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Durham University

Faith Support


Jewish Life in Durham

The University's Jewish Society is one of the fastest growing in the country. In partnership with the University, UJC and the North East Jewish Chaplaincy Board, it holds weekly events open to all Jewish students and staff of the University.

These events are usually held in St Aidan's College, Durham. They include a weekly Shabbat dinner cooked in our dedicated kosher kitchen which provides a variety of tasty meat and vegetarian dishes that conform to Jewish dietary law. The facilities are also available for other events including speakers, meals, film nights and festival celebrations.

The students regularly host interesting speakers at Lunch ‘n’ Learns as well as offering participation in the bespoke Genesis program.

For further details about the events and the activities of the Jewish Society, please contact:

F: Durham University Jewish Society 2015-16
P: Jewish Society, Durham Students' Union, Dunelm House, Durham, DH1 3AN

The University's Jewish Chaplain is Rabbi Aaron Lipsey, who can be contacted on: 07793 74 64 54 or


The University offers self-contained accommodation for women in the Shepherd Wing of St Mary's College and can provide single-sex flats in some of our self-catering accommodation at Josephine Butler College, Ustinov College, Stephenson College, John Snow College and St Cuthbert's Society.

Our main meal provision, in catered colleges, and self-catering kitchens in non-catered colleges are not kosher but alternative arrangements may be possible for individuals if required.

If you would like to discuss any special requirements linked to your faith, please contact the College(s) you are interested in for further information about available facilities. Rabbi Lipsey is happy to assist with any queries.

Jewish places of worship

United Hebrew Congregation
Tel: 0191 284 0959
Graham Park Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle Reform Synagogue
Tel: 0191 284 8621
The Croft
Newcastle upon Tyne

Hebrew Congregational
Tel: 0191 478 3366
180, Bewick Road