From babies to teenagers, there are services and activities at NLS to cater for all ages. Though Covid-19 has thrown a wrench into many a plan, we are still working hard to ensure that we provide educational and social experiences for our youth. We are also constantly thinking of new ideas to engage young people and their families, and we very much welcome your suggestions for enriching our children’s and teenagers’ Jewish lives.

New London at 0-5
Our very young New Londoners might find it more difficult to have enriching experiences in front of screens, and we are not able to have in-person services for them until restrictions lift. While we wait for their laughter and singing to fill our halls again, we have crafted (and are crafting) some pre-recorded services for parents and guardians to use at home.

For examples of these services, please see our Rosh Hashanah Children’s Service here and our Yom Kippur Children’s Service here starring Stav Meishar, Gabriella Spencer-Hope and the NLS clergy team.

New London Cheder (Reception – Year 7)
The NLS Cheder is running online! You can find more information on our cheder here

New London B’nei Mitzvah (Year 8)
Shabbat Sessions: We are also setting up special Shabbatot for the B’nei Mitzvah group to gather on Shabbat mornings for learning and to join with the services. We will resume these sessions once we are able to hold public prayer in the synagogue again.

New London Teens
We have previously enjoyed the help of our teenagers in the Cheder as Madrichim and as leaders of children’s services on Shabbat mornings. We are looking to engage with our New London teenagers again and to find projects for them to spearhead.

Noam Masorti Youth

Noam is continuing to provide content for our young people online. Here are a few things happening in the Noamsphere:

Noam Chanukah Quiz
Thursday 17th December – 6.30pm
The annual Noam quiz this year is happening virtually but with an exciting pack of activities, challenges and doughnuts delivered to your door. The quiz is suitable for adults and children alike, and so a perfect way for your family/household/bubble to celebrate the last night of Chanukah. Tickets can be bought here and there will be an appeal on the night, raising money for the Noam Inclusion Fund. Registration closes on 7th December. Please contact Charlotte here if you have any questions.

Noam Beit Midrash (Year 12)
Beit Midrash is our text study track for those in Year 12, which will run at Merkaz Noam at New North London Synagogue from 4:15pm-5:15pm. It’s an exciting opportunity to take a more in depth look at Talmud and Jewish learning with Rabbi Roni Tabick. This is the perfect opportunity for both beginners and those with some text study experience to be introduced into what ‘chevruta’ (pair learning) and Jewish study looks like! Participants from last year have said that “it gave me a chance to express my opinion about topics I care about” and “I got to try something new that made me feel more Jewish”.

We are able to reimburse participants £10 per session attended, and spaces will be filled on a first-come-first serve basis. To sign up and for more information, please email georgie@masorti.org.uk

Misc.
We welcome children 12+ to all of our services, as long as parents and guardians feel it is appropriate. While we wish we could run our children’s services again, we will need to wait until restrictions lift.

Until then, alongside our online offerings, we would like to point you to some other online resources.

PJ Library provide numerous written resources for families, and run regular online sessions which may be of interest.

BimBam have many digital resources. They specialise in creating videos for children explaining the Torah portion and other Jewish learning.

We hope to be able to welcome you and your families into our sanctuary soon.