L’Dor Vador – from generation to generation

Our Beiteinu students interview older KLS members at final family service of the academic year

On 4 July 2020 our Shabbat morning service was led by students from our Beiteinu school.

Our students lead the online Shabbat morning service

Since the start of the lockdown in March, our students have continued to meet online every Shabbat for their classes – even continuing throughout the school holidays in April and May. After leading a successful online service in May, Rabbi René invited them back to lead another service to mark the end of the academic year and to celebrate their dedication, and that of their teachers throughout this period.

Highlights and low points – lack of glitter!

After the students led the morning blessings, Rabbi René asked the students and teachers to reflect on the high points of the year; a year which has been of two distinct parts – before and after lockdown. Many reflected on various highlights of the lockdown – our online Seder, leading online services and the Hebrew bingo games.

One negative aspect was noted, however – the lack of glitter in artwork. However Rabbi René promised that when we are all back in the Synagogue we would hold a glitter service!

“It was amazing how the students stepped up without a pause – from one week being in the Synagogue to the next week being online – almost every student turned up every single week – and the learning that they took on was brilliant” said Carolynne Farrer, Head Teacher of our Beiteinu school.

Intergenerational interviews

A very special part of the service was the inter-generational interviews. Four of the students – Emily, Zac, Josh and Lilly interviewed four of our older members – Lillian, Judy, Jill and Norman about their experiences growing up and Synagogue life at that time. In turn, the older members also asked the students what they liked about being a member of KLS. “I like the community and I like learning about my religious traditions” said Josh. You can watch each of the interviews here.

You can also watch the full service here: