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:
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.
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 Irina Fridman by using the button below.
We are encouraged that students from a number of local schools take part in our annual Holocaust Memorial Day event, which is held in the synagogue every third year. The above photo was taken at the 2015 event and includes one of 70 special commemorative candles designed by Sir Anish Kapoor.
Help with the liturgy
Not everyone who attends services in the synagogue is totally familiar with the liturgy and the wonderful variety of our prayers and tunes. We are always happy to give our congregants as much explanation and instruction as is practical, both during and after the service.
To assist those unable to read Hebrew, we have developed translterated pages for some of the most important prayers. These have provided a valuable resource for a number of our members and visitors