Islamic Centre and Synagogue VisitBefore Easter Mr Carpenter and I took a group of students to visit Piety Islamic Centre and Plymouth’s Synagogue (built in 1762 and the oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue in the English speaking world, still in regular use). The students behaved impeccably and the trip was a great success with many students asking if they could go again next year. Below are some extracts from some of the reports the students wrote about this trip.
"A few weeks ago, I and some other students attended a trip to a mosque and a synagogue. We learnt more about their religions. In the mosque the man told us about his religion and what he and his religion believed in. It was very interesting. Before we entered the mosque we had to take off our shoes. This showed them that we had respect for them and also so we didn’t transfer dirt from our shoes onto the carpet where people prayed. They pray many times during the day. Miss Gent and the other ladies wore a scarf around their hair, this also showed respect." Mia Trolloe.
"When we got there (the mosque), there was this big room/hall with a red carpet and diagonal lines all going the same way so they are all facing the same direction." Amber Bulley.
"Interestingly, Muslims have many times a day when they pray. There was a board with lots of clocks on to help them remember exactly when." Autumn Crome.
"There are over 2.5 million Muslims in the UK and over 1,500 mosques. The mosque is a place to gather for prayers, to study and to celebrate festivals such as Ramadan." Steven Stevenson.
"In the synagogue the boys had to wear special hats and the married women did as well, we played different roles and saw the Torah." Millie Barlow.
"We learnt that the woman sat upstairs while the men are downstairs, they also had the ten commandments written in Hebrew on the eastern wall." Josh Coutts.
"Jewish people think women are more important as they are more mature than boys. Some people were selected to play different roles. I was a Rabbi, this person reads from a scroll (Torah). When boys turn thirteen they become an adult and have a party called a bar mitzvah, I think our trip developed my understanding of what different religions believe in." Megan Greetham.
"I enjoyed our trip on Tuesday because it was different and unusual. I would rate this trip 8/10." Tallulah Tulloch.