PaJeS and Board of Deputies
Teaching Judaism Conference
Some 90 Religious Education teachers from a variety of faith schools across the UK attended the first ever "Teaching Judaism" conference yesterday, aimed at educators teaching Judaism as a second religion as part of the new GCSE Religious Education syllabus.
The full day seminar, held jointly by PaJeS and the Board of Deputies at Western Marble Arch Synagogue, was addressed by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Lord Winston and was attended by representatives from all the main exam boards.
PaJeS Executive Director Rabbi David Meyer, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
and Board of Deputies Jonathan Arkush
As well as the main sessions there were workshops led by leading educators on various facets o the new syllabus which will be examined for the first time in 2018. There was also a market place for information and resources and access to teaching materials appropriate to the course.
PaJeS Executive Director Rabbi Meyer said: “This important event helped has helped to give Religious Studies teachers from a variety of other faiths an insight into the vibrancy of Judaism, and an understanding of how this can best be conveyed within the GCSE syllabus. The resources prepared by PaJeS, the Board of Deputies, and other organisations will enable the teachers to convey this to students in a relevant and interesting manner."