Chatham Memorial Synagogue - Education

Unlike many small Jewish communities which consist predominantly of the elderly, Chatham is fortunate to have a comparatively large number of young families among its members.  The Synagogue keeps the issue of education under constant review. At present the following activities take place:

Learners’ services

In between our regular monthly Shabbat services, we occasional hold informal services on Shabbat for anybody who would like to know more about what goes on in the synagogue with a view to participating more fully. No prior knowledge is assumed, and services last just over an hour including on occasions a study session or a discussion.

Bar/Batmitzvah Training

The Synagogue provides for all aspects of preparation for Bar/Batmitzvah for the children of our members, including regular one-to-one sessions to teach the skills of leyning and haftorah reading. A flexible approach is taken to the content of Bar/Batmitzvah ceremonies in order to accommodate any level of pre-existing religious knowledge and the differing talents of the individuals involved.  Bar/Batmitzvah ceremonies normally take place on Shabbat.

Parents of young people interested in being Bar/Batmitzvah at Chatham are invited to make contact with the Synagogue at the earliest opportunity to discuss their needs.

Please mail David Herling for further information on education at Chatham by using our Contact Form and choosing  the drop down option “Education”. Visitors are always welcome at our services and we are more than willing to discuss any questions you may have after the service.

School Visits

We are very much aware that the study of comparative religion is an important part of the school curriculum and we are always willing to arrange school visits to the synagogue. If you wish to arrange a school visit or any other type of educational visit, please contact Gabriel Lancaster by using our Contact Form and choosing  the drop down option “School Visits”.

Audio Resources

David Herling has recorded a series of six audio files of the writing of Bruno Schulz. In the near future he will add more audio resources including his excellent reading of stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

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Chatham Memorial Synagogue is a registered charity - No. 800902        Website last updated 22 January 2015