Orot Cheder Classes

How Can Children Learn With Us

Our supplementary school is called Orot which in Hebrew means ‘lights’. We accept children from Reception through to Year 6.  We meet on Sunday mornings during term time from 9.45am -12.30pm. We start with assembly every morning which is either led by one of our Rabbis or our drama teacher.

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Learning through play

Fun Hebrew Lessons

We have Hebrew lessons every week that gradually builds the children’s confidence in the Hebrew they will need for their Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebration and to participate in services.  We use interactive technology and fun methods to teach, far removed from the perception of ‘cheder’ teaching. All our classrooms have interactive smart TV’s which are put to good use every week.

Choice Of Jewish Studies

Our Jewish Studies is taught through projects; children choose a project from a selection that they will study for one and half terms. Over the academic year they will study two topics in depth.  Topics are chosen by the children at the start of the year through taster sessions.  Recent projects have included ‘Jews Around the World’, ‘Israel It’s Complicated’, ‘The Play of the Diary of Anne Frank’, ‘Caring for the Environment’, ‘Taste of Torah’ and the ‘Jewish Year Through Art’.  We also celebrate festivals and other significant events like Mitzvah Day usually all together.  We are excited at the possibilities for children who enjoy expressing their abilities through drama as we have recruited a professional drama teacher.

Fun learning

More Than Classroom Learning

Some of our significant aims in Orot are to build knowledge, confidence and pride in being a modern Reform Jew; to build a sense of kehillah (community) through nurturing friendships; and teaching our children to be caring individuals who warmly welcome all children, whatever their faith, ability or background.  We will do this through interactive, dynamic teaching and learning and activities including drama, cookery, art and discussions.

Non-‘school’ related family events Apart from Orot and Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes, which gives us the opportunity to get to know some of our children in the EHRS community, we want to get to know all our families with children and to build a sense of kehillah,.  One of the ways we do this is by offering non-school related, fun events through the year.  Many of the children at EHRS go to Jewish Day school; these events will offer something different to what they will experience at school and are open to all of our families with young children.

If you are thinking about sending your child to Orot, you are very welcome to come to visit us and your child to join a class to try us out. If you want to know more about what else we offer our young families, sign up for Our Week Ahead (OWA) emailed out every week, look out for the bi-monthly Le’Dor Va’Dor community magazine, check out our website, or contact any of our rabbis or Marian Cohen, we are always happy to talk to you and welcome you. We want you to feel at home at EHRS.