Project information

Jewish Festival dances: an inter-faith curriculum

The Israeli Dance Institute will train teachers to use Jewish Festival dances to provide lesson plans for Key Stage One (5-8 years) in order to promote inter-faith understanding and community cohesion. This will be delivered at a series of seminars.

January 2013 - December 2013

Charity information: The Israeli Dance Institute

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  • Need


    The project is trying to combat lack of knowledge and misunderstanding by the general community of Jewish Festivals and tackle lack of exercise by Primary school children


    The Jewish Festival Programme will provide suitable information for Primary Schools and active lesson plans to enable teachers to use the materials in both a faith and multi-cultural context. Dance is an excellent method of encouraging children to exercise and dances which are pre-set in relation to steps with promote kinaesthetic learning and good exercse

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    to promote inter-faith understanding and community cohesion


    » we will develop appropriate materials and lesson plans which will guide teachers

    What success will look like

    Success will be at least 25 schools agreeing to adopt the programme

    Aim 2

    to encourage exercise


    » we will run both teacher training seminars and conduct a series of school visits to help teachers deliver the curriculum

    What success will look like

    Success will be at least 2,500 children engaging in the prgramme

  • Impact


    We expect that the success of this programme will encourage schools to include dance in their core curriculum within 5 years which will provide us with a change to impact on thousands of children enhancing both their knowledge and enthusiasm for dance


    The risks relate to the delivery of programmes and the suitability of material included. We have started to test the materials we wish to include in one Primary School with great success.


    We will send donors a report and include information on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 Materials Production of CD, DVD and booklet with lesson plans
      £6,000 Training seminars Holding 3 INSET days for teachers

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    LBL Charitable Trust £2,500 Guaranteed
    Seminar fees £3,500 Conditional
    Sales of material £2,000 Conditional
  • Background


    The project will be initiated in the London Borough of Barnet but we expect to spread it to Herts, Haringey, Brent & Redbridge in its 1st year with possible interest fro Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Glasgow


    Children of different faiths at Primary Schools aged 5-8

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity has some 20 years experience in working with children. As a result of appointing a Head Teachers' Advisory Panel, it changed direction from producing thematic programmes to a more balanced curriculum approach. So far 20 schools have signed up to this new approach. These will provide a launchpad in a number of areas to help us engage schools more generally.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Susan Stone

    She is the Head Teacher of Akiva Primary School in Barnet and has been testing some of the materials. She will be writing the lesson plans.

    Ilai Szpiezak

    He is the Dance Development Manager of the charity, responsible for delivering training and follow up visits to schools

    Raya Spivak

    She is the creator of many of the dances and an experienced educator