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We have a pending move to the Basel area this summer and while most of our needs will be guided by corporate resources I am looking for recommendations for religious school. We belong to a reform synagogue in the US and my children attend the religious program in preparation for their bar mitzvahs. I've done a google search and am finding it difficult to figure things out because I don't read German. Thanks.
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Maybe you can find some information here

https://igb.ch/en/

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Thank you, this was very helpful!
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Switzerland is a secular country, and there are very few religious schools.
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I don't think she is looking for regular schools that are religious... but schools that teach religion for kids... like when Catholic children prepare for 1st communion and confirmation. At least that's what I understand when she writes she wants her kids to prepare for their bar mitzvahs.

Becky, you can search in English here.
http://jewisheurope.org/city.asp?City=Basel&Type=1
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We have a pending move to the Basel area this summer and while most of our needs will be guided by corporate resources I am looking for recommendations for religious school. We belong to a reform synagogue in the US and my children attend the religious program in preparation for their bar mitzvahs. I've done a google search and am finding it difficult to figure things out because I don't read German. Thanks.
Hi Becky, if you belong to a Reform temple you might prefer Migwan, a liberal community in Basel. I just don't know how active/established they are. Jüdische Liberale Gemeinde (JLG) in Zurich is really active with a rabbi etc., so might be a better alternative.
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My kids are in secular school for their education, but attend classes at our synagogue in the US to learn Hebrew, prayers and about our religion. My oldest has one year to prepare for his bar mitzvah, so that's why I am interested in continuing their religious education. I'm not sure that we will want to travel into Zurich for this, but I am open to all suggestions.
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I don't think she is looking for regular schools that are religious... but schools that teach religion for kids... like when Catholic children prepare for 1st communion and confirmation. At least that's what I understand when she writes she wants her kids to prepare for their bar mitzvahs.

Becky, you can search in English here.
http://jewisheurope.org/city.asp?City=Basel&Type=1
Yes, this is exactly what I mean.
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Thanks Becky- this was not totally clear from your initial post- especially to someone with experience of the UK where there are many religious schools per se.
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Thanks Becky- this was not totally clear from your initial post- especially to someone with experience of the UK where there are many religious schools per se.
Switzerland is not the UK.

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Exactly - and the OP is NOT from Switzerland, is she- so who knows what her background experiences and expectations are. Cheers.
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Thanks Becky- this was not totally clear from your initial post- especially to someone with experience of the UK where there are many religious schools per se.
Haha, I'm writing as an American! There will be a lot to learn when we move to Switzerland!
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Exactly - and the OP is NOT from Switzerland, is she- so who knows what her background experiences and expectations are. Cheers.
Amrican, moving to Switzerland. All in her first post.

To OP: I really think roegner's link is the best starting point for you. It seems to offer what you want - if not they could advise you where else there are offers.
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We have a pending move to the Basel area this summer and while most of our needs will be guided by corporate resources I am looking for recommendations for religious school. We belong to a reform synagogue in the US and my children attend the religious program in preparation for their bar mitzvahs. I've done a google search and am finding it difficult to figure things out because I don't read German. Thanks.
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Switzerland's a majority Orthodox country I'm afraid, but there are three established liberal/reform communities: Geneva, Zürich, and Basel in order of size.
Migwan is the name of the liberal community in Basel. I've never been to any event there but I've heard they're all very friendly. (http://www.migwan.ch/en/education/).

I would not recommend contacting the link Roegner posted as that is an orthodox community.
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Thanks Chomp! I'll take a closer look at Migwan.
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My kids are in secular school for their education, but attend classes at our synagogue in the US to learn Hebrew, prayers and about our religion. My oldest has one year to prepare for his bar mitzvah, so that's why I am interested in continuing their religious education. I'm not sure that we will want to travel into Zurich for this, but I am open to all suggestions.
Do your kids have any choice in this or is it you deciding for them, maybe they not interested in such a rigid education
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Do your kids have any choice in this or is it you deciding for them, maybe they not interested in such a rigid education
Torah-Talmud classes are a couple of hours max once a week. It's not as if OP is proposing depriving them of a normal education and sending them to a religious day-school.
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Do your kids have any choice in this or is it you deciding for them, maybe they not interested in such a rigid education
I'm not asking for your opinion on how I raise my kids. I only asked for info on options in the area hoping that other parents are in a similar situation and can guide me on where to start my search.
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yes, but it is much easier to brainwash a child than an adult.
OP asked a simple question. She deservs a clear answer.

Free exercise of religion is a big thing here - and we want to keep it this way!

Knowledge about religions is general education. (Mine re Judaism lacks terribly, I noticed). The only way to refuse something is by knowing what one is actually refusig (and one can always only refuse for one-self).

OP's children will make their own decisions one day. But they'll know what they decide for/chose from.

So could we just stick to answering what we were asked for? Giving aggressive opinions about what we "think" is behind the question is not supporting Art. 15 Bundesverfassung Schweiz (federal constitution).
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Newsflash: whatever one is raised as, there comes a point in one's life where the child questions their parents' beliefs and develops his/her own, not just with regards to religion, but politics, lifestyle, etc. It's called becoming an adult.

So no point in screaming "abuse!" at a parent's desire to make their children aware of their religion and their roots, as the OP has described it. Abuse from religious nutters exists, as from non-religious nutters, and it is a crime. But it's not at all the scenario the OP is describing. The kid will make up her own mind anyway at some point on how much/how little she wants to partake.

Back on topic: OP, I see that Migwan's links have already been posted. There is also Chabad in Basel - I realize it might be a tad more tilted on the orthodox spectrum than you might like, but it is an additional reference point just in case, and I thought I'd post it.

http://www.chabadbasel.com/templates...at.htm/lang/en
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