Education at Temple David
Introduction to Judaism
This class is for people wishing to learn more about Judaism, people who are exploring their own Jewish roots and people who have made the decision to become Jewish in their own right. We have had congregants of all ages attend the class to further their knowledge as well as those wishing to convert. The class is interactive, text based and expanded through modern technology. Festivals are taught according to the Jewish calendar.
Temple David Religion School
Each Shabbat morning, with an ethos of “learning about being Jewish is fun”, we welcome young Jews from the ages of 5 to Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Temple David has an amazing group of dedicated and professional teachers. We are justly proud of our young graduates. A recent report from the Ethnic Schools Commission, who provide us with an annual grant, made special comment of our “caring, family environment”. We create an educational environment that promotes Jewish ethics and values by example.
Students also engage in Hebrew according to ability and fluency but otherwise work according to age for all other subject areas: TaNaCh, Jewish history, Jewish identity- all presented through a creative programme planned by the teachers. All the Festivals are taught through special Activity days which involve programmes that appeal to the senses and satisfy different learning styles. Members and general Jewish community are welcome to attend the school. Please contact the Temple David Office
“Food for Thought” discussion group
Food for Thought is a discussion group which meets weekly. Topics are of a wide range from Torah to our moral and ethics as Progressive Jews. As the name of the group implies these discussions will have you thinking.
Torah, Tea & Text
Fortnightly discussions on the Torah portion of the week or related topics.
Looking to learn Siddur Hebrew? There are classes cater for the very beginner, those just needing a refresher, and of course the more advanced.
Shabbat Tot is a monthly activity session for young children and their carers. We aim to provide both children and adults with a joyful experience, familiarity with Jewish symbols and holidays, an introduction to aspects of Jewish culture, and a chance to build lasting friendships with other Jewish families. Participants enjoy singing, listening to stories, a craft activity and of course, some nosh and a chance to socialise.
Each month we have a different theme, such as Shabbat, an upcoming festival, or a popular Torah story such as Noah’s Ark, and the story and craft activity will be tailored around this. Shabbat Tot runs parallel to the morning service and the religion school (cheder) and participants are encouraged to mingle with the congregation for Kiddush. Sessions are open to all and currently attract both members and non-members, with children and parents coming from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Come and join us - it’s fun!