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Rimon Religion School

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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 Summer 2021, 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.

To view the Rimon brochure 2021-2022, please click here.

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

L'Dor Va-Dor Kittah Vav's poem Breathe

Liturgy Re-imagined 

When preparing for the L'Dor va Dor service this term, Kittah Vav spent time discussing the importance of kavanah - intention and connection - in prayer.  One way of making liturgy meaningful is to engage the senses.  One of the reasons that the Passover seder is so memorable is that it is designed as a multisensory experience.

We can't be together to share the senses of touch, taste or smell, or experience shared feelings, but we can use language to recreate those experiences, and invoke them for ourselves and others.  

This is what we aimed to do when we were invited to re-imagine a piece of liturgy and create our own interpretation.  We decided that the theme of the original text was 'connection'.  Every class member wrote a short verse about a circumstance in which they experienced connection, either to someone close to them, to nature or to God.  These verses were then collated to create the group poem 'breathe'.  

We invite readers and listeners to take time to focus on their breath, enjoy our verses, and experience their own personal connections.
 

 

Kabbalat Torah class prayers for Purim

Mon, 20 September 2021 14 Tishrei 5782