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Rimon Religion School

The mission of Rimon is to provide a framework of learning within the community which offers a broad and stimulating foundation in Jewish education, to foster Liberal Jewish identity, and to be a place of value, nurture, meaning and warmth for a child to grow and learn.

Rimon provides a Jewish education for children from the age of 3½ to 15, with Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Kabbalat Torah ceremonies towards the end of their studies. The curriculum is constantly updated to reflect current educational thinking and Liberal Jewish ideology, and upon graduation, most young people continue to help in the school in various ways such as becoming enthusiastic young assistants working alongside Rimon teachers.

During lockdown, Rimon has become Rimon Online, and we are offering our normal classes via Zoom on Shabbat mornings during term time. Our provision will continue online until December 2020, when we will evaluate the situation. We meet together as a school for Tefillah (assembly), as normal, then the children and teachers go into their usual classes (breakout rooms) for lessons. Hebrew is taught 1:1 or in small groups throughout the week.

Beyond studying for their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs, students are expected to continue their education to Kabbalat Torah at the age of 15, the pinnacle of religion schooling at the LJS. The KT course, which lasts for five academic terms, is led by our rabbis and teachers and involves an in-depth study of history and discussions of Jewish ethical questions with an emphasis on the Liberal Jewish viewpoint. Ultimately, students will learn to understand and to lead a service, with the educational year culminating in a service conducted completely by them.

For more details of Rimon, and Rimon Online, please contact education@ljs.org

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