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Project information

Social Action projects throughout the UK

Our 12 Chaplains will this winter run seminars and projects so that university students throughout the UK learn about Judaism's take on social justice and human rights. This will be made relevant by discussing modern slavery and poverty, and by students donating time and food to help local causes.

October 2015 - December 2015

Charity information: University Jewish Chaplaincy

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  • Need


    Local charities desperately need volunteers to help run soup kitchens, to donate items and to volunteer in local community institutions like hospitals and old age homes. Chaplaincy wants to energise students to give of themselves by choosing what sort of volunteering interests them. The hook is that using the expertise of our Chaplains, we encourage students to think of social action in a universal, rather than just a local, context, by leading seminars about modern poverty and rights.


    Chaplains minister to thousands of students every year, and educating them about religion is a practical, world enhancing job, not simply to make students aware of their faith; but how to use their teachings to help solve social problems. By galvanising students to contribute to local causes, by thinking in an outward looking way, we will not only help to alleviate local injustices and to help those in need, but will also help to mould future generations of leaders in social change.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To encourage students to contribute to local causes, by volunteering their time, ideas and resources


    » Volunteering in local hospitals, baking and donating bread for homeless shelters, helping students to devise their own projects like sponsored events

    What success will look like

    By the number of projects created, by the amount of students participating in, and learning about social justice.

  • Impact


    Interest in, and understanding of, social causes, links with local communities, leaders in social action. We can list the overlaps with other communities and institutions, the numbers of students attending our seminars, amounts donated to causes, and also the number of students who go on to volunteer in summer missions to help alleviate global poverty. The aim is for every one of our 8,500 university students to take some interest in the subject, and from that to create a core of leaders.


    We don't envisage risks, it's local projects, under Chaplains' supervision, but with the licence for students to take it to the ends that they feel are most suitable.


    We have annual reports, termly reports and marketing material providing updates. We can supply graphs and sun sections demonstrating regional projects, and also an abstract which summarises overall aims and outcomes.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Admin Providing food, renting space and printing materials for thousands of students
      £5,000 Preparation Devising projects 5 days' work per Chaplain
      £1,500 Central office 7 days spent coordinating and publicizing projects
      £3,500 Activities Time spent with students delivering projects. 3 days per Chaplain

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Shoresh Charitable Trust £5,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    London, Bristol, Brighton, Leeds, Nottingham, Birmingham, Scotland, Newcastle, Cambridge, Oxford, Liverpool and Manchester


    Local community charities and local people who need support, such as shelters, old age homes, and food hunger.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we are a national organisation, with top quality mentors and educators who can encourage students to contribute to local causes, and ideally to set up their own initiatives.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    James Martin, Head Office Staff Member

    Head of Fundraising, Marketing and Comms. He will strategise with the Chaplains to promote social action in ways that are suitable for each area

    Rabbi Michael Rosenfeld-Schueler, Chaplain

    Chaplain to Oxford University. He was an Ambassador for a social action trip to Ghana and will give feedback on this and how to run local projects.