Al tifrosh min hatzibbur; do not separate yourself from the community (Ethics of the Fathers 2:5)
Judaism offers a clear guideline as to the significance and value of community (Kehila)!
A Kehilah is:
- A place where you feel connected and a sense of belonging
- A space where you can feel valued and held in mind
- A nurturing, comforting, supporting environment where you look out for others and they look out for you
- A place where those in need are catered for through charity (tzedakah) and acts of kindness (chessed)
- A place where no-one is forgotten or alone.
At Kantor King Solomon we pride ourselves on the warmth of our Kehilah - in fact we dedicate a whole department to it!
The Kehilah department aims to create a community of learners, who will go on to take their place as responsible citizens, inspired by Jewish values, which in turn reflect core British values.
Our dedicated Kehilah team bring community to life, through informal Jewish education, making Judaism live in practice, whilst also sharing faith experiences with all of our students so we can learn from and about each other. Regular lunch and learn sessions and sixth form enrichment programmes give students an opportunity to explore themes connected to Jewish ethics and values in an informal relaxed setting.
Our Kehilah inclusion lounge is open at lunchtimes from Monday –Thursday and our lower school students can enjoy a safe contained space in which to relax, share ideas and make new friends. A full programme of social and educational events is staffed by the Kehila team, with help from sixth form buddies and prefects.
We run a full programme of tzedakah (charity) and chessed (acts of kindness) activities including:
- Duke of Edinburgh award from year 9 upwards
- VINSPIRED volunteering for sixth form
- Yoni Jesner volunteering award for Year 8 students
- 6th form leadership training and buddying scheme
- Sukkot/Purim/Shavuot chessed programmes
- Shabbat in the community
We mark special times and days through themed weeks, assemblies, trips and events for example:
- Remembrance Day
- Holocaust Memorial Day
- Poverty Awareness Week
- Israel week
Our Kehilah team are Shera Conway and Fatima Sheikh and the department is under the Ethos umbrella, together with the Jewish Studies Department.
Please contact Miss Shutz on firstname.lastname@example.org for any further details.