Our Mission, Vision & Values
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 school motto is ‘Orah Viykar’ – ‘Light and Honour’ and we expect our students and staff to embody these ideals at all times. We believe that a happy and successful school is one that reflects these ideals and also places the partnership between school and home at the core. Our aim is to equip students for a life in their community, Modern Britain and wider society.
Through their Jewish and secular experience JFS students are educated towards bringing light and honour to themselves and all those around them.
Students achieve this through their learning, their speech, their conduct and the way in which they are encouraged to contribute to the world around them.
At JFS we believe that those who bring light and honour to the world will in turn receive light and honour from others.
At JFS we believe that an ethos of responsibility and giving will be the platform upon which to achieve wellbeing, success and happiness in this world.
- To be dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and excellence
- To be independent learners, willing to question and engage in thoughtful debate
- To be respectful, reflective and resilient
- To be engaged spiritually with Judaism, 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
JFS’s foundation body is the United Synagogue and its religious authority is the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. JFS will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of modern Torah Judaism in line with the Office of the Chief Rabbi. 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 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 Jewish 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.