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: Natalie Deller
What is your most memorable moment as J-Soc President?
"My most memorable moment as J-Soc president so far would definitely be the first FND. Exhausted and traumatised after gutting raw chickens and cutting potatoes for 2 days, by Shabbat I was ready to crash! Looking around the room at so many familiar faces enjoying the FND definitely made it worth it, but what I won’t forget was when I realised George Ezra (a famous singer I have seen live) was eating our chicken after stumbling into J-Soc with some students he befriended at Chabad! "
What is your favourite event you have attended?
"My favourite J-Soc event I have attended was Purim. The committee had such creative ideas that transformed Hillel from the norm into a great venue with the ICONIC balloon pit !! There was such an amazing atmosphere with everyone in dressed up and dancing, it was impossible to not have a great time!"
Whats the best thing about Leeds J-Soc?
"The best thing about Leeds J-Soc is the size! I think being one of the largest J-Socs in the country gives a unique atmosphere. It creates a powerful energy at events with large turnouts and also enhances diversity. The range of practices and opinions within the J-Soc ensure it is a space where all Jews feel welcome. A J-Soc as big as Leeds becomes a community with an incredible support system"
Kosher Food & Accommodation
The University of Leeds provides Kosher accommodation in the following halls of residence:
- Montague Burton
Leeds Beckett provides kosher accommodation dependant on demand, and there are also some residential spaces available at the Leeds Hillel house.
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.
The UJS Sabbatical Officer for this campus is Dana