Through being president of my Jewish Society, I had the opportunity and pleasure of liaising frequently with Chaplaincy. It helped shaped my experience of Jewish life on campus by being able to build a strong relationship with not only the chaplains on campus but also the people behind the scenes at Chaplaincy head office. The work Chaplaincy achieve is astonishing, from successfully organising events involving the Chief Rabbi to training Chaplains on campus, giving students the best possible pastoral care and support possible. Chaplaincy have a large amount of work, as they provide chaplains for Jewish Societies across a huge range of universities nationally.  However, they make it seem effortless as they are always reliable at answering phone calls and emails promptly and regularly visiting universities to hear from the students themselves. This hands-on approach really shows students how much they care.

I urge all students to reach out to their chaplains, to build good relationships with their chaplains on campus in order to feel the benefit of all the hard work Chaplaincy delivers.

Laura Freedman, Nottingham Trent Chair
As President of the City University London JSoc 2013/14, I am thankful that I had the support of Rabbi Broder during this year. Rabbi Broder has not only supported all of the London JSoc committees but also the many hundreds of London students. Rabbi Broder has always been available and willing to come to City University to host interesting Lunch and Learns and to provide endless amounts of great food - events which all the students thoroughly enjoy. 
At the London JSoc Camden bar crawl in October, the students were pleasantly surprised to see Rabbi Broder set up a hot dog stand outside one of the bar stop points. Similarly, all the students really enjoyed the hot dogs which Chaplaincy kindly supplied once again at the London JSoc charity bar night at City University in February. Rabbi Broder always supports London JSoc leaders to help them with organising events and always ensures everyone feels included in activities. He also has supported many JSoc members with their exam issues and queries by liaising with the different universities.
Nicole Rahimzadeh

I first met Fishel and Esther within a couple of days of arriving in Birmingham . Unable to get a place at Hillel and not wanting to be the only jewish person in halls (I attended teacher training college),they helped put together a jewish flat of first years. They opened their home to me, always made me feel welcome fed me , listened to me laughed with me and and were always supportive.

20 years since graduating, the bond is still as close.

We love sharing smachot together. It was very special to have Fishel speak at my chuppa and then 15 years later to speak at my son's bar mitzvah.

They are a very special couple and influence so many.

Rachel Ucko née Zeffert, Birmingham 1991-1995

I spent four years at university and throughout my time Chaplaincy were incredibly supportive to everything Jewish and not so Jewish that I did. Rabbi Broder (aka Rav Gav) was particularly hospitable to students and gave lots of advice when we were organising and running Jewish Society (JSoc) activities. I was particularly moved by Rabbi Broder's eagerness to attend as many JSoc events as possible, consistently walking back to Golders Green from Central London events on Friday nights, and joining our JSoc on two weekend trips abroad. Rabbi Broder gives Jewish students positive and friendly support as they navigate the difficulties of university life.

Chaplaincy were also particularly grateful for all types of feedback that they received and always took it on board. They are an organisation that always seeks to improve; they put students first, supporting them in organising JSoc activities, always with a friendly smile.

Noah Nathan, Imperial College London 2010-14, JSoc President 2011-13

As part of Imperial College JSoc, I have always had a close connection with Rav Gav, the London Chaplain. Rav Gav has been together with us in the last three years on two JSoc trips abroad.  He is always full of energy, warmth and wise words and I hope this friendship can continue in the future.

Daniel Bollag

It's a bit (very) late but I wanted to say how much I appreciate everything you (Rabbi Broder) did for Brunel JSoc during my time there. There were moments, especially this year, where you totally saved our events and I don't feel like I ever thanked you enough. Really glad to have been able to work with you and have you come speak at our Lunch and Learns - it's definitely one of the things I'll miss most now that I've left Brunel.


Chaplaincy has done an outstanding job this year. Rav Gav and Suzy have been a massive inspiration to our JSoc and it has been an absolute pleasure working with them this year. Our JSoc is small but mighty and with the huge help from Chaplaincy it has shown that the size of your JSoc really does not matter. They have played a fundamental role within my time at University, whether it was helping us to host Friday night dinners, surprise birthday parties, helping to prepare for our Yom Ha'atzmaut BBQ or hosting regular Lunch and Learns at University. They are always there to lend a helping hand without a single hesitation. They have helped me with specific questions I may have had or even lending me books relating to my University Assignments.

This year Chaplaincy awarded my JSoc with the “Developing Jsoc of the Year Award”. I can honestly say that my University experience would not have been as epic as it has been this year without the enormous efforts put in by Rav Gav and Suzy. They enable the student community to come together be it through events or Friday night dinners, permitting you to meet new friends from outside of your JSoc and network with an array of other people your age outside of your degree. If you are a student living away from home as the website states they really do make it your “home away from home”.  


Leanne Mitchell, Middlesex Jsoc President