Recent work in GRS Cheder

We have been busy in cheder in the last few weeks. Here is a summary of some of our cheder work: We managed to learn about the importance of the mezuzah in the home, the “Shema” and make our own mezuzahs with personal messages. We celebrated Tu B’Shvat in class by …

Happy Chanukah from GRS Cheder!

On Sunday our cheder children worked on the story of Chanukah. We discussed freedom of worship as part of the story of the Jewish people being forbidden to practice Judaism by the Hellenists. We explained and played the dreidel game, and etched Chanukah symbols in pastels colours. We also had …

Mitzvah Day at GRS

Mitzvah Day on Sunday 19 November was a great success at GRS. A café was available for breakfast and lunch for members and visitors, and a sale of nearly new clothes and trinkets was organised. It was also wonderful to see the Cheder children joining in our efforts! They packaged donations of food for the local food bank and prepared personalised parcels for lonely members of the community, complete with very thoughtful Mitzvah Day cards carefully designed and made by them. Proceeds will be shared between our chosen charity Chai Cancer Care and our Prayer House refurbishment project.
Synagogue members regularly participate in activities with Interfaith Glasgow. As a Mitzvah Day activity in conjunction with Scottish Interfaith Week, volunteers helped out at the Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre soup kitchen on Sunday evening, preparing food and distributing it to the homeless in Glasgow City Centre.

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Final Cheder Activities Spring Session 5777

In our last lesson before summer break, we spoke to the children about the important mitzvah of “Love thy neighbour as thyself” / “ואהבת לרעך כמוך” In these turbulent times, we spoke of the importance of kindness, acceptance and care towards our friends, family and wider society. The children’s activity …

Cheder activities in May

The Cheder has been very busy over the past month with arts and crafts activities. For Lag BaOmer, our Cheder children learned of the holiday traditions, and we created small bonfire sculptures to demonstrate one of the holiday main customs. For Shavuot, our Cheder children learned about the origins of …

Cheder Purim

On Sunday 12 March the cheder children celebrated the holiday of Purim. They created giant masks based on the theme of the עדלאידע Ad-lo-yada, the big mask parades held in the big cities in Israel to celebrate the holiday. We were visited by Joe Grabiner of RSY Netzer, who judged …

Tu B’shvat at Cheder 5777

    On Tu B’shvat we had an “Edible Art” activity for the cheder children. We discussed the meaning of this holiday and the seven species etc. The children designed trees that we learnt about in the poster in the photo, and also as the imagination took them. We used dates, …