GRS Purim 5778

Despite the snow and generally bad weather last week, we had an amazing turnout for our Purim party on Friday evening! There was a joyous and buzzing atmosphere, with children and parents joining in the Megillah reading. Following that, we enjoyed a lovely Kabbalat Shabbat: candles, juice for kiddush, pizza, and …

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 …

Student Rabbi Elliott Karstadt’s visit 2-3 March

Student Rabbi Elliott Karstadt will be visiting GRS this coming weekend 2-3 March, leading an exciting set of events. Friday evening, 5:30 Purim celebration with Megillah reading; an inclusive event for all ages. Costumes encouraged–but not compulsory 🙂 Followed by a Friday evening Kabbalat Shabbat service. Saturday morning, 10:30 Elliott …

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 …

Cubs visit to GRS

On 22 November GRS was visited by 40 youngsters from two East Kilbride Cub Scout groups. The Cubs were working toward achieving their Community badge. They were all very interested in the information presented by Eileen and Hilary. It was a great example of interfaith work through engagement with young people …

Reform Youth 70th Anniversary Celebration

An announcement from The Movement for Reform Judaism Our youth movement which was originally YASGB, then RSY and now RSY-Netzer is 70 years old this year. Our world has gone through many changes in the last 70 years, as have the needs of our youth. It is a huge testament …

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 …