Birmingham

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Approx Jewish Students on campus - 1000+

Birmingham J-Soc is proud to have established itself as one of the largest and most active in the country over recent years. Our wide range of events covers social and cultural activities, campaigns, educational programmes and social action initiatives. Some of our most successful events include the yearly ‘Booze for Jews’ and ‘JEWS (Jews Experiment With Shots), our massive weekly Friday night meals, parties on Jewish festivals, guest speakers, Zumba and 5-a-side-football and plenty more to keep you busy! 

Campus Notes

Birmingham holds many different bars and clubs that are cheap and fun. The Bull Ring is an amazing shopping centre that is far better than ones in other cities.

Kosher Food & Accommodation

The Orthodox Shul has a kosher shop which stocks a huge range, including meat, dairy, bakery and frozen. You genuinely don’t need to bring anything from home at all – but the opening hours differ each day, so check their website (would recommend late night Thursdays!) The large Sainsbury’s Selly Oak (the main area where non-freshers live) has a kosher section too.

Kosher flats available in halls at University of Birmingham (Elgar Court, Mason Court, Maple Bank, Tennis Courts). Jewish students at the other universities in Birmingham tend to go to Hillel. Hillel House – 42 rooms, all with own kitchen, some with en-suite bathroom, plus large social spaces, and the main space for J-Soc events. 10 mins walking to University of Birmingham, 10 mins train to town centre for other Birmingham universities (Aston, UCB, BCU, etc.) 10/10 would recommend.

Local Synagogue Information

Central Synagogue (Orthodox)

Birmingham Progressive Synagogue (Liberal)

Birmingham Hebrew Congregation (informally known as Singers Hill, also Orthodox, less popular with students than the other 2)

King David Primary School (Orthodox - run by Birmingham Hebrew Congregation)


*Students are most welcome at all services and events.

About UJS

We are the voice of over 8,500 Jewish students, spanning 60 Jewish Societies (J-Socs) on campuses across the UK and Ireland. We are traditional, progressive, cultural and spiritual; we come from the left, centre and right and can be found across religious and political spectrums.

Together we create and deliver powerful campaigns; fighting prejudice, advancing inclusion, and inspiring education and action on the issues that matter to us. 

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