Welcome to the Children’s and Youth page!

As Youth Directors here at St. John’s Wood Synagogue, we provide programmes and activities for children and youth spanning school years 3-13! As well as the more fixed programmes you see below, we also run termly outings for both the Primary and Secondary age groups like bowling and ice-skating. We also offer frequent Shabbat meals for different year groups. For more information about our programmes and to get involved, please reach out by sending us an email to

Children’s Service

Designed for children of primary school age (years 3-6), the children’s service is a fun and informative service balancing Teffila (prayers) and games to create a really enjoyable service. The games are accompanied with sweets and we always end with a yummy kiddush.

When: Shabbat morning children services start at 10:45am
Where: In the Dayan’s Office (2nd Floor behind the Ladies Gallery).

Shabbat Morning Breakfast Club

Breakfast club runs every shabbat morning for all youth in secondary school, and is a great opportunity to catch up with you friends over Kiddush (of course including all the best cereals) and play a game of pool or table tennis. Over breakfast, the youth together with youth directors often discuss meaningful topics to the 21st Century Jewish Teenager and these are often linked to current affairs. We always end with making a Minyan for Mussaf which is led by a member of the youth.

When: Shabbat morning youth programmes start at 10:45am
Where: In The Carter Youth Club, Lower Ground Floor.

Birthday Shabbat

Who: Boys and girls between the ages of 3-11 years old.
What: Our quarterly birthday Shabbat celebrates the birthdays of chil-dren aged 3-11. Children receive a special birthday ivitation to join the celebration in the main Synagogue on a specific Shabbat. They also receive a mystery birthday gift!
When: Birthday dependent
Where: The main service

Movie Night!

Come and join your friends and youth directors for a fun movie and dinner on a Motzei Shabbat. Movie nights run separately for school years 3-6 and 7-13.

Who: School years 3-6 & 7-13
Where: The Carter Youth Club
Contact: for more details

Anim Zemirot Rota

Who: Pre-Bar Mitzvah boys
What: Anim Zemirot is sung at the end of every Shabbat morning service and budding singers are invited to join our rota to perform in front of a supportive audience
When: Every Shabbat morning
Where: The main service

Only Girls Allowed

Who: For girls in school Years 9 to 13.
What: A chilled, fun coffee morning, featuring lively debates on hot topics, with hot chocolate, doughnuts, and more!
When: Periodically on a Shabbat morning.
Where: Youth flat

Bnei Mitzvah Programme

A fun and educational programme in partnership with The Mimi Dweck Hebrew School, this Bnei Mitzvah programme aims to prepare boys and girls for all areas of Jewish adulthood. Covering themes of Shabbat & Holidays to Holocaust & Heritage. This two-term programme will feature some outings for Chesed trips to various charities as well as more formal and fun learning on site in St. John’s Wood Synagogue.

The Bnei Mitzvah programme commences in January 2019.

Who: Boys in year 7 and girls in year 6.
Where: St. John’s Wood Synagogue
Contact: or for more details

Campus Hacks

Who: Youth in their final year of High School
What: A joint venture with South Hampstead Synagogue, we present Camps Hacks. A fun and and informative programme aiming to prepare the youth for life in university. It comprises of four sessions covering the following topics: Kashrut outside the home and a ‘how to Kosher a kitchen’ crash course, Israel advocacy and how to answer tough questions, easy and cheap student kosher cooking – a practical course and finally a meet and greet with various Jewish campus organisations who will be there for you.
When: Commencing January 2019
Where: The Carter Youth Club, Lower Ground Floor.

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