Children and their families are at the heart of our community. We are an informal, friendly shul where we especially want the children to be happy. We run activities and services for children of all ages on festivals, and have regular activities on Shabbat mornings as detailed below.
Shabbat Children’s Services (Age 0-5 and 6 to 11)
We run two services for children. We sing songs, tell stories, play games and end with some juice and challah. At the end of our service, we join the end of the main service for a Children’s Blessing, followed by Kiddush with the whole community. Newcomers are always welcome – please get in touch for more details! Younger children should ideally be accompanied by an adult.
Noam Activities (Years 1-13)
Our community is supported by the youth workers from Noam Masorti Youth. Activities are run by Noam leaders on certain Shabbats. (follow our newsletters for details).
Sunday club (Reception to Year 6)
Sunday Club, run by Rabbi Roni, provides an opportunity for children in our community to connect to each other and to Jewish tradition. An hour of fun. Dates for 2023: 15th, 22nd and 29th January.5th February, 5th , 12th 19th, 26th March, 7th, 14th, 21st May, 10th September15th, 22nd, 29th October, 26th November, 3rd December, 10th December.
Sunday Club children playing, learning and connecting
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Learning
If your child is starting Year 7 or Year 8, we would like them to be part of our cohort of kids on the journey to their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. We have some changes afoot to the programme this year, with learning based around Jewish identity and becoming a Jewish adult, as well as practical skills like how to write a Dvar Torah, and a guide to the Torah service on a Shabbat morning. If your child is in that age bracket, please get in touch so we can update you with more information.
Simon Marks Jewish Primary School & Nursery
A reminder to all parents of children between the ages of 3 and 11: Stoke Newington is blessed to have a terrific Jewish state primary school and nursery in the area. Several families in our community are or were at Simon Marks and several of our members sit on the school’s governing body. It’s a warm, inclusive, diverse school with a lovely nursery. More information at http://simonmarks.hackney.