As part of their study of Judaism the Year 2 RE Trainees enjoyed a ‘Joy of Judaism’ day at Stencourt Shul, Prestwich Manchester. The day was led by David Arnold an old friend of the RE team who made us all really welcome. David gave us an insiders view into the vibrant Jewish community of North Manchester.
After a tour of the Synagogue we discussed Jewish belief and practice in detail. David had brought a specially baked Challah loaf for us and it was devoured in record time by the group. The significance of Kosher food and the role that food in general plays in Jewish family life became somewhat a theme for the day.
Holding onto the food theme, perhaps the highlight of the day was the delicious Kosher meal that we enjoyed at J.S. Restaurant, chicken soup all round, seemed to be the order of the day. Despite the lovely challah bread that the group had eaten just beforehand, some brave souls also managed kosher ice cream sundaes.
After lunch there was also time for a quick visit to the Judaica shop across the road for all those artefacts that every trainee RE teacher could wish for.
Good company, good food and all in all a very good day. I am already looking forward to next year’s kosher fish and chips!