CLHG TALK: Faith, interfaith or faith-free schools? A Rabbi reflects

Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers

The Movement for Reform Judaism

Faith Schools, Interfaith Schools or Faith Free Schools? A Rabbi reflects

Rabbi Debbie never attended a faith school, and feels her Judaism was positively shaped by this experience, her husband only attended Jewish schools. They now have two years to decide what to do with their daughter! With close to 60% of Jewish children now attending faith schools, Debbie will reflect on living as a minority community, wanting to pass on skills and meaning that will ensure Judaism’s survival, and a desire to be a positive contributing part of the whole that is not ghettoized.

Rabbi Debbie is Community Educator at the Movement for Reform Judaism, having previously served as one of the Rabbis at the West London Synagogue of British Jews. She has been a regular contributor on Radio 2's Pause for Thought, and has appeared on 4ThoughtTV. She has published articles here and there! She has worked in interfaith and informal education, and loves being a rabbi as it enables her to empower others to find what excites them about their Judaism. 


Doors at 6.30 pm for talk at 7.00 pm

Please arrive early to have a glass of wine from our charity wine bar, find your seat and chat with other members.

Donations to the wine bar will go to Debbie's chosen charity which is The Separated Child Foundation

All our talks are open to the general public and free to attend but we ask those who can to make a donation of what they can afford to cover the costs of room and equipment hire and help keep our talks free to all. 





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  • Kieron

    The only thought it provoked for me was the Private Eye magazine headline ''Woman has baby''....

    1 · June 19

  • stells d.

    Thanks so much to Rabbi Debbie for a thought provoking talk and robust debate in the Q&A.

    June 18

  • Mary G.

    Unfortunately I couldn't make the talk this evening. I hope it went well, and I look forward to getting feedback.

    June 18

  • France

    Sorry, I can't go tonight. I started a new job and need to do some work.

    June 18

  • carol anne j.

    Wednesday meetings are difficult for me to join you as I attend my Rotary Club on Wednesday evenings. Otherwise, I would have come along.

    June 17

  • terence f.

    sorry to miss this but I shall be supporting my local community library's fund raising event.

    April 23

  • Adele W.

    I can't get there, but do not understand why children aren't taught by their parents to embrace diversity, rather than hide in plain sight at separatist schools. Let's celebrate the differences rather than being frightened of each other.

    April 22

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