A Friday night meal 🙂

Year 5 had a special visit from Mrs Rahmanu, who talked to them about Shabbat. The children learnt about the importance of this family occasion and thought about how they would feel about spending a quiet day without the wonders of electricity.

They lit candles, decorated cloths to cover the challah bread, said prayers over the kiddush cup and then learnt about the end of Shabbat; when 3 stars in the sky shine, that signals the end of Shabbat and a plaited candle is lit and put out in an over flowing cup of wine, in the hope that the new week brings good fortune and happiness. A lovely afternoon, many thanks Mrs Rahmanu ☺️

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A thought for Remembrance Day 

Dear God,
If we did not have this day,I would still say…

Thank you for the soldiers that don’t stand today,

and how they went to war so we could have a better

way.
There is peace upon us when God is around,

and we still remember this day to the very ground.

This is where our values come in,there is nothing but happiness 

and definitely not a sin.
My God is my strength in whom I TRUST .

So thank you for the eleventh of November,

A time to reflect and to thank, so that we can trust and be safe in our everyday lives.

Amen.
By Juliet 

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Year 5 visit the synagogue 

A visit to St James Synagogue. 

A warm welcome was extended to us as we were greeted by our guide. We were then ushered into the building, where upon our guide spoke to us about the building, its features and customs. We were told about the respect that Jewish people have for one another. 
Jewish people have two prayers placed on the walls of the synagogue that they regularly say in either Hebrew or English. They say a special prayer of respect and appreciation to our Queen and our service people.  
We were then introduced to the everlasting light that symbolises God’s presence and the pillar of fire that guided the Jewish people on their early journey to the promised land. Next we spoke about where the torahs were kept, and considered how they were written and the importance of keeping them safe and the use of the yad, a pointer stick. Mini torahs were passed around for the children to examine. We were told that Jewish people would read a whole scroll throughout a calendar year, before starting again.  

After this we spoke about the commandments and discovered that Jewish people follow 613 commandments (these are guidelines that Jewish people follow to help them live their lives and behave correctly). That’s a lot of rules to remember! 

Finally, our guide introduced us to the 3 most important things within Judaism,
The heart of Judaism is how we behave to others.
The Sabbath is always holy; priorities of the week are left behind and now it is time for family and friends- it is started by lighting candles on Friday night.  

AND lastly, 

Appreciate everything you have; notice what you have. Speaking a blessing will help us to reflect. At this point, we had a very interesting role play 😉.

We all spoke a blessing over our fruit in both English and Hebrew! We were then encouraged to think of something we were particularly thankful for, a special moment. 

An excellent visit.

Special thanks to St James Place Synagogue for their welcome and time. 

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