Rosa Doherty’s experiences as a Jew in a non-Jewish school ( JC, Oct 30) struck a chord in Maidenhead, where most of the 158 children at the religion school find themselves as the only Jew in the class, if not in their year, and sometimes in the entire school.
We have found that there are four benefits: first, having a real live Jew in the class who looks and acts ordinary is the best way of preventing or countering any anti-Jewish stereotypes amongst their peers.
Second, each Jewish child automatically becomes an ambassador for Judaism, has to answer questions about Jewish life and is impelled to find answers.
Third, it reinforces their identity as Jews, they learn to live in two worlds and effortlessly move between them on a daily basis.
Fourth, it prepares them well for when they go off to university and find “the outside world” easy to navigate rather than challenging or overwhelming.
A model both for a society at ease with minorities and for being a Jew within it? Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain MBE Maidenhead Synagogue Grenfell Lodge, Ray Park Road, Maidenhead SL6