above are the 100 students and teachers, including HWPS youngsters, who comprise
the new 4-way merged Progressive Cheder based at Bessborough Road. Hamakom is
accepting and inclusive; each student receives a wide and grounded Jewish
education, forms a love and emotional attachment to Judaism, and retains a
connection with their own Synagogue and community. If you are interested in your
child joining HaMakom please contact the Synagogue Office on 020-8864-5323. See
us also in the Jewish
HaMakom, is jointly run with that
of Middlesex New and Kol Chai Reform and Hatch End Masorti, Synagogues. It is a great
place for all 5 to 16 year olds to learn about Judaism.
HaMakom reflects the coming together of
4 communities to educate our
children and young adults in Progressive Judaism. As a pluralistic school, we
fully respect and honour the Liberal, Reform and Masorti approaches and values with
respect to Jewish practice and status/descent.
To create and
foster a sense of Jewish identity and commitment, manifested in seeking
further learning and maintaining involvement in Judaism throughout the lives
of its pupils;
To teach a
core knowledge of Judaism within the areas of Jewish practice, history and
To imbue the
pupils with a clear sense of high ethical values, by way of learning and in
their behaviour in the class such as sharing, generosity, compassion
the students to the challenges of becoming knowledgeable, independently
enquiring, committed and socially involved Progressive Jews;
students’ potential for enhanced spiritual growth by developing awareness
of the fundamental questions of life raised by human experiences and how
Jewish teachings relate to them, reflecting on their own beliefs, values and
experiences in the light of study, enabling pupils to participate fully in
services and congregational life, and developing an understanding of Jewish
values that help them to form their own informed, independent decisions
regarding moral issues;
To develop a
Jewish perspective on other faith communities that they may encounter, so
that they may live confidently as Jews in a pluralistic society, comfortable
in their interaction with those of other faiths or no faith, while
maintaining a positive attitude to being Jewish.
Ann Simon or e-mail email@example.com
for further information about the HaMakom.
Starts : 09:45
Break : 11:00-11:30
Finish : 12:30
Pictured above are Class Hay from our
4-way Cheder, HaMakom, who led a family service on the Shabbat of 16th March at
HWPS. The service was well attended and enjoyed by all.
For Purim HaMakom met as usual on 24 February although many of its teachers, assistants and children did not look quite as they normally do! Many had come dressed to take part in the Megilah reading. Each class was given a part of the story to tell. Some acted their bit out, others had turned events into a news report and two scenes were shown on the big screen. Parents joined us during the morning and the congregation was swelled by adults who had come along to hear the story as well as younger children and their parents and some children who had brought their grandparents along. After all the acting everyone tucked into Hamantashen and popcorn.
DAY! MITZVAH DAY! ..........On 18th
November 2012 our Cheder (HaMakom) took part in this annual event from which contributions are
made across the Jewish community. All four communities, along with HaMakom,
joined together. Adults and children wrapped 54 boxes and filled them with toys
and gifts which were taken to the Barnardo Freeman Family Centre in Harlesden.
Another group of adults and children wrapped themselves up warmly and went to
Little Stanmore Common where they cleared woodland under the direction of
Stephen Bolsover from the Harrow Nature Conservation Forum. A third group of
children and adults went to Pocklington House in Northwood which is a
residential home for the blind and partially sighted. There they entertained the
residents with some songs and a special flute solo and some stand up comedy.
Afterwards they chatted to the residents whist handing round fruit and cake. The
fourth activity was collecting shopping outside Tesco in Pinner Green. A team of
adults asked shoppers to buy an extra item of grocery which we collected on
behalf of the Watford New Hope Trust. Thanks to their generosity we collected 12
very full trolleys of goods in the four hours. Back at Kol Chai everyone chatted
about their morning over a hot cup of soup agreeing that they had all enjoyed
their morning and would be back next year to help some more. Mitzvah Day has
become an International event with communities in Israel, America, Poland,
Argentina Zimbabwe and Germany, as well as all over the UK, taking part in a
variety of activities. Next year’s Mitzvah Day is November 17th!
The Class of 2011
DAY! ..........On 20th November 2011 our Cheder took part in this annual event from
which contributions are made across the Jewish community. Pictured below
are a number of our Cheder participants, together with a refugee, a victim of
torture in his resident country.
the 11th December 2010, following their visit to Berlin in August, our five
Kabbalat Torot led the Shabbat service and addressed
a large congregation, telling us
about their trip, both of the places they visited and of their personal
experiences. They are pictured below at the Kiddush afterward with
our Rabbi. Mazel Tov to them all.
FAMILY SERVICE......A sizeable congregation saw some of our children lead a
successful Family Service on the Shabbat morning of May 15th 2010. The kids were
supported by their friends and family. They all read very well, having worked hard to perfect their
reading. It was a pleasure to see our next generation leading a service.
the 5th July 2009, following their visit to Berlin in April, our four Kabbalat
Torot led the service and addressed the packed
congregation. They are pictured below with Rabbi Frank preparing for what was a
wonderful service. Afterwards, our Chairman, Adrian Cohen, presented
each of them with a High Holy Days Machzor.
the 13th June 2009, the Cheder children led a memorable morning service. The
congregation who attended felt privileged to be there and were impressed by the
high standards of reading in both Hebrew and English. Many thanks to Abbie,
Alexandra, Sam, Sarah, Alexander, Rachel, Noah and Tommy.
BACK TO OUR ROOTS!.....Pictured above
are the parents, teachers and children of our Cheder on their trip to the Jewish
east end of London on 11th February 2007. 35 people visited former Synagogues,
the former Yiddish theatre, Brick lane and the site of a Soup Kitchen for the
Jewish poor. A worthwhile and enlightening trip for 3 generations!
Pictured above are
our four 2006 confirmees, who led the KABBALAT TORAH
service on 15th July 2006. A 150 strong congregation enjoyed a moving service. All 4 read from the scroll and told us of their visit to
Berlin in April, and of those righteous men and women who had saved Jews during the Nazi
period. Alan Solomon, Synagogue Chairman, presented each confirmee
with a Machzor after the service.
Get your parents to join.....THE HEBREW
Can your parents read,
write or speak Hebrew? Are you over 16 and want to pass on your
knowledge to a new generation of our Synagogue's kids? Why not
come and help our Cheder on a Sunday morning? Teach the kids on a
one to one basis and watch their Hebrew improve and help them
become a source of pride to our Synagogue. A true mitzvah! Just
ring Lindsay Cohen or the Synagogue office if you can help.
The Class of 2004
The Class of 2002 (sorry it's a bit fuzzy!)
on Photographs of Children
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pose direct and indirect risks to children and young people. Our policy is
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