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Meet the BNJC team: Jasmin Aziz, Marketing Executive


3 February 2021

Meet the team: Jasmin Aziz

Meet our Marketing Executive, Jasmin Aziz. Before joining BNJC to manage our marketing communications, Jasmin worked in events and fundraising for charities and has volunteered with Jewish youth movements around the world. We asked Jasmin about her role and her hopes for BNJC.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your role at BNJC

As Marketing Executive, I manage BNJC’s social media, website and other communications. I want to spread the word as best as I can about this exciting Jewish development, both locally and nationally. Through our social media channels, our brand new website and monthly newsletters (sign up here), I have been able to share updates on our construction progress, details of the facilities BNJC will offer when we open in 2022 and spotlight Brighton’s 250 year Jewish history to the wider Brighton community. If you don’t already, follow us @bnjcbrighton to be the first to hear about our news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

How did you become a Brightonian?

I’ve lived in Brighton for just over two years now and have enjoyed almost every minute of it (I’m toughening up to the windy winters!). Although I was raised in North West London, I have many fond memories of weekend trips to Brighton with my grandparents, and always hoped to live by the sea one day. I moved to Hove with my partner Aaron in 2018 to take up a fundraising job at a local charity, before seizing the opportunity to get involved in BNJC and its vision to support Jewish life from every background and create opportunities for the community to strengthen and grow.

What's it like being Jewish in Brighton & Hove?

The Brighton Jewish community is truly unique. With 250 years of history in the city, its resilience, diversity and Jewish pride is really special. I’m not affiliated to a synagogue in Brighton but I enjoy keeping a cultural connection to Judaism and feel part of the community through working for BNJC and volunteering for Helping Hands, the Jewish volunteer service for Sussex. I’m also grateful to members of the community, especially the Sussex Jewish Rep Council, Sussex Jewish News team and Chabad Rabbi Efune, for welcoming me into the community.
Going forward, one of my hopes is to create a network of young Jews in Sussex. When it’s safe to do so I plan to start a Moishe House Without Walls group for Brighton & Hove. So, if you know any young Jews who may be interested, do get in touch with me!
What are you looking forward to most when BNJC opens in 2022?

I’m excited about all the opportunities BNJC will offer young Jewish people, from all backgrounds, to call Brighton their home. I think the daily programme of events and classes there will be on-site, as well as the co-working facilities and of course the Kosher restaurant, café, bakery & deli, will offer something for everyone! Finally an opportunity to buy fresh bagels (Brighton’s current bagel offering doesn’t quite cut it when you’ve been raised in Hendon). But most of all, I’m really looking forward to enjoying a community space where I can feel connected to Judaism in my own way, right here in the city.

What's your favourite thing about Brighton? Any insider knowledge/Brighton secrets you can share?

I think the endless coffee shops to try and the vegan/vegetarian foodie scene in Brighton is pretty amazing, as well as the joy of walking along the seafront. Particularly watching the winter sunsets by the sea, as I’m constantly enchanted by the starling murmurations. But my favourite thing of all is the Brighton Fringe Festival that I look forward to all year, and my dream is to have a Jewish act involved one year where we can share our culture with the rest of the Brighton community.