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Approx Jewish Students on campus - 1000+

Leeds J-Soc is an active community providing a range of events, from peer led weekly lunch and learns, Friday Night Dinners, social action projects and everything in-between. With a vibrant student community there are also three on campus Rabbis there to support all students as well as the 16 committee members. Leeds J-Soc aims to unconditionally support all Jewish students. We are for students, by students.

The Hillel house on the Uni of campus (close to the city center) is an amazing building offering lots of room to chill, study, have lunch in the cafeteria, etc. In the Hillel house is also a Shul, and it is the space we use for all our activities, such as Predrinks, Jewish holidays, services, Lunch and learn, etc.

President: Carla Bernstein

What is your most memorable moment as J-Soc President?

"My most memorable moment at J-Soc was probably my first committee meeting in January, where we discussed how we were going to tackle the year ahead. Having just been voted as president, it was daunting looking at the blank calendar in front of me, but having the support of the committee and Leeds J-Soc as a whole made the job so much easier - and for that I am thankful!"

What is your favourite event you have attended?

"My favourite J-Soc event is Lishma, because I think it’s an amazing quality of Leeds J-Soc that students give up their time to educate others on a topic that they are passionate about. The hour long discussions range from informative talks about recent volunteering trips, to the connection between sci-fi movies and Judaism. The peer led discussion often leads to relevant and lively debates, and with a free kosher lunch, there’s nothing I don’t love about Wednesday’s Lishma!"

Whats the best thing about Leeds J-Soc?

"I think the best thing about J-Soc is its diversity. Although we are all connected in our Judaism, the diverse range of opinions and practises mean that we are constantly learning from each other. Debates and conversations about our beliefs and our values mean that we are constantly evolving as a society, whilst catering for everyone’s Judaic requirements. "

Kosher Food & Accommodation

The University of Leeds provides Kosher accommodation in the following halls of residence: 

  • Montague Burton
  • Leodis
  • Central Village
  • Cityside

Leeds Beckett provides kosher accommodation dependant on demand, however there is a residential Hillel house available to students. 

The University Union sells kosher food, the Morrison’s in the Merrion Centre and there is a Jewish community in North Leeds where there are kosher grocery stores, bakeries and butchers.

Leeds Hillel also provides Kosher Lunches. As well as on Wednesday’s a free meaty lunch during the J-Soc event Lishma.

Local Synagogue Information

There are many synagogues in North Leeds from a range of denominations that are always happy to have students join in on services and community activities. 

Leeds JSoc also run regular services for all chaggim, both orthodox and egalitarian.There are many synagogues in North Leeds from a range of denominations that are always happy to have students join in on services and community activities.

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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