Lifelong education is a high priority at The LJS. We run a nursery school, rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, which is open to children from all backgrounds. Our lively and well-attended religion school, Rimon, with more than 130 children on the roll, has classes for children up to the age of 15. Following Bar- or Bat-Mitzvah, our young people continue to study until Kabbalat Torah (previously known as Confirmation). A wide programme of Adult Education classes caters for every level of knowledge.
The LJS Nursery School provides a nurturing and creative environment to inspire young children’s curiosity, intellect and imagination.
Our highly qualified team of committed teachers and our extensive learning and enrichment programme promote the children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth. We learn through a play-based EYFS curriculum which is attuned to the individual child’s pattern of development.
We warmly welcome children of all faiths and enjoy celebrating the Jewish holidays and other multicultural festivals, in a fun and interactive way. Parents are invited to celebrations of all the festivals and to a weekly Kabbalat Shabbat.
To visit the Nursery website click here.
The LJS religion school provides a Jewish education from the age of 3½ to 15, including Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Kabbalat Torah. After graduating, most young people help in the school in various ways. The school is staffed by qualified teachers and enthusiastic young assistants. The curriculum is constantly updated to reflect current educational thinking and Liberal Jewish ideology.
Students can be prepared for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and all students are expected to continue their education to Kabbalat Torah at the age of 15. Kabbalat Torah is considered the pinnacle of religion school education at the LJS. The KT course, which lasts for four academic terms, is led by our rabbis and involves in-depth study of history, discussion of Jewish ethical questions (with an emphasis on the Liberal Jewish viewpoint) and learning to understand and lead a service. The year culminates in a service conducted completely by the students. For more details and the calendar, please see the religion school brochure.
You can download an application form here.
The Learning Circle
The LJS offers a wide variety of adult education opportunities for those who share our commitment to life-time learning. Classes and groups occur throughout the week and include a Tuesday morning discussion group, three levels of Hebrew classes on Tuesday evenings and similarly on Shabbat mornings before the service, all taught by expert teachers. Exploring Judaism is a class, held on Tuesday evenings, for those wishing to explore the possibility of conversion or who simply wish to brush up their knowledge of Judaism. In addition, The Learning Circle (TLC) offers a number of short courses on the Holocaust, Philosophy, Jewish History and a host of other subjects, as well as Shabbatonim and special events, highlighting Jewish poets or novelists for example. Members and non-members are all welcome.
For full details of adult education opportunities, see the TLC brochure here.