Rabbi Eli & Shevi
Being there for students whenever they need us – be it support with issues (such as antisemitism etc) related to their University and liaising when necessary; facilitating and assisting with student events; or simply to talk through a personal problem. We are always supporting and promoting JSoc and JSoc activites, and working to represent Judaism in an approachable, relatable way.
Rabbi Eli & Shevi Grunewald
Eli and Shevi are both passionate about strengthening Jewish identity and representing Judaism in a relatable way. Eli previously worked in the Cape Town Jewish community, and Shevi’s upbringing in the Johannesburg Jewish community introduced her to a wide variety of different Jews with different backgrounds. Eli and Shevi completed Ner Le’Elef before taking on this role.
Where did you grow up?
Where did you go to school?
Eli: Gateshead Jewish Boarding School
Shevi: Hirsch Lyons Girls High School
Where did you go to yeshiva/university?
Eli: Yeshivat Heichal Hatorah
Shevi: University of South Africa
Why do you want to be a Jewish chaplain?
Eli: Chaplaincy taps into my passion for outreach and strengthening Jewish identity, while representing Judaism in an approachable, relatable way.
Shevi: We’re passionate about outreach, Jewish Life and creating a warm inviting space.
What are your personal interests?
Eli: Problem solving, business development, technology, travelling and a good Scotch.
Shevi: SHOPPING, cooking, organising events and fashion.
What previous experiences prepared you for this role?
Eli: Outreach training and involvement in Israel, and working in community outreach for a year in Cape Town, South Africa.
Shevi: Growing up in a community and home very involved in Kiruv, with lots of students and young professionals; as well as outreach training and involvement in Israel.
How can you enrich the lives of students in your area?
Eli: By being there for students whenever they need me – be it support with issues (such as antisemitism etc) related to their University and liaising when necessary; facilitating and assisting with student events; or simply to talk through a personal problem. I am always supporting and promoting JSoc and JSoc activites, and work to represent Judaism in an approachable, relatable way.
Shevi: All of the above, while focusing on providing a warm home away from home, a listening ear and good food.
What are your favourite chaplaincy activities that you’ve run or assisted with?
Eli: Bagel lunches celebrating/commemorating specific events.
Shevi: Hosting a Purim Party at our home.
What are two things you enjoy doing most with students?
Eli: Supporting students with issues surrounding Jewish Life, and strengthening their Jewish Identity in a relatable way.
Shevi: Providing a warm home away from home to students, and a listening ear.
What would be the one thing that you’d like students to take away from their Jewish experience at uni?
Eli: A strong sense of Jewish identity, along with a sense of belonging to the community
Shevi: A sense of familiarity and pride for our heritage and religion
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