CHILDREN & YOUTH

 

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 youth@shulinthewood.com

YOUTH EVENTS CALENDAR

Children’s Service

SJWS are proud to offer dynamic and engaging children’s services led by inspiring leaders. Our services balance Tefilla (prayers) with games to create an enjoyable atmosphere and are followed by a delicious children’s kiddush. Our children services aim to equip our children with the passion and the skills to be engaged in community from a young age. It is a testament to the success of the services that our own children service graduates now have the skills to lead these services!

The service for Reception – Year 2 (ages 4-7) is held in the Kindergarten classrooms on the second/third floor and the service for Years 3-6 (ages 8-11) is held in Rabbi Lord Sacks’ z”l office. Both children’s services run on every Shabbat morning during school term time.

Shabbat Morning Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is Central London’s leading programme on a Shabbat morning for secondary school youth. With the opportunity to Learn2Lead Mussaf and deliver a D’var Torah to your friends, Breakfast Club provides our youth with a vibrant and warm environment to play an active role within the community and the chance to grow, learn and lead. The Carter Club boasts a table tennis table, board games and much more to keep you entertained while you tuck into our world class kiddushim and catch up with friends. In the words of our youth “it is vibey”. To book a Breakfast Club Kiddush to mark a birthday or special occasion please email youth@shulinthewood.com

Anim Zemirot Club

Whether you are a complete beginner or would like to add another tune to your expanding repertoire, Anim Zemirot Club is the place for you to learn how to sing Anim Zemirot confidently and tunefully. Led by enthusiastic and experienced teachers, Anim Zemirot Club will prepare you to join our Anim Zemirot rota where you can sing Anim Zemirot at the end of the service in front of a supportive audience.

Youth Choir

The Youth Choir performs alongside the renowned Neimah Choir and Chazan Avremi Kirshenbaum on the High Holy Days every year. The High Holy Days services would not be the same without our talented and enthusiastic Youth Choir enhancing the prayers and the atmosphere. Rehearsals are professionally run and begin in the late Spring to prepare the choir for the big day. The Youth Choir is an amazing opportunity to learn Jewish music, connect with friends, and learn how to lead services.

BMP (Bar/Bat Mitzvah Programme)

Now entering its 3rd year, our popular BMP combines meaningful education with enjoyable social events to provide our Bar/Bat Mitzvah teenagers with the best possible preparation for this milestone. We offer interactive sessions in which participants deepen their knowledge of what it means to become a Jewish adult, make relationships with others their age in the community and have a great time! For more information and to sign up please email youth@shulinthewood.com

SJWS Teen’s Club

SJWS Teen’s Club is pioneering engagement with teens through cutting edge talks on current affairs, the world of work, Judaism & Netflix, top socials, activities and fun outings. More information to be announced very soon for a launch in January!

GCSE RS

Our GCSE AQA Jewish Studies syllabus offers an understanding of all aspects of Jewish learning as well as the chance to explore debates in theological and contemporary issues. The two year course runs for Year 9 and 10 students and teaching begins at the start of the academic year. Taught by Shira Joseph, students also acquire skills in essay writing and exam technique. To register for the course please contact hs@shulinthewood.com

Shabbat Hospitality

Toby and Bracha’s Shabbat lunches have a reputation for being delicious, lively and a relaxed place to interact with friends in the community on the weekend. Toby and Bracha delighted to welcome you to the Youth Flat (Flat A, St. John’s Wood Synagogue) for year group Shabbat lunches held termly. For more information about when your year is invited round please contact youth@shulinthewood.com

Primary School Events

We passionately believe that providing a lively, inspiring, and enjoyable calendar for primary school children is key to the vibrancy of our community. As well as the weekly children services and the trend-setting Mimi Dwek Hebrew School, we offer a varied programme of exciting events around Jewish festivals; including the Rosh Hashanah Fun Day, Sukkah Decorating Party, Simchat Torah family Hakafa, the community Chanukah party and much more! Engagement with Primary School children doesn’t stop there as we offer termly movie nights, Shabbat hospitality and trips in order to engage and attract primary school children and their families in our community.

Tefilin and Breakfast Club

Running on the first Sunday of every month, post Bar Mitzvah boys are invited to join us alongside their parents and grandparents to put to Tefilin and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast. During breakfast we engage in topical discussions about key topics relating to the 21st Century Jewish teenager. Prizes are available for consistent attendance.

Chanukah Winter Wonderland Trip

Please join us for an exclusive opportunity to go ice-skating and see the attractions at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland with Toby and Bracha this Chanukah season. Meet at St. John’s Wood Synagogue at 6:15pm for dinner and a musical Havdalah and pick up at 9:45pm from St. John’s Wood Synagogue. Transport to and from the venue is provided. Tickets are priced at £18 for members, £20 for non-members. £15 if you book during October. We can’t wait to see you there! We have a limited number of tickets available so please book early to avoid disappointment. Chanukah Sameach! Wishing you and your family a very happy Chanukah.

Book at https://myus.theus.org.uk/events/70312/chanukah-on-ice/

Social Media

Follow our active Instagram page @youthsjw (post link) to keep up to date with the wonderful activities of SJWS Youth!!!

Toby and Bracha

Toby & Bracha started as Youth Directors at St. John’s Wood Synagogue in July 2021, offering various popular programmes, events, and services to engage and inspire the community’s 0-18 age range and their families. This includes Central London’s leading Bar Bat Mitzvah Programme, a post-Bar Bat Mitzvah programme, and the United Synagogue’s first multi-activity Summer Camp with inspiring Jewish studies sessions. Toby is studying for Semicha with the Montefiore Endowment with a full scholarship.

Toby & Bracha are keenly pursuing secular careers alongside their role. Bracha is studying for a MSci in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry at Imperial College London. In Summer 2022, Bracha was awarded a grant from the Royal Society of Chemistry for research. Toby aims to qualify as a solicitor, having graduated with an LLB from the LSE. Toby is currently working in Commercial Property at Harold Benjamin Solicitors.

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