Will you name our school?

Article posted on Friday, April, 27th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

South London Jewish Primary School was purposefully left with a generic name, however as we move forward we will need a proper official name.

Throughout the application process and all through the inception of the school we have relied upon the community and our supporters, and for this reason we want you to be in control of the school name.

There are some names we can’t use due to legal, copyright and other boring reasons. Other than that we are interested in all your suggestions. Please use the Comment link below to suggest a name, we’ll compile the list and set up a voting poll towards the end of May.

Just think… you could be the one who inspires the name that sits on the school gate.

33 Responses to Will you name our school?

  1. SLA says:

    I suggest Gesher – SLJPS This Hebrew word means bridge and this school is planned to be a bridge across the Jewish Community and a bridge into the wider community. It is also an easy symbol for branding purposes!

    There is a school with this name but in the US – It has been in existence for 30 years.
    http://www.gesher-jds.org/

  2. David J says:

    I’d like it to be named after someone who might want to support the school as a patron. Maybe Rothschild or Montefiore

  3. Laurence Kingsley says:

    I believe that the best name would be “The Merton J PS” or “Wandsworth J P S”, depending on its eventual location. This would have the advantages described above and include an exhortation/inspiration for the future by implying that we would hope that eventually there will be more than one Jewish primary school in South London.

    If it is simply a name that you want, then “Kingsley Jewish Primary School”, being the name of a road on the Wandsworth/Merton boundary and also the name of the originator of the whole idea for the school would not be inappropriate

  4. Adrian says:

    I think the Shofar School has a nice ring.

  5. Alex says:

    The Weizmann School. A great British Jew, politician, scientist and intellectual.

  6. Judith says:

    How about Pomegranate Primary School? I like the alliteration and the pomegranate has many biblical connotations: the Torah, mitzvot, the environment, fruitfulness and plenty, the 5 senses…

    J

  7. Anne Clark says:

    I would like the school to have a Hebrew name that is meaningful and easy to pronounce, rather than the surname of an actual or potential donor. How about Eshel (Primary School)? It means tamarisk, a tree associated with Abraham (Gen 21:33). The tree image would lend itself well to an appealing logo. (It would also be a fine tribute to Hanan Eshel, Jewish scholar and Limmudnik who died in 2010). I can’t find any other institutions in the UK with this name on the internet. On a symbolic level, the rabbis say that the three letters of the word eshel stand for the Hebrew words ochel (food) shetiyah (drink) and linah (lodging), referring to the holistic nurturing experience Abraham provided for all who came his way. I think that this notion would be very appropriate for a primary school. (The tamarisk also provides salt from its leaves for desert travellers). One (probably erroneous) explanation of the source of manna in the wilderness is that it was the resin of the tamarisk tree.
    Mazal tov to the team for all your hard work and success so far! I very much hope that the application to the DfE will be successful.

  8. The Star of David Primary School.
    It represents the School children reaching for the stars academically.

  9. Judith says:

    Another suggestion is Sulam Primary School. Sulam is Hebrew for ladder – this links with Jacob’s dream and a ladder can go in so many directions, connecting us spiritually to God and also to each other. “Sulam” comes from the root “solel,” meaning to lift up, pave a path, or lead so there are many positive associations with the name that are intrinsic to our ethos.

  10. Abigail says:

    Tamar Primary School

    Tamar is a date palm – one of the seven species of fruit and grain that is mentioned in the Torah; Deuteronomy 8:8 as being special and plentiful in the Land of Isarel; ‘a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and honey’.

    When God tells the Israelites about the ‘land flowing with milk and honey’ to which he is leading them, the honey being referred to is date honey, so Tamar is a sweet-flavoured name.

  11. Shirley Rosenthal says:

    Atid Primary School

    Atid means future and our children will be the society of the future, carrying our values into the next generation of carers, leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, activists etc

  12. Andrew Cohen says:

    Noah Primary School is an accessible name that emphasises universal values within a Jewish context and is inclusive as Noah was ‘a righteous man in his generation’

  13. Isaac Levi says:

    Micah Primary school would give us a great school motto ‘Do Justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God’ Micah 6:8

  14. Roberta Tish says:

    I suggest that the school be named after some one who was part of South London Jewish life..Julia Neuberger

  15. Abraham Chong says:

    I like the previous suggestion of Star of David, but would prefer Magen David as the school name

  16. noreen firestone says:

    I like the name Gesher..a bridge between different faiths leading from one to the other.

