Hi, I'm Eli and I am the Jewish Chaplain for Leeds & Yorkshire universities. I've taken on the challenge of running the London Marathon this year in order to raise money for University Jewish Chaplaincy, a very worthwhile cause. Here is a bit about what they do at campuses all over the UK:
University Jewish Chaplaincy works with Jewish communities and organisations across the country to plan and develop for the future of Jewish student life. Whilst students come and go, Chaplaincy ensures that the infrastructure is in place year-after-year, providing the one element of consistency and stability in the ever-changing university environment.What We Do
Programme quality and diverse Jewish activities on campusIncrease student participation in those Jewish activitiesProvide excellent Jewish education to as many students as possible, with entry points across the spectrum of Jewish learningConnect with Jewish students and build student communitiesPartner with the Jewish Societies on campusRepresent the students’ best interests as necessary to university facultyChaplains are also there for: Student WelfarePractical SupportSpiritual GuidanceEncompassing both pastoral and religious duties both on and off campus, our chaplains and Chaplaincy couples are available to support students who have been bereaved, or who have issues with stress, drugs and loneliness. It is not uncommon for the Chaplains' home to be a hive of activity well into the night as students gather for a shiur or a chocolate fondue evening, a quiet chat or to prepare for an upcoming Yom Tov or Shabbat.