Interfaith Week 2021

December 2nd 2021

We were visited by three members of different faith communities during Interfaith Week 2021. Aldborough children had the opportunity to meet with Helen from the Christian Education Project, Rabbi Wollenberg from Woodford Forest Synagogue and Sidra Javed from The Penny Appeal.

Helen spoke to the children about the theme of ‘treating others as you would like to be treated.’ Using quotes from six major faiths- Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, she demonstrated how each faith has common ground in today’s world.

Our guest, Rabbi Wollenberg conducted an assembly based on Judaism. He talked about where Jewish people pray, the clothes they wear, how often they pray, Kosher food and Jewish celebrations. The children were enthused by his assembly and listened attentively as he blew the rams horn (Shofar), to demonstrate how it is blown during celebrations.

Sidra Javed from The Penny Appeal conducted a presentation about the work the charity does locally and internationally. The talk linked well with Aldborough’s social action projects on homelessness, access to clean drinking water and food poverty. She gave the children real life examples of how charities support local communities with food donations and housing and international charities with development of basic needs such as building water wells in remote areas.

To celebrate Diwali- the festival of lights, Chef made a delicious Indian meal at lunchtime. Children and staff were served vegetable curry and rice, with samosas and a firework cake.