so­ciate na­tional di­rec­tor of the ed­u­ca­tional char­ity Seed.

“We think it is the most fan­tas­tic pro­ject high­light­ing the cen­tral­ity of Shab­bat in Jewish life,” said Rabbi Her­man. “Schools are the fu­ture of the Jewish peo­ple, ed­u­cat­ing to­mor­row’s gen­er­a­tion. Schools teach about Shab­bat as part of their Jewish stud­ies cur­ricu­lum, while Shab­bat UK al­lows chil­dren to ex­pe­ri­ence it for real be­yond the text­book.”

In the weeks lead­ing up to this year’s main event, all pupils in­volved have been stir­ring sup­port and in­ter­est in their schools. Each one of them has been sent a song to learn, while sec­ondary schools have been en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in an in­ter­school video com­pe­ti­tion.

Jeremy Richards, head of Kodesh stud­ies at Beit Shvi­dler Pri­mary School in Edg­ware, ex­plained that, in the week lead­ing up to the main event, classes will be fo­cussing on Shab­bat.

“We are des­ig­nat­ing the Thurs­day af­ter­noon as ‘Shab­bos Af­ter­noon’, which will be filled with ac­tiv­i­ties fo­cus­ing on what the chil­dren have learnt about the laws of Shab­bat dur­ing the week,” he said.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a “Ju­nior Chal­lah Make” at Etz Chaim Jewish Pri­mary School in Mill Hill, chil­dren’s ser­vices held on the Satur­day at Matilda Marks-Kennedy in Bar­net, and a Shab­bat Fair at Yavneh Col­lege in Bore­ham­wood—com­plete­with­grape­juice­mak­ing and can­dle-mak­ing stalls. “Our Pupils from Sacks Mo­rasha, Etz Chaim and Woolf­son Hil­lel get ready for Shab­bat UK

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