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Chabad on Campus Rabbis Meet in Leeds for Annual Conference

Thursday, 24 December, 2009 - 12:40 pm

zDrN1572817.jpgChabad on Campus rabbis met this week in Leeds for their annual conference.

The two-day-long conference saw ten rabbis and their families defy extreme weather conditions to converge on Leeds Student Chabad House from as far afield as Edinburgh and Brighton.

The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss current issues facing Jewish students cross the UK, share ideas for successful programming and speak about experiences and challenges from the past year.

"The aim of conference," explains Rabbi Eli Brackman, chairman of Chabad on Campus UK and director of Chabad of Oxford, "was to discus different ways of reaching an ever growing number of Jewish students who are not being reached by Jewish organisations on campus."

With concurrent programmes for men, women and children, the conference provided an overdue opportunity for colleagues and friends to meet after a busy year.

"The conference provided me with excellent practical guidance for juggling my commitments and responsibilities," says Rabbi Zalman Lewis, director of Chabad on Campus in Brighton.

"But, for me, the most inspiring part was to be together with my colleagues. Despite being geographically very spread-out and isolated, we are in fact very close. The conference gave us an opportunity to spend time together as one 'family.'"

"We were very happy to host the conference in our new premises," says Rabbi Michoel Danow, director of Leeds Student Chabad House. "It was a long-awaited get together which was very beneficial for everyone."

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