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A programme primarily for students in Years 9 & 10 at school, Kabbalat Torah is open be for members of our own community and those from outside. We have updated the programme for 2020, so if your child took part in last year's sessions, they're more than welcome to join again this year. The programme is open be for members of our own community and those from outside, and includes the following (new for 2020):

  • Monthly learning sessions on a Friday evening from 5:00-7:00pm (away from the BM groups). A chance for the group to get together, catch up and further their Jewish education together. Our Rabbis and Yael also work with this group.
  • Starting in 2020-2021, one hour of the Friday evening sessions will be devoted to training in teaching, and one hour will be devoted to Jewish knowledge. Students who attend the training sessions will be eligible to help-teach at Or Shabbat and B’nei Mitzvah. Current help teachers at OS and BM can use these sessions as “top ups” to improve as educators. 
  • Visits to places of Jewish interest
  • A volunteering opportunity in the community
  • Conditions permitting, a Teen Residential in Summer 2021
  • The chance to develop the skills to lead a Friday night service and to develop further service leading skills for the Shabbat morning service
  • The chance to develop become an MST Museum guide

The programme culminates in the leading of a Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a celebratory dinner to which all families are invited to join. 

For more information on our Kabbalat Torah programme, please contact Yael at To find out other ways to get involved after your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, click here.


  1. Pastoral Care and Safeguarding of Children at Westminster Synagogue
  2. Safeguarding Statement
  3. Westminster Synagogue Policies relating to our Education Programmes
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