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Academy GCSE students are delving deeper into Judaism - 13/02/2018

A member of the Synagogues in Liverpool shared his knowledge and experience of his religion with students at UCEA to help bring their GCSE studies in Judaism to life. 

The Academy was pleased to welcome David Salamon who delivered a lecture to 300 students before taking part in an in-depth Question and Answer session.

Students heard about how Jews practice the Shabbat and the beliefs, teaching and actions surrounding Jewish festivals.  There was then the opportunity to ask questions, like “Are there any Jewish laws you personally disagree with?” and “Do you find the Shabbat hard to follow?”.  During the in-depth workshops, students also learnt about Jewish Orthodox attitudes towards LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) issues, evolution and even the Big Bang theory. 

Mr Shelton, Head of Religious Studies at UCEA, said: “I was really pleased to welcome Mr David Salamon to University Church of England Academy.  It was great to hear how Judaism is a living religion today and how it affects Jews locally. 

“Hearing about how the Jewish laws (Mitzvots) affect people of the Orthodox tradition was also extremely helpful for our students as they prepare for their GCSEs.  The students all listened really well to the key messages David talked about.” 

Chloe Sefton, a Year 11 student, said: “I have learnt about how Jewish festivals commence and why Jews feel so passionate about the specific festivals we talked about.  I have also learnt that people have different opinions whilst being in the same religion.” 

Jess Finlay, also in Year 11, added: “I now understand Jewish people are very compassionate in their Judgements, thinking of both sides of ethics and sexuality. Also Orthodox Jews aren’t all too literal in their opinions and try to find logical reasons.” 

Cerys Heaps, also in Year 11, added: “Orthodox Jews aren’t as formal as I thought they would be.”