In September 2014 ‘Sinai Family Education’, a pioneering new initiative, was launched in our school.
Rabbi Daniel Sturgess was appointed as our in-house ‘Family Educator’ to provide programming for parents and for families, with the goal of helping to strengthen the bridge between the classroom and the home.
This role will provide opportunities for our parents to engage in informal events, talks and activities, catering to all levels of Jewish knowledge and practice from beginner to advanced, in a friendly, non-judgemental environment. Programming includes activities where children can work together with their parents, for example Chanukah and Tu B’Shvat Arts and Crafts, seed’s famous ‘Pizza in the Hut’ and the ‘Proud To Belong’ family competition. Additionally, Sinai Family Education provides events and courses to supplement parents’ Jewish knowledge which will help them support their children’s learning as well as being engaging for parents themselves. These opportunities have included Hebrew Reading Crash Courses, a Conversational Hebrew course and sessions on making the festivals fun and meaningful for your family. Other talks have also been brought to the school including ‘Answering difficult questions your children ask’ with parenting expert Rabbi Malcolm Herman, seed Associate National Director.
Programmes take place after drop-off, before collection and at other times on request to suit our parents.
To cater for the many working parents we have at the school, evening home-groups are being set up to provide opportunities closer to home. A Borehamwood Sinai Dads’ Group has been established and a meeting for mothers in NW11 is in the calendar.
Please contact Rabbi Sturgess if you’d like to host a home-group for you and your friends.
Future plans include ‘Food for thought’ – A new series of enlightening talks/discussions, with food of course! Parents will be invited to take part in Family Weekend Seminars and there are even talks of a Sinai Parents trip to Poland!
Rabbi Sturgess brings many years of experience in adult education to our school. He is supported in his role by family education organisation seed. Rabbi Sturgess is also currently the rabbi of St Albans United Synagogue.