Covid-19 update: Your student Chaplains, Aharon and Hodaya are here to help and support you remotely. Follow them on Facebook or get in touch at 07791292790 if you’d like to know more on how they can support you.

Our history

Jewish Student Chaplaincy Scotland has been providing support and advice for Jewish students in Scotland since the 1960s.

Jewish Student Chaplaincy was pioneered in Scotland. In 1969, Rabbi Michael Rosin was asked by students in Northern Region to become their Honorary Chaplain.

A recent National Jewish Student Survey found that students studying in Scotland are more likely to have experienced anti-semitism.  Jewish student views straddle the spectrum of political and religious opinion and the Chaplains and Members of the JSCS Board work with University Authorities and students to ensure that they, the students, are free to study and socialise in a safe and constructive atmosphere.


About us

Our  Chaplaincy couple (Hodaya and Aharon Lemberger) cater their events for many different crowds around the Scotland. They have one off social events around the Jewish and student calendars from ‘Welcome to Campus’ events to Chanukah parties to summer BBQs. They host Shabbat and Festival meals as well as midweek meals, endless coffees and visits to the pub! They join and support the Jewish Societies in their events and regularly meet students on a 1:1 basis and be there as ‘the people to go to’ if they have any problems.

They run weekly classes and sessions where they teach and learn anything from Jewish Thought to Talmud and very often – sometimes at the same time – will combine these with a fun event such as cupcake decorating, making pizzas, different arts and crafts – the list is endless – and always involve food and/or drink!

With the variety of events and classes, we hope to provide something for everyone.


Our aims:

  1. To administer a Jewish Chaplaincy service in Scotland.
  2. To raise funds to provide financial support for the activities of the Jewish Student Chaplain.
  3. To retain, strengthen and inspire Jewish identity amongst all Jewish students at universities and colleges.
  4. To increase the number, quality and diversity of Jewish activities on campus.
  5. To provide high-quality education in Judaism to as many students as possible.
  6. To provide financial support for Jewish student activities.
  7. To identify students capable of leading the various Student Societies and fostering / nurturing / developing their leadership skills.
  8. To supporting pastoral care of students where difficulties arise on campus and in the course of their studies.