Please vote for a new school name

Article posted on Wednesday, July, 18th, 2012 at 12:01 am

Thank you everyone for submitting so many wonderful options for naming the school. We have compiled the following shortlist based on feedback from the community and the school team.

We have had to remove some of the names suggested for legal reasons and the existence of similar organisations with the same name. We have provided a commentary of why a name was not included in the list below.

Shortlisted Names (please vote below):

South London Jewish Primary School  
Gesher Hebrew for bridge and signifying the link between communities that the school will create
Yahad Meaning togetherness and community
Eshel Meaning tamarisk, a tree associated with Abraham and signifying ochel (food) shetiyah (drink) and linah (lodging), referring to the holistic nurturing experience provided by Abraham
Pomegranate For its many biblical connotations: the Torah, Mitzvot, the environment, fruitfulness and plenty

Select a school name from the shortlist below

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15 Responses to Please vote for a new school name

  1. James Leek says:

    Congratulations on the initial approval – wonderful news.

    here are some more name ideas. I have tried to avoid Hebrew which will only mean something to the 50% Jewish and find something which could relate to all the abrahamic faiths who may presumably be the majority of our pupils.
    Tree of Knowledge
    Genesis South
    Abraham’s Tent

    Good luck
    James

  2. Andres says:

    Heshel – After Abraham Joshua
    Herzl – After Theodor
    Yavneh – there’s a secondary but not primary school called Yavneh in London
    Rashi – After Rashi
    Kinneret – this is the name of the Sea of Galilee

  3. Naomi Ross says:

    I’m sorry not to have suggested this before the voting started…how about

    “Milk and Honey”

    1) This has a clear follow on to the already established Apples and Honey nursery (assuming they wouldn’t object of course).
    2) We can’t forget the school is likely to have 50% non-jewish children so something in English is more inclusive.
    3) This has clear Jewish connotation.

    Mazal Tov on your success so far!

    • anne K says:

      I think Milk and Honey is lovely, accessible to all. Anne K

    • Clémentine says:

      I like it a lot! Milk and Honey is lovely and Naomi is right : we can’t forget the school is likely to have 50% non-jewish children so something in English is more inclusive.

  4. Judith says:

    The Mosaic School

    It has implications of bringing together the various areas of the community as well as reference to Moses

  5. Valerie says:

    too early perhaps to vote on just the first few suggestions and maybe have more rabbinical input.

  6. Isaac says:

    What about Mosaic Jewish Primary School?

    It is accessible to the whole community and has some great imagery associated with it

  7. Cindy says:

    The words “Jewish primary” are self explanatory but also make the school an easy target for racists. How about “Yeshiva- South London?” or- to be more inclusive sounding- use a term familiar to Jewish youth groups ie “JFTY south London primary”. Or, use a name from a famous Jewish persona in the school name.

  8. Sandra says:

    I thought of “Rishon” – since it the first in South London (I believe?). I don’t like the name “Pomegranate” – it doesn’t sound like a school name and there is already a Rimon school in North London. I also do like “Milk and Honey” – like the nursery.

  9. Eugene says:

    Thank you for your ongoing comments. I understand that many of you like the name Apples & Honey, and the Milk & Honey derivative.

    At this stage it was seen that this would create a confusing statement about the connection between the two organisations. Although we would hope that Apples & Honey will become a major feed into the school’s population we thought it unwise to give the impression of a chain or brand-like relationship.

  10. Lisa says:

    I voted for ”Gesher”. I think it most suitable, as in keeping with its Jewish (Hebrew) roots, but at the same time providing a bridge for others.

    Mazel Tov

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