Families and Children

Children and their families are at the heart of our community.  We have an informal, friendly shul where we especially want the children to be happy.  We aim to strike a balance in our children’s early experience of shul:  we want them to begin to understand and participate in their parents’ collective worship whilst offering them a unique Jewish environment to play, to socialise and to learn.

We encourage everyone to begin our services together as a family.  If you arrive with your children early or the service starts a little late for any reason, we provide lots of games, books and friendly faces.  After the children’s service has finished, the children can play or return to the main service. It is encouraged that everyone is back in the service for Adon Olam. The children then receive their blessing and we all tuck into the kiddush.

Children’s Activities on Saturday morning with Noam – starting Saturday Oct 14th 2017

We’re delighted to have the services of Noam movement worker Maia Stanton, who will be working with us on Yom Kippur and through the coming year. Maia, with support from parents, will be running activities for kids at primary school on the second Shabbat of the month. These activities include a short service, and games around the Torah reading, starting around 10:45am and running until the end of the service around 12:15.

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Learning – first meeting Sunday 15th October 2017

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.sch.uk/ or by calling 020 8806 6048. You could also talk to Rachel Burns or Deborah Syme, who are both parents and governors at the school.