University Jewish Chaplaincy works with Jewish students and universities across the country to enhance the Jewish student experience and safeguard Jewish university life. Our Chaplains and Chaplaincy couples are there for all Jewish students to provide a warm, non-judgmental, vibrant, inclusive and inspiring Jewish environment.
University Jewish Chaplaincy provides a permanent communal framework for all Jewish students at universities across the UK. Officially recognised by the Universities, our Chaplaincy couples are trained husband and wife rabbinic teams, equipped to deal with every aspect of student life. From personal and health issues through to navigating bureaucratic challenges, the Chaplains are experienced in traversing the complexities of university life. The Chaplaincy couples also create a warm and open-minded environment in which Jewish students can comfortably live an inspired Jewish life whilst away from home.
University Jewish Chaplaincy works with Jewish communities and organisations across the country to plan and develop for the future of Jewish student life. Whilst students come and go, Chaplaincy ensures that the infrastructure is in place year-after-year, providing the one element of consistency and stability in the ever-changing university environment.
What We Do
- Programme quality and diverse Jewish activities on campus
- Increase student participation in those Jewish activities
- Provide excellent Jewish education to as many students as possible, with entry points across the spectrum of Jewish learning
- Connect with Jewish students and build student communities
- Partner with the Jewish Societies on campus
- Represent the students’ best interests as necessary to university faculty
- Chaplains are also there for:
- Student Welfare
- Practical Support
- Spiritual Guidance
Encompassing both pastoral and religious duties both on and off campus, our chaplains and Chaplaincy couples are available to support students who have been bereaved, or who have issues with stress, drugs and loneliness. It is not uncommon for the Chaplains' home to be a hive of activity well into the night as students gather for a shiur or a chocolate fondue evening, a quiet chat or to prepare for an upcoming Yom Tov or Shabbat.