University Jewish Chaplains prepared for the new year on campus, gathering in London for a pre-freshers’ training and briefing seminar.
Chaplains and Chaplaincy couples from around the UK attended an array of sessions, including an address by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Chaplaincy’s President, who thanked the Chaplains for the support that they give all Jewish students. Chaplains also met the new Union of Jewish Students team, including President Josh Seitler. Both organisations discussed strategies to aid Jewish students, including working together to support Jewish Societies and protecting students from anti-Israel and antisemitic behaviour.
There were sessions with other community organisations who have reach with - and want to connect to - Jewish students on campus: This included Jnetics, Holocaust Memorial Day, Mitzvah Day, March of the Living, Tribe, Aish, CST and Reshet.
Chaplaincy’s Chief Operating Officer Sophie Dunoff said: “Working with other organisations on campus is a vital part of our role in enhancing and protecting Jewish life for our 8,000 students. Our Chaplains are fully armed for the new university year and are greatly looking forward to greeting students across the UK at freshers’ fairs and helping them to settle into campus life.”