Oxford J-Soc organises social, educational and religious events for students of all shades of observance. Events range from talks by prestigious speakers, to bagel brunches and Jewish poetry evenings. All this together with the delicious weekly Friday night meals mean there is always something on.
Jewish Student Testimonies
"Coming to J-Soc from a non-religious background is not scary. The J-Soc in Oxford is cross-communal, which means that it's there for all Jews, regardless of their denomination, beliefs or upbringing."
"J-Soc is about what you want to get out of it. If all you want is a three-course meal on Friday night - you've got it. If you want to network with other colleges (and may I add that this is the best way I've experienced of meeting people from other colleges) - you've got that too. The nature of J-Soc is to make sure that anyone looking lonely will not remain so for long. All of the people on the J-Soc Committee are sociable types who are on the lookout for more members all the time. They'll do their utmost to make it a pleasant experience to keep you coming to the J-Soc events in the future."
"J-Soc is a great place to relax after a very full week. In my first year it was an opportunity I rarely took advantage of since I was so busy in my college, but I was always welcomed there even though I wasn't a regular."
"This year I come every week, but since Oxford is one of the biggest J-Socs in the country I am still constantly meeting new people. At the same time, despite the big numbers, it still manages to have an intimate atmosphere. Come and check it out!"
If you look hard enough while you're here, you'll still find traces of the stereotype that you see in the media: boater-wearing, rowing, punting, Pimms-drinking students. This isn't what regular life here is like, though, unless you want it to be - and in fact, by the time you've settled in, you might even find that a summer term hanging around the river in the sun isn't so bad anyway.
Kosher Food & Accommodation
There are Shabbat and weekday evening meals at the Oxford Jewish Centre. The Chabad Centre has a cafe open during the day.
There is a four bedroom student Chabad House but nearly all Jewish students live in college accommodation which is a fantastic and enjoyable experience and really part of Oxford life. Colleges are usually very accommodating for Jewish students - just ask.
Local Synagogue Information
Oxford Jewish Centre - www.ojc-online.org
Local Community Information
The Congregation is unique in Britain, supporting Orthodox, Masorti and Progressive services under one roof. There are Orthodox services every Shabbat and on many Shabbats there will also be a Reform or Masorti service. The congregation is also extremely supportive of the Jewish student community in Oxford, providing the base for many J-Soc events and subsidising meals on weeknights and Shabbats.
If you want any more information, please be in touch.