Campus Comment

Bringing interfaith to campus

By Rachel Bronstein & Tammy Ostro, March 5, 2014

As co-presidents of Durham University Jewish Society, we have become increasingly aware that our position has provided us with an opportunity to actively broach prevalent religious issues, rather than remaining introverted – concerned only with the needs of our members.

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Why creationism still belongs in schools

By Adam Hilsenrath, February 26, 2014

Like many other politics students, I often enjoy watching Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons every Wednesday at noon.

As this inconveniently conflicts with my politics lessons in school, I turn to the medium of the Daily Politics Show, which couples the ever-entertaining Commons debates with further argument and discussion between guests of opposing political persuasions.

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The plight of the shomer Jewish student

By Adam Hilsenrath, February 5, 2014

Chatting over chips and burgers (with pitta bread rather than buns to add that Jewish feel), those of us old enough to recall reminisced over the days when our Jewish Society filled a classroom.

Only five of us remember - and that makes half of those sitting around the two tables pushed together in the vast and empty room.

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Fancy a job at UJS?

By Joe Tarsh, January 29, 2014

The Union of Jewish Students has existed for 40 years.

Before UJS, there was an "Inter-University Federation of Jewish Students". Both organisations have been made up of individual, campus-based Jewish Societies (JSocs) - providing representation, support, training and fun for young Jewish people as they embark on their university careers.

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Finding feet - and a flat - in Glasgow

By Isaac Ansell Forsyth, January 28, 2014

Glasgow JSoc has taken a giant leap closer to establishing a Jewish student flat in Glasgow.

The thriving Jewish Society, which caters for all of Glasgow’s universities, was awarded runner up Developing Jsoc of the Year in 2013. We believe that this will allow for further growth and success for Glasgow’s Jewish students...All that we require now are residents for the flat!

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Coasting along just fine at Sussex

By Gabriel Webber, January 17, 2014

At Limmud, two different people asked me where I go to university, heard my reply of “Sussex” and looked shocked. “It’s not very friendly there, is it?” asked one of them in hushed tones. I asked what they meant. “Not very friendly to Jews!” they explained.

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The chicken soup will always triumph

By Ella Stern, November 13, 2013

I am a hardcore, born and bred, Brent cross-shopping, Northern line-riding, Dignity-schmoozing, fro yo-eating, North West Londoner.

But now in my second year at university, I have once again fled my comfy, washed ‘n’ ironed nest and moved to East London, in an effort to prove to myself I am far cooler than I actually am.

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My progressive Jewish space away from home

By Sophie Lipton, November 1, 2013

When I came to Manchester and didn’t initially have a progressive Jewish space, it was difficult for me to connect with my Reform Judaism.

Of course, JSoc is great, and many of my closest friends were made at Manchester’s Friday night Shabbat meals.

But I felt there was something missing for progressive students - something I really desired.

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Why I 'do university right' my way

By Natasha Sporn, October 25, 2013

My school friends considered moving out for university to be the focal point of their higher education experience, but I made the decision to stay at home.

I spend my evenings as a television blogger needing peace and quiet, and also wanted to focus more on my degree than running a house.

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Introducing: the JWIT

By Ariella Levine, October 14, 2013

For those of you who think you have not yet encountered a JWIT, let me explain. A JWIT is a Jewish Wife In Training. We are young, ambitious women who strive for all round perfection, are inherently fabulous and are, of course, always on the look out for a JH (Jewish husband).

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