“Ima shel Shabbat” and other gendered moments in Jewish preschool | Center for Jewish Feminism

The Shabbat Ima did light the candles and the Shabbat Abba did make Kiddush but it made me realise that a lot of the messages our children get in school just come from the perspective of the teachers, and are not always guided by the ethos of the schools. There was also religious content, whilst in shul the children sang Lecha Dodi; once at home they sang Yom Ze LeYisrael. There was a head scarf for the Shabbos Ima but when my daughter decided she didn’t want to wear it, the teacher didn’t attempt to persuade or encourage her.

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