Ilford primary school learn about the Sabbath with a twist

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 February 2018

Year 5 pupils from Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School. Photo: Deborah Harris

Year 5 pupils from Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School. Photo: Deborah Harris


From obstacle courses to treasure hunts, an Ilford primary school put a new spin on learning about Shabbat – the day of rest in Judaism.

Year 5 pupils at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School, in Forest Road, Barkingside, spent the weekend at activity centre Skeet Hill House in Kent.

Shabbat, also referred to as the Sabbath, begins at night on Friday and runs until about an hour after sunset on Saturday according to religious Jewish law.

Dedicated to family and rest, the day has a number of rules around how many meals must be eaten and proscribing the completion of any chores.

On Shabbat, pupils were taught the reasons for these rules using board games and plays based on the Torah by the youth arm of the United Synagogue Tribe.

Deborah Harris, Jewish studies lead, said: “The weekend was an enormous success with the children asking to go away again! It was great to see our Year 5 pupils working together as a team throughout the weekend.”

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