Sunday, 28 April 2013

Running for Building

On 26 May 2013 I will be doing something I've never done before - attempt to run 10km in the Community Fun Run. I don't have an incredible against-the-odds story of how I'm able to run this distance, since I enjoy playing sport and am training well. But until recently I didn't contemplate running for charity because I felt that there were many good people running for many good causes.

Until I heard of an idea to get 100 runners raise £100 each for the Redbridge Jewish Education Renewal Project - rebuilding Ilford Jewish Primary School on the site of King Solomon High School, creating a Jewish educational campus from 2-18, and building new facilities for King Solomon, such as new art, music and sixth form blocks.

I am proud to be running for this project - and I'd like to tell you why.

I am thankful to IJPS, my primary school, for the Jewish and secular education they gave to me, setting me on a good path in life. I loved school, and I left it well-prepared for secondary school life. Most importantly, it was my Jewish Studies teachers at IJPS who inspired me - never forced me - to start keeping Shabbat, build a Sukkah and be proud to be Jewish - and so I continued to wear a kippa all the time once I left. I bentsch the IJPS way, I have an encyclopedic knowledge of Jewish songs and I still sing the Demonstration Seder tunes with my family at Pesach! IJPS is still producing children in the same way, who are knowledgeable about Judaism, love Israel and are proud to be Jewish. The school deserves a new building, and the community will be the richer for it.

Having worked at KSHS for a year and a half, I believe that I have one of the most exciting jobs in Jewish education in the UK. I have the privilege of teaching hundreds of enthusiastic and proud Jewish students about how to lead a Jewish life growing up in Redbridge, and also sharing the wonderful values of Judaism with enthusiastic and respectful non-Jewish students. KSHS is a place where Jewish students are able to really develop their Jewish identity through Israel and Poland trips, Shabbatonim, celebrating festivals in school such as Purim and Yom Ha'atzmaut, charity projects and Jewish Studies and Ivrit lessons. I hope that I can give to students at KSHS what I received at IJPS and watch the next generation of the Redbridge Jewish community grow into leaders, proud of their heritage and identity.

IJPS and KSHS are invaluable to the future of the Redbridge Jewish community and they deserve our support. Someone told me that running for a building project is not the most glamorous thing to raise money for - but I hope I have demonstrated that this is far from the case. On 26 May, please support a real community effort where teachers, students, parents and governors of our schools will aim to raise £10,000 for a cause that matters. Click here to make your donation - thank you for your support!

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like a wonderful school- it's certainly produced some truly excellent results, as typified by the author!