We have a vibrant children’s education programme called Orot (lights) with over 100 children which meet every Sunday morning. Orot has been described as the ‘best in the area’. Our success is measured by the many young people who continue with us after bar or bat mitzvah to complete High School or GCSE and then become teaching assistants and teachers.
We try to approach education holistically by encouraging and fostering the relationship between Orot, Youth Club, RSY Netzer, uniform groups and Jewish cultural activities such as trips to places of interest that enriches the Jewish expereinces of our young members.
We have Bnei Mitzvah classes, approx. 45 students preparing for their bar or bat mitzvah yearly. We are especially recognised for the individual and sensitive way we respond to children with special needs. For example we believe in making it possible for every child to have a bar or bat mitzvah celebration where they will feel proud of what they have achieved whatever their ability. We design the preparation around the child’s needs and abilities in every case.
We have a regular 50-70 people at our monthly Torah breakfast especially held for bnei mitzvah families and we hold regular Shabbat services for all ages. We regularly welcome non-Jewish schools in to learn about what a synagogue is and what happens here such as our festivals, as well as teaching about what happened in the Holocaust as part of our Holocaust Memorial Day events.
All Things Jewish for Adults
For adults we have vibrant Yiddish and Hebrew classes on Tuesday morning and a rich variety of other educational and cultural programmes which range from studying Torah at our monthly adults Bite of Torah breakfast to film evenings and dancing. We have many different events through the year that try to address the issues that concern us as Jews.
There are so many activities and opportunities at EDRS, which make it much more than a synagogue, it is a community centre for all ages, or as someone recently described us as a multiplex cinema offering something for everyone. So come and join us, you would be very welcome.