JSocs get a dream start at fresh­ers’ week

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

UNI­VER­SITY JEWISH SO­CI­ETIES have en­joyed a suc­cess­ful start to the aca­demic year, with hun­dreds of new mem­bers tak­ing part in Fresh­ers’ Week events across the coun­try.

In Leeds, JSoc mem­bers were treated to their own unique Fresh­ers Fair, of­fer­ing them a chance to sign up to al­most a dozen other Jewish stu­dent groups in­clud­ing Chabad, Aish, JLE and Tribe.

Fresher events in­cluded a bar­be­cue at­tended by 160 stu­dents, a Shab­bat meal at the new Hil­lel stu­dent cen­tre and a drinks night.

Pres­i­dent Daniel Gra­biner said more than 100 peo­ple had joined JSoc in the first week of term, with that num­ber likely to dou­ble in the com­ing weeks.

Manch­ester JSoc held a num­ber of events in­clud­ing its an­nual bar crawl, which at­tracted over 250 peo­ple.

Pres­i­dent Jonathan Ison said: “The tick­ets for the bar crawl were spe­cially de­signed T-shirts, so every­one looked re­ally good, and had loads of fun graf­fi­ty­ing each other.

“Fresh­ers in Manch­ester have cer­tainly cho­sen the right place to be.”

At Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Lon­don, 110 peo­ple joined JSoc on the first day of the Fresh­ers’ Fair alone.

Co-pres­i­dent Jonny Grun­wald said: “We did not know there would be such an in­flux of new stu­dents, it’s been mas­sive. We ran out of fresher packs. The re­sponse has been great.”

A suc­cah was also built in the uni­ver­sity’s main quad this week, and on Oc­to­ber 16 the JSoc is host­ing a free fresh­ers’ Fri­day-night din­ner.

In Scot­land, St An­drews JSoc wel­comed a record num­ber of re­cruits. Around 200 peo­ple joined up, mak­ing it one of the most pop­u­lar Jsocs in the coun­try.

Mem­bers of Dundee’s Jewish com­mu­nity hosted a Yom Kip­pur break­fast meal for St An­drews’ stu­dents. A group of golfers from New York joined in as they pre­pared to play the fa­mous Old Course the fol­low­ing day.

Martin Sam­son, St An­drews JSoc vi­cepres­i­dent, said: “We’ve had an ex­cel­lent start, with many new mem­bers and ex­cit­ing events, and we are looking for­ward to mak­ing this aca­demic year a mem­o­rable one.”

There was also a busy fresh­ers’ stall for Ox­ford Brookes JSoc, which signed up 50 new mem­bers. A Fri­daynight din­ner at chap­lain Rabbi Daniel Braune Fried­man’s home saw a record turnout re­quir­ing ex­tra ta­bles to be set up.

Co-pres­i­dent Anna Har­wood said the group had also added dozens of names to its mail­ing list and was now con­fi­dent of climb­ing out of the shad­ows of Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity’s JSoc to hold spe­cific Brookes-only events.

Bris­tol JSoc’s com­mit­tee hosted a Ja­panese-style Fri­day-night din­ner with sushi and teriyaki chicken. Funded by UJS Hil­lel, it at­tracted around 60 mem­bers.

Hull JSoc is start­ing its sec­ond year and signed up more than 30 new mem­bers. It also held a bagel brunch and is plan­ning reg­u­lar Fri­day-night din­ners at mem­bers’ houses.

Sh­effield JSoc held a post-Suc­cot bar­be­cue at the re­fur­bished Hil­lel. Around 20 new mem­bers have been re­cruited. A York­shire re­gion shab­ba­ton takes place later this month.

Rabbi Gavin Broder, Lon­don stu­dent chap­lain, with UCL JSoc mem­bers

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