Oxford Jsoc (Jewish Society) is NOT just a religious society; our aims and likewise our events are varied in their nature. JSoc organises social, educational as well as religious events for students of all shades of observance - ranging from those who go to shul three times a day to three times a year. With prestigious speakers, cocktail parties, bagel brunches and of course Friday night meals, Jsoc provides a unique opportunity to mix with other Jewish students. We also provide meals every night of the week at the OJC (Oxford Jewish Community Centre) so eating kosher food in Oxford should never be an issue. Charges are reasonable. Look on the J-Soc website for further details.
Oxford JSoc has it's very own Chaplains, Tracey and Michael Rosenfeld-Schueler. They are around not just to educate, but for any help on any issue, however mundane you might think it is. Further details on the Oxford Jewish Chaplaincy website http://oxfordchap.weebly.com/
Whilst the OJC is the home of Jsoc, we have plenty of events that take place in colleges, which is a great way to get to know Oxford. We have 'lunch n learns' most days of the week on a plethora of controversial and interesting Jewish issues. Traditionally Jsoc has been at the heart of many interfaith and intersociety events, from barbeques to football matches.
Despite having events most days of the week, Friday nights are at the heart of JSoc. With themed dinners, speakers and of course chicken soup (that will never match up to Grandma's but we try), Friday night services are a great way to end the week. The JSoc lounge combined with an abundance of alcohol ensures that Friday nights not only a meal, but one of the best social events of your week.
Further details on the J-soc website http://www.oxfordjsoc.co.uk/jsoc
Oxford Brookes has a small but thriving Jewish community. We hold Lunch and Learns two or three times a week on campus and have numerous social events throughout the term. Whilst being a separate University, we are fully integrated into JSOC life in town and as a committee are there to facilitate this. We regularly get a good turnout at Friday nights at the OJC (with the main JSOC) but would love to see more Brookes students at all events so will provide taxis if enough Brookes people want to attend. Since the beginning of the academic year we have had a Middle Eastern night, Channukah party, gone ice skating and hosted the annual JSOC ball to name just a few events happening at Brookes!
Further details on the JSoc website: http://www.oxfordjsoc.co.uk/jsoc
All undergraduates automatically become honorary members of the OJC while studying in Oxford and visiting graduates and staff are welcome at the synagogue and at all OJC activities and events. They are encouraged to become members of the OJC if they will be in Oxford for a period of time and special rates are available.
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