Young Learners

At SPS we offer a number of activities for families and young people.

We know that young families are our future and we want to make sure they are provided with a Jewish experience that not only is meaningful to them but which also fits in with their busy lives.

 

Mini-Ruach

Set up as a parent and toddler group as a feeder to the main Ruach religion school, it ran twice per month on Friday mornings before Covid. We hope to revive this once Covid-19 risks have subsided.

Ruach Religion School

Ruach provides a Jewish education for children from 5 to 16 encompassing Bar/Bat Mitzvah at 13 and Kabbalat Torah at the end of their studies. Upon graduation, most young people continue to help in various ways such as becoming enthusiastic young assistants working alongside Ruach teachers.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences; some are attending Jewish schools, others are learning about Judaism for the first time, some come from Jewish families, and some from mixed faith families. All are welcome and nurtured.

The mission of Ruach is to provide a framework of learning within the community which offers a broad and stimulating foundation in Jewish education, to foster a Liberal Jewish identity, and to be a place of value, nurture, meaning and warmth for a child to grow and learn.

Our curriculum covers the Bible, Jewish literature, diverse customs and traditions within the Jewish Community, festivals, Shabbat, life cycle, history, and Hebrew. Older students will learn about the Holocaust, and Jewish values, ethics and morals. The curriculum is constantly updated to reflect current educational thinking and Liberal Jewish ideology.

Ruach students learn to read Hebrew and develop an understanding of our prayers and the Torah, so they can follow and join in with services. Every week we begin with Tefillah (prayer assembly), led by the Rabbi and the Head Teacher.

Children will understand that they are part of a religion that encompasses many different branches of Judaism. Ultimately, with a secure identity, they can participate fully in open society as confident Jews.

For more information, or if you are interested in enrolling your child/children, please contact religionschool@sps.uk.com

Family Education

We believe that a child’s Jewish Identity is formed not just by attending religion school, but with support from the family too. We aim to run Family Education sessions during Shabbat mornings on a regular basis, to enable parents and children to learn together. All SPS families are welcome and encouraged to participate in these events, whether or not their children attend Ruach. At SPS, a family can be one person or more.