  17. Joshua Felberg says:

    My idea was “Queen Esther”. The female contribution to Judaism has been terribly overlooked in history. There are many King Davids, King Solomon schools but no schools named after those famed heroines of the Torah! Queen Esther would be a gesture towards feminism and equality.

  18. catherine says:

    Shalom school – meaning Gods total well being be upon you.

    • Deborah says:

      There is already a Clore Shalom school in North London. You wouldn’t want there to be any confusion between schools because of the similarity of names.

  19. Sandy MacLeod says:

    Why not stick with SLJPS because it says clearly what the school is but add a descriptor

    eg SLJPS – a bridge across the community and into the community (Perhaps use a bridge (gesher)as part of the school badge?

  20. Sandy says:

    Olive Branch Primary School

  21. Sandy says:

    Other ideas:

    Tribe

    Stars (with stars of david in logo design)

    Or maybe choose a sister city for the school in Israel and name the school after that city.

    I think Atid is nice too.

  22. Dina says:

    “Mitzvah” Jewish Primary? “commandment” good deed?

  23. Sarah Raz says:

    The two suggestions I like most so far are Shofar and Weizman. Both sound equally good, quite elegant and meaningful to me.

    My suggestion is that we honour Lord Balfour for his 1917 white paper recommending the establishment of a Jewish Homeland and call it the Balfour Jewish Primary, or maybe the Herzl School.

    For a Hebrew name maybe call it after the southern desert in Israel ie. The Negev School.
    Or maybe call it the Terem School – Which means ‘before’ in Hebrew since it is pre-secondary.

    A last alternative is to commemorate our most famous scientist and acknowledge that school is sometimes tough for ADD very bright kids and call it the Einstein School. It has a nice intelligent ring to it.

  24. Sarah Raz says:

    I posted this before but as a reply. However, I want it to be a free standing comment.

    The two suggestions I like most so far are Shofar and Weizman. Both sound equally good, quite elegant and meaningful to me.

    My suggestion is that we honour Lord Balfour for his 1917 white paper recommending the establishment of a Jewish Homeland and call it the Balfour Jewish Primary, or maybe the Herzl School.

    For a Hebrew name maybe call it after the southern desert in Israel ie. The Negev School.
    Or maybe call it the Terem School – Which means ‘before’ in Hebrew since it is pre-secondary.

    A last alternative is to commemorate our most famous scientist and acknowledge that school is sometimes tough for ADD very bright kids and call it the Einstein School. It has a nice intelligent ring to it.

  25. Natalie says:

    Absolutely great to see so many involved in the debate.

    King David School – London or London King David School

    … why … substance, strength and leadership within the name,and of course has a good jewish ring …. the other King David Schools at Liverpool and Birmingham have terrific pedigrees and are indeed similar to us in many ways, which gives us leverage. We will need strength as we go forward as in many ways we are fairly isolated from the North London Jewish community, I really dont think we should go for a ‘weaker’ type name. I also remember several conversations with people that were abroad and looking to move to UK and the ‘london’ ring would help this, and it will also generally support braoder horizons.
    Be brave, be bold!
    Natalie

    • David Rosenbaum says:

      Great news today that the school has the go ahead. very pleased!

      like the idea of King David London, or Wandsworth. Builds on the pedigree of other King David schools but opportunity to establish something great in London.

  26. Daniel Sheridan says:

    how about king solomon

  27. Jana BRUWER says:

    For me it must be GESHER, as from first time I heard that word. Bridge between communities.
    Connection( reaching towards) one side to another. And many times only way to go… Thank you

  28. Judith says:

    Mosaic Jewish Primary School or Mosaic Primary School. I like the concept of Mosaic where the whole is composed of a myriad elements each different but colourful and contributing to the whole.
    Mosaic also reflects the commitment to Jewish mitzvot, ethics and traditions contained within the Torah given to Moses at Mt Sinai.
    What a great logo we could have!

  29. Tom says:

    Mosaic is a GREAT name. Visually it could be stunning and more importantly it really encapsulates the vision of a truly cross-communal school.

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