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The Norwich Hebrew Congregation and Norwich Liberal Congregation have an education programme for schools, youth groups and other interested organisations.

We prefer to work with groups of 30 children.

Wherever we work we provide an interactive session.

We visit schools and ask for a donation of £150 a half day,  £250 a whole day.

Synagogue Visit £40

Sessions are taught by a small team of experienced teachers and members of the community.   Our team liaise with Norfolk SACRE, and National RE providers and examination boards.   We try to ensure that every child   has the opportunity to participate.

Schools programme enhances the Norfolk RE Syllabus, SMSC, Underpinning the promotion of British values

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  • Learning through enquiry
  • Jewish Festivals, Holy Days
  • Jewish Values, Life Cycle
  • What happens? Why?
  • Hands on experience, Customs
  • Music, Sound, Artefacts
  • Resources and ideas for all Key Stages

 

School_visits_3Discover ancient symbols, what they mean, where  they come from.

Discover why the Torah is central to Jewish Life, How a Sefer Torah  is made, How many commandments there are and How they relate to everyday life.

Experience:  wearing of prayer shawls and skull cap; recite some hebrew, See inside the ark, see a facsimile Torah scroll close up, and handle antique sections of a Torah Scroll, Prayer book,  Siddur, the Tanak Bible or Chumash.

School_visits_4Participating In Festival Celebrations

Discover why Jewish families celebrate the Sabbath or Passover.

Join in the story of the Seventh Day or the story of Passover and the Exodus from Egypt

Experience : the weekly Shabbat Supper or Annual Passover Seder Supper.

Drink Grape Juice, eat Challah, Passover Matzo, and bitter  herbs.

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Learn and sing festival songs

Make a Sukkah, make a Den to celebrate Succoth

We will demonstrate the close of Shabbat when all the senses are used by lighting the Havdalah candle, smelling spice.

 

 

School_visits_7Discover the story of Judah and the Maccabees and the Miracle of Hanukah, an eight day festival.  This commemorates when the Maccabees recaptured and cleansed the Temple (164BC).  They found only enough oil to keep the Temple Menorah  or everlasting light Ner Tamid, alight for one day.  The oil miraculously lasted for eight days.  The nine candle menorah, Chancukia, is lit every evening, the number of lights increasing each day until all are lit. The ninth candle holder is the servant to light the others. Students can act out the story, compare various types of Hanukah lamps, make dreidels and play the dreaded game , learn and sing festival songs.

 

 

If you would like to arrange to visit the Synagogue or have a classroom visit, please email visits@norwichsynagogue.org.uk for further details and to book.