Judaism is one of the world's oldest monotheistic religions. Our Jewish chaplaincy team are here to support Jewish students and staff of any tradition. Sheffield has a small Jewish community, with Orthodox and Reform congregations.
Judaism 101: All your questions about Judaism and Jewish observance are answered here.
Hebcal Jewish Calendar: A Hebrew date converter, Shabbat candle lighting times, and Jewish holidays are available here.
Jewish Chaplain - Rabbi Golomb
Jewish Chaplain - Rabbi Zecharia Deutsch
Rabbi Zecharia Deutsch was born in New York and moved to Israel with his family at an early age. He studied his advanced Torah studies in the Hesder Yeshiva of Ma'aleh Adumim. Zecharia then studied accounting and economics at Hebrew University from where he received a BA and his Israeli Certified Public Accountancy degree.
Zecharia trained for 2 years at Ohr Torah Stone's Strause Amiel training program for diaspora emissaries.
Jewish Chaplain - Nava Deutsch
Nava Deutsch was born in Zurich, Switzerland and moved to Israel when she was 18. Nava studied her advanced Jewish studies studied in Midreshet Orot Etzion in Givat Washington and In Midreshet Tohar in Yad Binyamin. Nava earned her Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) from Michlalah Jerusalem College. Nava trained for 2 years at Ohr Torah Stone's Claudia Cohen Women Educators Institute to prepare her for her role in Jewish educational and spiritual leadership to communities around the world.
In August of 2021 Zecharia and Nava with their two children moved to Leeds to join the University Jewish Chaplaincy organization and assumed the role of Jewish Chaplains in universities across the Yorkshire region.
Jewish Adviser - Patsy Cunningham
Hi, I’m Patsy. Cunningham. I grew up in America’s Midwest, managing to get a Bachelors degree in philosophy (a subject I still struggle with), a Master’s degree in Social Work (I learned a lot), two children, and three grandchildren (I learned even more!). I then spent ten years at three different universities in Hungary teaching lots of students about American Jewish literature and a very few students about American feminist literature. In 2001 I moved to Sheffield, working first at Northern General Hospital and then (a real privilege) as the social worker on the Macmillan Palliative Care Unit. I am an active member of the Reform Jewish Congregation here and as their representative have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of interfaith groups and activities in the city - including now here at the University. Please feel free to text, email, or just give me a call; I’d welcome the opportunity to meet you.
Sheffield has a small Jewish community, with two worshipping congregations - one from the Orthodox and one from the Reform traditions.
Please note that these listings are to provide information only. The inclusion of any group or association in these listings does not represent an endorsement of its views or practices by the University of Sheffield.
Both synagogue communities are friendly and welcoming, whatever your level of knowledge or observance.
The Reform community does not have its own building but meets regularly in the Ranmoor area.
The Orthodox community's building is near Hunter's Bar. Services are conducted according to traditional customs on every Thursday morning, Friday evening and Saturday morning as well as mid week festivals.
Please get in touch for more details of locations and times of services.
The Reform congregation uses English and Hebrew in services, usually led by members of the community but sometimes by a visiting Rabbi. Torah (Bible) readings are in Hebrew and translated into English. Both communities run communal events and offer home hospitality.
Orthodox: Rabbi Golomb
Synagogue, Brincliffe Crescent, near Hunters Bar, Sheffield S11 9AW.
- Tel: +44 114 255 2296 (office) or +44 114 281 7459 (home)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Website: http://www.jewishsheffield.org.uk/
There is a kosher butcher shop on the premises every Thursday morning open from 8.30-10.30am selling fresh meat and Challot.
At the same time there is a cafe offering a kosher breakfast and coffee. You can find it just up the stairs from the butcher shop.
Seven Hills Shul
Small, informal, inclusive Reform Jewish community.
- Tel: +44 7719 209259
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit: www.shef-ref.co.uk
- Movement for Reform Judaism
- RSY-Netzer Reform Youth Movement
We run events and services mostly in Ranmoor. Please phone or email Maya Brown, our community development worker (email@example.com) or a member of the Seven Hills Shul committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the address.
Find somewhere to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) occur in September or October, and so will often come early on in the semester, or during Intro Week.
(The Holy Days begin at sunset the evening before and end approximately an hour after sunset on the following day.)
For Jewish students coming to a new city during the High Holy Days, it can be challenging to be away from family and friends.
Here is some information and advice to help you enjoy these important dates in Sheffield.
- There will be Orthodox and Reform services for the High Holy Days.
- If you need to miss a department event, contact them in advance to let them know why you will not be able to attend that day. More information is available here.
- No-one needs to be alone on High Holy Days. If you would like to share festive meals with other Jewish people, contact Jewish Student Society (JSoc) – ideally at least 48 hours in advance! Contact email@example.com or on Facebook.
- Students who for religious reasons cannot attend, sit exams etc on specific dates/times should discuss with their academic department(s) in advance. If exams on specific dates, late Friday afternoons or Saturdays will not be possible, please complete this form before the end of October.
Shana Tova – Happy New Year!
The Sheffield Jewish Society is a joint society for students of both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
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