Oxford University Chabad Society

HILARY TERMCARD 2024

 

Welcome to Oxford University Chabad Society HILARY Termcard '24! This term promises to be an exciting programme at the OU Chabad Society, offering a wide variety of high profile and stimulating events, including world renowned speakers, delicious Friday night Shabbat dinners and lunch weekly, stimulating classes, seminars and plenty of opportunities to meet other students and make new friends. Whether you’re looking for challenging discussions, classes in Judaism or a warm environment to hang out with friends, the Oxford University Chabad Society has something to offer everyone. Looking forward to meeting you over the coming term!

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Week 0

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Thanksgiving.jpgWeekly Friday Night SHABBAT DINNER & LUNCH 

Oxford Chabad is delighted to offer Jewish students and community weekly delicious Shabbat Dinners and Lunch every Shabbat throughout the year

Friday Night Shabbat dinner

Friday, 12 January, Kabbalat Shabbat service at 7.30pm,  Shabbat dinner at 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Shabbat Lunch at 1.30pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome! 

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Week 1

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Dr. Kim Treiger-Bar-Am

'The Ethics of Truth'

Kim Treiger-Bar-Am studied philosophy and then law at Yale University, and wrote her doctorate in law at St. John's College, University of Oxford. She has taught law in Israel for many years. Her previous books are Positive Freedom and the Law (2019), and Freedom and Respect in Jewish Ethics (2021).
 

Tues, 16 Jan, 6pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89002124867?pwd=REg5TVhaOUdOZFp3RjNlbmhXN1psZz09

Meeting ID: 890 0212 4867
Passcode: 448026

All are welcome!

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BBQ.jpeg Welcome Back shawarma and drinks evening

Join us for a welcome back shawarma and drinks - chill out with the newly instated pub-size pool table, table tennis and amazing food and drinks 

Wed, 17 Jan, 7pm-9pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

 

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Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 19 Jan, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ 

Shabbat Lunch at 1.30pm

Sat, 20 Jan, 1.30pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome!

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Week 2

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Perl Grunzweig Memorial Lecture

Yossi Klein Halevi

'Israel at war and what October 7 means to the future of the Jewish people'

Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, he co-directs the Institute's Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI), which teaches emerging young Muslim American leaders about Judaism, Jewish identity and Israel. Halevi’s 2013 book, Like Dreamers, won the Jewish Book Council's Everett Book of the Year Award. His latest book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, is a New York Times bestseller. He writes for leading op-ed pages in the US, including the Times and the Wall Street Journal, and is a former contributing editor to the New Republic. His 2001 book, At the Entrance to the Garden of Eden: A Jew’s Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land, will be reissued in 2019 by HarperCollins. His first book, Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist, tells the story of his teenage years as a follower of the militant right wing rabbi Meir Kahane, and his subsequent disillusionment with Jewish radicalism. The New York Times called it “a book of burning importance." In 2013 he was a visiting professor of Israel Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and served as a writer in residence at the University of Illinois. He was a senior fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem from 2004 until 2010. Born in Brooklyn, he moved to Israel in 1982, and lives in Jerusalem with wife, Sarah, who helps run a center for Jewish meditation. They have three children.

Tuesday, 23 Jan, 6pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81106742720?pwd=MXB0Zk1MK3BDQVJ0U3FWLzdlTldwZz09

Meeting ID: 811 0674 2720
Passcode: 456098

All welcome!

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New Year for Trees - Tu B'shvat

Chocolate fondue evening 

Wed, 24 January, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ 

All welcome!

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Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 26 Jan, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ 

Shabbat Lunch at 1.30pm

Sat, 27 Jan, 1.30pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome!

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Week 3

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Holocaust Memorial Lecture

Auschwitz Holocaust Survivor Ivor Perl

'Remember: How I survived Auschwitz'

Holocaust Survivor Miriam Freedman

'Surviving the Holocaust in a cellar in Czechoslovakia'

Introduction by the Assessor of the University of Oxford Professor Joe Conlon

February, 1945 would have been the perfect time for Hungarian born 13-year-old Ivor Perl’s Bar Mitzvah but instead the barely in his teens lad stood under the cold snow hungry and desperate in the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz.

