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Jewish News partners up with special needs school

Woodstar School will celebrate Jewish festivals as part of an initiative to highlight various faiths and cultures

Pupils at Woodstar School enjoyed celebrating Purim
Pupils at Woodstar School enjoyed celebrating Purim

Jewish News has teamed up with the CPotential to become its Jewish Cultural Experience Partner.

The tie-up will see the JN support Muswell Hill-based Woodstar School in celebrating various Jewish festivals, the first of which was held last week when Rabbi David Mason gave the children a taste of Purim for the first time. Dressed up in fancy dress costumes, the children heard the story of Esther, before giving out mishloach manot they’d made to their teachers and friends.

Finn Emmerson, Head of Woodstar School, which is run by the charity CPotential – the new name for the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy – said: “We’ve started incorporating a cultural calendar as part of our fun and innovative ‘Learning for Living’ active education curriculum. We are giving the children opportunities to learn about different religions, cultures and their main festivals. Judaism is one of them.  We’re looking forward to building our links with the Jewish community and we’re delighted Jewish News has become our Jewish Cultural Experience Partner.”

Richard Ferrer, Jewish News Editor, said: “We are delighted to develop our relationship with CPotential and Woodstar School. By becoming their Jewish Cultural Experience Partner, we can help raise awareness of the great work they do to help disabled children of all faiths gain confidence, vital life skills and independence.”

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