In the first of what will become a regular fixture in the School’s Jewish Life calendar, Kabbalat Mitzvah was held for Year 7 students and their families. Centering around the mitzvah of Shabbat and the concept that, to quote the Zionist thinker Ahad Haam, ‘More than the Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews’, the evening began with hearing from members of three generations about their thoughts and associations with Shabbat. Participants then chose from fifteen Shabbat-themed sessions on offer, ranging from Challah plaiting, Kiddush cup decorating, Shabbat songs and mindfulness, to how to host a Shabbat dinner, Shabbat in Israel, Kabbalah and Shabbat over the ages and across religions. Following the sessions, a mass Havdalah ceremony was held and parents presented their children with hand-written messages of hopes and prayers to be placed in a Mezuzzah.
Director of Jewish Life and Learning