Miriam Freedman was born in Bratislavia. Her life changed beyond recognition when the Nazi party came to power in 1933. Miriam and her immediate family survived by going into hiding, aided by those who put their own lives at risk to keep them safe.

Monday, 29 January, 7pm

Buffet reception 6pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ 

RSVP: click here.

All are welcome!

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Professor Saul Smilansky 

'What is Crazy Ethics and why does it matter?'

Saul Smilansky (D.Phil., Oxford) is a Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Haifa, Israel. He works primarily on normative and applied ethics, the free will problem, and meaning in life. He is the author of Free Will and Illusion (Oxford University Press 2000), 10 Moral Paradoxes (Blackwell 2007), and over one hundred papers in philosophical journals and edited collections. Saul is on sabbatical at Oxford until the end of July 2024. He is completing a book on "Crazy Ethics", the idea that much in morality seems  true (or at least plausible) yet absurd. He is looking at examples and wondering what to do about all this. 

Tuesday, 30 January, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84482851553?pwd=RzdjTWZGejMwdWord1ZJbk1tVmpKdz09

Meeting ID: 844 8285 1553
Passcode: 317863

All are welcome!

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Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 2 Feb, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ 

Shabbat Lunch at 1.30pm

Sat, 3 Feb, 1.30pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome!

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Week 4

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Professor Colin Mayer CBE

'Capitalism and Crises: The golden rule'

Colin Peter Mayer CBE FBA was the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. He was the Peter Moores Dean of the Saïd Business School between 2006 and 2011.

Tuesday, 6 February, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83251004741

Meeting ID: 832 5100 4741

All are welcome!

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Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 9 Feb, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ 

Shabbat Lunch at 1.30pm

Sat, 10 Feb, 1.30pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome!

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Week 5

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Nicholas Martin

Writer and producer of the film 'Golda'

'Golda Meir & The Yom Kippur War'

Nicholas Martin was born and grew up in Sussex. He attended Brighton College, a boarding school, but struggled with academia and left without qualifications. He moved to London and worked variously as: a croupier, a laborer, a bouncer and a barman. In his early twenties he worked at sea as a deck hand and as a yacht captain. Between jobs he traveled in South America where he supported the Sandinista revolution. He helped build a school in the north of the country, which was destroyed by the Contra Terrorists the day after it opened. He began writing feature pieces about his travels and contributing to British newspapers including: The Sunday Times, The Guardian and various magazines. In 1988 he reported from Chile on the final days of the Pinochet regime. In 1989 Martin returned to London to take up a place at The National Film and Television School to study script writing. He graduated in 1992 and began writing for British TV. His first produced script was for the highly regarded BBC series Between the Lines, which won the BAFTA award for best series. In 1998 he wrote a total of 16 episodes of the ITV comedy drama series, Big Bad World. He continued to write for British TV, and contributed to Midsomer Murders, the popular whodunit series. In early 2014, producer Michael Kuhn read Martin's script Florence Foster Jenkins and optioned it the same day. Within a week, Stephen Frears had agreed to direct and within three weeks Meryl Streep signed on to play Florence. Florence premiered in 2016 and garnered two Oscar and four Golden Globe nominations. In 2017 Martin began work on Golda, the story of Golda Meir's leadership during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He interviewed many of the key figures, still living, who commanded the war including Zvi Zamir, the head of Mossad. His research uncovered a story that challenges received opinion in Israel that Meir was to blame for the "surprise" of the attack by Egypt and Syria forces. In 2019 Helen Mirren signed to play Golda and shooting completed at the end of 2021. Golda premiered at the 2023 Berlin Film Festival and opened the Jerusalem Film Festival. In 2022 he began developing Upheaval, a true story about the creation of a music school in a Wisconsin prison in the 70s.

Tues, 13 February, 8pm

Buffet reception 7pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86104926904?pwd=cU42dDFSMUxwSTkwYXRtSFVWOHEyZz09

Meeting ID: 861 0492 6904
Passcode: 015978

All are welcome!

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Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 16 Feb, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ 

Shabbat Lunch at 1.30pm

Sat, 17 Feb, 1.30pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome!

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Week 6

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Julia Hollander

'Why we sing?'

