Birmingham Jsoc is the largest in the country. A Jewish life is not hard to find, unfortunately a Masorti one is. Masorti student uptake has been low in recent years, however the J-Soc is pluralist and accepting of everyone. We have tried in the past to run Masorti and Reform services but struggle to get a minyan. However, there is a Marom group of 10-15 people who have events such as family-style Friday night dinners.
Due to the size of the J-Soc, very little effort is needed to have a Jewish social life. The Jsoc has been able to offer a wide range of events and activities including, a weekly 5-a-side tournament, Booze4Jews, Wasted Wej bar crawl, Vodbul club nights, comedy nights, insight educational seminars, pub quiz, guest speakers from the Israeli ambassador to our very own field worker, as well as weekly Friday night onegs. It is very easy to get caught up in the J-Soc world. There are a wide range of events organised, and so people go to what interests them.
Hillel is the central hub of the J-Soc. It is a mansion with a large main room which is able to hold 150 for dinner while there is space in other rooms for those occasions when they get more on a Friday night. With its many rooms and big communal tv, it is perfect for fallefel and films and the occasional house party. There is a great community atmosphere with strong links with Birmingham's Jewery which is sadly ageing and on the decline.
Rabbi Fishel and his wife Ester are very friendly and always welcoming people into their home for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer many educational events and learning opportunities are widely available from the chaplin or from other students.
Like all societies in Birmingham, the J-Soc does not have a political perspective on anything. They have a respectful relationship with the Isoc and we offer interfaith dialogue opportunities and training for this.
If you have any questions or queries please don't hesitate to contact any member of the committee, their details are on the website.
Birmingham Jewish Society Details
Birmingham has the largest Hillel house in the country and kosher flats in three of the university's accommodation sites.
Kosher butcher/deli five minutes from Hillel house, Friday night oneg.