The answer turns out to be very simple: respect for the views and ideas of others is enhanced primarily through understanding. Prejudice and antagonism thrives where knowledge is lacking.
Nowhere is this more apparent than with religious differences. Even a small amount of knowledge gained in a 45 minute session can work wonders in dispelling ignorance and encouraging respect.
But, most powerfully of all, such understanding tends to last not just through school days, but a lifetime. Years of potential prejudice can be wiped away in just one session.
It is to enhance respect and understanding that Rabbi Douglas Charing, Director of the Jewish Education Bureau, has been visiting schools throughout the country for many years.
He offers lively and informative presentations on many aspects of Judaism, including Festivals such as Passover and Chanukah, and life-cycle events. Story and song are also included.
There is no limit to the number of young people who can attend the session, but experience shows that the session works best with between 50 and 100 children present. Separate presentations are available for key stage 1 and key stage 2 children.
The cost of the visit depends on your school’s location and whether you require one or more sessions with different groups; however, for most schools the cost of a KS1 session and then a KS2 session is around £95 per hour plus travel costs.
To make a booking or for further details of cost and availability, phone our hotline on 0345 567 4071 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi Charing is also available for school-based Inset.