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Board wins home office award

Last updated: 2003-09-01

The Board has been awarded a grant from the Home Office under the Positive Images programme of its Race Equality Grant scheme. This funding will allow the Board to develop and promote its Jewish Way of Life Exhibition between now and March 2006.

From small beginnings under the inspiration of Mrs Ruth Winston-Fox, this colourful and lively exhibition has become a resource greatly sought after by Local Education Authorities and communities. Over the past 20 years it has operated in schools, museums, teachers’ centres and other similar venues in a large number of cities throughout the country, normally staying a month in each place.

In today’s multi-cultural and multi-faith educational environment, schools are anxious to attend because the Exhibition provides key assistance for teaching Judaism. The Exhibition thus helps schools meet their legal duty to teach Judaism and ensures, through the accompanying teacher training sessions, that Judaism is taught from a firm base of knowledge and understanding.

Following a very successful similar event last year, the Exhibition is at present on view for two months at the Board’s premises where children from local schools attend to learn about Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succot. It then moves to Cheshire, Port Talbot and Northampton.
The bid was put together by Community Issues director, Marlena Schmool, and David Farbey, Deputy for Finchley Reform Synagogue.

Director General Neville Nagler commented: “For nearly two decades the Jewish Way of Life Exhibition has helped groups of non-Jewish school children to understand about Judaism. The Exhibition itself is lively and designed to appeal to children aged 7 and over. The grant means that we will be able to modernise the exhibits and make them more interactive. It also ensures that we can meet the increasing demand from venues throughout the country. Although the grant was given in open competition, the Board feels that this award underlines the close relationship it has developed with the Home Office on a range of activities linked to Race Equality and Social Inclusion.”