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Our New Cheder Head Teacher

I am delighted to be taking over the post of Head of Cheder (EL²) from Paul Bloomfield and joining the ELELS community. Over the last 7 years I have taught Jewish liturgy, ethics and Hebrew at Westminster Synagogue to children from 5-13 as well as designing curricula and organising educational events and residential weekends.

However, having grown up in South Woodford with my family belonging to South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue, leading EL² is also a return to my roots.

Professionally, I come from an artistic background as a performer and creative with my own theatre company, NMT Automatics. Our most recent project, inspired by the Iliad, is being developed with St Andrews University classics department and an extract will be shown at The British Museum as part of their current Troy exhibition in February. I have just completed a Masters Degree in Movement: directing and teaching at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and as you can imagine I like to incorporate drama and movement into my teaching. I married my wife, Jennie, in 2019, who is also an actress, and we are based locally.

I will look to use all of the skills that I have accumulated to develop the EL² experience into one that is vibrant, dynamic and informed; whilst continuing to build upon the inclusive friendly and social atmosphere with children, staff and parents alike that have ensured a growing community. I look forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks. Please do not hesitate to contact me on cheder@elels.org.uk if you have any questions or ideas or to introduce yourself.

Best wishes,
Jonathan

Movement profile: https://www.cssd.ac.uk/student/jonathan-young
Artistic Director: www.nmtautomatics.com

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