The Alliance for Progressive Judaism’s Progressive Jewish Students team offers educational and religious support for Progressive Jewish university students, as well as rabbinic and pastoral care and connections by our Student Chaplaincy. Progressive Jewish Students support students in building a vibrant Progressive Jewish life on their university campus, including egalitarian initiatives in order to empower everyone to engage with their Judaism.
Progressive Jewish Students focuses on two main areas: external advocacy and internal support and development.
As part of external advocacy, Progressive Jewish Students aims to lift up the Progressive Jewish voice on campus to combat anti-Semitism, strengthen the connection between students and the media, provide pastoral support to students running for on-campus elections, enable students to engage in serious dialogue with one another, and advocate for Progressive Jewish voices in the context of Orthodox-normative Jewish student life.
Through internal support and development work, Progressive Jewish Students continues to help build egalitarian and Progressive Jewish tefillah (prayer) spaces connected to university Jewish Societies, help students participate and build relationships with local Progressive Jewish communities and rabbis, run educational sessions, and respond to the mental health crisis by offering proactive resilience building workshops.
Progressive Jewish Students offers a range of programmes and resources during the year including Chizuk, our student leadership programme; Reconnect, our weekend retreat for students to relax and re-energise themselves for the rest of the year; and our famous care packages which we send out throughout the academic year.
Previous care packages have included: a Chanukah pack with chanukiah, candles, dreidel, gelt, and the blessings to celebrate far from home; a Pesach pack with matzah and recipes; a Purim pack including a mask and noise maker; and an end-of-year exam stress pack to help students through the revision period.
However, the most important work that we do is through immeasurable quiet conversations with individual students, getting to know who they are, with what they are concerned, and how we may provide the help that they need.
Escape the stresses of university and join us for a relaxing and inspiring retreat especially for Progressive Jewish students!
Reconnect gives Progressive Jewish students the chance to come together with friends for a weekend of self-discovery, with the goal to restore and develop the elements of themselves that often become lost or pushed to the side over the academic year.
The weekend will embrace Progressive Jewish learning and prayer, examine empowerment and leadership, and explore community and self-care. Highlights include a warm and musical Kabbalat Shabbat, inspiring teaching, and of course a chance to just relax and have fun. Attend with your friends, or come along to meet new people!
The retreat is being held on 22 – 24 March, in the Peak District (Nearest train station is Manchester Piccadilly). It promises to be an incredible weekend, so save the date!
The cost for the retreat is £50. This does not include travel to the site.
(Financial assistance is available and should not be a barrier to your attendance! Get in touch with Maya Skaarbrevik for any more information).
Feel free to give Maya a call on 020 8349 5661 or email Maya@jeneration.org if you have any questions!
Birthright Israel Progressive trip
Sign ups for the Birthright Israel Progressive trip are now open! Join young adults (19-26) from across the UK, including alumni of RSY-Netzer and LJY-Netzer, and those looking to learn more about Progressive Judaism. Our Birthright Israel UK trip is this summer from 26 August – 5 September. Register your interest today!