Julia Hollander is a writer and singer based in Oxford. A love of music and words
inspired her first career as an opera director. In the 1990’s she was the youngest ever staff director at English National Opera, and the first woman to direct an opera at the London Coliseum. She went on to stage many more productions around the world, as well as founding her own contemporary music theatre company, Operate. During her time as a director, she regularly visited India to work with performers there, and this eventually culminated in her first book - Indian Folk Theatres (part of Routledge’s Theatres of the World series). Subsequent books were Journey through Campsfield (a collaboration with detainees at Campsfield Immigration Centre), When the Bough Breaks (a memoir about her severely disabled daughter, Imogen), and Chicken Coops for the Soul
(an inspirational memoir about the joys of keeping hens). She has written two plays for BBC Radio 4, When the Bough Breaks and The Kingsnorth Six, and a radio documentary about her family’s escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, The Letter. Singing has always been part of Julia’s life: from Indian folk songs to Jazz to Renaissance polyphony. Over the past decade, she has focussed these skills into her work as a song therapist and teacher, with a particular emphasis on singing with dementia sufferers. This in turn led to her latest book, ‘Why We Sing’, where she investigates the importance of song to our wellbeing, charting its extraordinary influence on all aspects of our spiritual, emotional and physical lives. Julia's father is a Czech Jew who fled the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia when he was a young child in 1938.

Tuesday, 20 February, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83286580318?pwd=NnhIVlRMdVM2WWt0ZEtpNXNqNWx6Zz09

Meeting ID: 832 8658 0318
Passcode: 590948

All welcome!

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Challah Baking

Thursday, 22 Feb, 6.30pm-9pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ 

RSVP: [email protected]

All are welcome!

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Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 23 Feb, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ 

Shabbat Lunch at 1.30pm

Sat, 24 Feb, 1.30pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome!

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Week 7

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Professor Edith Elkind

Dr. Elkind joined the Oxford Computer Science Department in 2013. Prior to coming to Oxford she was an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), where her research was supported by the National Research foundation (NRF) Fellowship. Dr. Elkind obtained her PhD from Princeton University in 2005, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Warwick, University of Liverpool and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as a lecturer (Roberts Fellow) at University of Southampton. Prof. Edith Elkin won the 2023 ACM SIGAI Autonomous Agents Research Award, for her work on computational social choice & algorithms for cooperative games, and extraordinary service to the community.

Tuesday, 27 February, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81647474745?pwd=azBnOHVLYmpIakpUa2NkQUdTcUg1QT09

Meeting ID: 816 4747 4745
Passcode: 626361

All are welcome!

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Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 1 March, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ 

Shabbat Lunch at 1.30pm

Sat, 2 March, 1.30pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome!

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Week 8

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Oxford University Chabad Society cordially invites you to attend / present a paper at

PRE-PURIM SEMINAR IN JEWISH STUDIES - YOM LIMMUD

Exploring Purim and Jewish thought more broadly through philosophy, history, mysticism, law, spirituality, politics and other fields

Sunday, 3 March, 1pm - 5pm

Lunch 12pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

To present a paper at the Yom Limmud, attend and receive a hand out in advance, please click here to fill out the form.

Participants are welcome to attend all or any part of the seminar.

All are welcome!

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Isaac Meyers Memorial Lecture

Professor Martin Goodman

'Herod and his sons'

Martin Goodman is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College and Emeritus Professor of Jewish Studies. He has published widely on both Jewish and Roman history. His numerous books include Rome and Jerusalem (2007) and A History of Judaism (2017), and his biography of Herod the Great will be published by Yale University Press in the Jewish Lives series in March 2024. 

Tuesday, 5 March, 8pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89589091591?pwd=NkJ2SWM5UDRKTlI0ZS9leEZiT25zdz09

Meeting ID: 895 8909 1591
Passcode: 197584

All are welcome!

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Friday Night Shabbat Dinner

Friday, 8 March, 7.30pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ 

Shabbat Lunch at 1.30pm

Sat, 9 March, 1.30pm

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR

All are welcome!

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PURIM in the Wild West

Megillah reading and party

Sat, 23 March, 8pm 

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Click here to book.

All are welcome! 

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Traditional Purim Party and Feast
 
Megillah reading, Wild West cuisine buffet, fancy dress (optional) and party
 
Bouncy zone for children / crafts
 
Sunday, 24 March, 4.30pm-7pm
 
At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Click here to book.
 
All are welcome!

