JSoc brings us to­gether

Scot­land’s cli­mate is too cold, but Bel­gian Tim finds a warm wel­come at shul

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

Tim Abra­ham, 18, from An­twerp, study­ing Com­puter and Man­age­ment Sci­ence at Ed­in­burgh, which has 80 Jewish stu­dents.

I WAS a lit­tle bit ap­pre­hen­sive about go­ing to uni­ver­sity in Scot­land. It’s a whole ad­ven­ture you are go­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence, leav­ing your fam­ily, friends and home be­hind for a new life at uni­ver­sity.

But I also wanted to go away, ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing else other than Bel­gium.

My older brother also stud­ied in the UK so I kind of knew what it was go­ing to be like.

The most ex­cit­ing thing we did dur- ing Fresh­ers’ Week was a uni­ver­si­ty­or­gan­ised beach party. We went dressed in beach clothes, but Scot­land can be a cold coun­try and stand­ing in a queue can be freez­ing if you’re dressed in shorts, T-shirt and flip-flops.

I joined JSoc dur­ing a re­li­gions fair at the uni­ver­sity. They or­gan­ised a trea­sure hunt for fresh­ers and the win­ners were bought lunch that af­ter­noon.

On Rosh Hashanah we prayed with Ed­in­burgh He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion and af­ter­wards there was a din­ner for the Jewish stu­dents.

Other fun things in­cluded a film night — we went to see In­glo­ri­ous Bas­terds and hit the pub af­ter­wards.

I al­ready feel part of a com­mu­nity on cam­pus. You don’t know any­body but youlook­for­peo­p­ley­ouhave­some­thing in com­mon with, the same hob­bies, the same sub­jects.

In the JSoc you al­ready feel much closer to one an­other by shar­ing the same faith. Some are re­li­gious, some are not, but we’re all Jews.

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