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Kosher Oxford and Accommodation

Accommodation

One general issue is that Oxford is a City attracting millions of visitors each year. Accommodation is therefore expensive and can be hard to find. This applies both to hotel rooms and apartments or houses used by longer term visitors. So book early. If you are looking for an apartment then making a reservation a year in advance is highly desirable. A good place to start looking for accommodation is via www.oxfordcity.co.uk. There are no kosher hotels in Oxford.

Kosher facilities

There is the Oxford Kosher Café at The David Slager Jewish Student Centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 but there are no kosher restaurants or shops in Oxford although many people find that the Lebanese restaurant, The Al Shami, opposite the Synagogue is suitable. Challot (non kosher) can be found at Marks and Spencer food store in Summertown. The large Supermarkets normally stock some of the Tival vegetarian range (sausages etc.). Some Kosher food can also be purchased at the Chabad House 61 George Street OX1 2BQ. To make an order, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (01865) 200 158.

There is also a very wide range of vegetarian food available in Oxford and content labelling laws are very strict. Even some very orthodox British Jews will eat such items. If you plan to spend a period in England it is worth getting a copy of the Really Jewish Food Guide (from www.kosher.org.uk).

Gees (Kosher Deli) in Birmingham also delivers to the synagogue every three or four weeks in term time – contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details of the next delivery.

Otherwise members drive to one of the major Jewish areas of North West London (Golders Green, Hendon, Edgware) where there are numerous kosher shops and restaurants. This takes about an hour by car. Without a car, the journey involves a train or bus to London and then a tube (subway) ride contact:
http://www.tourinaday.com/oxford/london-to-oxford.html
Oxford Bus Company 395 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 2DJ. Tel: 01865 785400
National Express Tel: 0990 808080
The Oxford Tube Horspath Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2RY. Tel: 01865 772250
Stagecoach Oxford Horspath Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2RY. Tel: 01865 772250

Kosher evening meals - term time

There is a kosher meals service at the Oxford Jewish Centre in Richmond Road during University term times but they must be booked in advance by calling the centre on 01865 514 356 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Dinner is served daily except Sundays and also lunch on Saturday. Charges are reasonable. Look on the J-Soc website for further details www.oxfordjsoc.co.uk.

Some kind congregants may offer hospitality to visitors in their own homes on Shabbat and festivals. If you would like to arrange this, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It would be very helpful if you could give your home address or contact details, and an indication as to your degree of kashrut and Shabbat observance, for example, how far you would be prepared to walk.

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