Approx Jewish Students on campus - 20+
We are a small and friendly J-Soc and have been up and running for nine years. 2005 saw the start of a renaissance at Goldsmiths and since then we have held lunch and learns with visiting rabbis, had Chanukah and Purim parties, participated in Holocaust Memorial Day events and had dinner in Golders Green which is great for those visiting students that have never been outside of south London! We have also had socials and drinks in local pubs around campus. A couple of years ago saw the first ever Goldsmiths Shabbat in Greenwich. We have also organised debates and last year saw the first Israel debate held on campus with the Middle Eastern Society. Our J-Soc welcomes many international students throughout the year.
Kosher Food & Accommodation
There are no kosher provisions in catered halls. Vegetarian food is available. Self-catering varies. You may be placed with other Jewish students, but probably not. Outside J-Soc is the University’s Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Team, which includes two Jewish chaplains to cater for your needs.
Goldsmiths has an active student union with something on every night of the week. From quizzes to 'pound a pint' and the infamous club night 'Club Sandwich,' there is something for everyone. A lot of pubs give student discounts. Additionally, Goldsmiths is only a 15 minute train ride into central London. On campus, there is Loafers Cafe, the Refectory and the Common Room in the Union serves delicious vegetarian food. The Road also has many restaurants.
Local Synagogue Information
Staines & District Synagogue (Orthodox)
Chabad House Wimbledon (Orthodox)
We don't have links with the local community other than Chabad in Wimbledon. Rabbi Dovid Cohen and his wife Sora are very welcoming and often invite students for Friday night dinner.