Year 11 students of Studies of Religion II were immersed in aspects of the Jewish faith on Friday 4 June. They attended the Great Synagogue in the city and heard from the rabbi about aspects of Jewish worship and life, including the lack of images of God in their place of worship, the separation of women and men in an Orthodox synagogue and the centrality of the Torah in rituals. The students also experienced the wearing of kippahs to signify humility in the presence of the transcendent God.
Following a walk to Darlinghurst, the next aspect of the day was at the Sydney Jewish Museum. This program was specifically tailored to the Studies of Religion Preliminary Course and included a tour and lecture. Aspects covered included an understanding of the branches of Judaism, sacred scripture and rituals. The students were able to get a hands-on experience of significant themes in the lives of Jews in Australia. It is hoped that these students may return to this museum at a later stage to encounter the impact of the Holocaust on the lives of Jewish adherents.
Ms Martina Cooper
Head of Religious Education