Vision and Ethos

OUR VISION:

JFS is a co-educational inclusive, modern, orthodox Jewish school that strives to produce well-educated, faithful and proud Jews who will be responsible and contributing members of society

OUR IDEALS:

• To be dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and excellence
• To be independent learners, willing to question and engage in thoughtful debate
• To be aspirational  with a desire to achieve beyond expectations
• To be proficient and active in Jewish practice and skilled in the study of Torah and traditional Jewish texts
• To be proud and involved in Jewish culture, history, identity and community
• To be committed to the State of Israel and learn Hebrew as part of Jewish heritage
• To be responsible and care for all humankind as loyal citizens of the United Kingdom

OUR ETHOS:

JFS’s foundation body is the United Synagogue and its religious authority is the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Recognising its historic foundation, JFS will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of Orthodox Judaism. JFS will strive to connect our Jewish students to vibrant orthodox Jewish life and Torah values, and with the United Synagogue’s core values. These include Living, Learning and Caring together with a strong belief in the centrality of Israel in Jewish life.
JFS aims to serve its community by providing education of the highest quality within the context of Jewish belief and practice.

JFS aims to enrich the lives of all its students through the sharing of core Jewish values, which are universal and are appropriate for those of all religions and none. JFS encourages all its students to engage actively in lifelong learning, social and environmental action and consider their responsibilities as future citizens in order to serve the community. All the students are taught to be knowledgeable and respectful of the beliefs, customs and practices of others.

JFS prepares its students for lifelong Jewish learning, spiritual growth and religious practice. JFS’s teaching and learning aims to inspire its students and provides opportunities to engage actively with Jewish texts, to experience and participate in Jewish practice, and to connect with God through tefillah (prayer) and mitzvot (commandments and good deeds). JFS encourages students to articulate their Jewish identity confidently, cultivate a love of, awareness of and responsibility to Jewish heritage and teachings, and expect that the students will have the opportunity to develop confidence and competence to participate in an Orthodox Jewish service.

JFS teaches Ivrit, not only as a modern foreign language, but also as a vehicle linking Jewish heritage and practice to Israel.