The Liberal Synagogue Elstree
Clore Shalom School
The Clore Shalom School in Shenley was opened in September 1999 following intensive efforts by our former Rabbi, Rabbi Jonathan Black, other members of The Liberal Synagogue Elstree, and others. It is a state-funded local authority school that follows the National Curriculum, but in the overall context of a unique, pluralistic, warm and non-coercive approach to Judaism. There is a voluntary parental levy to cover the additional costs of Hebrew and Jewish studies tuition, and security.
TLSE's members are well represented through having children at the school, but the school is a completely independent body, run by its Governing Body, on which Rabbi Tobias serves ex officio and which also includes a number of other TLSE members. It welcomes families from all the local Jewish communities, whether Liberal, Reform, Masorti or Orthodox; the admissions policy of the school gives no specific preference to TLSE members.
Families with children at the school particularly enjoy the friendships that they can continue at The Liberal Synagogue Elstree, and indeed some families that are not already affiliated to a synagogue have chosen to join TLSE for this reason. At our erev shabbat services in particular many families from the school congregate to enjoy singing, praying and eating together.
Clore Shalom School is a one-form entry primary school with a nursery. The school is full, with waiting lists for virtually all classes. Visitors are welcome by appointment - please contact the School Secretary, tel 01923 855631 or by email.