Families and Children

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.

Mini Shabbat Service (Age 0-6ish) 

We have a service aimed for babies and children roughly aged 0-6. This is held on the 2nd Shabbat of each month, starting at 11:15am. 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! 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. A Noam leader visits once a month to run activities for school-aged children, on the 4th Shabbat of each month. Get in touch if you’d like more details.

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.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.