Playshul is the Oxford Jewish Congregation's weekly playgroup for children aged 0-5 and their parents. Meeting on Sunday mornings, during the school term, Playshul provides Jewish learning through play and creativity, fun and friendship.
Don't let the virus stop you from joining in the fun: come along to Zoom Playshul! Zoom Playshul is Covid-compliant and as high spirited as ever.
Our Zoom room opens at 10.15am for children's chit-chat with teacher Louise and each other - and parents' get an occasional word in too :)
At 10.30am, we have our song to welcome each child, and then launch into about half an hour of story-enacting, movement, singing, drawing, crafting and full-on imagining. Themed to the coming or current Festival, Torah portion, legend or other Jewish inspiration, all accompanied by tunes from virtuoso violinist Leo. Soon after 11am, it's snack time, and then some finger-rhyming before our goodbye song.
Children aged about two and a half to five are able to be highly participative and interactive through the screen, and younger ones have fun hearing the music and the excited voices and being jiggled, bounced, tickled by a parent. It's fine to drop in and out and to breakfast-nosh throughout. Families receive a weekly email with advance details of the themed activity and the (very minimal) preparation of any materials.
Playshul is entirely non-denominational, and families from every strand of Judaism and degree of observance attend, including many interfaith families and representing numerous nationalities and languages.
Contact Louise at firstname.lastname@example.org to join on zoom now, or for details of our in-person sessions in future.