Young Citizen: Woodford Green aspiring musician, 15, overcomes special needs to teach basics of Judaism

PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 November 2018

Aspiring musician Ezra Nathanson Parry, 15, has been leading Cheder classes at Elels synagogue for the past two years. Photo:  Ezra Nathanson-Parry

Aspiring musician Ezra Nathanson Parry, 15, has been leading Cheder classes at Elels synagogue for the past two years. Photo: Ezra Nathanson-Parry


An aspiring musician who has overcome his own special learning needs to teach the basics of Judaism to children is this week’s Young Citizen nominee.

Having an autistic spectrum disorder has not held 15-year-old Ezra Nathanson-Parry back from leading Cheder classes Saturdays at the East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue (Elels), in Marlborough Road, for the past two years.

“I enjoy being able to teach the younger generation and make sure they go on the right path,” he said.

Ezra, of Woodford Green, added: “My favourite lessons to teach them are festivals and special days like Mitzvah Day.

“My favourite activities to teach are building and making things.”

Cheder is the traditional elementary school which teaches the basics of Judaism and the Hebrew language.

After finishing school, the Kantor King Solomon pupil hopes to eventually become a rock musician.

“I don’t listen to a lot of modern artists,” he said, asked on his musical preferences.

Rather, he cites some of his main musical influences as The Beatles, Jack White and Led Zeppelin.

Ezra said he uses his passion for music as a way to connect with his pupils.

And from time-to-time he plays the guitar, bass guitar and sings at special events.

Ezra was nominated by Elels’ Rabbi Richard Jacobi in recognition of his commitment over the past couple of years and the specific learning needs he has overcome.

He said: “Ezra shows what children with different needs and situations can add to the richness of the learning that goes in in our religion school and across our whole synagogue community, in which Ezra has his unique presence.”

The Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award is about celebrating the amazing young people in our borough.

It is run by the Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club, and sponsored by The Exchange shopping centre, Ilford, which provides each monthly winner with a £30 gift card. The Young Citizen of the Year will be crowned at the Mayor’s Community Awards.

You can nominate any person from Redbridge, as long as they are under 25, by emailing

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