Campus Comment

Look past the boycott motions – the situation on campus is hopeful

By Maggie Suissa, April 24, 2015

When you consider that in the past year a radical minority within the UK student movement have tried to demonise Israel and trivialise Jewish students’ concerns about antisemitism, it is inspiring to see so many Jewish students taking an active role in their student movement, going beyond their own universities to fight racism and seek a positive and pragmatic approach to Israel and Palestine.


I will work to build bridges at university

By Becky Collins, March 31, 2016

Last week, JCoSS pupil Ella said she worried about leaving the "Jewish bubble". Student Becky Collins, 18, attends a non-Jewish school and will leave for university in September. She says she will rise to the challenge of being a Jew on campus.


Meeting a Holocaust survivor inspired me to live my life to the full

By Evie Leigh, March 10, 2016

Last November, my mother organised a trip to meet a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor named Chaim Ferster, who is truly inspirational.

I was extremely interested at school in learning about the
Second World War and the persecution of the Jews throughout the 1930s.


The campus hypocrites

By Gabriel Phillips, February 25, 2016

I am Jewish. I am left-wing. It doesn't take a genius to see that the left has a problem with Jews. With that one sentence, I've angered vast swathes of the left, ready to condemn me, accusing me of calling them antisemitic. However, it is not as simple as that. With antisemitism, you are able to call out and challenge it. With the left, it is far more insidious.


Our Jewish schools are anything but calm - and we love them for it

By Emma Jacobs, October 8, 2015

Seven years ago I turned up at JFS, clad in the compulsory oversized blazer and unsure of what I had signed up for. Having gone to a small Church of England state primary, I was used to singing hymns in an understated environment. JFS was to prove to be the storm after the calm.


Standing up and being counted

By Ella Rose, October 2, 2014

From 2011 to 2014, I attended the University of Nottingham - the university with the largest population of Jewish students in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

I, along with my peers, were openly Jewish on campus and I did not once personally experience antisemitism.


'Jewish students stand together to fight antisemitism'

By Noam Yossef, September 17, 2014

In response to the letter I previously wrote, I am amazed and overwhelmed with the support that the letter has received and the support surrounding my personal experience from students and friends. Jewish students’ standing together is what can make change happen.


University's over and you're officially what?

By Sophie Lipton, September 9, 2014

All that can be shown for three years at university is an expired student card, a hefty student loan screaming "pay me", and a glossy graduation photo that will perhaps sit on the mantelpiece for eternity.


Why chaplains matter on campus

By Josh Isaac, September 4, 2014

Never will UK Students be able to go even one week without the invaluable support of chaplaincy. This is the sometimes underestimated rabbinical backbone of Jewish life on campus.

Whilst some do their work alongside their dedicated spouses, some of the chaplains work tirelessly on their own to ensure that they are there for Jewish Students in a range of individual cases.


It's been a memorable year at Habs' JSoc

By Hannah Mendall, August 29, 2014

It has been a fantastic year for Haberdashers’ Girls’ School Jewish Society, filled with a diverse and exciting programme. We have held a broad range of talks and events to enhance our Jewish education and are proud of the difference we have made to charities across the globe.