Head of Cheder and Youth

Head of Cheder and Youth, Caroline Loison – a qualified teacher for over 20 years – has been a life-long member of the Community, having attended the Cheder herself before going on to teach there and now leading it.

Caroline feels that, having experienced Belsize Square Synagogue personally for many, many years, this puts her in a particularly good position to appreciate the uniqueness of Belsize Square, understanding both its background and traditions.  It also means she is able to recognise what members and families are looking for with a view to delivering this in both innovative and creative ways.  Caroline’s aim is to create “A Community Cheder, For the Community, By the Community” whilst fostering an exciting atmosphere that is conducive with both learning and having fun.  There is a strong focus on Hebrew reading using the Aleph Champ programme and this has been instrumental in ensuring that our students are ready to learn their Bar or Bat Mitzvah portions when they get to this important milestone.  In addition, pupils are also taught about the Jewish Chagim (Festivals) with a view to raising both their awareness of the Jewish calendar as well as their understanding of what each Chag (Festival) celebrates/marks. In between the various Chagim, pupils study projects based on our Jewish History and Culture, which cover a wide range of topics such as Shabbat, Biblical characters and Jewish signs and symbols.  Educating the next generation has always been a passion of Caroline’s and she is delighted to have been appointed to be Head of BSS Cheder and given the precious opportunity of promoting the education of children at her own Synagogue and enriching their Jewish lives for the better.

In addition to being Head of Cheder, Caroline Loison has also recently taken on the Belsize Youth remit and she is very much looking forward to encouraging children of all ages to participate in a new and exciting programme of events that she has planned.

Having attended Belsize Youth events herself when she was younger, Caroline has very fond memories of going on weekends away in Northampton as well as attending Youth events such as “Movie nights” at the Synagogue and she went on to become one of Belsize Square’s earliest Youth Leaders.  Her knowledge and experience of organising a wide variety of events for young people ranging from Nursery-aged children to university students and everything in between stands her in good stead for this new role and she has plenty of ideas for some interesting and unusual events in the future.  WATCH THIS SPACE for updates.

If you would like any more information about BSS Youth and/or events, please contact Caroline on caroline@synagogue.org.uk


Art/T-shirt printing event in September 2021 run by professional artist and Belsize Square member, Sara J Beazley