“A teacher is someone who sees each child as a unique person and encourages individual talents and strengths. A teacher looks beyond each child’s face and sees inside their soul” (Barbara Cage)
A child is born into this world. This child is made up of a body, mind and soul. This child is a unique individual who has potential to achieve and become anything he sets his mind to do. In order for this child to achieve, the child’s body, mind and soul need to be nurtured in an environment that is positive and uplifting. It is important for the child to be provided with this environment so that the child can realize how special he is and the capabilities he has got. At children’s service our aim is to encourage the children to be individuals and show their uniqueness by expressing their opinions and demonstrating their strengths and talents. Allowing the children to be themselves they develop a love for Judaism, as they are able to explore, find out and come to conclusions, which are meaningful. Therefore our goal is achieved as the children develop a positive Jewish identity in a fun and meaningful way.
We concentrate on developing the children’s self-esteem, self-image and Jewish identity. To add to this we also teach the children the deeper meaning of the parsha’s and festivals through games, stories and songs. In Judaism numbers are very important. Each number has a value and a meaning; for example eighteen is a symbol of Chai. In the children’s services numbers are used to teach the children Jewish concepts and develop the children’s self esteem, confidence, image and identity. This will be demonstrated in the next paragraph…
- One is Hashem! Each child is one individual with its own body, mind and soul, which is unique and very special.
- Two are the tablets that Moses brought! The children learn that Hashem gives us things at the right time and place just like Bnei Yisrael received the tablets in the desert after leaving Egypt. One needs to be patient and have emunah.
- Three are the fathers: Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’akov! Learning about our forefathers and the obstacles and tests they faced allows the children to realize that if they persevere like the fathers, they will be able to overcome any challenges that they maybe faced with, as long as they remain positive and believe in themselves.
- Four are the mothers: Sarah, Rivka, Rachael and Leah! Learning about the qualities of Sarah, Rivkah, Rachael and Leah demonstrate to the children the qualities that they should try and instill in themselves. These qualities include being loyal, respectful, compassionate, kind, caring, loveable and supportive.
- Five are the books of the Torah! The Torah guides each child to live life in the correct way and in so doing they will feel good about themselves as they are fulfilling Hashem’s mitzvot and commandments.
- Six are the books of the Mishnah! Learning about what the books of the Mishnah teach, the children realize that each person has their own opinion and each person’s opinion is important and valuable.
- Seven are the days of the week! The children learn that each day has a separate name and each day is never the same. So each person has their own name, which is special, and each person is an individual and different and they must be proud of whom they are.
- Eight are the days before the ‘chop’ (Bris!) The children learn that keeping a promise is very important. Keeping ones word allows others to develop trust and when people trust one another the world is a happier place.
- Nine are the months before the ‘pop’ (birth)! Each child has parents. Parents have bought the children into the world. The children are taught that they must respect and love their parents.
- Ten are the big commandments! Hashem has commanded us to live life according to rules. It is important to know right from wrong and to set boundaries. Through having boundaries one feels secure and safe.
The children have gained a fortune of knowledge about their Jewish identity and themselves. It is important to remember that children are valuable and it is up to us to make them realize their value. “Hear me, see me, and get to know me, love me just because I’m me. I am your child and I’m special. Treat me like I’m somebody. Hear me, see me and get to know me, love me extra specially.”
A very big thank you to the Parents for bringing the children to Shul so they can take part in our services.
We hope that we can impact many more children’s lives by encouraging them to come to the children’s services and be inspired and uplifted. We are here to “give children positive Torah experiences”. (Deut 31:12)