Over the past 10 years, Chaplaincy has continued to change and adapt to the evolving needs of Jewish students across the county. Increasing numbers of students are turning to their chaplains for support, counselling and hospitality. This was evident from the data collected from over 400 University students who responded to Chaplaincy’s National Student Survey this summer. Chaplains across the country have given countless hours of pastoral care, shared innumerable cups of coffee and pints of beer, served over 9000 Shabbat and Yom Tov meals as well as providing educational programming to 3000 students.
Chaplaincy have responded to the increasing surge of Jewish students in the Bristol and Western region by adding a full-time chaplaincy couple to the ever growing Chaplaincy team – Rabbi Alex and Ahuva Tsykin. We are also excited to welcome Rabbi Dvir and Pe’er Baris to Nottingham, who will look to provide an equal level of provision and support to Jewish students at both Nottingham University and Nottingham Trent as well as regular visits to smaller campuses across the east Midlands. Yoseph and Rachael Citron, are newly appointed South Coast field workers and will provide an unprecedented level of residential hospitality and support to students in Brighton.
We are continuing to expand our reach across the UK, so that wherever Jewish students may be, they have access to a University Jewish Chaplaincy, chaplain.