University Jewish Chaplaincy raises £800k to support students on campus

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University Jewish Chaplaincy raises £800k to support students on campus

More than 3,000 donors contributed to help combat increasing antisemitism and anti-Zionism at universities across the UK

Pic: UJC March 2024
Pic: UJC March 2024

The national organisation of chaplains who support Jewish students at university has exceeded the fundraising target for its 36-hour “Crisis on Campus” online crowdfunding campaign.

University Jewish Chaplaincy (UJC) amassed in excess of £800,000 thanks to the generosity of more than 3,055 donors.

Aimed at bolstering Chaplaincy services and programmes amidst growing challenges on campuses, the campaign saw contributions pouring in from all corners of the United Kingdom, including student hubs in Nottingham and Scotland as well as abroad.

The initiative, championed by 142 dedicated “Champions” across the UK, was launched in response to the increasing need for support services for students combating antisemitism and anti-Zionism on a daily basis across campuses which has grown significantly post October 7th.

The success of the campaign ensures that Chaplaincy can continue its critical work, offering guidance, support, and community engagement to Jewish students navigating the complexities of campus life.

University Jewish Chaplaincy chief executive officer Sophie Dunoff said: “Chaplains have been going above and beyond to support students, and this campaign is a reflection of the community’s deep respect and recognition of the indispensable role Chaplaincy plays in students’ lives. It’s a powerful endorsement of our work and the impact we have.”

Chairman, Uri Goldberg said: “This campaign is a testament not only to the dedication of our Chaplains but also to the strength and generosity of our community. We are profoundly grateful for the support and trust shown by our donors, allowing us to raise our largest amount ever in a matched funding campaign”

The success of the “Crisis on Campus” campaign marks a historic milestone for UJC, enabling the organisation to expand and enhance its offerings to meet the evolving needs of Jewish students across the UK.

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