Jewish Life on Campus
Givat Zvi ( which is Hebrew for Stag Hill) is the name of the Jewish campus community at the University of Surrey. The community is made up of Jewish staff and students with a cross-communal approach.
Jewish life on campus is becoming more diverse. In the coming year the Jewish Society will put on a variety of activities including:- Shabbat Dinners, Purim and Hanukah Parties, Bagel lunches, J-Com Conference. Join the Jewish Society to find out more. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are weekly Shuirim on campus at the Chaplaincy Centre.
This is a list of synagogues in Surrey with links to website portals. The Jewish Chaplaincy has a good working relationship with all communities in the area.
Orthodox - Independent : Guildford Jewish Community
Orthodox -United Synagogue : Kingston and Surbiton (United)
Liberal - Kingston Liberal Synagogue
Kosher Guide for students
Currently the University shop does not appear to stock Kosher foods, therefore below is a Kosher guide to Guildford.
Waitrose - Cobham
The largest Kosher supplier in Surrey is at Cobham Waitrose. There are separate frozen goods, refrigerated goods, dry goods, wine and bread Kosher sections. These supply meat from Gilberts and Yarden, bread from Buckingham Bakeries, Chevington Cheese and some Israeli wine. Both Ocado and Waitrose.com will deliver these goods within the Surrey area for those who do not access to a car (though Waitrose can be reached by train).
Tesco - Guildford
Tesco's has a very small range of Kosher products including Mr Bagel's bagels, Matzo crackers and Pepperidge Farm biscuits. They have a range of supervised vegetarian burgers, sausages, schnitzels and sweetcorn sticks under their own label marked with a small "Tivali" logo. White Kosher wine (mevushal) has been removed in recent years and due to the growth of online services Waitrose and Ocado seem to have cornered the Surrey Kosher market.
Sainsbury's - Burpham (Guildford)
They supply Israeli-supervised vegetarian burgers,sausages and nuggets under their own label ( the one with the hescher!!!) Also, they have LBD approved organic chocolate chip cookies ( with LBD hescher)
Sainsbury's - Cobham
They have the same products as Guildford store but have now removed their Kosher wines.
Secrett's ( Milford, Godalming)
They have a range of Kosher items. They are imported under American labels and contain a OU stamp on them. For those unfamiliar with this stamp it has a U in a circle ( see diagram). They have one of the few independent fishmongers in South West Surrey and a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Food for Thought ( Guildford)
Food for Thought in Leapale Road off North St, have a wide range of Kosher vegetarian products, including Tivali products from Israel and Tofutti products such as spreadable cheese and ice cream. This is fast becoming the leading supplier ( though slightly more expensive) of Kosher vegetarian products in Guildford.
Supervised and Unsupervised Bread: Kingsmill Bread
The Sephardi Kashrut Authority has approved with immediate effect all bread,rolls and muffins produced by Allied bakeries and made under the brands Kingsmill, Sunblest, Allison, Burgen, Day O Fresh, Perry Choice and Country Maid. The Guildford Kashruth committee that used to investigate other sources of Pas Palter have decided given the widely available range of affordable bread in the county and Kosher Challah (Buckingham) at Waitrose Cobham to remove its supervision from local bakeries for the time being.
"Pas Yisroel" ( Jewish bread) is available at Waitrose in Cobham - both Challah and Rye Bread .