Approx Jewish Students on campus - 50+
Despite being a lesser known J-Soc, Jewish life in St Andrews in thriving and looks set to continue on its upward trajectory. We have a huge range of events from Friday Night Dinners, Lunch and Learns, Sushi making and an annual ball for students from Scotland and Northern England. We celebrate and mark all the Jewish festivals and bring kosher meat up to our little Neuk of Fife! We have a range of members, both Jewish and non-Jewish and always do as much as we can to provide a welcoming atmosphere for students away from home.
President: Andrew Williams
What is your most memorable moment as J-Soc President?
" Without a doubt, our inaugural J-Soc ball held in November 2016 was my most memorable moment in J-Soc. To realise an idea that was more than 2 years old and see over 120 Jewish students from over 10 different universities come together was unbelievable and it’s a feeling I’ll hold for a long time."
What is your favourite event you have attended?
" The best thing? The variety of people and events. Jews, non-Jews, Liberal, Orthodox, Reform, Progressive. The different backgrounds that people bring to the J-Soc ensure that thought-provoking ideas are never far away."
Whats the best thing about St. Andrews's J-Soc?
"The best thing about St' Andrews Jsoc is that it isn't necessarily just about religion, it's about being with people with similar beliefs to you and a similar upbringing making it easy to get along with everyone. But we also try to ensure that the religious link is there for those who want it, without enforcing it on those who come just to meet other Jews in a similar situation to them."
Kosher Food & Accommodation
There is no kosher food available in St Andrews, however the J-Soc does regular orders of kosher food from Glasgow and can order on behalf of members.
Local Synagogue Information
The closest synagogues are in Edinburgh (Orthodox and Liberal) and Glasgow (Orthodox and Reform). Anyone who visits Glasgow is welcome to stay with the student chaplain.