Yochanan Rafael &
Life at University can be a major crossroad and having the support of someone that genuinely cares about you makes a positive impact. We want to make a difference to all the Jewish students in Leeds giving them the opportunity to both grow participate in exciting Jewish activities.
Yochanan Rafael & Jodie Pereir
Who’s in your immediate family? How old are they?
Where did you grow up?
Husband:I grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Where did you go to school?
Husband: In Sao Paulo I went to Einstein School
Wife: Brodetsky school
Where did you go to yeshiva/university?
Husband: I did my undergraduate in Linguistic and Anthropology in Brazil and also attended Cardiff University. I went to Yeshiva Ohr Yaakov in Zichron Yaakov, Shehebad Midrash Sephardi and the Beren-Amiel training Program.
Wife: I went to Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan. I went to Neve and Shearim in Jerusalem.
Did you ever have an experience with a mentor or chaplain that influenced you? If so, tell us about it.
Husband: When I was in Cardiff, I met the local rabbi that was also studying at the university. He had a passion for Judaism, he dedicated hours of his time to learn with me and for certain his influence led me to go to yeshiva.
Wife: I had an amazing Rebbetzin when I was in Israel who is so knowledgeable, aside from teaching she always made time for me and gave tailor made advice that has made and continues to make a positive impact on my life.
Why do you want to be a Jewish chaplain?
Husband: From personal experience, life at University can be a major crossroad that having the support of someone that genuinely cares about you makes a positive impact. I want to make a difference to the Jewish students in Leeds giving them the opportunity to participate in Jewish activities.
Wife: I loved being a chaplain in Nottingham, it’s a really unique job that is so rewarding and am so happy to be able to work for UJC again in Leeds.
What are your personal interests?
Husband: Reading about psychology and education, swimming, DIY and graphic design.
Wife: Cooking and eating especially anything with chocolate, yoga and I love animals
What previous experiences prepared you for this role?
Husband: I worked as the Jewish chaplain in Nottingham and I am also a Jewish studies teacher.
Wife: I was a youth leader for FZY and have worked doing informal and formal education. I am creative and have organised different events on campus.
How can you enrich the lives of students in your area?
Husband: We can offer a welcoming home and friendly family that is there to support all Jewish students in their journey through university.
Wife: Being there for the students, with home made meals and a friendly atmosphere.
What are your favourite chaplaincy activities that you’ve run or assisted with?
Husband: Lunch and learn, Let me cook you dinner with a discussion, Simchat Torah and Purim parties.
Wife: Chocolate making, Garden Party, Cheese and wine evening…
What are two things you enjoy doing most with students?
Husband: Hang out, learn together.
Wife: Forming friendships and hosting students for meals.
What would be the one thing that you’d like students to take away from their Jewish experience at uni?
Husband: The pride of their Jewish heritage and desire to incorporate Jewish values and practices into their lives.
Wife: Happy memories with positive experiences of Jewish life from Uni
Is there any other information you’d like to include on your region’s page?
We are really looking forward to getting to know you all!