JFS School Notices 21/05/21
As another short week comes to a close, I am always amazed at how much we can pack in. I hope that you all had a meaningful Shavuot, filled with cheesecake and had the time to reconnect with your families and friends in your homes once again.
I know that all the students in Years 7-10 ended last week with a special learning programme, which ended on a very happy note of ice cream that was enjoyed by all! I would also like to wish our Year 11 students much hazlacha and success now that they have completed their assessments and are about to embark on their transition programme into the Sixth Form. On Wednesday all staff completed an updated safeguarding course to ensure that all staff continue to be vigilant and that the safety and wellbeing of our students remains our number one priority. In addition to this, thank G-d there has been a ceasefire in Israel and I hope that this also will bring a renewed sense of calm and security to us all living around the world too.
This week Parashah of Naso is the longest reading in the Torah and it contains the Priestly Blessing that is recited in Shuls on the festivals and High Holidays, as well as being said by many parents to their children every Friday night before they partake in the Shabbat Meal. The blessing ends with a prayer for peace. Peace, said the Rabbis, is one of the names of G-d Himself, and as Lord Sacks explains, Maimonides writes that the whole Torah was given to make peace in the world (Laws of Chanukah 4:14). Although the Parashah is long and contains a large number of topics, they are all connected by a series of practical lessons in how to ensure, as far as possible, that everyone feels recognised and respected. Naso tells us that we have to go the extra mile in bringing peace between families, between leaders of the community, and among everyone else. We have to work for peace as well as praying for it. It is no accident therefore that the priestly blessing ends, as do the vast majority of Jewish prayers, with Peace. May this ceasefire bring a long lasting peace in Israel and amongst all of us.
Rabbi Howard Cohen
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Advice for students in contact with Covid – REMINDER
A quick reminder to parents of the need to continue to test for Covid twice weekly.
Tuesday 25th May – Winter Friday timetable for students
Wednesday 26th May – INSET day, no students in school – online provision instead.
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