School Visits to our Synagogue
We welcome school visits to our Synagogue. Our school visits team supports the requirements of the national curriculum, providing a useful educational resource.
We are visited by primary and secondary school pupils and their teachers from Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and north London, offering them an understanding of Jewish worship and culture.
Each visit lasts about two hours. A typical visit includes a general introduction to the synagogue, Jewish tradition and customs, discussing artefacts, undressing and dressing a Sefer Torah (the scroll), and depending upon the time of year, an explanation of festivals. There is plenty of time to ask questions.
We try to match the visit to the age and expectations of our visitors. As part of the synagogue’s role in the wider community, we introduce them to “living Judaism”, helping to increase knowledge and to foster understanding. The process is two-way and we value the contributions made by pupils and teachers alike.
Our programme runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only from 10.00-12.00, allowing schools time for the journey outside rush hour. We talk about what children might expect to see inside a church and then compare this to what is inside a synagogue. We also discuss the Sabbath, ritual wear and after a break and a snack of challah (our traditional bread) and a drink, the children have a chance to write in Hebrew before taking a closer look at our Torah scrolls.
The synagogue asks for a minimum donation of £1.00 per child.
If you would like to arrange for a school party to visit the synagogue please complete the form below.
We look forward to your visit.