Introduction from the Director of Education
For me Jewish education must go beyond teaching Hebrew and Jewish topics, this is certainly important if we want children to have some understanding and appreciation of the fabulously rich Jewish heritage they have inherited. Another very important aspect of Jewish education is teaching our children to feel something about that subject matter. It should also be about helping them to learn and remember the values and traditions, which are central to us as Jews and endeavouring to mold mentches, good, kind people, educated and grounded in Jewish ethics and behaviours.
To achieve any of these aims, learning needs to be a happy experience. Without this we have little hope of positively impacting on our student's future commitment to Judaism.
For me the most important factor in creating a successful, vibrant and happy learning environment is the teaching staff. A school can have the latest technology, gadgets, curricula, but it is the teachers who will having the lasting impact. We must model Jewish ethical behavior toward our students, we must care and nurture the students as though each of them were a family member which they are - members of our communal family - we must make learning a truly happy experience, one they will want to continue beyond Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said:
“It is the personality of the teacher which is the text that the pupils read; the text they will never forget".
For me this is a very powerful statement of the responsibility that I as an educator have toward the children at EDRS, that is why I will continue to strive to ensure that EDRS Religion School grows as a happy, learning environment for all your children.
Marian Cohen - Director of Education