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Megillah - Scroll of Esther - reading:

Sat, 23 March, 7pm, 9pm, 11pm

Sat, 24 March: 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 4.30pm

At the Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Click here to book.

All are welcome!

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Future event

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Yom Hashoah - Holocaust Memorial Day

Hungarian Holocaust Survivor John Dobai 

 

John Dobai, 89, lived through World War Two as a child in Nazi-occupied Budapest, Hungary.  In 1944, Germany invaded Hungary, quickly introduced harsh antisemitic policies and Mr. Dobai's father was sent to a forced labour camp. All Jewish people in Budapest were forced to live in ghettos, wear yellow stars of David on their clothes and could not go to school. As the Soviets neared the country, the Nazis and Hungarian fascists commenced a brutal campaign of killings against the 60,000 Jews living in the "international ghetto" of safehouses. Mr Dobai's grandparents were two of 45,000 Jewish people who were massacred by gunshot and drowning in the Danube river, and two aunts and a cousin, who was just 17, were also killed. He and his parents were saved when the Soviets took control of the city before the killings were complete.

Sunday 5 May, 8pm

At the Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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CLASSES AND COURSES

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Sinai Scholars Course – ‘Think Jewish: Jewish Wisdom for Modern Life’

Explore the foundations of Judaism in 8 interactive sessions 

Stipend offered by Sinai Scholars Society: $350 / £260

To apply: click here.

For more info, email  [email protected]

The course covers the following topics: 1. Perspectives on Jewish Identity in the Modern World, 2. Foundational Elements of the Jewish Ethos, 3. Significance and Meaning of Jewish Observances, 4. An Oasis in Time: The Gift of Shabbat, 5. The Jewish secrets of Love and Marriage, 6. Jewish Ethics: Ancient System, Modern Applications, 7. An Overview of Jewish Mysticism, Kabbalah, and Chasidism, and 8. Forward Thinking: Examining Our Past to Forge Our Personal and Collective Future. 

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Talmud Class

Join us to study subjects in Judaism's all-important 6th century legal work of the Talmud that shapes Jewish law and thought up until today.

Every Sunday, 7pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

All are welcome!

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Lunch 'n' Learn 

Join us for a weekly delicious Lunch & Learn on a variety of contemporary stimulating topics in ethics and philosophy.

Every Monday, 1pm

Brasenose College, LRVII

RSVP for lunch: [email protected]

All are welcome!

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Lunch & Learn at Brookes University

Every Wednesday, 12pm

The Forum

RSVP: [email protected]

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Pizza and Parsha

Join us for an in-depth study of the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Eli while enjoying some delicious fresh home-baked Pizza.

Wednesdays, 7pm 

At Chabad House, 75 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HR or on Zoom

All are welcome!

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Hebrew for Beginners Course

For 6 consecutive weeks 

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

Course: £36 for the course / non students £40

Booking: [email protected]

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The Tajtelbaum Jewish Study Hall

The Tajtelbaum Jewish Study Hall is open daily for you to study with a fully stocked Judaica library, wireless internet and FREE coffee and refreshments on offer.

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

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Oxford Kosher Cafe

Enjoy a full menu of delicious Kosher food, which is situated in our spacious lounge with internet wireless connection, Wii, Jewish newspaper and satellite TV, in addition to our well stocked and diverse Judaica library with over 2000 interesting titles. Drop by for soups, deluxe sandwiches, bagels, salads, schnitzel, soft drinks and a range of delicious pastries.

OPEN daily: 12pm-2pm

At Slager Jewish student centre, 61 George St, Oxford, OX1 2BQ

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Sign UpWrite - Subscribe

If you or a friend would like to sign up to the Chabad Society, please email:

[email protected]

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Oxford University Chabad Society Committee 2023-4

JoJo Sugarman (University) - President, Jake Masters (St John's) - Secretary, Manya Patel (St Peter's) - Treasurer, Tali Borowick (St. Hugh's), Michael Levinson (St Edmund Hall), Hayden Goldberg (Oriel), Kyle Weintraub (Wolfson), Miriam Yakob (New), Maayan Radus (St Annes), Aviad Sadeh (Brookes Chabad Society President).

Senior Member: Prof. Nir Vulkan (Worcester)

To join the committee, email: [email protected].

Directors

Rabbi Eli & Freidy Brackman

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Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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