Sha’are Tikvah Classes


Sha’are Tikva – The Gates of Hope School of the S&P Sephardi Community – has been educating the youth of our historic community since the 17 Century, making it the oldest and longest running institution of Jewish learning in the UK.

Sha’are Tikva is an integral part of our community. It is where we engage our youngest, educating them in the values of Judaism and the traditions of the Sephardic community.
The Cheder is based at Lauderdale Road Synagogue, Maida Vale and is open for all Jewish children aged 3 – 16. Classes meet from 9.45-12.45 on most Sunday mornings from September to June.

For more information contact Headteacher Naomi Elia at [email protected]


Judaism is core to our identity as Jewish people. When properly understood it informs and inspires the choices we make and how we conduct our lives. As Sephardim, we believe Judaism calls on us to participate in and contribute to larger society, strengthening the brotherhood of man. Our unique traditions and melodies inspire us to reach for and connect to something higher, always leading us upwards to continually improve ourselves.

Our school believes in the capacity of our students to excel. We encourage children to challenge their perceived limits, to make the most of their Sunday mornings with us. We believe that children prefer attending Heder when they are challenged, not just entertained. We create a warm and encouraging environment where children feel safe to explore, question, and aspire. With us they can connect with their faith, friends, teachers, and traditions.

Location and Facility

Sha’are Tikva is located at Lauderdale Road Synagogue in Maida Vale, London. This enables our school to use all of the facilities on-site including the synagogues, library, halls, outdoor courtyard, and newly-refurbished rooms.

Classrooms were completely renovated in 2019. The rooms were redecorated to create a fresh and contemporary space with brand new furniture and interactive smart boards, to enable the children and staff to make the most of online resources and technological innovation.



The day begins with a school-wide assembly in the main Synagogue that is followed by two halves to each morning, separated by break and a snack.

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM – Assembly in Main Synagogue

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – First Half of Morning

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Prayer, Older class meet in the Dangoor Synagogue

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM – Break and Snack in the Montefiore Hall and Outdoor Courtyard

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM – Second Half of Morning



All Jewish children are welcome to attend our classes. Membership at the S&P is not required to enroll, although there is a tuition reduction for those who are. Please note that membership is required to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at one of our synagogues.

Annual Tuition

£300 – Members
£600 – Non-Members

To register for the classes f0r 2021/2022 please fill out our online form available here.

For membership inquiries please contact Diana Zelouf at [email protected] or click here for more information.

For questions concerning any of the above please contact our headteacher Naomi Elia at [email protected]



 Years 1 – 7: Primary Education

Our curriculum is structured to ensure that children progress in their studies from year to year and are challenged to excel in our warm and friendly environment.

Our studies include the traditional focus on the weekly Torah portion and Jewish festivals, ensuring our children are familiar with their rituals and meaning. Hebrew reading is considered essential and so we employ extra reading instructors to work alongside our classroom teachers. Together, children learn the words to our prayers and their accompanying melodies. Rabbi Morris runs mornings assemblies to promote a love of society, the Jewish community and Israel; On a similar note there are also visits to the S&P home for elderly people at Jewish Choice in Wembley.

We are committed to providing our students with rich content and professional materials. Each year students’ progress through materials prepared by Behrman House Publishers. From years 2-7 students work incrementally through ‘The Explorer’s Bible’ Volumes 1 and 2 and ‘The History of the Jewish People’ Volumes 1 and 2, supplemented with an in-depth focus on the history of Anglo-Jewry. Collectively, these texts provide our children with a rich study of our people’s story from Genesis through to the founding of the State of Israel.

Our school day consists of a variety of learning methods including formal modes of learning and informal educational experiences such as group prayer with music and discussion, and holiday events and parties for Rosh Hashanah, Succot, Hanukkah, Purim and Pesah.

Computers in each room encourage students to explore their Judaism on the web, to develop Hebrew reading skills and to gain competence in creating presentations on various Jewish themes using PowerPoint.

Students are also encouraged to participate in the synagogue youth programme on Shabbat mornings and at special events, culminating in an annual Shabbaton run by the children of the Heder.

The academic year reaches its climax with an annual Prize Day, where students present aspects of their year’s study to the entire school and their families, and receive a gift marking their achievement.

Year 8: Sessions With R’ Dweck

This fortnightly program is for students in year 8 around the age of their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. They gather in the home of Senior Rabbi Joseph Dweck to discuss the principals of Judaism while also enjoying breakfast. This relaxed and informal setting is ideal for the children after having a year of hard work preparing for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah. These classes begin in October and run through April. Application through the Heder is required to attend.

Years 9 – 10: GCSE

It is our ambition to re-introduce a GCSE class from September 2021. This will be a two-year course and is an excellent way for children to prepare for their GCSE’s at their individual schools whilst continuing on their ‘Jewish journey’ at the S&P.



We believe we prepare every child for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah by providing a well-rounded Jewish education and the ability to read Hebrew. We also offer tutors who will work with your son or daughter privately to prepare them for their day

 Please note that membership is required to celebrate this milestone at one of our synagogues. In anticipation, parents are also expected to enroll their child at our Heder at an early stage, unless they attend a Jewish school.

 For more information about celebrating a life cycle event with us or becoming a member contact Diana Zelouf at [email protected].



Headteacher – Naomi Elia